Sarah Leighton – Ultimate Wales Adventure

My ULTIMATE Wales challenge – ‘Paddle, Pedal, and Summit Wales’

Sarah Leighton

 

On the 28th August, I set off from Penarth via stand up paddle board, to face a Welsh challenge of a lifetime – paddle boarding, cycling and hiking across Wales.  I covered a total distance of 478km, summited 15 peaks above 3000ft, covered 96691m of ascent, and reached South Stack Lighthouse on Holyhead 10 days after beginning in Penarth.

 

Strong winds in South Wales delayed my start date by 2 weeks, but I spotted a window in the weather on Tuesday 28th August.  The first 2.5 hours were some of the hardest hours I have ever paddled – facing side winds and rough seas around Barry, forcing me to paddle on my knees as I feared the board being flipped over.

 

I paddled from Penarth to Mumbles, Swansea, via the Bristol channel – a distance of 76.5km.  The O’Shea GTE iSUP board was packed with enough food, water, and camping equipment to last the journey to Mumbles, and I used the carbon fibre and bamboo finish 3-piece paddle from Puravida Boardriders.

 

The aim of this challenge was to raise awareness of the positive impact that adventure can have on mental and physical health, to encourage people in Wales to adventure safely and confidently, and to highlight the importance of caring for our beautiful environment in Wales.  Whilst also supporting three charities which reflect these aims; Keep Wales Tidy, Mind, and the Search And Rescue Dogs (SARDA) Wales.

 

I am hugely grateful for the support provided by Jim at Puravida Boardriders, and Farrel O’Shea of O’Shea Surf.  Over the last 4 months, Jim has put time aside to help with my fundraising efforts, by running charity fundraising Intro to SUP sessions.  I wanted my fundraising events to help more people get out and try adventurous activities – and these sessions proved to be a huge success!

 

2019 will see me take on another adventurous SUP challenge – which I plan to make bigger, more crazy, and to get even more people interested in and reaping the benefits of SUP and the outdoors.

 

To catch up with all the ULTIMATE Wales action, and to follow along as I plan, recce, train, and journey through the next big adventure – you can follow me;

 

Instagram: @fitforadventure_

Website: www.fitforadventure.org

Facebook: @fitforadventurewales

Donate: https://www.sponsorme.co.uk/sarahleighton/ultimate-wales-expedition.aspx

 

I’d like to say a huge thank you again to Jim, and O’Shea, for all their support!

JP Australia and Neil Pryde 2019 Kit

JP Australia and Neil Pryde 2019 Kit

Introducing the all new JP Australia and Neil Pryde 2019 Kit, available to pre order now, with delivery September!

 

The wave line up sees the consolidation of the previous 3 boards into just 2 this year, with the ever popular JP Wave Slate carrying forwards, but the new Ultimate Wave board now sits alongside it. With the ease of use and early planing that the Thruster Quad offered, but the turning and responsiveness of the Radical Thruster Quad it is an exciting board for sure.

The Freeride line sees the continuation of the mid season addition that is the Super Ride – this really hit the market with force and has offered early planing but complete freedom of use whether it be bump and jump, drag racing, freeride carving lines and more.

The test winning Magic Ride continues to be as strong as ever too, offering a benchmark freeride platform for the discerning blaster.

 

Neil Pryde have introduced their new X range of sails – X:Wave, X:Move, X:Ryde. This is very exciting – based on the 2018 Combat, Fusion and Ryde sails, these offer the same Pryde Quality and performance that you have grown to know over the years, but the prices aren’t what you would expect. No skimping on build quality or performance but with very very pocket friendly numbers attached these are sure to create a stir!

Check out the 2019 line ups on the links below, and give us a shout if you want any more info!

JP Australia 2019

 

Neil Pryde 2019

Simmer Style Clearance List

With a bit of wind on its way, here is our latest Simmer Style Clearance Sale list of NEW boards and sails, all available with massive discounts. Give us a call asap to avoid missing out on these mega deals, once they’re gone they’re gone!

