This summer saw the first of our collaborative feast nights at our beautiful new Coffeebox site on Pendennis Point. We had such a fantastic evening and hope it will be the beginning of many more to come!
On a balmy evening in July, we gathered on our picnic blankets for an evening of delicious south indian thalis from our friends at ATTA street food.
Brad Snowden – chef and founder of ATTA – is one of our longstanding club wesup. members and it’s always a pleasure to eat his amazing food in the company of good friends. Our wesup. community is just as much about forging friendships and sharing our love of the Cornish lifestyle as it is about the technical side of paddleboarding, and evenings like this one are perfect for doing just that. The weather may have been teasing us with the threat of thunder, but in true wesup. spirit, we’d rather get out there and enjoy our beautiful spot by the sea than hide away indoors.
Inspired by his travels in Southern India and his passion for sustainable plant-based eating, Brad served up one of his best thalis yet:
Mushroom Dal, Tamarind and Aloo Chana Chaat, Hill Station Salad, Star Anise and Clove Spiced Black Rice, Pineapple Raita, A Homemade Garlic Chapati, Radish, Cauliflower and Carrot Pickle, Garnish of Pomegranate, Toasted seeds and Coriander.
Full of flavour but not overpowering in spice, Brad’s food has been fine tuned to a tee, and we think it gets better every time you go back for more. It’s a shame we can’t share the smell of curries cooking via blog post, because believe me your mouth would be watering!
The threatening humid skies held off just long enough for us to finish our food and enjoy the music and views across the bay until dusk. At a time when so many indoor eating options are really limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was such a treat to sit outside in open space and share food with friends. The relaxed outdoor environment was absolutely perfect for getting back into the social swing of things without having to brave the crowded eateries of town.
If you would like to host a Feast Night collaboration with us and have facilities for a pop-up at our site near the Diver’s Car Park on Pendennis Point, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with Harry James-Mills by emailing [email protected] with details of your offerring…
If you’d like to hang out, soak up the good vibes and eat future feasts with us, stay tuned for updates on our Facebook and Instagram feeds – we’ll be glad to tell you about more events we’re hosting soon! We’ve got big plans for the coffeebox to stay open all year round as it’s quickly becoming a go-to destination for Falmouth walkers, talkers and coffee connoisseurs. If you haven’t been up there on a regular day yet, what are you waiting for? See more info about the tranquil vibe we’ve created right here…
We think one of the things that makes paddleboarding at wesup. so special is our amazing community of like-minded humans, with a friendly face here to welcome you every time you hit the water! Whether you’re just passing through, have recently moved to the area, or you’re looking to explore a new side of what Falmouth has to offer, we’d love to meet you.
Our club wesup.members are a like one big extended family, but with too many wonderful people to introduce here, you’ll just have to come and meet them all in person! In the meantime, here’s a quick pic from each of the instructors based at our seafront shop on Gylly Beach:
Favourite paddle moment?
There are so many! I couldn’t pick a bad one I dont think! Any experience on the water for me is a journey, I treat it like a lesson in life; whether the wind changes and it becomes a headwind in every direction, or I snap a paddle surfing, just being on the water is always a good experience. Most of my best paddles where I’m grinning ear to ear without a care in the world happen on a wave. Surfing just brings you back into the moment like nothing else. Your whole body is just focussed on that single moment, and looking up seeing your friends share the stoke is what it’s all about. Snapping fewer paddles would be a bonus I guess!
Dream Paddle destination?
Oh there are heaps of dream spots I would love to paddle! I feel that is part of the joy of paddling, knowing that there are an endless amount of spots to explore! Gylly beach will always be one of my favourite places to paddle, mainly for the nostalgia and happy memories, but also because the ocean changes its mood every day, so each paddle out is a little different. As for the top dream destination, it would have to be going back to paddle Norway again. Despite the cold weather, nothing can compete with the jaw-dropping scenery in Scandinavia. Norway is blessed with mountainous fjords, quaint hillside villages, and truly wild wildlife! Our 5 day wesup adventure to the southern fjords 2 years ago opened me up to how peaceful and quiet it can get on the water – an entirely different world you can escape to, where its just you and your board. I feel at home surrounded by nature, being on a paddleboard just exaggerates that closeness. Norway, I will be back!
Go-to coffee order?
Oat flat-white please!
Favourite club activity?
Oosh, that’s a toughy! Josh has gone above and beyond with this year’s ’SUPlympics’ events, surprising us all with what is possible on a board! But for me, nothing beats our SUP racing series! The inner competitiveness comes out in me and I just want to push myself to the limits and feel the burn! Travelling to UK SUP Race Events really opens my eyes to how big this sport is getting, and how much talent local SUP centres are developing.
Favourite Paddle Moment?
Last summer we were paddling around to the harbour to get burritos and it was a pretty cloudy night so it was nice but we didn’t expect anything special. Then, as we left the harbour, a gap in the clouds formed. At first the sky went bright yellow, but then it transformed into the most gorgeous red sky I’ve ever seen. I was lucky to be on the tandem and have my camera in hand too. The pictures I took that night are totally unedited and it will probably forever be the best sunset I’ve ever seen.
Dream Paddle Destination?
I want to say SUP surfing in Costa Rica or fjord paddling in Norway, but if you know me, you’ll know I LOVE fish (and any sea creature tbh). So it’d have to just be anywhere I could paddle with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks on the reg. Maybe the Seychelles, Maldives or Indonesia? Doesn’t really matter as long as there are dolphins.
