Mission Bay Watersports is owned and run by husband and wife pair Marius Lina and Rebecca Paley-Williams.
North Island born and South Island raised, Marius has been out enjoying the best of New Zealand’s bush, mountains, rivers, lakes and coast his whole life. A SKOANZ Sea Kayak Guide, Marius has led trips in Fiordland, Norway, the Marlborough Sounds and Auckland, and spent five winters ski instructing in New Zealand. Over the last fifteen years, Marius’ work in the outdoors has also taken him to the Indian Himalaya, the fiords of Norway, coastlines of Italy, rivers in the U.S, and a few spots in between.
Rebecca grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains on the California Coast – an area reknown for cold currents, big swells, it’s abundance of wildlife and marine ecology, as well as adventure enthusiasts and surfers. It wasn’t long before her natural love for the ocean and marine environment fueled her passion for surfing and water sports, and at 10 years of age she was learning to catch a wave at the local breaks Steamer Lane and Cowells. Upon completing her studies in the U.S and Europe, Rebecca has been working as a Sports Coach, Sea Kayak Guide and Stand Up Paddleboard instructor.
When they are not working instructing down at Mission Bay, Marius and Rebecca are furthering their own SUPing skills and development. Both have competed in high level races here in New Zealand, as well as abroad in the US. During the Winter months, they competed in three major races in California, and came away with a combined 3 x first place division wins and one second place division win. Continuing to race in their personal time, they are dedicated to spreading the love of the sport and help clients reach the next level of paddling!
Both experienced SUP racers, surfers, and ISA qualified SUP instructors, they are excited to get more keen paddlers on the water!
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History of Mission Bay Watersports
Mission Bay has long been a base for adventure in Auckland. During WWII, the beach was used as a pilot training area where ‘would be’ fighter pilots learned to fly in sea planes. When the craze of windsurfing hit New Zealand in the 1980’s, Mission Bay Watersports became part of the furniture on the white sand when the first windsurf shop opened and operated a training school around 30 years ago.
Throughout it’s proud history, Mission Bay Watersports has provided safe, expert instruction in both sail and paddle sports. It has always been operated by professionals who are highly skilled, registered and well-recognised within the industry. We are proud to continue our services, which have proven to be major asset to one of Auckland’s greatest natural assets! Break Free from big city life and come paddle with us at Mission Bay today!
About Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding is a fast growing sport that everyone can enjoy! Centuries ago Hawaiians used paddle boards for fishing and traveling short distances. In recent years surfers in Hawaii made the sport known to the public. Nowadays the best board shapers are utilising the latest materials and technology and can produce a stable and fun board for virtually anyone!
That First Glide is a great movie about the sport of Stand Up Paddle: