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There’s no better time than summer to get kids on the water for their first SUP experience. With light winds and warm water all you need to do is find a nice sheltered SUP spot and some kit. Many SUP brands have a kids board in their range. But did you know there’s a SUP brand designed specifically for kids? ‘Grom SUP’ is a brand available in the UK that only makes kids SUPs. The scaled down boards are ideal for getting kids into SUP… easy to paddle, manoeuvre and carry. The SUPboarder team has been getting some of the local kids to try out the Grom SUP. They’ve been loving the scaled down board and we’re sure other kids will too.  Full video review coming soon. 

 

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Grom SUP are giving one lucky kid in the UK the chance to WIN their very own SUP this summer.

To be in with the chance to get a kid stoked on SUP all you have to do is enter the competition by registering your details here. Competition closes on July the 21st.

To find out more about the SUP brand and how you can help get our future SUP stars on the water click here

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UK based board brand ‘Loco’ have been busy and working hard on their fresh new range of boards for the coming season. Loco are known for their distinctive colour ways, and have revealed a totally new look for next year due to hit the UK shores this autumn. We look forward to seeing and testing the new gear soon. But until then here’s a press release from Loco SUP about the future of Loco and their new look.

Press release : Loco

UK SUP, Surf & Kite brand Loco have been busy working on their new ranges over the last few months so we thought we’d catch up with boss man Joe Thwaites to see what’s changing and what’s new from the Loco Asylum.

So what’s been going on Joe?

It probably makes sense to contextualise the reasons for the changes before talking about the new shapes and changes to our existing ranges. Over the last couple of seasons we’ve seen a couple of new brands enter the UK market offering ‘trade prices’ which was effectively our strategy 3-4yrs ago although we’ve always erred towards offering premium £1000+ constructions for £699-1199 working with some of the World’s most exciting shapers . When we first started no one was offering full wood veneer boards but as time has gone on every copycat brand has flocked to it so it’s definitely time to refresh our aesthetic.

So does this mean you’ll be ditching your price point glass construction as well?

Having worked with factories in China with varying degrees of success over the last few years we’ve had the opportunity to test a wide variety of constructions. It is possible to have boards made for buttons in China but they’re normally really heavy or fall to pieces quicker than most people would like. It’s always been our goal to produce affordable, lightweight and durable boards at the price point end of what we do and deliver comparable weights with enhanced performance at the aficionado end.

We’re pleased to announce that we’re now working with a couple of first-rate factories who only use the best grades of EPS and buy in their cloth and resins from the USA to ensure quality is seldom compromised. Although the glass boards certainly sell well and their durability is proven we found them slightly heavier than ideal and the bright monochrome colours were in need of an update 3 yrs on so we’ll be discontinuing these once our current stock runs out.

So what’s new with your all-rounder range?

The new ‘Amigo’ range builds upon 4yrs of continuous development. As I mentioned we’ve ditched the bright colours and classic wood finishes and have come up with a playful yet stand out design which utilises a clever lightweight bamboo sandwich construction to deliver durability without the weight. Despite the 8’11’’’s previous championship successes we’ve decided to axe this model as we’ve found most lightweight beginners continue to opt for 9’-10’ wider style boards and intermediates want a pointier nose or a short SUP so we might as well give people what they want right? In terms of the 9’5’’, 9’11’’ and new 10’5’’ these boards have had minor changes to the rocker lines and the hull dynamics have been re-tweaked so they perform just as well in windSUP mode as they do in paddle mode. The 9’5’’ and 9’11’’ will continue to be the strongest sellers with the 10’5’’ being the big boy’s weapon of choice with 200L. The 10’5’’ will also double up as the perfect yoga platform for ladies looking for a wide stable board. We’ve decided to offer the windSUP mast track as standard across the range so customers are effectively getting two toys for the price of one. Alongside the killer white/green/blue design we’ll be offering a white/green/purple colour-way for ladies which will be a pre-order only option.

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We’ve seen your Short SUPs getting props with competitive SUPers over the last couple of seasons. Any new developments with those boards?