MODELYEARSIZE  STOCKRRPCLOSE OUT
Simmer Style Boards
FLYWAVE201771brand new11,699.00£1,359
201778brand new21,699.00£1,359
201785brand new11,699.00£1,359
201792brand new21,699.00£1,359
FREEGAL2017100brand new11,799.00£1,439
FREEMOVE2017110brand new11,399.00£1,119
2017120brand new21,399.00£1,119
2017120CEbrand new11,699.00£1,359
Simmer Style Sails
BLACK TIP20164.0brand new1525.00£367
20164.2brand new2530.00£371
20165.0HDbrand new2570.00£371
20165.6brand new1555.00£388
21073.4brand new1600.00£450
21074.0brand new1605.00£454
20174.2brand new2610.00£458
20175.6brand new1635.00£476
20183.7brand new2610.00£488
20184.0brand new1615.00£492
20184.2brand new1620.00£496
20184.7brand new1630.00£504
20185.0brand new1635.00£508
20185.3brand new2640.00£512
20185.6brand new2645.00£516
ICON 20174.0brand new1615.00£461
20174.0HDbrand new1630.00£473
20174.2brand new2620.00£465
20174.5brand new1625.00£469
20175.3brand new1640.00£480
20184.0brand new1615.00£492
20184.2brand new1620.00£496
20184.2Xbrand new1645.00£516
20184.7brand new1630.00£504
20185.3brand new1640.00£512

Simmer Style 2019 Sails Launch Offer

 

Welcome to Simmer Style 2019, with another step forward in redefining what is possible in wave sail performance and construction.

We introduce to you the new Tricera, Blacktip and Icon Sails, aswell as the new Legacy versions of the Blacktip and Icon.

The Blacktip has become more direct, more precise and more stable than ever, resulting in an ideal down the line sail that transitions from powered up to neutral in an instant. The Blacktip Legacy combines these characteristics with bombproof X-Ply and PVC construction to see you survive even the most brutal of crashes.

The best selling Icon sail has also seen changes for 2019, with the overall result being a more consistent and stable feeling sail that’ll tear apart any spot across the world with ease. The Icon Legacy takes the crown as the travellers’ sail of choice in our eyes – super versatility matched with super strong X-Ply/PVC construction means you’ll have the perfect rig for wherever you’re headed, without the worry of a crash cutting your trip short!

As an introductory offer, we have listed ALL 2019 Simmer Style sails at 2018 Simmer pricing for all those who pre order now for delivery in September. This is a limited time offer, and as such you need to move quick to bag a massive discount off next years sails – a rare opportunity!

Click Here to View the Simmer Range

 

DUOTONE Windsurfing is Here!

One of the most anticipated launches in years was Boards and More GMBH’s change of branding from North Sails to Duotone – wait no more as it is here!

To kick things off we invite you to join us for an evening with long time brand representative Nik Baker on Friday 3rd August from 6pm in the Puravida Store. Nik is widely regarded as the best wave sailor the UK has ever produced, with 3 x Vice world championship wave titles under his belt, and now running UK distribution of Duotone, Fanatic and ION – who better to hear about the new range of kit from?! He will talk over sails like the Super Hero, Super Session, E-Type, F-Type and more, aswell as the new 2019 Freestyle and wave range of boards from Fanatic.

Nik Will be on hand to talk through the new kit aswell as answer any questions you might have for him about it, and we will also have our fleet of demo kit in store should you want to try any of it off the back of what you hear. Bring a drink or two with you, we’ll supply Pizza from the excellent Tony’s taste of Italy so there really is no reason not to come along!

To get the initial low down on the range, follow the link below to learn more, and swat up with any questions you might have!

 

SHOP DUOTONE

 

 

Litter pick with BBC Wales X-Ray

Well what can we say, our last litter pick has caused quite a stir! To follow on from our last litter pick when we were inspired to ‘turn the tide on single-use plastic’ we will be helping to clean the river Taff again and collect as much recyclable rubbish that we can along with the support of BBC Wales X-Ray programme and special guest paddler Lucy Owen.

