Paddlefast are fortunate enough to be located just by the Union Canal. With various launch points within easy reach, we opted to launch from the pretty Muiravonside Parish Church and head Eastwards towards Linlithgow and the Avon Aqueduct.Continue reading
Paddlefast have snaffled a 2018 Starboard Tikhine Wave 11'2 inflatable paddleboard for us to try out ahead of the 2018 boards becoming available next month. (and we're feeling smug!)
New to the Starboard line up in 2018, this board allowed Sonni Honscheid (artist) to combine her two favourite passions of art and SUP to create the design of this amazing inflatable paddleboard.Continue reading
Now that Spring has officially sprung, the clocks have gone forward and (most) of the snow has melted, it’s time for us to break out the new 2017 demo boards and get Paddlefast's Paddleclub back on the water.
Paddleclub is an excuse for folk to get together with like-minded paddlers (mostly Stand Up Paddleboards, but we’re an inclusive bunch J), take advantage of the lighter evenings we have in the summer and go exploring the various waterways around our country. It’s also an opportunity to try out equipment and maybe try your hand at something new. Continue reading
As we make our final preparations to head south to Alexandra Palace, London for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, we are delighted to reveal the Dinghy Show deals from the various brands we represent. You will find us on the Sailingfast Stand at B54 in the main hall.
Dinghy Show Deals valid until Monday 6th March
To take advantage of these special offers from the comfort of your own home, please contact the office on 01324 861 756 (the line will forward to our event mobile while we're at the Dinghy Show) or via email email@example.com and we'd be happy to put together a quote for you. Deals are available until the close of business on Monday 6th March.Continue reading
Promoting SUP within the marine industry
The Paddlefast team are very excited by the opportunity. This allows us to promote Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) to marine industry professionals. These guys are on the front line, teaching the paddleboarders, surfers, windsurfers and sailors of the future. Continue reading
The Paddleboarding Basics, according to Red Paddle/Paddlefast
If you have never been paddleboarding before, don’t worry, help is at hand. Getting started is easier than you might first think and doesn’t always involve getting wet, honest! (NB. That does depend slightly on your personal sense of balance…)
- Contact a local/nearby retailer or watersport centre. Chances are they have paddleboards available for hire, or lessons or even a demo day where you can go along and try the boards before committing your hard earned cash.
- What to wear? People agonise over this and to be honest common sense should keep you right! What would you wear to go to the gym, go jogging or cycling? Any sportswear is fine, although bear in mind it might get wet, so bring a spare set and a towel, just in case. Keep an eye on the weather before your session as well and pack an extra layer if it’s looking cooler than normal or a lightweight anorak if it’s going to rain.
- Footwear vs no footwear? Personal choice and temperature rule here. I personally prefer to go barefoot but in the middle of Dec...
- Have a go. Don’t be afraid to just get on the water and get involved. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll get wet!
- Find the balance point on the board. This is usually either side of the handle in the middle.
- Start on your knees, with them either side of the balance point. Push off gently: the sooner you’re away from the edge (eg pontoon/jetty), the better, because you will instinctively lean towards it which throws your balance off.
- Check you’ve got the paddle the right way round (you'd be surprised...)
- Use your knees to wobble the board – go on, see how far you can push it (it’s also a very good work out for your thighs!)
- You’ve got this – easy, right?!
- now the standing up bit… So, with the paddle in both hands, put your hands on the board in front of you. Transfer some of your weight to your hands and check your feet are on or next to the balance point, shoulder-width apart. Now transfer your weight on to your feet and walk your hands back til you’re in a standing position.
- Extend your paddle handle if you need to and now try the wobble trick again - how far can you push it before you tip in?
- Now – Look at the view!! It’s pretty awesome being out on the water, isn’t it? Your feet are fine, they know what they’re doing, so stop looking at them and enjoy wherever you are.
Put your paddle in towards the front of the board and sweep outwards at a 90 degree angle. Your board will turn away from the paddle. To turn quickly, you can then 'back paddle' on the opposite side to continue the momentum.
Put your paddle in the water just behind you and push down against the forward motion. This will slow you down, and turn your board so experiment before coming back alongside and wiping out in front of everyone!
When you come off the water, please remember the Adrenalin will wear off pretty quickly so don’t get cold. Get an extra layer on while you pack away your paddle gear, have a hot drink and some munchies in the car. I hope you took some pictures, or your friends did, because they’re all going to want proof that you went paddleboarding and did/didn’t get wet!!
As a wee addendum to this blog post, please ensure that any time you go paddleboarding, you wear a leash at all times and a PFD (personal flotation device) or buoyancy aid of some description. It is a requirement on some bodies of water, such as Loch Lomond, to wear a PFD so don’t get caught out, but more importantly – SAFETY FIRST. These safety features should be included at any watersport centre or if you’re doing a demo with a retailer, if not then find another organisation to have a go with.