Our existing line of short SUPs have been rebranded ‘El Toro’ and have seen some subtle tweaks with us adding a flatter section in the paddling area for improved glide without making the tail excessively wide or changing the rocker. The new graphics are simply killer and the lighter construction will deliver better response. I still maintain these boards turn better than any ‘door type shape’ and moreover they don’t top out in chest high waves! That said, we’ve been working on a couple of new flatter rockered short shapes on the DL for quite a while. We had our ‘stoke button’ tickled by some parabolic railed boards coming out of Spain about 18 months ago and with the onset of Firewire’s Cornice we thought we’d make some SUPs along similar lines. We’ve arrived at two very different shapes with the ‘Aztec’ being more of channelled Vanguard-type shape with concave rails and narrower widths and the ‘Grenade’ with wider hips and a much narrower tail which is set to split opinion although the latter is still very much at proto stage. Again these boards look killer and benefit from lighter standard constructions. We’ll offer the Toro and Aztec models in our new featherweight carbon construction on pre-orders. We’re also offering all models with 5 fin boxes as standard.

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We’ve admired your comp pro boards for quite a while now so are there any changes happening with those considering they’re quite new to the market?

R&D is at the forefront of what Loco does so we’re always working with our riders to further enhance established and relatively new shapes. Despite the old comp pros working exceptionally well in capable hands we decided adding a slightly flatter section would deliver better glide when paddling for the wave. We’ve also tinkered with the dimensions and volumes of the 7’2’’ and 8’9’’ and added a new 9’2’’ for intermediates or heavier experienced riders. The graphics have been given a complete overhaul and we’ve named the range ‘el Diablo’ to fit in with similar shapes in our new surf and kite ranges. We’ve also opted for a kick tail to save some weight and will be offering the boards in the new lightweight bamboo construction as well as featherweight carbon/PVC.

 

 

We’ve also seen a beautiful new printed cloth nose rider on Instagram…what’s the deal with that?

The current nose rider has proved very popular but again we found the generic brands aesthetic was very similar to our classic wood so we’ve decided to give our range a more premium feel. We’ve also added a new 11’ x 30’’ which will prove popular with older guys and long board purists coming over to SUP. The tail shape has also been changed from a pin to a diamond.

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So what about your race range any new developments there?

We’ve been working with a new American shaper with a view to refining our race boards as we felt last year’s Pro Race had far too much rocker to be competitive on flat water (where most of the UK races take place) so we’ve substantially decreased the tail rocker and added some extra nose kick. The aesthetic is currently being overhauled. The construction will remain lightweight carbon but we intend to add some better grab handles. The boards will be available in 12’6’’ and 14’ across 26’’ and 28’’ and we’ll also be offering a kid’s 10’6’’ x 22’’ or 24’’ in a cheaper lightweight construction. We already have foreign interest in the kids boards so we’re hopeful of similar levels in the UK. We’ve decided to call the new boards ‘Motion’ as in Locomotion partly tapping into some local NE heritage and also the design looking similar to a Japanese bullet train. We’ll have matt green and purple colour options which should appeal to both sexes. The shape has worked so well we’ll be offering a slightly detuned version in 30’’ and 32’’ which will replace our existing race tourers.

Anything else we should know about?

We’ve finally managed to source the ledge style handles which will make the boards much easier to carry. We’ve upgraded the fins across the whole range now offering wood inlay, hexagonal cell fibreglass and fibreglass/carbon mix depending which model you go for.

Alongside tireless development with our SUPs we’ve also build upon ‘testing’ a limited number of surf and kite shapes with some advanced riders this season. The feedback has been largely positive although some minor amends were necessary which have now been incorporated. We’ll be running with two directional kite shapes for next year ‘The Zombie’ which is a channelled Vanguard style board and the ‘El Diablo’ which is more of a conventional rounded tail thruster. Both shapes have lost some volume so perform better in higher wind and we’ve added carbon rails for enhanced strength over the lightweight bamboo sandwich constructions as well as adding some printed cloth graphics to make them pop!

For the surf lines we’ve moved away from the bright colours realising that surfers generally want to blend in so we’ve gone conservative with monochrome black and white graphic with limited branding and carbon heel bumpers. That said we’ve carried through some of the kite and SUP themes through onto these boards so they’re still ‘loco’ enough to stand out in the line up. The construction will be bamboo sandwich which means they’ll be lightweight and durable.

So how do people get their hands on any of these sexy new sticks?

If direct customers want to be some of the first to own a new Loco and would like to choose their preferred colours and construction pre-orders are now open for Sept/Oct delivery where we’re offering a 10% discount on price point boards and 15% on carbon across the whole range.

Any shops, schools or hire centres looking to buy boards in volume we’re now offering a ‘trade price’ based on a MOQ. We’re also well placed to speak to foreign distributors about volume orders and think they’ll be pleasantly surprised with the margins. Anyone keen to discuss an order should contact me directly on +44 191 4206921 / +44 7779 127230 / info@loco-sup.com

Visit Loco’s website here.