BBC Wales news and broadcast team have shown a great interest in supporting this fantastic cause and will be filming on the night for a special feature with our local club and the harbour authority to further raise awareness and help us to improve the condition of our local waterways in the rivers and Cardiff Bay
By signing up to take part in this special club night paddle, you agree that the BBC can film the occasion and may choose to use any footage that you may feature in to broadcast both on TV and online.
This evening is free of charge, is open to club members and non club members BUT you must have previous paddle boarding experience.

Meeting at: Channel View Leisure Centre, Jim Driscoll Way, CF117HB

What to wear:  Please make sure you have suitable footwear to use on the water.  If you are a regular paddle boarder please wear what you are most comfortable with and bring a change of clothes.

FOR THIS EVENT ONLY, WE ARE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY  July 11th ready to launch at 18.15 in the  evening from Channel View leisure centre.

 

Please follow this link to book on to this Special Event – https://sup-wales.co.uk/index.php/product/bbc-river-litter-pick-with-x-ray-wednesday-11th-6-15pm/

SIMMER CORTEX REVIEW by Ian at RB Sails

SIMMER CORTEX REVIEW by Ian at RB Sails

RB SAILS are really lucky to have got some of the first Simmer Cortex boards in the UK so we thought it would be good to write a little report on it and compare it to the Fanatic Stubby that we had access to last year.

The Simmer Cortex 78 and 90 arrived and the first thing we have to say is how well packaged they were! The boxes were double thickness and there was good foam and extra protection. It might seem a funny thing to say but I think it is important given the number of stories of damaged in transit boards.

The next thing that we noticed was how beautifully finished the Cortex is. It looks to our eyes absolutely brilliant. If you don’t like blue and orange then it isn’t for you! The fins look and feel excellent. They are super light so it will be interesting to see how well they last. The straps look pretty standard, but I would have preferred them in orange!

ON THE WATER.

I have a lot of experience with this style of board having been riding my own shapes since 2012 (I think), so it is interesting to try other people’s take on it.

I used the 78 ltr Simmer Cortex for the first time the other day in gusty 5mtr weather (No action shots as it was too early, to rainy and no one wanted to take any). So, although I probably have a bit more to learn about it, I must say that I was very happy with the way it performed straight away. It gets on the plane quickly especially with a couple of pumps. It was really comfortable riding around. The Cortex gybes really nicely and keeps its speed well, and this is clear in the bottom and top turn too although the waves were pretty average. It absolutely flies and the speed it maintains is great so jumping is really good. I’m looking forward to some more constant winds to really push the jumping.

I have also used the Simmer Cortex in very light cross off drift and ride conditions. It truly excelled. The volume being evenly distributed meant it was stable to drift out and it picks up waves very easily. The bottom turn felt great, totally secure and the tightness of turn is adjustable and that was with the fins not in the loosest position. The top turn was sharp and responsive.

So, I can’t really think of many negatives about this board. It is so easy to sail and does everything well! BUT how does it compare to my old board and more importantly how does it compare to Fanatics trendsetter, The Stubby.

I got hold of The Stubby as I needed a replacement for my own shaped board that was starting to give up the ghost, and I am a big fan of the concept. Now, I have to say that the Fanatic Stubby is a fantastic board and I would say that everyone could benefit from this board. It planes very quickly ( a customer has one and it gets going quicker and more often than his larger board) and is super fast. I would say it probably has a very slight edge over the Simmer Cortex in early planing and probably maintains that through the lulls slightly better too. Top speed is similar. Comparing them to my own shaped board I would say they were all in the same ballpark. One thing I found slightly uncomfortable about the Stubby was the mast track position. Even with it at the very back of the box it felt too far forward for me. Maybe this is something to do with the overall length when compared to my board which is 199cm long versus 214 for the Stubby and 213 for the Cortex. The Stubby is great for jumping as it flies everywhere and felt nice and smooth when landing. The Stubby can also gybe itself which is a joy, and this translates to a nice bottom turn. However, I did struggle with the top turn sometimes. For me the Stubby would snag on the lip unless you hit it just right and I think it felt a little stiff when compared to my home brewed shape (which to be fair is a pretty wild board to ride!). I would say the Cortex has a more snappy turn and I definitely preferred it on the wave. This is not to criticise the Fanatic as it is an exceptional board as Adam Lewis shows.

