We are a small family business with big dreams.
Scotty and Jo live their passion by creating safe, educational and fun experiences for everyone. Through EOTC for Schools, Holiday Programmes, Paddle Board Lessons, Eco-Tours, Events and SUP Yoga, we take thousands of people out on the water each year.
We believe that everyone can learn to SUP! Our passion is to inspire others to love, protect and sustain our home - the earth - through safe interactions with the environment.
Our vision is to live in a world where the ocean is more than a resource for recreation, industrialisation and tourism. Our vision is to create a world where the ocean is an entity in her own standing, with the right to be clean, healthy, productive and free of human waste for all creatures to enjoy and benefit from for generations to come.
We invite you to switch off from the digital world and open your eyes to the world around you. Experience our coastline with a scenic tour, learn a new skill and take a SUP surfing lesson, bring your class out for an EOTC day, or visit our floating Yoga Studio.
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At Sup Bro we are “for everyone and the earth”.
Our mission is to build relationships with the ocean through facilitating fun and education on water experiences that everyone can participate in - no matter their age, demographic or ability.
Through these sustainable experiences, we share water-safety knowledge and enhance environmental awareness to school groups, families, local businesses and tourists.
We are passionate about strengthening the relationship our participants have with te moana (the ocean) so that we can promote kaitiakitanga (gaurdianship) of our environment.
We aim is to conduct sustainable, water-safety and environmental educational programmes that all New Zealand children can participate in and be leaders in building momentum towards a zero-waste future.
To strengthen the relationship our participants have with Aotearoa’s natural aquatic environment through experiential learning.
Highlighting the problem of plastic waste in our environment, and ensuring our future generations have the skills to mitigate this issue. Empowering all of our participants to know that they can make a difference to help restore our natural environment.
Ensuring all New Zealand children can participate in water-related programmes that allow them to be confident and comfortable in, and knowledgeable about, the aquatic environment - no matter their socio-economic class or ability.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT
Sustainability is at the centre of our business. It is our core practice to promote water-safety and the restoration of the environment. The ocean is our classroom, office, storefront, and our playground.
We are proud supporters of the TIA Tourism Sustainability Commitment and are making waves towards reducing the amount of plastic in the ocean.
Through our school programmes, the Kaupapa Maori Principle of Ata (growing respectful relationships) is central in our mahi (work). With this principle in mind, we build matauranga (knowledge) and connection with the ocean through experiential learning.
OWNER & OPERATOR
As the owner of Sup Bro, Scotty’s passion is to provide a fun, accessable and sustainable activity for everyone - Paddleboarding! Six years ago, when Sup Bro was established, Scotty quickly fostered a relationship with many schools in Northland. Since then Scotty has taught thousands of children of all ages and abilities to SUP. After completing a Diploma in Marine and Outdoor Tourism and becoming a PADI Dive Instructor in his younger years, Scotty went on to work as a Level 3 ADAS offshore construction diver, Dive medic and advanced Rigger around the South Pacific.
Scotty has countless hours of experience both under the ocean and on top driving boats. As a skipper, Scotty has worked in tourism in the Coromandel and the Tutukaka Coast. More recently Scotty took the role of a rowing coach for Huanui College and helped his team to be placed second in New Zealand! As a Father of three, an avid surfer and all round adventure seeker with a strong passion for protecting the ocean, Sup Bro has become a pathway for Scotty to share his love for the water with everyone.
Jo is equally passionate about our watery backyard. For the last four years, Jo has been teaching in the water as a PADI Dive Instructor and on land as a Yoga and group fitness instructor. Recently Jo has completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology where she focused her studies on outdoor leadership and applied conservation.
Now, with her degree behind her, she is excited to be working behind the scenes with Scotty for the last 2 years to bring fun, educational experiences to kids that inspire them to love and protect the ocean. Always up for a challenge, Jo sees the ocean as both her playground and her office and wants to do everything she can to keep the seas beautiful and ensure that the ocean remains a sustainable resource for future generations.
Henry has recently joined us at SupBro for the 2019/20 season. Henry has the ambitions of becoming a teacher so he has thrown himself in the world of teaching by working at the international school, Marlborough College Malaysia and Junior Kings Canterbury and Highfield School, back in the U.K.
During his seasonal work Henry has worked with students aged 4 to 70+ out onto the water immersing them in the adventures and fun that paddleboarding has to offer. Henry hopes to inspire all those that he instructs to create a new founded love for the outdoors and to get out and experience the wonders of the natural world, as much as possible.
Lucy joined the team as an internationally recognized SUP instructor in 2018, after spending 5+ years after working in remote locations internationally with adventurers aged from 6 - 60+ from all over the world. She has just been working in Australia for the last 2 years taking students on multi-day expeditions to remote locations of Australia helping them to be 'Real World Ready'. She has a deep connection with the water, and is passionate about bringing outdoor education to every person who wishes to embrace the outdoors. Lucy is a very experienced paddler with many international outdoor qualifications to a very high standard. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Kent in England.
She believes there should be no limits or barriers to stop you from engaging with the amazing experiences the outdoors has to offer.
Tim joined the team in 2015 as an lead instructor. Tim comes from a wealth of open ocean paddling and is the founder and race director of New Zealand's annual toughest Open Ocean race 'Zest Brokers Poor Knights Crossing' and sits on the Canoe Racing NZ long distance committee.
Tim has played a leading role in the development of our Safe Waters Programme. A former surf lifesaving volunteer and competitor with a wide experience in water based activities. Heavily involved in ocean ski and waka ama and a qualified stand up instructor.
Ben joined the company in 2016 as an SUP instructor. Ben has many passions for the water such as diving, fishing and rowing. He loves to emerce himself with anything do with the water and has a huge respect for the ocean, and the conservation of it.
Ben is eager to bring access paddleboarding to those of all ages and abilities. Ben is also studying Sustainable Engineering at the Victoria University.
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