Europes biggest FREE beach festival attracts 50,000 visitors over the weekend and it's not hard to see why. With its eclectic bunch of beach sports, water sports, mermaids, water men, surfers, paddle boarders, exhibitors, kids entertainment, live music stage, food and drink a plenty, it really is fun in the sun and in, on or under the water!!
It's the 1950’s and 1960’s, and surf culture was exploding in Hawaii, Australia and California. It affected everything from music, fashion, literature, film, art and design. This period in time produced woodies (cars), bikinis, board-shorts (boardies), skateboards, the Beach Boys, Gidget and the association of the Shaka sign (a common Hawaiian greeting) with surfing and other board sports.
Turtles are depicted as easygoing, patient and wise. They have important roles in mythology around the world and are often implicated in “Creation Myths”. They symbolise wisdom and knowledge, as well as personifying water, the moon, The earth, time, immortality and fertility.
Paddle boarding as we know it today, is steeped in history and heritage. The watermen of Hawaii are perhaps the most well known advocates, however - the humble stand up paddle board was actually first recorded thousands of years ago and has global notoriety.
Some five years ago, I discovered a wonderful blog by the incredible Captain Liz Clark who has inspired me ever since. I have had nothing but admiration for her as a compassionate human being and spirited adventurer. But what really captured my heart, was the unbreakable bond between her, and her feline companion Amelia the Tropicat.
Winter wetsuits can be anywhere from 4mm - 7mm thick. The most important thing to take in to consideration however is the technology, as different brands will vary. We strongly advise that you go to your local surf shop and talk to the people that work there, as they will be able to give you sound advice. Don't rely on guess work and get fitted properly.
Ever heard of The Exumas? No we hadn't either! However, nestled in the Caribbean Ocean, about 35 miles south east of Nassau in The Bahamas, is an archipelago made up of around 35 cays and islands. And one of the bigger islands, aptly named "Big Major Cay" is home to probably the happiest pigs in the world!
When kick starting any new hobby, research is key! Whether it be mountain biking, hula hooping, running, or indeed supping, having a keen interest and wanting to try something new is only the beginning of the journey. There are so many considerations to take in to account when looking to purchase your first paddle board and there is no real fixed rule. So lets break it down in to bite sized chunks and look at every aspect of the purchasing decision.
We were constantly asked last year, what our recommendations were for keeping our kit dry when we were out and about on our paddle boards. We are confident that we have found the solution with this superb range of dry bags and other waterproof accessories from Duc-Kit Pro.
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