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.Continue reading
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!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
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!
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.
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.
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