SUPboarder Mag gives you an independent review of the RRD AIRSUP V2 10’2”. An all round inflatable paddleboard designed for a medium to heavier rider, who wants to do all types of paddling.
Size :10’2”x33”x4 3/4”
Volume : 190L
Fins : 1 x single fin US box
SB deflection test : 2.5cm/25mm

All inflatable SUPs will be put through our deflection test. For more information about the SUPboarder deflection test see the video below.

For more information about the RRD AIR SUP board range visit their website here.

SUPboarder team rider Peter Kosinski has recently won the Battle of the Bay in Ireland. Peter as we know, is a top SUP racer who trains hard and has secured many podium finishes. For Peter having the right kit is just as important as being race fit. Competing in the inflatable only event last weekend meant Peter had to exchange his usual Starboard 12’6’’ hard race board for a Starboard iSUP. Going into the race Peter knew he had some tough board competition. Here Peter tells SUPboarder his thoughts on the new 2015 Starboard Astro racer…

“Last Sunday the first ever Dublin City river race took place in the heart of Dublin City. A inflatable only race for logistical reasons. A total number of 40+ paddlers took to the River Liffey for a difficult and challenging race due to a strong wind and an emptying tide.

Many different boards were on the water from all the big name brands. I knew the Red Paddle Co. Elite Racer was going to be the board to beat with any paddler on it. It’s rocker stiffening system and proven track record. (Sam Ross has raced the board in some of the biggest races in the world and beaten a lot of carbon race boards)

Luckily Starboard sent me the new 2015 Astro Racer. I have paddled all three generations of Starboard inflatables and knew that it would be tough to beat the Red Elite as it has been the market leader for some years. This is were I need to put a side note. (Honestly most inflatable 12’6 race boards are probably all the same speed due to a number of reasons. The flat bottom shapes, inability to create a bow to cut the water and they are all full of air which is not exactly solid under any pressure!)

Starboard have concentrated on four new elements with their new astro boards which has created a board with the best response I have ever felt out of an inflatable. I felt this response was the factor which contributed to my 1st place finish after a tough battle with none other then Keith McGuirk
on a Red Elite. 😉

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-Firstly when I picked up the board it was perfectly balanced through the handle. A good sign that it is not twisted. Showing that Starboards drive for quality still remains.

-The dual stringer technology which is a piece of composite material running from the tail to the standing area. Stiffening up the mid section for a reduction of flex in the board.

-2+1 rail band technology creating thick rails with shape. These rails are 70% thicker then last years and you can feel it immediately as the board responds through choppy conditions with a solid feel.

-The addition of the US fin box. Allowing me to use my K4 weed fin as the river was filled with debris and seaweed.

These small elements combined to put the new Astro board on par with the Red Elite. Most of the accessories are similar as well so it’s a matter of trying the two boards yourself and find what suits you.”

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There are lots of iSUP race boards on the market today, and constant developments are improving their performance each year. Starboard’s Astro Racer is obviously going to be a tough board to beat this year in the inflatable class. So if you’re thinking about buying an inflatable race board this summer, get down to your local shop and try some out. It’s always important to make the right decision and try before you buy.

Stay up to date with Peter K on his blog here and find out more about racing and SUPing from the man himself at his SUP school here. And for more information about the Starboard Astro Racer visit Starboard’s website here.

2015 the year of the Touring Board

As SUP brands have released their 2015 board ranges it’s clear to see that they all have some new board shapes and styles, to fit a new style of paddler. With the development of SUP over the years there has been a need for a board to fit a gap in the market. Previously a general flat water paddler had the choice between a 10′ 5” to 12′ all-round style board with a traditional longboard template, or go for a longer thinner 12’6″style raceboard.

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The all-round SUP is averagely 11′ in length with a traditional shape- rounded nose, thinner in the tail, and enough rocker at the nose and tail to get over the bumps and catch some waves. This is a fantastic shape and size board if you’re not worried about paddling fast or having a board that is super efficient to paddle on flat water. Great for catching some waves with and putting the kids/dog on the front.  Can handle open water OK but does slap on the water because of its flatter rounded nose.
The average board usage 10% Race/Distance – 50% Cruising/Fun –  40% Surf.

