Facebook 'Who's Picture' Competition: Win a SUP Tour for 4 people

SUP in a Bag provides amazing Stand Up Paddleboard experiences for beginner to intermediate paddlers across mid Cornwall.  Photos are taken every trip and many of our fellow paddlers allow us to use them on our website, there are so many beautiful shots we thought that it would make a great competition.

The prize is a our most popular experience the 2.5 hour Guided Tour in small groups.  For your chance to win a Tour for you and 3 friends or a private Family SUP (children +6 years) a prize worth £160:-

For your chance to win the prize worth £160 visit Facebook/SUPinaBagUK to see photos of the contenders 

Cola SUP Dog - Joff Walls - Kelly SUP Club - A Seal - Jimbo - Owner Mand

An appearance includes distant views, significant body parts (feet!) and if the same picture appears more than once it will be counted more than once.  Embedded social media and video are excluded. Judged based on content on 30th January (no significant changes planned).

The competition finishes on 30th January, 2018.  The winner will be chosen at random from the list of correct entries.  The Prize Tour must be taken by 30th October 2018 and should be booked in early particularly for busy periods such as the school holidays and summer weekends. 

 

Secondhand Red Paddle Co Rides 10'6 & 10'8 (2016 & 2017)

All boards are very well used but all have many years left in them.  Any significant issues are stated below and photos can be provided on request.  All have been checked and are air tight.  I prefer that people see them before buying, but can courier for an additional fee of £25.

Each Red Paddle Co package includes a board, glass or carbon 3 piece vario paddle, leash, bag, titan pump, small waterproof bag, BDH with repair kit. 

Note that the paddles are either mid range or high end with original package RRP £899 & £999. (10'8 RRP £1049).  There's some scope to mix the paddles up to change the package price.

2016 10'6 Ride with Glass (mid range) paddle  - £520 (Unused Bag) This board has been used for two seasons, lots of scratches underneath, fading of Red logos and fins, 2 patches of marks on the top of the nose due to the roof rack, paddle a 3 piece Starboard Tiki Tech Enduro in great condition.

2016 (October) 10'6 Ride with Glass (great condition) Paddle £590 board overall looks great

2017 2* 10'6 Rides  £720 Carbon Paddle (RRP £999) New pump, little used bag, Carbon paddle (with scratches on graphics but great condition)  Board blue looks vibrant, but red logo faded on top and bottom.  Small marks from roof rack on the top of the nose.  Fins great.

2017 10'8 Ride £750 Carbon Paddle (RRP £1049) superficial marks on the deck.

The boards are in use check out the most recent pics on Facebook and if you are interested in a specific board details pictures can be provided.

If you wish to paddle independently you may be interested in Best Places to Paddle in Cornwall, How to Plan a Coastal Journey and SUP Holidays

Introduction - Part 1 Planning a Coastal SUP Journey

My favourite thing to do is to grab a few good friends, load up the boards, be armed with a picnic and go and explore a stunning stretch of Cornish coastline.  At any point in time I have a wish list of paddles, special because they are challenging, on quieter more exposed stretches that are only possible a couple of days a year, are noted for their wildlife, have mesmerising named features such as ‘Flavel’s Hole,’  or there is destination waterside pub awaiting.

Lambsowden Cove, The Roseland I call this the Camel, the remains of the arch at the entrance of this collapsed cave. Alas the head has recently fallen off.

Lambsowden Cove, The Roseland

I call this the Camel, the remains of the arch at the entrance of this collapsed cave. Alas the head has recently fallen off.

As a SUP Guide living and playing in Cornwall I know how lucky I am and  I so enjoy sharing my passion for exploring the coast and making it accessible to all abilities of paddlers.    I notice that paddlers tend not to paddle beyond the cove and that there is little support or resources to help you make the step to independently create your own micro adventures.

This article  is aimed at giving an overview of the key issues in planning a 1 hour to 1 day paddle along a section of coastline.  It is not a definitive guide but will raise the key issues and point to further resources.

