Spring 2023 Paddleboarding London Events

Spring 2023 Paddleboarding London Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring is nearly here and we’ve got lots of great opportunities for you to get out on the water with us.

 

We’re just over a month away from our weekend away in Amsterdam. This 3-day trip is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the spring-like weather and catch tulip season in full bloom. We’ll be making the most of the urban canals as well as visiting the local city beach. With ample opportunity to tack on extra time before or after our SUP sessions, we have just a FEW spaces leftfind out more and book your place here.

 

Our schedule will expand in April with sessions starting at St Katharine Docks and more days/times available in Camden and Hackney. This year we’re introducing more sessions for non-beginners, or those who have a basic knowledge of paddling. These sessions are an opportunity to be on the water quicker, travel further and also the option to work on specific skills. Look for sessions marked: Speed & Endurance, Skills and our standard Social paddlesSee the full schedule here

Paddle 2 the Pub & Paddle and Prosecco are back! It’s official, social SUPs are back in full swing with our monthly Paddle 2 the Pub kicking off in May. Our first Paddle 2 the Pub is the first Friday in May, which also happens to coincide with the full Flower moon. Book your spot now!

 

We’ve got a fantastic half-day Skills Clinic coming up with GB Sup Champion Emily King.  In this masterclass you will learn how to manage the different stages of your paddle stoke, the tactical paddle strokes and how to improve your efficiency to paddle in different environments.  It’s open to all levels – Sunday 26 March 9.30-12.30pm £50 in Camden.  Find out more here

 

Did you see our SUP Yoga class featured in the beautiful book Dock Life renewed – How London’s Docks are thriving again by Niki Gorick?  Our club members can take advantage of an exclusive £10 discount and secure a signed copy for orders before 4 April. Drop us a message to find out how to claim yours or order your own copy here. 

 

British Canoeing Delivery Partner

You may have heard the news that British Canoeing has become the official governing body for Stand Up Paddleboarding. This is great news for the sport and will lead to more continuity of standards for coaching and centres throughout the UK. As official British Canoeing delivery partners, we’re proud to be now offering two of their key SUP courses
British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards – SUP Safer (half-day) and SUP Sheltered Water (full-day). See more about the awards, dates and how to book here.

 

 

The wonderful Jo Moseley, author of Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Great Britain will be coming to Stanfords Travel Bookshop in Covent Garden on 19 April to talk about her paddle adventures. Tickets are £5 and include a glass of wine or soft drink. Get your tickets here.

 

Upskill Your SUP Skills sessions start in April on Tuesday evenings. Open to club and non club members alike, these sessions tackle different skills every two weeks. The first week is a detailed intro and practice time, with week 2 reinforcing the learning and more practice time. It’s possible to attend one without the other but both are recommended to really solidify the skill. Topics include: paddling faster & straighter, moving around the board, mastering turns, race skills and paddle tricks. See the full schedule here.

 

 

Our SUP & Social Club spring challenge is the Limehouse Loop – scheduled for Sunday 16 April, we’ll be setting off from Hackney early for a full day of paddling around some of East London’s most iconic areas and the oldest parts of Regent’s Canal. We’re opening up the challenge to club members only to start so if you’re keen, join the club! Memberships start from £1 per year – find out more here.

 

Don’t forget us when planning your Birthday Parties, Hen and Stag Dos, Corporate Team Building Events, or just a great gift idea for friends and family. We offer:
• Private lessons
• Paddle 2 the Pub
• Paddle & Prosecco
• Paddle & Pizza
• SUP Yoga
• Urban Safaris
• Bespoke events

See you on the water soon!

– The Paddleboarding London Team

 

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Paddleboarding London in Winter: What to Wear

Paddleboarding London in Winter: What to Wear

Winter Paddleboarding in London

Yes, you can SUP all year round in London.  We asked our resident Finn (who else would know better how to keep warm in the cold?) for her top tips for winter paddleboarding.

 

This past weekend showed us that autumn and chillier weather has arrived. It’s time to get prepared for winter paddling in London. Staying warm on the water makes all the difference to make for an enjoyable SUP sesh. On Regent’s Canal, we’re never too far from civilisation and can easily get off the water at any point and get warm. Here are our top tips for what to consider when kitting out for flat water paddling in our urban SUP hood:

Booties – A good pair of wetsuit booties is a must for winter paddling. If you keep your feet warm, your body will follow suit. We recommend ankle-height in thick neoprene with a cozy lining. The thicker the bootie – 3-5-7 mm, the warmer they’ll be. If your feet get wet, the water will warm up inside the booties, so make sure they fit properly. Choose the bottom sole depending on how comfortable you want to be off your board, too. 

Wetsuit – For our flat water SUP environment, full wetsuits can easily cause our bodies to overheat, unless you’re still finding your balance. We like 1-1.5 mm neoprene bottoms with thermal or athletic fabrics on the top, no cotton please, depending on how hard we expect to be working. We always carry a water/windproof jacket with us. For those few really chilly London winter paddles, a neoprene Long John/Jane is a great alternative, as it covers your lower back nicely and allows for greater movement and flexibility than a thick full wetsuit. The key to paddling in the winter is the ability to add and remove layers as you need to – and so avoiding sweating.

Buoyancy aid – PFD is another winter essential. Ignore your ego on this one. You may think you don’t need it, but it does keep you afloat if hit by cold water shock. It’s very useful in providing an extra layer of warmth. Many buoyancy aids also have handy pockets and clip points, so you can store some snacks or hang your lights from.

Gloves –  Warm hands, warm heart.  Cold hands, don’t even start.  If your hands get easily cold, neoprene open palm mitts keep the chill off your fingers while allowing you to maintain the feel of the paddle. Wool is nice for keeping warm, but makes your hands slip on the paddle shaft.

Hat – Beanies, hats or hoods are another winter SUP essential. By wearing a hat, you will keep your whole body warmer. It reduces the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.

Dry bag – It’s a good idea to have a dry bag strapped to your board packed with some extra layers of clothing, a thermos filled with your favourite hot drink and an energy bar or two.

Like anything, prices can vary greatly so do your research.  We’re not recommending any specific brands in this post but if you’d like some specific recommendations feel free to drop us an email. 

See you on the water. x

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SUP & Social – The New SUP Club in Town

SUP & Social – The New SUP Club in Town

SUP & SOCIAL

The New (SUP) Club in Town.

Since starting Paddleboarding London we have wanted to bring together a group of like-minded people who were as SUP-crazy as we are for weekly social paddles. We’re SUPer excited to say that it’s now becoming a reality with the launch of sup & social – our new sup club based at our home in Camden.

We’re planning lots of exciting events and activities for our SUP club including:
Race Training
Day Trips
Weekend Trips
Paddle skills
SUP Yoga sessions
…and more.

SUP & Social is kicking off our bi-weekly paddles from November with sessions on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. SUP sessions will continue throughout the year but we’ll be changing up locations to go visit some other sup clubs and just generally beautiful locations.

To kick things off we’re offering our first 10 SUP Club spaces at a great discount – £59 for a single member (usually £99) and £99 for a family/friends membership (usually £169). But don’t delay – most of these are already gone and the price will go up soon!

 

JOIN THE LONDON SUP CLUB

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