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The Raceboard sized at 12’6’’ or 14’ is obviously much longer than the all-round board, making it much faster with way more glide. And with its flatter bottom shape and wave piercing nose it does cut through all water conditions with ease. But being generally much narrower (around 26’’-28’’) it’s less stable than the all-round boards. Purely built for going fast with as little effort as possible.
The average board usage 85% Race/Distance – 10% Cruising/Fun –  5% Surf.

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But what happens when you’re the sort of paddler who paddles on flat water 90% of the time, still wants to paddle fast and have a board that is efficient but doesn’t necessarily want to go down the longer, narrower elite/raceboard route?  Well… a few years ago there were few board choices, but now almost every brand has a board that would suit this type of SUPboarder… and it’s called ‘The Touring board.

What is a Touring board and why is it different?

A Touring board is a board that takes the best aspects of both an all-round and a race board producing a board that is stable, easy to paddle, generally shorter in length and therefore easy to transport (from the allround board) and yet still fast, with good tracking and glide due to the raceboard outline and wave piercing nose.

Who is the Touring designed for?

All of the above features put on to one board makes the Touring board an absolutely fantastic board choice for many paddlers in many different conditions. Whether it be paddling open water, coastal cruising, estuary paddling or catching the occasional wave. A Touring board is easy to paddle and therefore a great board choice for fitness paddling and improving your technique, without putting too much stain on the body. It’s good glide and tracking also makes it fast and a great first time board for a new paddler. But like with any board you have to look at what type of paddling you plan on doing most of the time, to make the best board choice for you. Be realistic about your paddling. Even if you like the look of a new 9’0’’ if you’re going to be paddling it on flat water 90% of the time, then it might not be the right board for you. But if you plan to head to the beach to catch a wave a few times a year but otherwise plan to stick to the flat then a Touring board could well be the board for you.
The average board usage 60% Race/Distance – 30% Cruising/Fun –  10% Surf.

5 questions to ask yourself to help find out if a touring board is for you:

  1. Do you want something that is easy to paddle and fast?
  2. Do you go SUP surfing only afew times a year?
  3. Do you plan to try a race this year?
  4. Do you like exploring around the corner?
  5. Do you like putting some miles under your board?

If you answer yes to these question then you should definitely head to your local SUP shop/school and give a Touring board a try.

So… you’ve had a go at SUP and decided it’s the sport for you. After renting/borrowing a mates board for a while you’ve now decided to put your hand in your pocket and buy your own board. This is when you are faced with the toughest question that all first time SUPboarder buyers have. Not whether to buy a 12’6 or an 11′. It’s whether to buy an inflatable or hard SUP?

Here are SUPboarders top 5 tips to help you make that right decision…

What sort of paddler are you? And what do you want to use your SUP for?

Are you a performance, general or seasonal paddler? Are you planning to race, surf, do downwinders, fish, or just cruise? You can do it all on an iSUP, but if you’re looking to progress to the more performance side of the sport then a hard board might be a better choice (unless you’re thinking white water!)

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Feature image : Check out how Steve Wood gets his SUP to his local paddling spot!
How do you plan to transport your SUP?

Transport with an iSUP is simple. Just chuck the rucksack in the boot of your car, or put it on your back and walk, bike or catch the bus/train to the beach. Transporting a hard SUP is not quite so easy. Whatever size hard board if you’re wanting to transport it any distance you’ll need wheels!

How do you plan to store your SUP?

Hard SUPs are big (even the small ones!) So unless you’ve got a big garage or van, or a large secure outside area to store your board, then an iSUP may be more practical. All you need is a cupboard with an iSUP! Storage may well be the deciding factor when deciding inflatable or hard.

What is your SUP budget?

Like a lot of things in life, it comes down to money! With the huge growth in SUP over the last few years there are now a lot more used SUPs on the market. Conditions of used hard SUPs can vary hugely and should be reflected in the price. You’ll get what you pay for! iSUPs however, generally only look tired and well used on one part… the deck pad. And therefore tend to hold their value regardless of age. New kit prices have also changed over the last few years with many good hard boards coming down in price and iSUPs going up in price due to R&D in iSUP technology. In SUPboarders full hard or inflatable feature in 2012 the iSUP was the cheaper option, and not always the case today.

If moneys not a problem then there’s definitely a place for both!

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How rough are you on your kit?

iSUPs can withstand much harsher treatment than a hard SUP. So if you’re a bit heavy handed with your kit, and are planning to let the kids and dog climb all over it, then an iSUP will probably suit you better than a hard board. It will certainly last longer!

It all comes down to ‘try before you buy’ and considering all of the above.