The usual disclaimers apply with all such advice in the outdoors.  All watersports have risks and no amount of information can be a substitute for training and experience.  Only you can know your ability, and that of those in your group, only you will be able to read the conditions  on the day, and so be able to make good decisions.

If in doubt employ a Guide or seek training.   SUP in a Bag provides Stand Up Paddleboard Tours and Holidays including training in Coastal Journey Planning Weekend.

A bit of general advice

Stay Safe

Paddle within your own and your group’s abilities, prepare and equip yourselves.

Remain flexible with your plans

I know how tricky this is to do, particularly if you have just a weekend and you have set your heart on a particular  adventure.   When you are gathering experience you need conditions to be excellent and mother nature is not always co-operative  or even predictable.   Have a back-up plan for different conditions and have the confidence to postpone or even abort a trip, this is never a bad decision.

Research and plan

There is so much you can do sat at your computer at home.   The internet is an amazing resource which I use daily and in so many different ways.

Leadership and the group

It is important (and fun) to share the experience with other people.  The moment you plan the activity even if everyone is at the same level you become the leader by default.  Sharing out tasks and planning together is a great way to share the responsibility but also to upskill the whole group. 

Gain more experience

You want to stretch yourself and the best way to learn is to gain experience but if you are not sure, seek out professional help.  This may involve being guided on the particular stretch of coast first and talking through the key issues on route.   

Why not join one of our Coastal Journey Planning Weekends ?


The best locations & conditions in which to plan your first coastal journey

  • In a location which has access and egress points all along it, and which is sheltered from the Atlantic swell.  
  • In conditions which are deemed flat (this term can be misleading as on the sea the water under your boards moves constantly in all conditions)
  • In gentle off shore winds of less than 10 mph.  It is always great to have the wind assist you on the return journey.
  • With a couple of well-equipped friends who are all competent paddlers.

Setting Goals - Part 2 Planning a Coastal SUP Journey

What are your goals?

Many would think that defining goals is better suited to a business environment rather than a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure.  I believe that better understanding your goals, what you would like to achieve on a Paddle Adventure will aid all aspects of your planning.

My most established goal as stated in the introductionis:-

‘To explore inaccessible stunning stretches of coastline, have a picnic on a beach with no other footprints and enjoy looking out over the ocean with friends, a paddle which  challenges me.’ 

Here are a few more:-

·         To learn to plan & navigate on a Coastal SUP

·         To find an interesting feature or view just outside of the cove

·         To create a journey A to B with lots of changing views and points of interest

·         To find a beach where you can set up for the day and use as a base for snorkelling

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Who will be paddling with you?

The number, ability and fitness of the group is important, and back to definingyour leadership, the more experienced you are relative to the group then the more accountable you are.  The whole group should share the goal and should be capable of the journey.

In the outdoors it is often said that 3 people is the minimum, as in case of an emergency if one is injured one can give first aid while one goes for help.  I am pragmatic if the necessary precautions and planning are in place.

I would say that more than 4 people the group can become unmanageable if there is no outdoor leadership experience within the group. 

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Is the location right for you and your group?

The difficulty of a paddle and the general levels of risk can be assessed by asking a few of questions:-

1.       Is it sheltered from the prevailing Atlantic swell?  A west facing beach or coastline running north to south, not hidden behind another land mass such as the Lizard will only be suitable on the calmest of days.

2.       Is there shelter from the wind?

3.       Are there a lot of options for stopping and regular places which you can exit from?

4.       Are there multiple paddles from the launch site, allowing for back up plans?

These questions should be considered throughout the planning process and once you are broadly happy you can consider the route in more detail and in different conditions.


Research - Part 3 Planning a Coastal SUP Journey

Research and Plan

Now where to start?  You are heading to Cornwall in June with 3 friends, 3 of you have boards and one will have to hire, everyone has SUP’d happily on inland flatwater for many miles, the aim is to paddle a beautiful stretch of coastline which is safe.  Sounds plausible?

