Liquid Stixx Stand Up Paddleboards

At Liquid Stixx our aim is to provide you with the highest quality, custom designed, affordable, SUP gear.

We want to make it available for everyone to enjoy, we offer a large range of the highest custom quality EPS and Soft-top SUP’s. We also have a large selection of paddles and bags. If it is a custom design you want, come and talk with us we can custom order to suit your needs, whether it be SUP surfing, flat water or racing. Liquid Stixx will supply you with all of the latest shapes and styles of Stand Up Paddleboards on the market at very competitive prices.

LSX Paddle School

We are a mobile service in the Bay of Plenty with our head office located in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Liquid Stixx operates in several different Bay of Plenty locations and further abroad, giving us the advantage of always being in a ideal learning environment.

Safety is our first priority.

It is our commitment to make sure that you enjoy your lesson with us as we are all about adventure and having fun at Liquid Stixx.

Whether you are 5 or 95 we will make your paddling experience a memorable event.

Location, in a class of its own

We are located in Tauranga, which is one of New Zealand’s premiere spots. New Zealand has all of the waterways you could want to explore right on our doorstep. Stand up Paddling is an excellent way to surf or see all the sights where others can’t go, all while getting fit and having fun.

Photo Credit : Nathan Pettigrew

Who are the people behind Liquid Stixx?

Kirsten Wilton- Founder and Head Instructor

Kirsten is the primary instructor and deals with all of the client queries and research and board development. Kirsten grew up on the shores of Southern California and has spent her whole life on or in the water. In her younger days, Kirsten was a world class swimmer and it seemed fitting that she would have a career near the water. Stand up paddleboarding has added to list of achievements as a waterwoman.

She has been Stand Up Paddling for 7 years and has attended clinics and events overseas last year. She is an accomplished ocean athlete and has spent many hours on the harbours, waves, lakes and rivers with experienced guides, experimenting with different conditions, including white water SUP. Kirsten is one of a handful of women in New Zealand that are experienced in the whitewater on SUP and the only woman in Australasia to SUP the Waikato River ( 325kms) in 4 days to raise funds for a family in need at her surf club.

Kirsten has an extensive background in Competitive Swimming, Surf Lifesaving, Rowing and Surfing. She is a qualified and active senior Surf lifeguard for Omanu Beach and is also active in the Masters programme and has held a  position on the Omanu Board of Directors for the past five years only handing it over in 2015 for new adventures. She has Level 1 and 2 First Aid and PHEC Certificates . Kirsten has her Level 1 & 2  and 3 SUP accreditation with Academy of Surfing Instructors, an international recognised accreditation. Kirsten designed all of our first season’s boards and overseas manufacturing. In 2011, Kirsten teamed up with local and world renowned shaper, Andy Jordan to design our current series of boards.

Lee Wilton-Co-founder and Instructor

Lee has spent his life in the Bay of Plenty. He has always enjoyed the ocean and all it has to offer from body boarding to surfing. Lee has 3 years stand up paddleboarding experience. Lee Wilton operates the website and performs research as well as helping with corporate/school groups or when there is an overflow of clients. Lee also works full time at Momentive at Mount Maunganui as a Plant Operator. He has his Workplace First Aid Certificate and is also working towards his accreditation from the ASI.

About Andy Jordan, Our SUP Shaper

Andy was born 1963, in Tauranga, and surfing since 1974. Andy travelled overseas in his early years, making boards under the tutelage of Jim Carney at the Mount around 1985. Since then he’s lived at the Mount shaping boards and travelling overseas a couple of times a year testing designs and shaping overseas custom contracts. In 1990, Andy was a New Zealand team member at the World Champs and made multiple national final appearances. Andy has one National title under his belt. These days Andy would rather sponsor good surfers to compete, so he has time for business and family. Based in Tyne Street Mount Maunganui, Andy shapes quality custom made short and longboards. Andy Jordan has teamed up with Liquid Stixx to design Stand Up Paddleboards by extending his knowledge surfboard shaping forward to an emerging sport with great potential. Together they want to give New Zealanders and the rest of the world a great glide.