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About Us/History

AV SUP Club is the brainchild of Drew Wood, Partner in AV BRAND and former owner of ActionVan The Ultimate CamperVan Conversion Company.

2018 will see a new addition to our quiver - "Finn" our 28' support boat, allowing us to venture further afield with all of our touring lessons and event support. We can now offer tailored days out on the water so call us to discuss your ultimate SUP Adventure!

The story so far:
ActionVan has always had strong links with the mountain-biking, sailing and windsurfing scenes and through these connections sponsored the then UK No:1 Wave Sailor John Hibbard back in 2004/5/6. John was one of the leading lights in bringing Stand Up PaddleBoarding to our shores and now oversees the RedPadleCo Brand worldwide.

Drew has been involved in SUP from it's infancy in the UK. He helped run Calshot Flyers, a RYA, Team 15 Windsurf Club based at Calshot Activities Centre for many years and as well as being a qualified Senior Windsurfing Instructor is also a BSUPA Level 2 PaddleBoard Instructor clocking up hundreds of “Ready to Ride” lesson.

With a huge surge in the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Drew, with the help of Rich Marsh, (UK Brand Manager for Nah Skwell & X-Paddle and Director of BSUPA) pinpointed Eastlands Boat Yard based on the beautiful river Hamble in Hampshire early in 2012 as an ideal flat water spot to create a Club & School alongside the main business and in May 2012 moved the business in and got the ball rolling.

Recognized for the last 5 years as a BSUPA School and with wife Mary (Level 1 Instructor) as Club Secretary/Treasurer and ActionVan, Team Driver Karl Hobbs on board as Club Chairman and Level 2, BSUPA Instructor the only way is Up or Down the river…

2018 sees AV SUP spreading it’s wings moving and joining forces with the YMCA at Fairthorne Manor at the top of the river. This beautiful historic site allows us to offer SUP to a much wider community and age range as well as offering all of the YMCA benifits.
Fairthorne Manor is steeped in history and for more information on this fascinating site please view the Fairthorne website.

So why not get in touch and give Stand Up Paddle Boarding a go? 
We know that once you've tried it you'll be as hooked as we are...


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Based on the River Hamble. AV SUP School is a recognised British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) School offering Beginner to Advanced Lessons as well as SUP Tours & Adventures.

AV SUP Club has joined forces with the YMCA at Fairthorne Manor situated at the top of the river near Botley and offers Stand Up Paddle-boarding to a much wider community along with providing a more rural launch site. 

Our Online Store AV Brand stocks a variety of SUP boards and SUP & Van Accessories - Brands such as RedPaddleCo's inflatable range, Starboard & Nah Skwell as well as X-Paddle and ActionVan Seat Covers.

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