A great starting point is a hire company, you can choose a beach based one which may fix your launch site or a mobile one, which will give you more choice.  Whichever you choose you can ask for advice.  SUP in a Bag provides a Journey Planning Service with hires, even if you may want the experience of planning yourself, sounding out ideas is always a good thing. 

You may have a favourite spot that you have dreamed of launching from, and that is a great start.  If you have a blank canvas, try searching the phrase ‘best places to paddle in …….’ Or pick a place on the map, Mevigissey ‘I’ve heard there are a lot of boat trips there, there must be lots to see!?’

It is worth searching videos too and think about other paddle sports, mindful of the different abilities of different craft.  My favourite is GB Paddler who has an amazing series of videoshttps://www.youtube.com/user/GBPaddling/videos be mindful that it is a little extreme for most people and he certainly has a knack for having the perfect conditions.

Searches will throw up all sorts of useful and not so useful information.  They may even give you that all important inspiration. 

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Useful websites

Here are some of my favourite websites:-

www.paddlepoints.net is both a community and a powerful tool which includes launch sites and a platform which enables you to look at OS maps and Google Map generated Satellite pictures as well as tidal information from one screen. 

www.cornwallbeaches.org.uk  has mapped 100’s of beaches in Cornwall.  Each beach has an information sheet describing the characteristics of the beach, what activities it is good for, any amenities and parking.  It even has details of the slipway.

www.songofthepaddle.co.uk  are a knowledgeable and active Canoe Community who regularly Blog about their trips and offer advice and ideas.  The Blogs are usually fairly detailed with pictures, launch sites, tidal issues and even ideas of where to stay.  They are dedicated to Open Canoes so you may not be able to join.  Note open canoeist’s travel faster, further and tend to stay inland or on sheltered stretches.

www.SUPTrotter.co.uk is an emerging community Platform. It is really interactive and enables you to build up a profile of your paddling.   

Local Tour businesses may have done the work for you by describing their Tours and highlighting the ability required.  They may also have other resources SUP in a Bag publishes a top places to paddle in Cornwall www.SUPinaBag.co.uk/Places-to-Paddle

The lone blogger often knows a small area intimately and so sometimes comes up trumps, I found one of my favourite little know inland launch sites by reading www.adventureswiththeblackdog.co.uk

The Power of Google Maps

You tested your search engine (other search engines are available), now search for the launch location and click on the map tab, I head straight for the Satellite option.  On a large scale you can see features such as Bays and Headlands and on a detailed view you can see rock gardens and small beaches.

SUP-Porthcurno

I spend hours on Google Maps, I start by looking at the route and if it interests me, I scroll along it thinking is it sheltered from the Atlantic swell, are there changes in the direction of travel, features such as headlands, are there escape routes and in which winds and swell will it work. more about these later).

I often switch to PaddlePoints at this point to look at contours or I  load up the Google Maps photos.  These help to build a picture of the route.  If there are few photos available, it is sign that it is an extremely quiet stretch and perhaps one to be avoided for your first trips.

The OS function on www.Paddlepoints.net has an advantage as it gives detailed names of islands and features.  The names given many years ago are usually a good sign ‘Ralph’s Cupboard’ a collapsed cave and ‘the Devil’s Frying Pan’ are intriguing.  Other useful spots may include historic quays, though further research is required to see if they are public access.

The OS also gives the gradient of the shore and importantly the rights of way in case you did have to abandon a paddle and walk out.

I usually load up Google Map again and look at street view, I use this for scouting out on road parking options and even reading any restrictions on public use of a slipway, being mindful that this information may have changed.

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Setting Goals

Part 3: Research & Plan

Part 4: The Sea State - wind, tide and swell

Part 5: Coastal Features

Part 6: The Journey Plan

Part 7: Equipment & what to wear

Part 8: In an Emergency

Part 9: The week of the paddle

Part 10: The Adventure Begins