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Necker Island: What’s SUP?

No seriously, what is SUP? Don't worry, the first time we heard about SUP we didn't know what this was either! SUP stands for Stand-Up Paddle Board and is something that the water sports team on Necker are really enthusiastic about!

At the start of August, a SUP water polo court arrived on Necker. This inflatable piece of equipment has found its home on Turtle Beach and has been a popular activity for our water sports team and guests ever since.

Three people playing Stand Up Paddle Board Water Polo

So, for the land-locked among us what are the rules of SUP water polo? Here is a quick breakdown to get you up to speed:

  • There are six players on the water at any one time, three per team. An umpire watches the match from the side lines to not only keep track of the score but also to keep an eye out for any illegal moves.
  • The aim of the game is to try and stay on your board (easier said than done) while passing the ball between the members of your team to try and get as many balls into the back of the opposition's net as possible. The team which scores the most goals are crowned the Necker Champions.
  • The game is divided into two halves each lasting for 10 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, the teams switch ends.
  • During the match, teams can either throw the ball to each other or they can use the paddles as scoops to move the ball across the court.
  • If the score is tied at the end of the game, each player will shoot one shot at goal from the mid-field - the equivalent of a penalty shoot-out in football. The team that scores the most goals wins.

So, now that you are well versed in the rules of SUP water polo, come and give it a go! The water sports team are always looking for new opponents so come up and step-up, or should that be stand-up, to the challenge.