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Blue Chip; spanning two centuries has over 35 years of experience driven knowledge, it's no wonder Blue Chip SUP Store is the No1 SUP Supplier in the UK. Come and visit us at our High Street Store, we open our doors at 07:30, Blue Chip - more than just an internet store

Blue Chip holds the largest stocks of SUP boards in London and the UK. We offer the best package deals available.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Thames from Teddington & Kingston to Shepperton & Chertsey twice a week, every week. Blue Chip has been a professional water sports store since 1980 and at the forefront of SUP in the UK since the beginning. Check out our Blue Chip SUPer Club online blog with 200,000+ viewings, we are not just following a trend and jumping on the band wagon, we're setting the trend and moving the sport forward all the time. Blue Chip is probably the leading SUP store and SUP school in the UK.

We have the best array of SUP accessories available in the UK and always at the best prices. We’re constantly on the lookout for more great value Stand-up Paddleboarding gear, so if we don’t have something that you’re after, please let us know. We’ll do our best to find it!

Some things are better with experience

And Blue Chip has over 30 years of experience driven knowledge
Let us share our experience and knowledge with you on

Sunday 27th April 2014
Paddle Technique Workshop

  • We have shown you the best of the boards

  • Now let us help you get the best out of your board 

  • We are now offering you the chance to have some paddling
    technique coaching and best of all It's

  • We can advise you on blade design, blade size and paddle length

  • Click here for full details

Saturday 17th May 2014

at the Thames Sailing Club
This is a UK SUP Club National Race Event

In 2013 - 111  Paddlers
(inc. Jamie Mitchell) took part, don't miss out...

Breaking News:

  • Great news, we are proud to announce that Tomas Januska's  "Digi Toast Productions" photography & video company will be at BOTT 2014 and will be  filming of this years "Battle of the Thames". 
  • Digi Toast Productions will be producing a DVD on BOTT which will be available shortly after the event.
  • So here is your chance to get some great shots of you in action at the BOTT

Event Schedule Race Plans Risk Assessment

Local reasonably priced hotels from just £32  
(Friday night will be the 15th Kingston Beer & Cider Festival)

   Travel Lodge Hotels close to BOTT                                       Premier Inn Hotels close to BOTT

  • 1st 2nd and 3rd in each of the 12 classes including the sprints will get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals (boys, girls and i-SUPs)
    • 1st 14' & 12' 6 over the line of the 10 mile course will receive £100 (male & female)
    • 2nd over the line will receive £70 (male & female)
    • 3rd over the line will receive £30 (male & female)
  • All competitors will be put into a free draw for all the other prizes so everyone has an equal chance of coming away with a prize
  • All competitors will get an event medal
  • Prize giving and prize draw will happen soon after the 10 mile race
  • 1st over the line of the 10 mile course will also have their name inscribed on the event shield:
  • Medals for the 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 2 mile fun race (hard shell and inflatable)
1st over the line of the 10 mile course will also have
their name inscribed on the event shield
  • 2011 Ryan James
  • 2012 Pete Holiday
  • 2013 Jamie Mitchell
  • 2014 ??????
Due to the large number of entrants, this year we will be operating a staggered start:
Race start sequences will be as follows with 3 minutes between each start : -
  •  10:45 - 14’ Men
  •  10:48 – 12’ 6 Men
  •  10:51 – 14’ Ladies
  •  10:54 – 12’6 Ladies
  •  10:57 – Surf Shapes
  •  11:00 – 2 Mile Fun Race

Board Class: 3 Hard shell classes + plus 3 i-SUP classes
  Hard Shell Inflatable
14' Men Women Men Women
12' 6 Men Women Men Women
Surf Class Men Women Men Women
Sprints Men Women Any board
Junior Class Boys Girls  2 Mile Fun Race only  (any 12'6 board)
Junior Class Boys Girls  2 Mile Fun Paddle only  (Surf Class only)
Surf Class:  Length: - - 12’ 6” maximum, no weight limit, Hard shell boards must be a surfboard style in shape with the minimum dimensions, nose 17” wide (12” back from nose), 14” tail (12” up from the tail) and maximum thickness of 5”. Basically, most 12’ 6” or less crossover / surf style standard production boards will fit into this category.  i-SUP boards, 12' 2" or less

Medal and Prize distribution:

  • Medals: 1st 2nd and 3rd in each of the 6 classes including the sprints will get Gold, Silver and Bronze medals (men & women and i-SUPs)  
  •  Prizes: As this is an all inclusive SUP event, all race numbers will be pulled out of the hat at random to will all the prizes supplied by our sponsors, so the paddlers that finish at the back of the fleet could win the best prizes..!

  1. I am aware of the physically strenuous nature of this event, the risks both medically and physically. By registering for the event I confirm I am healthy and fit (physically and medically) enough to complete this event. I accept that should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the event which is likely to affect my ability to compete will be reason to withdraw in accordance with these conditions.

Please read the following waivers and agreements carefully:
By registering for the event, you acknowledge that you have both read and understood all text presented to you as part of the registration process. They include releases of liability and waiver of legal rights, and deprive you of the ability to sue certain parties.
NOTE: if you are registering for a number of competitors, you are accepting total and unequivocal responsibility to ensure that each person you are registering reads, accepts and complies with paragraph "a." above and the event "waver and agreement".   
Click here for the full wording of the waver and agreement

Advanced Registration for 10 mile and 2 mile course (closes at midnight Friday 9th May)
Registration fee  £20
Registration fee including a £5 donation towards a Thames Day Licence
  •  All Event Participants are required to declare and collect their race numbers at the event registration desk between 08:00 and 09:45 on the day of the event.
  • There will be a £10 administration charge to make any changes on the day regarding   BOARD CLASS, BOARD CONSTRUCTION or RACE DISTANCE  
Click here to download the detailed registration form in Word format Please complete the "detailed registration form" in full and return to
Click here to download the detailed registration form in PDF format Please complete the "detailed registration form" in full and return to

River Thames Licence details:

  • As the "Battle of the Thames" will be held on the River Thames, all craft including Stand Up Boards must have a Thames Licence to paddle their boards on the Thames. (one licence per paddler)


  • British Canoe Union Members will already have a full British Waterways licence.
  • You may already have a Thames Licence

The Environment Agency charge £8.50 for a River Thames Day Licence. Blue Chip will be subsidising this, the charge for the Day Licence for the BOTT Event will only be £5.

 Registration after 10th May
Registration fee   £30
Thames Day Licence after 10th May  £8.50
Board hire for the event:  Board model to be confirmed  (12'6 race class)  Limited availability 

Sponsors of BOTT 2014

Event Location:  Thames Sailing Club, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HH

TSC is just in the Low Emission Zone

  • Bacon Sarnies available from 08:30
  • The races will include the  "Battle of the Thames"  10 mile From TSC down past Queen's Promenade, past the riverside bars and restaurants to Kingston Bridge, then turn back upstream  and around the island of Ravens then back down to Kingston before paddling back up to the finish line at Thames Sailing Club.  
  • The Blue Chip Last Man Standing Sprint Challenge
  • Licensed Bar
  • BBQ