A bit about SUP in a Bag
Amanda Leonard founded SUP in a Bag in 2015, with the aim to introduce people to Stand Up Paddle Boarding, in the belief that a magical adventure can accessible to everyone. Amanda works tirelessly to deliver a tailored experience on every SUP experience. SUP in a Bag is all about having fun, getting people confidently standing up on high quality Stand Up Paddle Board kit and experiencing Cornwall's natural environment & wildlife, on the dramatic coastline and calm inland waterways.
Loving the oceans and wildlife, helping to protect them is high on Amanda's personal and business agenda. SUP in a Bag aims high, embedding sustainable practices in everyday business. Organising water way litter picks and promoting environmental issues are key. With a bit of citizen science SUP in a Bag gets paddlers involved in Grey Seal research by reporting sightings.
Amanda has worked in Sports Development, Play Work and University Adventurous Activities sectors and is a qualified Canoe Coach (including SUP), Yacht Skipper, power boater, has First Aid at Sea, Off-site Safety Management, Basic Expedition Leadership and has a Foundation in Water Safety and Rescue. Amanda particularly enjoys introducing beginners and exploring.
SUP in a Bag is a member of Visit Cornwall and St Agnes Chamber of Commerce.
Favourite part of the job: "Meeting new people, and maybe seeing the expression on their face as they bob back up from the water having done a bit of Irish dancing before falling in. They are always smiling honestly. A close second is the emerging joy as clients realise they can stand up, gain confidence and start to look around."
Favourite Journey: "Exploring any new part of the coast, particularly if its with great people and a picnic. Portreath to Godrevy is particularly beautiful with its dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and caves is stunning, it looks so different in different tides. All the better because it is only possible on very rare occasions."
Favourite experience at sea: "Difficult to narrow down, I love seals and feel privileged on every encounter. I'm really careful not to disturb them too much but one particular Seal on the North Coast seemed to join the Tour. As we travelled it check out each of us and it followed us into a secluded cove watched as we played in a waterfall. It even chased a shoal of fish past us."
What would you recommend people to do when they come to Cornwall: "On a long summers evening, find a sheltered spot and hire a SUP for 24 hours. Enjoy a day of mucking around, seeing what's just around the corner. Have a BBQ and watch as conditions calm and get out on the water as the sun sets. The dapple of orange and pinks is literally breathtaking. Get off in plenty of time and enjoy a cold one.