For more information about hard or inflatable check out SUPboarders full feature here.

 

 

 

 

This summer the ultimate SUP toy has to be an XL iSUP! All your mates on one board, sharing one party wave or cruising up your local river, has to be the ultimate in social paddling. The Fly Air XL from Fanatic is a real eye catcher with its bright yellow deck and super big swallow tail, which will give it more control on the waves. But then when it comes to waves if you do drop in on somebody (accidentally!) they are not likely to argue with you if there are 10 guys on your board! SUP schools all around the country will be turning heads on the beach this year with one of these in their SUP school/club.

More information from Fanatic SUP below.

XL Fun! Why paddle alone when you can have loads of fun with up to 7 friends on one giant Paddleboard! Designed by C4 Waterman and tested in the toughest waves of Hawaii and Australia, the Fly Air XL can be used at your local break for super fun waveriding, or on flat water and river tours. The Fly XL is supplied with multiple handles for easy carrying and for holding on when going faster or down a wave. Easily inflatable, stiff and stable, it comes with 2 Bravo standard pumps, and deflates quickly, rolling up into a compact size for easy transportation. Made of strong, durable, heavy-duty Single Layer Technology, the Fly Air XL is just perfect for a bigger group of friends, paddle groups or school classes to have fun on – no matter if tours, races or going down the wave, it ́s just the ideal Fun/Familyboard for more people!

  •  Heavy Duty Single Layer Technology
  •  Supplied with 2 Bravo SUP Standard Pumps
  •  Multiple handles for easy transport/holding on
  •  Heavy duty, durable Tarpaulin PVC
  •  Stiff and stable in all water conditions
  •  Stainless steel D-ring attachments
  •  Inflates 8-12 psi
  •  Deflates quickly
  • Rolls up for portability

          Board

      Vol.

             Width

        Length

       Technology

       Fittings

Fly Air XL 17′ x 78.5″

    1600 l

     78.5″ / 199.4 cm

     17′ / 518 cm

      Single Layer

       No Fins

Fanatic Fly Air Inflable XL For more information about the Fly Air Inflatable XL from Fanatic and their other boards visit their website here.

Photo Greg Dennis
Photo Greg Dennis

When most people think about SUP, they think about a board and a paddle. A leash is often overlooked and seen as an accessory not a necessity. And it’s easy to see why. It’s easy to forget about the potential consequences of not wearing a leash until you really need one!  Most of us like to take risks, that’s why we SUP. It can be exhilarating and scary. But is it really worth risking your life for? Do you know what your leash is really for and what the potential consequences are by not wearing one?

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There are plenty of excuses you’ll hear from someone not wearing a leash including;

It gets caught on weed
It causes drag
It’s dangerous in moving white water
It’s awkward to put on
I don’t want a cold wet ankle!
I don’t need one as I don’t fall in
I’m not surfing so don’t need one
I didn’t know I needed one
I always paddle with friends
I wear a buoyancy aid so don’t need a leash too
They’re expensive
I forgot it
I can always keep control of my board so don’t need one
I can swim
It will ruin the picture
I don’t like wearing a leash
The dog ate it!!

We’ve heard them all but there really is NO EXCUSE for not wearing a leash when you’re paddleboarding. A leash is not just a money making accessory. It’s there to save your life.

Why wear a leash?
Your board is like a massive buoyancy aid. A leash stops your board gliding or being blown away from you, when you fall in. This means your board is only ever a leash length away making it quick and easy for you to hold on to and climb back on. This might not sound such a big deal when you’re paddling in warm water with no wind. But when you’re in cold water watching your board blowing away from you it’s not quite so much fun and could be fatal. It’s amazing the effect a light breeze can have on your detached board, making it glide away from you in no time.  Have you tried swimming after your board holding a paddle?!!! And when we say swim we mean really swim? It’s not as easy as you may think. And if you’re wearing a buoyancy aid it’s virtually impossible. Add to that the possibility of cold water shock or hypothermia and a board you can’t reach is no use to you at all. It’s all very well saying a mate will catch it for you and bring it back. But that might just be too late. Wearing a leash means you can always get back on your board and get paddling again quickly.

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Wearing a leash was mandatory at the 2014 BOP.  Photo of Marie Buchanan by Crispin Jones

Being a responsible paddleboarder means looking out for others safety too. A paddleboard is a big and potentially dangerous piece of equipment when loose in the surf or among a group of other paddleboarders. A leash gives you some control over your board when you fall off.

