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!
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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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgContinue reading
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
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