• 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Is an inflatable SUP right for me?

    Over at Paddlefast HQ, it didn't take us long to mull this one over! If you've never tried paddleboarding before, the whole buying experience can feel a little overwhelming.

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