SUP Club

SUP Club – free of charge – every Wednesday evening. Come join us!

Our free Wednesday evening SUP Club returns from 13th April 2022 – for its tenth full summer season! And having operated fully COVID-Secure for the last couple of years, fingers crossed we’ve no need for the extra precautions this season…
Every week, we’ll post a ‘heads-up’ on our social media (and below on this web page) on Monday or Tuesday, then the ‘final call’ as an event on Facebook @SUPsectUK (details also below on this page) confirming all details by Wednesday morning when we can be absolutely sure of the weather forecast. Venues, routes and timings will change week to week depending on tides, weather and likely conditions.
All competent paddlers (by which we mean comfortable and confident standing-up and paddling non-stop for 90-minutes) are very welcome. SUP Club is completely free if you have your own kit and know how to paddle it – we offer hire kit to graduates of our Learn to SUP courses when conditions and routes are suitable.

SUPsect SUP Club meets every Wednesday night throughout British Summer Time, from when the clocks go forward in spring to when they go back in autumn – if you have your own kit and know how to paddle it, it’s completely free of charge and you’re very welcome to just come along and join us. If you don’t have your own board, limited hire kit is available when conditions and route are suitable – as long as you have completed our Learn to SUP course or can prove competence on a stand-up paddleboard (email [email protected] to secure yours…)

We go every week throughout BST, whatever the weather, so conditions will dictate how tough / easy the evening will be and how long / short the route. Some weeks, particularly when it’s warm, sunny and still, we’ll call an ‘all-comers’ night that will be very relaxed and suitable for everyone. But other weeks, often when it’s windy and/or cold, we might call it a ‘challenging’ or even ‘hardcore’ night that will demand some experience and paddling strength / confidence to keep up with the group and therefore won’t suit first-time SUP Clubbers.

We paddle at various Essex SUP spots depending on tide times and conditions: some of our favourites launches include Two Tree, Chalkwell and Thorpe Bay on the Thames Estuary, Hullbridge on the River Crouch, and Mill House, Papermill Lock (where we teach our paddleboard lessons) and Hoe Mill Lock on the River Chelmer. After the paddle, which usually lasts from 90 minutes to 2-hours covering c. 6-9km, we generally fit in a post paddle pint – and often dinner at a pub or curryhouse too (although that’s absolutely not compulsory, everyone is very welcome to join us for either, both, or neither!)

While we try to keep SUP Club as relaxed as possible, in order for it to work safely and effectively we do need to operate within a few simple rules:
• Leashes are compulsory for all paddlers at all times.
• No late launching (especially if you’re pumping up, please arrive in plenty of time to make the published launch time).
• No chewing gum on the water.
• Respect the turning time / place (as per the call and/or briefing) so we all get back broadly together as a group.
• Please paddle responsibly and courteously – don’t endanger yourself or other water users by paddling unsafely.

Full details of SUP Club, which vary week to week depending on weather, tides and wind, are published Facebook page @SUPsectUK. (And below!) As the forecast develops we’ll give a heads-up of the likely location via Facebook on Tuesday evening, before calling the event for sure by Wednesday lunchtime.

SUP Club – Wednesday 6th July 2022

SUP Club heads-up: it looks like breeze could stay a couple of knots too strong and a few degrees too westerly for general coastal comfort on Wednesday, so we’re anticipating a return trip to the river for a broadly similar evening to last week. TBC with the full call on Wednesday morning…

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SUPsect necktube

£10.00

These SUPsect necktubes aren’t facemasks and definitely aren’t clinical standard, but call them what you will – buff, necktube, bandana, snood – they’ve long been a handy outdoor garment that can be worn in a wide variety of ways from neck-warmer to headscarf, and of course a face covering… Made from fully recycled microfibre fabric (recycled from PET plastic, mostly plastic bottles) we’re proud that these are helping to cut down on waste. As per the public health science, these apparently won’t do so much for preventing you from catching a virus, but will drastically cut down the chances of you passing anything on to other people. So it’s an altruistic thing; wearing something over your face looks set to become the polite thing to do in many enclosed public settings. Delivered via 1st class post to arrive in 2-3 working days.

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As we gradually emerge into the ‘new normal’, it looks like face coverings might become a standard part of everyday life. These SUPsect necktubes aren’t facemasks and definitely aren’t clinical standard, but call them what you will – buff, necktube, bandana, snood – they’ve long been a handy outdoor garment that can be worn in a wide variety of ways from neck-warmer to headscarf, and of course a face covering… Made from fully recycled microfibre fabric (recycled from PET plastic, mostly plastic bottles) we’re proud that these are helping to cut down on waste. As per the public health science, these apparently won’t do so much for preventing you from catching a virus, but will drastically cut down the chances of you passing anything on to other people. So it’s an altruistic thing; wearing something over your face looks set to become the polite thing to do in many enclosed public settings. Delivered via 1st class post to arrive in 2-3 working days, for our first batch of online orders we’re throwing in a free SUPsect branded pen too (also made from recycled plastic).