Advertisements
News Ticker

Whatever the conditions – windSUP UK

It’s no secret the UK’s summer this year has been a decidedly blowy affair (generally) to date. And it’s understandable to think that when it puffs across your local spot all paddling is off. But wait! What you have in your possession is an incredibly versatile bit of kit. Of course the clue’s in the name – stand up paddle boarding. But simply wielding a blade is only part of the story.

Loco team rider Paul Monnington

Loco team rider Paul Monnigton getting all windSUP’d up! Pic: Ian Manuel Ross

Many SUPs, especially those produced by all round watersports companies, offer windsurf rig (sail, boom and mast) attachments. Suddenly what looked like a bad day for SUP has transformed into a good day for sail action.

OK, we appreciate there’s also downwinding, and this is also an area that many participate in when it’s blowing dogs off chains. The difference is that windSUP doesn’t have the same logistical headaches as downwind paddling. Having to organise transport at the end of your session, back upwind, can be tricky.

windSUP SUP Mag UK

If you’re looking to still get out on the brine when it’s breezy then windSUP could be a good paddling alternative for you. WindSUP is also another great wave of riding waves – especially when it’s breezy but not nuclear. There are many aficionados of wave riding windSUP style in the UK and many swear by it as a blowy alternative to SUP surfing.

For the low down on windSUP hit up our article: A good blow – to windSUP or not. And then check out some of the windSUP kit we’ve reviewed in the past.

Starboard’s Waterman Package

AHD’s Sealion 8.3ft

Advertisements
About SUPMagUK (445 Articles)
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Mag UK is the home of UK SUP. Paddle surfing, downwind SUP, all round SUP, SUP racing and more - it's all here!

2 Comments on Whatever the conditions – windSUP UK

  1. Excellent article. I would add that once you get the hang of the sail, it is much easier to catch the waves using the power of the sail and you can catch them much earlier too, so you get a longer ride. I have 2 WindSUP Boards and am completely hooked on them.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: