About the Freshwater Bay Paddleboard Co

BASED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT, FRESHWATER BAY PADDLEBOARD COMPANY HAS A MISSION TO CREATE THE HIGHEST QUALITY STAND UP PADDLE BOARDS.  OUR SPECIALITY IS LONGBOARD SURF SUPS AND PREMIUM INFLATABLE SUPS.

Charlie Cripwell

Charlie Cripwell

Owner/Director

Charlie is a Freshwater Bay resident and avid SUP boarder.  Having owned SUP boards from most of the major manufacturers as well as some smaller ones, Charlie couldn’t justify spending upwards of £1000 on boards that still weren’t what he wanted.

He frustratingly found he was either buying high quality but expensive boards with a design or style he wasn’t happy with, or buying nice looking boards that didn’t meet his strict quality requirements.  Ever the perfectionist, Charlie believes that if what you want isn’t available then you create it yourself! So, he started Freshwater Bay Paddleboard Company to create SUP boards of a style and quality that weren’t readily available on the UK market.

Prior to launch, Charlie spent a year developing and testing prototypes.  In many cases testing them to destruction and starting over again, in a quest to produce the highest quality SUP boards that stand out from the crowd.

You can also read the ‘Behind the Brand’ interview Charlie gave to SUPMAG UK.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Development Rider

Scott is Freshwater Bay Paddleboard Company’s Development Rider.  As one of the few people that can genuinely be called a Waterman, Scott has competed at a National and International level as a Surfer, Windsurfer and SUP boarder.  Scott was also responsible for bringing some of the first SUP boards to the UK from Hawaii in 2004.

Scott has been a team rider and test rider for some of the industries biggest brands.  His wealth of knowledge helps to ensure that Freshwater Bay Paddleboards meet the requirements of the most demanding riders.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Head of Production

Steve heads up our solid SUP production department, and is responsible for Quality Control at our factory.  With over 30 years experience of shaping and board production for some of Australia’s leading Surf and SUP Brands, Steve is well known in the surf industry.  He holds our factory to account, ensuring that the boards pass our strict quality requirements.

 

Alan Reed

Alan Reed

Team Rider

One of the original Punk surfers, Al Reed has been a competitive surfer from a young age.  He has been South Coast Longboard surfing Champion for 13 years as well as British Masters Longboard Champion.  Al is also a stand out SUP rider and well placed to represent Freshwater Bay Paddleboard Co on the competitive circuit. He currently loves riding our Classic 9’11 in anything from knee high rollers to double overhead reef breaks!