About Us

We’re crazy about SUP. We just want to share it with everyone.

We’re Earl and Elisha Wykes, and we’re passionate flat water paddle boarders who simply want to share this amazing sport with others, in a truly beautiful location.

We have both trained with Surfing NZ, to be International Surfing Accredited Stand Up Paddle Boarding instructors on Flat Water. Elisha has a Bachelor of Sports Management degree, along with Coaching & Fitness certificates. Earl is a keen sportsman, with a love for the outdoors, and has completed Iron mans and triathlons in the past.  Both have recently become Boat Safe Instructors, assisting the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council deliver boat safety messages to primary school children.

About us Earl
Earl – ISA Sup Instructor/First Aider (Level 2) – has run his own Plumbing & Gas fitting business for the past 28 years.  He has put down the tools to enjoy his passion for paddle boarding. His favourite saying is “Life is too short not too”.

About us Elisha
Elisha – ISA Sup Instructor/First Aider (Level 2) – Elisha loves to paddle board at a relaxed pace in order to soak up the atmosphere. After gaining level 1 certification in Yin Yoga, she now loves to offer one on one SUP Yin Yoga sessions to private clients or small groups.


Bella – Watch Dog – our youngest helper who loves to paddleboard with Mum, not much use except to look cute in her life jacket.



Eloise MacKay

What an awesome experience!! Great tuition by Earl and Elisha and before the end of the hour we were up standing on the board! We totally recommend this for everyone to give it a go

Antony Willis

Had tried paddle boarding before without any proper instruction and I didn't really enjoy it. Now that I have had a proper lesson I can't believe the difference and how much more enjoyable it is. Earl was a fantastic instructor and made my wife (who was a bit hesitant) comfortable on the water, so much so she went back for more the next day. Looking forward to our improver lesson. Highly recommend!!

Tere Morales-Probert

New Zealand has so much outdoors activities and SUP is a great option, we had a great time this morning, 100% must do experience and with professional instruction like these guys it's a no brainier.

Jodi and Jono Henning

WOW. We had an amazing End of year function with Paddle boarding Hawkes Bay! Thank you so much! We highly recommend going Paddle Boarding with Paddle Boarding Hawkes Bay - Jodi

What a fantastic experience. We truly enjoyed every second of our time with Earl and Elisha paddling through Pandora Pond! HIGHLY recommend Paddle Boarding Hawkes Bay to anyone looking to enjoy a fun experience on the water! - Jono

Anu Chavali

I took the improver class early this morning and it was awesome!! Totally worth the time and money and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone self taught!


Paddle Boarding is for everyone, I am a double below knee amputee and have always wanted to paddle board. Thanks to instructor Elisha she made that happen. I'm am completely hooked and loving being on the water. Fantastic Hawkes Bay company.


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