You can find details of our upcoming demo days on our Facebook Page Events section or drop us a line on 01324 861 756.
Paddlefast, are exhibiting at Scotland’s Boat Show 14th-16th October. We will have on display some of the range of inflatable paddleboards we stock. For details of the exciting show offers and the Paddle Club meet ups, please pop by the stand.
Paddlefast owner, Emma Hepplewhite, says, “We’ve had a fantastic summer exploring new places by Stand Up Paddleboard and look forward to sharing the joy of the sport with you. Please join myself and the team at Scotland's Boat Show.”
Scotland's Boat Show Offers
We can offer new and used paddleboards from a variety of manufacturers along with every spare part. Coupled with our attention to detail and personal touch, we can offer exceptional customer service. We will also be selling our 2016 demo boards at an excellent price to make way for the new 2017 ranges.
Paddleclub dates for Winter 2016
In addition, find out more about our regular Paddleclub meet ups. Paddleclub meet in the summer on every second Tuesday at a variety of venues across Central Scotland. The format during the winter changes slightly with dates on weekends to take advantage of the limited light. For further details, subscribe to our Facebook Events' page. The only pre-requisite is that you share a love of biscuits and a set of spare clothes, just in case.
Sister company, Sailingfast will also be taking advantage of the display area to some of the LaserPerformance Range as well as the classic Topper and details of the corporate discounts available to organisations and companies that teach sailing. Tickets to the show are free, with £5 for car parking paid on the day.
Paddlefast report their Tuesday night Paddleclub has become a firm fixture in the summer calendar. Paddleclub is an informal get together in a variety of locations, everyone from first timers to experienced paddlers are welcome to come along and get involved.
Paddlefast founder and owner, Emma Hepplewhite, says, “Paddleclub started out with just 2 intrepid paddlers back in the snows of April. Numbers have hit double figures a couple of times over the summer. I’m delighted to say word is spreading and we now have a few regulars at each location.”
Paddle locations have included sea venues, canals and lochs including Largs, Dalgety Bay, Loch Ard, Loch Lomond and various canal launch points such as the Boathouse, Kilsyth, the Park Bistro, Linlithgow, Meggetland, Edinburgh and the Bridge Inn, Ratho.
With experienced paddlers teaming up to go exploring longer distances, the beginners are shown the basics and usually off chasing the more experienced paddlers within half an hour! Paddlefast had been offering their demo boards for people to try at Paddleclub free of charge.
Emma continues, “The long-term aim is for the regulars to run Paddleclub but for now, we’re always happy to see new faces. The only essential piece of kit is to bring some biscuits along with you for afterwards – oh, and perhaps a spare change of clothes!”
Paddleclub Winter Plans 2016
As the nights are drawing in, Paddlefast will post up details of a few weekend paddles over the weekend. We may even explore further afield! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for event updates.
Paddlefast are an online SUP specialist – delivering faster paddlers. Brands available include Red Paddle, Starboard, Naish and O’Neill Wetsuits. Whether you are new to paddling or a seasoned pro, we are on the web and at the end of the phone to help with your SUP needs.
We packed up the inflatable SUPs (iSUPs) on Friday and hoped and prayed that the weather would be kind to us on Sunday in time for our 11am SUP launch. I'm delighted to say that the weather was fine: warm and sunny with barely a breath of wind in the morning. However, the water temperature was still a bit nippy so most opted to wear their O'Neill Wetsuits!
After a couple of years representing Ovington Boats, Duncan Hepplewhite is returning to the company he started nearly 15 years ago – Sailingfast.
Duncan came up trumps at the recent RYA Scotland Awards Dinner, winning the ‘Coach of the Year 2015’ Award. On the back of this success, Duncan has received several requests to coach classes from GP14s to Musto Skiffs and everything in between. Combined with a desire to spend some more time at home with the family, Duncan has decided to take up the various coaching opportunities as they arise.
Originally called Scottish Sailing, Duncan founded the business in 2002 when he was just starting out as a coach. Initially set up to provide spares and clothing to dinghy sailors at the various events around Scotland, the business quickly grew to include boats (including Laser and Topper) and other brands (North Sails One Design, UV Covers, Black Diamond, Queensport Hikers).
More recently, as wife Emma came on board in the last couple of years, the business rebranded to the more inclusive Sailingfast and haven’t looked back. Only last year they launched new business venture Paddlefast to capitalise on the popularity of stand-up-paddleboarding (SUP). At sailing events up and down the country, you will find Duncan coaching on the water and Emma out on a paddleboard watching the racing (or taking Alexander from rib to rib looking for banter, giggles and treats!).
Sailingfast and Paddlefast are delighted to have Duncan back at the helm, bringing with him his many years of experience in the marine industry both on and off the water. If you would like to take advantage of his award-winning coaching skills or in depth marine knowledge please contact us.