We love the idea of bringing together SUP communities from across the UK, getting everyone involved in loads of SUP activities, breaking World Record’s and having a great event that everyone can enjoy. But even more than this, the main reason we organise the Neilson SUP Armada is to raise funds for the Armada Trust, a charity dedicated to maximising funds raised from Armada events and distributing them to a range of fantastic causes.

Kitesurfing and SUP Armada events have raised over £160,000 for good causes since being established in 2013.  SUP boarders at this years Neilson SUP Armada will be raising money for the Armada Trust, which donates all funds raised through Armada events to a range of fantastic youth and rescue charities. This years event event also aims to support a number of grassroots SUP projects, helping the sport reach young people who have never had the opportunity to get involved in SUP boarding.

The Neilson SUP Armada Festival is a charity event and we want the festival to support children and young people.  This year we are raising funds to support the Armada Trust’s work, including the new Kite & SUP Youth Tour that has recently been launched. The aim of the Tour is to get 1,000 children and young people on the water who have never had the opportunity to SUP before, all for free and at 8 tour stops around the country. We then link them into local SUP schools who are helping deliver the sessions and they are away. For details of all the Tour Stops and plans please click here

If you are happy to fundraise to support the Armada Trust’s work, by fundraising as part of your participation in the Euro Tour Charity Challenge or Guinness World Record – we will refund you your entry after the event. The fundraising targets are £150 for the Euro Tour Charity Challenge (6km) and £100 for the Guinness World Record (1 mile) – hit your target and you will get your SUP Armada ticket for everything on the water completely free. A fundraising page is automatically set up for everyone when they register – with a link you can easily share with any friends and family who might like to sponsor you. Thank you and good luck!

If you would simply like to support our fundraising efforts through the Armada Trust, you can make an online donation at Virgin Money Giving. Every donation makes a difference, so whatever you can give, thank you – we are very grateful for your support.

Check out the Kite & SUP Youth Tour 2017. We are fundraising to enable this wonderful project, supporting the grassroots of our sport and children and young people who have never had the opportunity to SUP, to work with even more children in future. Your support is very much appreciated!