Events

This category will include any demo days, races, social paddles and get togethers on paddleboards
  • 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!

    Paddleclub 2018 meet ups - the when, the where?

    Paddleclub meets every second Tuesday (or thereabouts) in various locations across the Central Belt of Scotland. Occasionally you can find us further afield depending on our family and/or business plans. We like to take the boards with us and take advantage of new paddle points where possible.

    A friendly bunch, we have between 4 and 20 people turn up on any given week. It's a great way to meet some like-minded paddlers, and maybe even make new friends.

    Evening Format

    We tend to aim for a 7pm launch time, so give yourself time to arrive, pump up your board (If bringing an iSUP). The paddle itself can be an hour or two, sometimes splitting into 2 groups so the more advanced can scoot a bit further afield. We all rendezvous back at the launch point for, hopefully, a post-paddle pint at a nearby establishment.

    I don't have a board, can I hire one from you?

    Absolutely - we have set up a ticketing system this year through Eventbrite to avoid over booking. On any given evening we have up to 4 boards available to hire. Just make sure you arrive a good 30-40 minutes ahead of launch time so you can get the safety briefing and set up.

    Biscuit club with a paddle problem?!

    So, if there are no nearby establishments, BRING BISCUITS! It's hungry work paddling for a couple of hours - it would be rude not to, right?!

    So how do I book Paddleclub 2018?

    Head over to our Facebook Page Events section to see the upcoming Paddleclub 2018 events. To book, follow the link through to Eventbrite where you have a choice of booking the following tickets: 'Got my own kit, thanks' - these are free 'Board hire, please' - these are paid tickets and include board hire (inc leash and buoyancy aid if needed).

    If you can't make one of our organised Paddleclub 2018 sessions, then join our Facebook Group Paddlefast Paddleclub - Central Scotland. This is a free to join forum for like-minded paddlers to find paddle buddies or ask advice.

    Got the bug? Want a SUP of your own?

    If you have tried one of our demo boards and fancy getting one yourself, just let us know on the night and we can organise a bespoke quote. If you hire a board and then buy from us, you get the cost of your board hire back (so taken off the cost of your new board). To find out more - 01324 861 756 or email me.

  • 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

  • Paddlefast returns to Exhibit at Scotland's Boat Show

    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 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!
  • 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.

  • 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 ben@altitudeeventmedia.co.uk 

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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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