Pups on Sups returns to the Gold Coast this October

After a hugely successful event last year in Currumbin, the family-friendly Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) event Pups on SUPs will hit the Gold Coast Broadwater (Southport) on the 28th of October. Pups on SUPs is designed to allow the wider community to have some fun in the water alongside their furry friend. There will be an open men & women’s 2km race, along with an open men & women’s 500m sprint.  

“Last year’s event was great for the Queensland community, we’re incredibly excited to be hosting Pups on SUPs again,” said Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates. “It should be a fun day for everyone, and we encourage everyone to come down and get involved.”

Australia’s Dog Whisperer and former World Champion tandem surfer Chris De Aboitiz will be at the event, offering a 3-minute training session for every dog on the day as well as a Q&A session. Chris will also be attempting to break a world record, to see how many dogs he can carry on his 17ft SUP board. 

“It’s always great to see everyone having fun with their dogs,” said Chris. “It’s like you’re taking your dog for a walk, but you’re on the water. It’s an awesome way to give your dog a bit of exercise and structure – the day is definitely fun for the whole family.”

Board hire will be available on the day (2 hours), with limited numbers available. Other than that, the event will host prizes and giveaways from sponsors, and plenty of pet stalls/food vendors. Each dog registered will receive a free Gummi pets lead, and the team from Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) will be there on the day, assisting any dogs should they need help. $5 from every registration will go toward AWLQ.     

The 2018 Pups on SUPs event is proudly supported by Animal Welfare League Queensland, Vetshop Australia, EZY DOG, Camera House, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Air Asia, Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast, CoastalWatch, Surfing World, Bad Wolf Boutique, Cheyne Horan Sup Board Hire, Mans Best Pet Care, Gold Coast Pet Resorts, Gummi Bling, The City Of Gold Coast and Surfing Queensland.