GOOD OLD SUPPING BY THE SEA
"If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air,Quaint little villages here and there"
Irwin Pincus, Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus
At the height of my hedonistic days, where banging dance music permeated everywhere that I went and weekends were all about the party, there was one song stood out like a beacon of tranquility. "At The River" was released in 1997 and then again in 1999 by Groove Armada. The lads sampled the wonderful voice and lyrics of a Patti Page and her 1957 track "Cape Cod"
Twenty years on and I find myself living and running a business on the wonderful River Adur, in the beautiful sea side town of Shoreham By Sea. Well there certainly aren't sand dunes here - but there is salty air in abundance and it defines "Quaint".
The Red Snapper Sports HQ, sits looking out over the river with its ever changing skies, beautiful bird life and constant stream of watercraft, whether it be kayaks, canoes, sail boats or fishing boats.
We want to share with you, what we believe are some of the highlights of the place we call home.
The River Adur
The River Adur stretches for 20 miles and was once navigable for large vessels up as far as Steyning, where there was a large Saxon port. Its mouth forms the ancient harbour situated at Shoreham, which has pre-Roman origins. It has born witness to the turbulence and traumas of the last 2,000 years of English history.
It is associated with dozens of terrifying ghost stories and apparent demon sightings including The Headless Man of Bramber, The Grinning Man of Steyning, The Dog-Faced Girl of Beeding Bridge and The Blue Lady at The Footbridge in Shoreham. In addition to this, the sea mists that roll up the River Adur have long been associated with a terrifying superstition. Overtime, locals have reported an overwhelming and unnatural fog, that engulfs the plains around the river. The fog is so dense that those stranded in it are unable to see more than a few feet in front of them. Hapless villagers get lost in the mists, with many never seen again. Of those who do find their way back home, it is common for them to report seeing the faces of long dead mariners in the dense fog. Wrecks of old fishing boats are strewn along the river bank and can be seen at low tide as far up as the bridge that carries the A27 over it.
This beautiful stretch of beach remains relatively unused and undiscovered by the masses. Lying to the west of the harbour mouth, the beach is composed of pebbles, shingles and at at low tide, vast expanses of sand are exposed.
This is a dog friendly beach, which makes it a popular choice for local dog walkers and is there is a board walk which runs for most of its length, for those who don't want to negotiate the shingle slopes. The conditions make this the go to beach for windsurfers, kite surfers, paddle boarders and swimmer. Beautiful beach flowers and plants can be found decorating the fringes and you can find anything from million pound houses to old style beach huts lining the edges.
Kingston Beach sits nestled at the mouth of Shoreham Port Harbour and The River Adur. The light houses guards watchfully over this little piece of shingled heaven, while the RNLI centre flanks the right hand side. This sheltered area of water is perfect for families and water sportsmen alike, as it remains calm at most times unless there is a strong southerly sweeping in the harbour entrance.
As the main thoroughfare for the commercial port, on any given day you can see anything from fishing boats, to sailboats heading up to Lady Bee Harbour or huge commercial tankers, making their way to the many heavy industries that sit on the spit of land between land and the English Channel.
This small but perfectly formed beach, is home to the Shoreham Rowing Club, who can regularly be seen gracefully gliding up and down the river. More recently it has also become home to a beautiful little seal, who has affectionately been named Floss by the locals.
FROM SUPPING TO SIPPING
Once you have flexed those water muscles, you will be needing some refreshments, and there are some tasty little pit stops you can make. If its coffee, Buddha bowls and smoothies you are after head to Tom Foolery, which is located opposite the footbridge on the high street. They pride themselves in sourcing local and have something to suit every taste bud. My personal favourite is the granola and yoghurt breakfast pot, which sets you up for the day!
If its pints and sea food you are after, then head to The Crown and Anchor or The Bridge which both sit on the banks of the river. There is a friendly local vibe, fresh sea food and its literally the best spots in town for mind blowing sunsets.
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"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator"
So now you know where we are, why not come and pay Red Snapper Sports a visit? We have built a wonderful community of water enthusiasts, blue mind thinkers and SUP lovers. There is something for everyone. Whether or not you are a paddle board grom, a water sports newbie or you just want to get out, make friends and embrace nature, you are in the right place!
Supping is good for the mind, great for the body and fantastic for the soul. We offer paddle board lessons from all of the locations we have mentioned. So whether or not you want lazy trips down the river, coastal exploration or just to find your sea legs in the safety of shallow calm water, this is the place for you.
Life is for living, so get in touch today to become part of the Red Snapper Tribe! #DoSomethingDifferent
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