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  • Naish Product testing for 2019

    This week has been a busy time heading all the way down to the south coast to do a little product testing. We spent a very productive couple of hours with Alex from Naish SUP trying out some of their hard boards.

    Conditions were perfect at Weymouth with light breeze and sunshine. We launched in the harbour for a quick shot of the following boards:

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  • 2019 SUP Ranges Available

    Naish details for 2019

    Paddlefast are delighted to announce the 2019 SUP ranges from Naish SUP are now available. We have the Naish One 12’6 in the new 2019 colours (see photos). The black and yellow has been updated to more black and white and there is an Alana version too.

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  • Paddleclub Central Scotland goes from strength to strength in 2018

    Phew, what a year!! With the nights drawing in, and our last Tuesday paddleclub Central Scotland session coming up on 25th September, it seems appropriate to reflect on what has been an epic 4th year for Paddlefast’s Paddleclub.

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  • Paddleclub 2018 up and running

    Winter break and a new arrival

    Some of our more frequent customers and Paddleclub attendees will know that we have had a quieter than usual 6 months at Paddlefast as we welcome the arrival of baby Ellie. Awwwww.

    However, the call of the water is strong and I am desperate to get back to fighting fitness - what better way than getting Paddleclub back up and running for 2018!

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  • Paddleclub Sessions over the Avon Aqueduct

    Avon Aqueduct info boardsPaddlefast 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.

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  • Starboard 2018 Tikhine Board Available for demo

    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!)

    Artistic Design

    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.

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  • Spring has sprung - Paddlefast's Paddleclub dates for 2017

    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.

    The What

    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

  • Paddlefast Dinghy Show Deals 2017

    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 info@paddlefast.co.uk and we'd be happy to put together a quote for you. Deals are available until the close of business on Monday 6th March.

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  • Paddlefast to exhibit at RYA Scotland Training Events

    Paddlefast will be exhibiting at two watersport-focused events on 25th and 26th February. The RYA Scotland-hosted events will be based at the Loch Leven Community Campus.

    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 and Paddlefast

    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…)

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Naish One Barefoot in GardaFootwear vs no footwear? Personal choice and temperature rule here. I personally prefer to go barefoot but in the middle of Dec...
    4. 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!

    The Basics

    Assuming you have a leash, PFD and a paddle in hand, you’re good to go.

    1. Ratho Paddleclub demoFind the balance point on the board. This is usually either side of the handle in the middle.
    2. 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.
    3. Check you’ve got the paddle the right way round (you'd be surprised...)
    4. Paddling on your knees - success!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!)
    5. You’ve got this – easy, right?!
    6. 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.
    7. 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?
    8. 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.

      Turning

      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.

      Stopping

      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!

    Red Paddle into small carPacking up

    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!!

    Safety first

    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.

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