TO CONCLUDE

These shapes are great. You can ride a smaller size than traditional boards as they plane so well. The Fanatic Stubby planes very slightly quicker than the Cortex but top speeds are the same. On the wave the Cortex feels right between my home made board and the Fanatic, where the homebrew is super loose and lively and the Stubby is bit more safe. Because of this and living in Cornwall I choose the Cortex, with it’s edge in the wave riding department.

Please hit the link below read the full article and find out more about RB Sails latest news:

Turn the Tide on Plastic

Puravida Boardriders and SUP South Wales – Turn the Tide on Plastic

With the Volvo Ocean Race currently in Cardiff, we decided to take the opportunity to team up with their Turn the Tide on Plastic Scheme, Penarth View and the SUP South Wales club to do a litter pick on the River Taff. When we turned up we were in shock by the sheer volume of rubbish in the river, with plastic bottles, balls, bike wheels, pipe cladding and all sorts of other junk.

For more Pics/videos and info on the paddle and any future events check out the following Facebook pages, and be sure to give them a follow!

@penarthview

@puravidaboardriders

@SUPsouthwales

Here is what El Capitan Jim had to say of the event;

“I have to say a huge thanks to everybody that supported our ‘Litter Pick’ on the Taff last night inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race – ‘Turning the tide on plastic’! It was a great SUP South Wales Paddleboarding Club crew supported by Penarth View & Puravida Boardriders ….. another thanks to Andy, who kindly helped us take the bags away in the rowing club boat and the fantastic Harbour Authority staff at Channel View for providing the recycling facilities from there!

What stood out most was the sheer amount of disposable food containers from city centre take away’s broken into pieces, and plastic drinks bottles! With the sunny weather followed by heavy rain fall theres so much rubbish in the rivers right now 🙁

Sad to see, but if we all do a little to think about single use plastic, recycling and spreading the word hopefully this will change in time!

A great night and something we will be organising again……Jim”

 

 

 

O’Shea GTE Touring Board – REVIEW!!!

O'shea GTE
Check the latest review of the awesome Oshea GTE touring board! Available to test drive, view & buy at Puravida Boardriders or on one of our local club night paddles!!!

The Ultimate in Exploration SUPing !

Whether your on a sunny afternoon paddle or an epic voyage ,this board brings out the hidden explorer in all of us …..

 

SUP Mag UK – Review Fusion Lite GTE

O’Shea HP series are a convergance of both High Performance and Lite weight fabrics !
The Pre- laminated outer PVC has a weight saving of approx 20% over more traditional SUP constructions ,with almost NO loss of torsional or longitudinal stiffness . Don’t however confuse this Material with many brands that use the word “Fusion” – albeit they have a fused outer their  internal drop stitch  thread is often of  poor  tensile strength !

Size for size , not only is this Light ,it also rolls up smaller – WIN WIN !!

” Ride into Tommorrow today “

 

Simmer Clearance Now On!

Here at Puravida we have been having a bit of a spring clean, and as such we are having a Simmer Clearance on some current stock of Windsurf Boards and Sails.

We have 20% off Simmer Flywave, Freegal and Freemove boards in most sizes, and much the same discount on sails like the Blacktip, Icon, 2XS and more.

If you can’t see what you’re after then get in touch and we can see what is available for you from the Simmer range, but these deals aren’t likely to hang around so get them whilst stocks last!

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL SIMMER RANGE