Firstly, a huge thank you for supporting the first summer of SUP Lass Paddle Adventures - it’s been a pleasure to meet and coach so many of you.
What’s coming up.
With summer moving into autumn over the next month or so, we plan to wrap up SUP Club for 2021 but continue to offer short courses and one to one and group sessions through the cooler months - we paddle all year.
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Here to help.
If you’re unsure about anything SUP, then we’re always happy to offer professional advice and support - please just ask. Board set up, clothing, safety, paddle locations…we've answered lots of questions and queries throughout the summer.
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We are in the process of becoming a Water Skills Academy accredited SUP school, which means we will soon be able to offer certified courses and further increase our professional SUP offer. We have plenty of ideas to ramp up our adventure offer, promote skills and safety, and of course bring back the hugely popular SUP CLUB.
Quick release waist leashes are a hot topic at the moment and one I get asked about most often by clients….
Here at SUP Lass Paddle Adventures we use quick release waist leashes with all of our own boards when used in sessions - I particularly encourage their use on rivers and estuaries - basically any water that moves or flows.
A quick release waist belt has the potential to save your life in the event of a situation when you need to separate from your board quickly e.g becoming held by the water against an obstacle. Here is a SUP Leash demonstration by Barry Hughes Paddle Sports. And as you can see, reaching to your waist to release is much easier than your ankle.
A quick release waist belt should always be used in conjunction with a curly leash.
What to buy:
If your relatively new to SUP and you’re looking to purchase an affordable, entry level one, I can recommend one manufactured by Panda Board Sports. This can be used in conjunction with your existing curly ankle leash.
As you advance your skills and paddling environments, I’d certainly consider looking at the offer of other reputable brands: Peak, Palm, HF......to name but a few. Prices range from between £15-£45
~ You can use your cuff from your existing curly ankle leash (the ones that come with most standard board packages) to fit onto the quick release belt system.
~ Cut any excess webbing - this keeps the belt tidy and neat, and will help to speed up the release action when activated.
~ Give your belt a trial run - practice using your quick release system in a safe environment to give you the confidence in how it works.
~ Check your belt and leash regularly for wear and tear, replace if fatigued in anyway.
Further advice and mini videos on SUP Safety, kit and equipment an be found on the Water Skills Academy website.