Go-To Coffee Order?
I get the Iced Oat Mocha. It’s eco, fresh and as close to a hot chocolate as you can get without sounding like a child. (I’d get hot choc every day if I had no ego)
Favourite Club Activity?
The SUP Olympics duh. We’ve been doing different olympic sports recreated on SUPs all summer and it’s been banging. My favourite activities so far have been snowboarding, curling and buoysketball. It’s pure chaos but we find out our secret talents all the time.
Em (& Ted)
Favourite Paddle Moment?
A few weeks ago we drove our boards around to the Helford one evening to see the luminescence that only appears occasionally. After a picnic dinner on the beach, we walked to a quiet spot and swam and paddled in the dark, watching the glow of the algae that lights up as you touch it.
Dream Paddle destination?
Gylly Beach of course!! Okay, I’ll try and think of another answer that’s more exotic and adventurous, but for now I still feel like I’m on holiday being able to walk to the beach and hang out with all my favourite humans every day.
Go-to coffee order?
Single-shot latte, let’s not go crazy…
Favourite club activity?
Ooh it has to be either SUP yoga on a beautiful calm sea, or a glassy sunrise paddle where you get the most incredible light and the dreamiest paddling conditions of the day.
Ted’s favourite club activity is anything that involves us all staying on the beach together. Ideally involving dropped BBQ food.
Favourite paddle moment:
When Team Stubby won two events. I was a very proud captain, it was a great achievement of my life so far…
Dream Paddle Destination:
Hvar Croatia, the water is so blue – oh my days!
Go to coffee order?
Well, it’s got to be made by me of course, it is a Oat Cappuccino with extra love and care!
Favourite club activity:
SUP Olympics, but to be honest, anything that is being highly energetic or slightly (very) silly.
Fave paddle moment:
Crashing into Harvey on the wave, falling off and getting huge bruises everywhere and him managing to stay standing up!
Dream paddle destination:
Ko Tapu – Thailand
Go-to coffee order:
Whatever I won’t forget about and let it get cold haha! So probably an iced latte.
Fave club activity:
SUP Surfing in those gnarly gylly waves bro!
Each of our team has come to paddling through different experiences and are ready to share their love for the sport with you all. Whether it’s your first beginner lesson, tour of the bay, or an early morning SUP yoga session, they’re always planning more ways to get people out on the water.
To keep up with the daily antics of team wesup.follow our Instagram stories or have a browse of the Club wesup. Facebook page to get an idea of the events and activities that we hold each week. If you’d like to join the club, pop in and say hello, or sign up online!
I just want to clear up all the questions that I have been asked about the new Club WeSUP membership options. The options really are all new and naturally when things change they need a little explaining… so here goes!
These new Club WeSUP memberships are our best value memberships ever. This seasons Gold Membership is an upgrade of lasts seasons Silver Plus. The upgrade means that you get unlimited access to our board store and a whole host of exciting classes and clinics meaning that you can take our equipment at anytime, even outside of our normal opening hours – Just as long as you have completed all of the required training indicated on your training card. There will be no need to re-do training that you already achieved during last season’s Club WeSUP sessions, we will just sign your new training card and you’ll have all the freedom you’ve earned. Of course you will also have unlimited access to our amazing line-up of SUP activities, adventures, fitness sessions and Club WeSUP members only social events.
The Student and Discount membership is available for EVERYONE, not just students. It has been introduced to answer the needs of the less adventurous paddler and those of you who like us are on a budget. You still have the option to pay just £20 more to undertake your Advanced Lesson to gain the ability to join in on all but 2 of our much higher rated activities. Within this Club WeSUP membership as standard (without the upgraded advanced lesson) you will still have access to our most popular classes and clinics, activities and adventures within Gylly Bay which include SUP & Jump, SUP Meditation & Yoga, SUP & Swim and much, much more. Plus of course our amazing social line up which is of course Club WeSUP members only and includes a very special mid-month members only party that starts at our beach house – VIP’s only!
Just 100 Student & Discount memberships available. Grab yours here whilst they are discounted for the early birds until September 30th
New Training & Rating Cards
Last season, some of you were turned away from certain adventures because you lacked the skills to keep up with the more experienced paddlers or to keep yourselves safe at sea. We absolutely hated turning you away as we pride ourselves on our all-inclusive attitudes so this season that stops. We have introduced the Ratings & Training Card which works on a traffic light system. It will allow you to clearly index your personal ability next to the activities and adventures that we offer so that you can be sure you have the skills to attend.
if you complete the GREEN rated classes & clinics you can take part in the GREEN rated activities. You only need to complete the Beginner Lesson to gain access to the GREEN rated activities but we hope that your new Training Card will inspire you to take more of the GREEN rated classes and become a more skilled and a more responsible and safe paddler.
As a Student & Discount member, if you want to take part in our AMBER rated activities, you must first complete all the GREEN rated Classes & Clinics and then undertake the Advanced Lesson at a cost of just £20 (including a 50% discount) It’s up to you if you wish to pay for additional training thereafter but again, we hope you will be inspired by your training card to be a better, safer paddler.
As a Gold member, you will need to have completed all your Green & Amber rated classes & clinics before you gain the freedom to take boards outside of opening hours. This is pure safety because your safety and enjoyment is everything to us. Of course, if we already know you have the skills then we will sign your training card as we deem appropriate so that you can gain the freedom you’ve earned right away.
If you guys have any further Q’s please do not hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and we cant wait for you to join our family!