• Paddlefast Tuesday Paddleclub Success

    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.”

    Paddleclub Locations

    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.

  • Spring arrives in time for Sport Relief SUP in Largs

    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!
  • Duncan Hepplewhite returns to Paddlefast

    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).

    21st Century working! 21st Century working!

    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.

  • 2016 SUP ranges available

    The 2016 brochures have arrived, and we're furiously beavering away in the background to get these uploaded on to the website for your viewing pleasure.

    Brands include Naish, Red Paddle Co, Starboard and BiC.

    In the meantime, please contact the office on 01324 861 756 or via email if you wish further information, prices or a demo.

  • Joggers to Journalists give SUP a Shot

    Sunday 22nd November dawned clear and gorgeous, if a little chilly - perfect conditions for beginners to have a go on the various demo boards on the canal.

    Boards inflated and ready for action by 10am, the mercury venturing slowly upwards from the 2 degrees mark. Fortunately, true to their word, the Park Bistro opened at 10:30am in time for bacon rolls and coffee.

    From dog walkers to cyclists, heads turned to see what on earth was happening and a couple of intrepid joggers borrowed life jackets to have a quick shot before continuing on their 5km run.

    Towards the end of the day we were visited by Gavin from the Falkirk Herald, to do a follow up piece on this 'new' sport. The sun was still shining away so hopefully the photographer got a couple of good shots.

    The murky canal water combined with freezing November temperatures provided enough of an incentive not to fall in fortunately for all concerned. That said, the Red 10'6 proved to be the most popular board, but only because the majority of the people who attended had never SUPed before.

  • Review of the Starboard 11'2 Astro Blend Zen

    Finally spotting a dry patch between the clouds, I took to the Union Canal this morning in our demo Starboard 11’2 x 32 Astro Blend Zen. This is the first time I have actually been on the board myself and I must say, I was impressed.

    Unpacking the bag, the Astro Blend comes with 2 fixed blades on the underside, protected by grey armbands in the bag. In addition there is a US fin box and a removable fin, which has to be screwed into position (NB – no screwdriver is required although there is an ‘x’ in the top in case you wish to use one). The board itself features a very comfortable handle in the middle plus a handle at the stern for strapping your paddle in position should you wish to indulge in a spot of Yoga or similar. The Eva deckpad is comfortable under the toes or should I say dinghy boots as it is only 6 degrees outside! Continue reading

  • Loch Venachar Demo Day - Aerial Footage

    Well it was a chilly weekend, but thank you to those who came to try out the paddles and boards at Loch Venacher Sailing Club last Saturday.

    My thanks in particular go to Ben and the team at local firm Altitude Media Events who took this drone footage and put together a short montage for us. If you would like a quote for your own event, please drop them a line 

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  • Upcoming Demo Days - November

    Red Paddle Range of InflatableAs the new boards arrive for 2016 with us and Christmas creeps ever closer, we're putting on a couple of demo days so you can have a shot before committing to a particular board.

    Dates: Saturday 14th November - Loch Venacher Sailing Club Sunday 22nd November - Canal at the Park Bistro, Linlithgow Saturday 28th November - Bardowie Sailing Club (off Craigmaddie Road)

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  • Flat-water SUP Course Edinburgh

    Trying to get the sport of SUP off the ground in Scotland is going to take a fair amount of enthusiastic volunteers in the early stages. With this in mind, one of the SUP in Scotland Group regulars is organising a flat-water SUP Instructor course in Edinburgh on 24th and 25th November. Continue reading

  • Sold out success at Scotland's Boat Show

    A fantastic, if slightly damp, weekend weather-wise, Paddlefast's inaugural exhibition at Scotland's Boat Show was a sell out success! From the Naish demo boards to the brand new Starboard and Red boards, all were snapped up thanks to the show deals.  Continue reading

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