Blog #16 – Thames Ultra 2018

Dunc’s still on cloud 9 following his strong performance at the second big British endurance race of the season yesterday – the Thames Ultra, very ably run by Jo Hamilton-Vale and her amazing team of volunteers at UK SUP / UK Endurance Paddle Series. Although nominally 55k, this race from Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow to...

Learn to SUP lesson, Papermill Lock, Essex

Blog #15 – in full swing…

With midsummer’s day just a week away (!) our SUP school is in full swing right now – and we’re fresh back from a big weekend of paddleboard lessons up at Paper Mill Lock on the River Chelmer. In two days we’ve taught 24 paddlers over five courses – two Learn to SUP sessions on Saturday, followed...

Blog #14 – Norfolk Ultra 2018

We’ve had yet another full-on weekend – this time, it’s been all about long-distance racing as Dunc was competing at the 70km UK SUP Norfolk Ultra 2-day endurance event. Plus his awesome support crew of El, Kev, Barry and Steve also helped steward the event – and in doing so they really did SUPsect very proud!...

Blog #13 – on SUPfari #2

We’ve had a great couple of weeks – a bit busy for blogging, but we’ve finally had half a chance to catch up today! The highlight of the fortnight has to be SUPfari #2 over the late May Bank Holiday weekend as almost 20 of us went out west to Bigbury in South Devon for five...

Blog #12 – looking forward…

With another May bank holiday weekend imminent and June just around the corner, we're really looking forward to super-charging our summer of SUP! We're getting set for our next SUPfari on Friday when we're heading west to Bigbury, South Devon – we've got a big group booked up for camping at Mount Folly Farm over the bank...

Blog #11 – another big Wednesday…

So there goes another week as we accelerate into summer! Our highlight had to be last Wednesday night's SUP Club which was bound to be a busy one on the back of that mini-heatwave, plus we decided to hit Chalkwell which is always a popular option, yet it was still awesome to see over 40 paddlers on the water....

Blog #10 – Bank Holiday Fun-days!

Wow – that was some Mayday weekend! So yesterday, after a bit of cross-border cooperation and planning last week, we escaped the seething Essex masses at Southend and headed north-east to visit our friends over at Suffolk SUP for our first ever joint inter-club fun-day at their beautiful home ground of Alton Water – 'Bank Holiday...

Blog #9 – Result!

We're in a celebratory mood this week as, with the official results just posted, our Dunc has been declared 12'6" men's champion of the prestigious 10-mile Battle of the Thames race, the opening event of the 2018 GB SUP national race series. Having stuck with his trusty Red Paddle 12'6" x 25" Elite inflatable that he's been...

Blog #8 – Summer School…

Wow – that was quite some heatwave, eh? Having scored the highest April temperatures since 1949, we really couldn't have hoped for a better way to start our 2018 teaching season. Because yesterday, Sunday 22nd April, saw the first couple of our paddleboarding school's Learn to SUP lessons up at Papermill Lock. It's amazing how quickly...

Blog #7 – On SUPfari!

We're fresh back from Norfolk this week after a full-on weekend of SUP fun! Although the initial intention for our first trip of the year was an exclusively flat-water mission to Stratford-upon-Avon, the weather gods had different ideas – and on Thursday mid-morning the campsite dropped the bombshell that they were still waterlogged and had to close...