SUPboarder is firmly behind ensuring wherever you paddle you wear a leash, making sure you wear the correct type of leash and release system for the paddling you are doing.

There are many different types of leash available on the market, so what ever type of paddling you’re doing you can find a suitable one.

Normal (non coiled) leashes – for use in flat water or surf
Coiled leashes – advised for flat water and racing
Quick release leashes – for white or moving water

If you don’t know what leash is best for you, go to your local shop or SUP Club and they’ll be able to advise you.

Unfortunately it’s taken some paddleboarders a ‘near fatal experience’ to really understand the importance of always wearing a leash. We spoke to some well known paddlers and asked them to share their experiences of not wearing a leash.  Lets learn from these near misses and ensure we keep SUP safe and accident free.

 Sean White – Director WeSUP Paddleboard Centre
4 years ago, me and my buddies were about 10 miles into our paddle through Loch Ness and decided to stop for lunch, following a short break we got back on the water, excited about the wind and swell that had picked up… So excited that I forgot to attach my leash.
We were all wearing just 2mm paddle suits as we were not expecting to face the challenging conditions or to fall into the 4 degree cold water… But I did. The wind and wind swell quickly pushed my board out of reach, leaving me swimming to catch it. I couldn’t but my paddle buddies thankfully caught my board and I managed to swim to it. I was in the water for about 6 minutes and reached stage 1 hypothermia. If my buddies were not on hand to support me, I’m sure I would have drowned that day. It could have all been prevented if I had taken just 6 seconds to put my leash on… Lesson learned.
Check out the WeSUP video of this trip here.  It could have been a very different experience if Sean was not so lucky.
Paul Simmons & Marie Buchanan – Starboard Team riders.
A number of years ago when we were first enjoying the thrills of downwind paddling Marie Buchanan and I were about to set off on an eight mile paddle in around 20 knots of wind. The walk from the car park to the launch beach is around five minutes so when near the beach Marie shouted:
“I’ve forgotten my leash”
I just replied:
“Don’t worry, I’ll look out for you”. A few miles into the downwinder I was a few hundred metres  ahead and glanced back, to see Marie separated from her board. The wind was blowing the board faster than she could swim so I had to turn around and stop her board to enable her to catch up. It was scary to see how easily this happened in relatively tame conditions. She wasn’t panicking but was certainly a little shocked to see how easily a very controlled situation quickly changed to a vulnerable one, relying on someone else to avoid being over a mile out to sea with a very long swim.Lesson most definitely learned: we now use leashes on ALL coastal paddling even in relatively calm conditions.
Photo Greg Dennis
Photo Greg Dennis

Why is it so important? What’s the bigger picture?
At present there is no legal requirement to wear a leash or buoyancy aid when paddleboarding in the UK. But that could all change. All it will take is for there to be a fatal SUP related incident where someone is not wearing a leash and it could well become mandatory along with buoyancy aids, carrying spare paddles, flares, first aid kits etc… There are obviously times when it’s sensible to carry the above e.g if embarking on a longer distance paddle. But for the majority of us everyday, social paddlers, it would ruin the simplicity of SUP, which is exactly what appeals most to many of us about the sport.

So come on. Lets keep it simple. Don’t be stupid. Always wear a leash when you SUP. A leash is a necessity not an accessory.
Let us know your thoughts about leashes. SUPboarder would like to hear your arguments for and against.

 

We review the Aqua Pro full carbon paddle from Aquaite. A company that bases itself on making beautiful products from natural, sustainable materials.

“We have been incredibly impressed by these paddles, very light and beautifully finished. The Aqua Pro is a good paddle for an all round paddler looking to get the most out of their paddle without breaking their back or bank balance.”
  • Full carbon SUP Paddle. Shaft, handle and blade material: 100% 3K twist pre-preg carbon fibre
  • Blade veneer: Sustainable bamboo + Epoxy glass (Note – the blade is still 100% carbon, just with the bamboo veneer over the top of the carbon)
  • Quick find colour. Both ends of the paddle are painted with PANTONE Neon 805 – the most visible colour in the water
  • Dry carbon molded, and clear resin coated for a durable, high gloss finish
  • Weight : Aqua Pro (Fixed): 0.4-0.5 kg
  • Paddle blade area: 49cm x 21cm

Exclusive offer – Enter ‘SBM’ at the checkout on the Aquaite site, and get one of their paddles for £199.99 – saving £59.99 on either the Onda Pro Travel or Aqua Pro Fixed.

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For more information about Aquaite and their product range visit their website here.