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Paddlesports (Kayaking, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddle boards)

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by MM-Seat, May 23, 2019.

  1. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

    Posts: 697

    Had a quick look and couldn't find one thread devoted to paddlesports. Happy to be told otherwise.

    Let's use this thread to discuss any element of paddlesports. Kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boards, etc.

    I've dabbled in Kayaking throughout my youth in Scouts and in December 18 joined my local club. Haven't done any moving water yet but, have got to 2*/Paddle Explore standard on flat water.

    Also just completed my FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue training) which was immense fun and very wet.

    Anyone planning any trips?
     
  2. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,740

    I kayak and sup but mostly flat water on Thames. Have a little Thames tour coming up from Henley back to home just down from Hampton court. Got a new 14 foot rigid board yesterday nice jump in terms of glide over my inflatable.
     
  3. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

    Posts: 697

    14 ft sounds massive for a SUP. We have tiny ones at the club but, that seems to make them go in circles when I paddle them!
     
  4. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,740

    my other board is 10ft 4. 14 makes a massive difference, it's a faster shape too. Looking forward to covering a bit more ground with it.

    Trip I'm planning will have couple of touring kayaks, one tandem, one canoe and me on a SUP. Think I'll be ruined compared to the others.
     
  5. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

    Posts: 697

    I suspect I will get quite familiar with a SUP. I like to get wet!!
     
  6. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 12,144

    Location: Chorley

    I'd love to get into something like this, but when looking at options the nearest place was around an hour away which is a bit far really for a hobby.

    Am off to Corfu next month and might look to rent something.
     
  7. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,740

    You can get a really decent inflatable sup set up now for about £500 (you can spend less but can be ropey) then you just need some water.
     
  8. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

    Posts: 697

    I have some friends from Euxton Canoe Club who meet in Chorley.
     
  9. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 12,144

    Location: Chorley

    Ooh interesting. Might take a look at that. Thanks.
     
  10. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

    Posts: 697

    Let me know if you do and I can get some better details for you.
     
  11. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 12, 2009

    Posts: 1,098

    14 foot Naish Glide inflatable is my latest toy, been using a 10 foot 6 Naish hard board for the last 9 years, that extra length makes all the difference.

    So much more quicker & goes is a straight line much easier too.

    Looking to get a Naish wingsurfer as well, which looks good fun for windy days.

    Tend to paddle on the North Sea most of the time in Suffolk.

    Cheers all
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2019
  12. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

    Posts: 697

    Interesting, I knew SUP's were popular. I didn't think they was this popular.

    I suppose our club has 5 boards (180 boats/craft in total) but, we paddle in Liverpool docks and there is always other paddleboarders in there.
     
  13. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 12, 2009

    Posts: 1,098

    Fastest growing watersport worldwide, inflatable sups make up 80% of the market share as well.

    Cheers all
     
  14. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,740

    I have an arrows irig inflatable sail which I use with my fanatic fly air. Great fun convertible way of using a SUP to windsurf. inflatable boom and mast make it very light and easy for people to learn, lacks the power to plane but good enough up to about 13 knots.
     
  15. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 28,585

    Location: Canada

    Looks good on the Gram that’s why, especially if you’re a slim 20 something... ;)

    I just find it’s a lot more effort to go a lot less distance than a kayak. Don’t quite see the point tbh, but my GF loves it...
     
  16. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 12, 2009

    Posts: 1,098

    I was out on the 14 foot sup Saturday morning, travelling 11 feet per single stroke according to my Garmin Fenix, was actually quite
    surprised considering is was not paddling that hard.

    Cheers all
     
  17. jsmoke

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 17, 2012

    Posts: 7,063

    Did a fair bit of kayaking in younger years up to the occasional grade 4. Lot of grade 3 stuff. Had a go on a sprint kayak in the sea a few months ago. Quite enjoyed being out in sea especially if a nice day.
     
  18. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 12, 2009

    Posts: 1,098

    Perfect day last Saturday at the east coast on the north sea, only 15 minutes drive from where I live which is a bonus too.

    Cheers all
     
  19. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,740

    Sup prob is more effort but it has its rewards. I have a couple of 12 foot touring kayaks and both 10 foot and 14 foot SUPS. I've kayaked a lot more but the last few years have been prob 80% SUP. You get a very different view, more of a work out (arguably). I love both but get a lot more out of SUP.
     
  20. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 28,585

    Location: Canada

    It’s a different experience for sure. We have a couple of 12 ft “transition” kayaks (flat, class 2/3 waters), a cheap 10 footer and a 17ft Canoe. The latter is the most “practical”, but requires the most effort (close to SUP like). I prefer the 12s as they’re a good all round kayak for what we do (lakes and fast rivers with some mild white water). Only problem with them is storage space is at a premium.

    I’d definitely move up to 14s if I lived by the coast though. Faster and more storage space for camping gear.

    We may pick up a SUP at some point, but it’s impractical for us. The rivers are too fast and the local reservoir doesn’t allow it.
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2019