Saving the Oceans One Paddle at a Time: Plastic Patrol Beach Cleans at wesup. Gylly Beach

Wednesday 29th July saw the return of our beach clean collaborations with the amazing environmental organisation that is Plastic Patrol. Each month, we host a litter-picking paddleboard experience to offer people in our community the opportunity to try SUP, as well as taking time to look after our beach home here in Falmouth.

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Is Stand Up Paddleboarding becoming more popular than surfing?

Well… It’s hard to see how the allure of gracefully gliding across your favourite body of water (lake, fjord, ocean, river, canal etc…) whilst working on your fitness and mental health and simultaneously undertaking a micro expedition of sorts and enjoying a good conversation with your paddleboarding pals is an un-attractive prospect to any new watersports enthusiast. Match those sentiments with the fact that a sometimes uncomfortable or unflattering wetsuit is entirely optional and that it can be enjoyed everyday, regardless of whether there are good waves or not and I’d say yes… People are beginning to switch on to the incredible accessibility of this amazing sport and stand up paddleboarding seems set to continue exploding into our lives.

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This is not to say that SUP is better than surfing, it only answers the question as to why I believe that in another 10 years time, SUP will be challenging the biggest sectors of watersports for sure. I think purely based on the sheer number of additional possibilities to get on the water, SUP can only continue its rapid and welcome evolution into our lives.

Just think of all those beautiful lakes, rivers, lochs, oceans and puddles! Literally, every single body of water in the world can now be accessed with this sport in a way that will suit almost every single human profile. So, whether for fitness, mindfulness, health and wellbeing, adventure, adrenaline, family time, friendship forming, working on your suntan, doing some yoga or working on your mental health – Stand Up Paddleboarding offers something to almost everyone and I know surfing boasts many of these qualities, but quite honestly – Surfing is bloody difficult! It requires a great deal of being bashed up and drowned before you even that first unforgettable glide, and then sometimes years of practice, traveling and experimenting before you accomplish your first visit to the ‘green room’ and finally attain the right to boast the quality that you are a surfer!

wesup stand up paddleboardingSUP boasts instantaneous gratification regardless of your age, ability, fitness, weight, previous watersports experience or social status, especially with the support of a lesson by a quality SUP School, of which there are now many popping up all over the planet. There will be no near-drowning accounts or close calls with other peoples kit flying towards your face in the surf. You may not even get your hair wet on your first go and to many, many people in the world, these factors will appeal more that those associated to surfing – In my humble opinion.

I’m bias of course, but it is not my addiction to the sport that I am referencing. It is the countless accounts of how the sport is changing peoples lives from the very first contact. I mean, if Jesus were a object, he’d be a paddleboard for sure!

 

 

wesup sup voucherI’d love to hear your thoughts, especially any alternative views. And, if you are going to be a total legend and give the gift of SUP this Christmas, WeSUP have a great selection of vouchers for SUP experiences from just £12. You can buy them online by following this link. https://wesup.co.uk/product-category/vouchers/

If you would rather we send you a quality printed copy over a digital version, please call the shop on 01326 311830 to speak with one of our super friendly staff, or email [email protected]. We’ll get that sorted for you – no sweat!

About WeSUP

Adventure SUP…

WeSUP is the definitive Adventure SUP specialist. Having paddled all over the world over the last 9 years, we have used our unrivalled experience to offer sensational guided SUP tours and experiences in and around the majestic waterways of Falmouth, as well as pop-up expeditions in Norway and Scotland. We are also home to the only specialist Adventure SUP shop where you can buy and test ride the full range of Fanatic adventure stand up paddleboards and paddles. We also have a beautiful bespoke collection of high-end adventure gear that you will need to undertake your very own micro adventures. Fanatic, Finisterre, ION, Black & Blum and GSM Outdoors are just some of the incredible brands that we are lucky enough supply. Pop in to take a look or simply buy online.

SUP School…

Running alongside the Adventure centre is our world-class SUP school where you can enjoy seriously fun and rewarding beginner or advanced SUP lessons. Our dedicated and highly trained senior SUP instructors are famous for their passionate, patient and friendly approach to teaching and promise you a SUP experience you’ll be buzzing about for all very long time. We are an academy of sorts in that we offer you a simple progression method of advancing your skills from total beginner, right up to senior instructor. You really haven’t been taught until you learn from WeSUP.

Club WeSUP…

Finally, we are also home to one of the busiest and most dynamic SUP club’s in the country. With just over 150 members we enjoy an amazingly vibrant series of regular club activities which are free of any additional charge. Our activities are centred around SUP Fitness such as SUP Yoga and SUP interval training, as well as regular social paddles to our favourite snorkelling and cliff jumping spots, over night adventures and occasionally a trip to the pub! Club WeSUP is open to all and you don’t even need your own kit, we supply everything, just sign up and rock up!
Our Philosophy…

WeSUP stand for ‘We Stand Up Paddleboard’ and in fact, it’s all we do! It is our mission to inspire generations old and new on the wonders of our sensational sport and demonstrate it’s supreme accessibility and its many facets. We believe that everyone can and should stand up paddleboard. Whether it’s for mindfulness, fitness, relaxation, exploration, friendship forming or family time, this unique activity takes away almost all personal limitations and puts you in a sublime environment where you can take things at your own pace.

Being out on the ocean here in the sanctuary of Gylly Bay will lend you a unique perspective of our truly breath-taking stretch of coastline. Only a few places in the world can match its majesty but none more special to us than Gylly.