Penarth Quays Marina Open Weekend – Saturday/Sunday June 29th and 30th 2019 – FREE SUP Taster Sessions

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JUNE 29TH AND 30TH 2019 – 10am to 6pm – PENARTH QUAY MARINA OPEN WEEKEND!

The Marina is opening its doors to all with a range of activities for all the family and helping to raise funds for the local RNLI

Why not come and join us for a FREE SUP taster session 11am – 6pm and support a good cause at the same time??

To reserve your place on the SUP taster sessions for Saturday and Sunday, book here:

Saturday 29th the Yellow Welly Gin Club

For the first time we’ll be hosting a Yellow Welly Gin Club event between 5 and 10pm at the marina this year.

To book tickets visit yellowwellyginclub.com

– an evening party in a marquee on the side of the marina basin

– a wide selection of carefully selected gins paired with tonics and garnishes

– traditional wood fired pizza available from Dusty Knuckle Pizza Co, inspired by the rustic tradition of Neapolitan pizzerias, local haunts that churn out thin, crackly crusted pizzas

– live music by guitarist Jon Ivins

Bring your friends and buy your tickets online early to avoid disappointment.

Only £15 per ticket – available from Yellow Welly Gin Club. Click here to book
Each ticket include entry to the event includes your own Yellow Welly Gin Club Coop’s gin glass and your first G&T.
A donation is made for every ticket and drink sold to the RNLI.

Sunday the 30th the SUP taster sessions will be running again so make sure you book in advance, book here:

Why not stick around and sample the Sunday afternoon BBQ on the marina dock as well?

11-3pm

Join us on the hoist dock for a Burger and to meet the following:

RNLI Sea Safety Team – Penarth Coastguard -Penarth Fire Rescue Service &

Cardiff Model Boat Club displaying and sailing their boats!

Penarth Marina, Penarth Portway CF64 1TQ

Llandegfedd Reservoir Demo Day Sunday 23rd June 2019

Llandegfedd Reservoir Demo Day Sunday 23rd June 2019

We are super excited for the next PURAVIDA – SUP, Windsurf & Foil demo this coming weekend on the 23rd June at the stunning Llandegfedd Reservoir, kicking off at 10am with special guest Andy Chambers from JP & Neil Pryde ‘FOIL PRESENTATION’ to be held at 1pm and Alex Tobutt talking us through the Naish range! We have over 20 Sup’s on demo, windsurf & foil specific boards, windsup & kids gear for the little groms too! Check the pics for a little taste of what we’re squeezing into our vans ready for you not to mention what the brands are bringing along from the new ranges 😜🤙 . Great forecast perfect for sup in the morning and sunny breeze for the afternoon free ride & Foil sessions!!

Check out our facebook event page for more information.

It’s also an awesome place for all the family to visit! Don’t just take our word for it, check out the aerial video below from Stephen Davies photography

FREE ‘Fun SUP & DEMO Evening’ with RED Paddle! Thursday July 11th 2019 4pm onwards

FREE ‘Fun SUP & DEMO Evening’ with RED Paddle! Thursday July 11th 2019 4pm onwards

11th July – Save this date and book on…..it’s FREE!!

Thursday 11th July we are hosting a FREE ‘fun SUP night & DEMO’ with RED Paddle Co showcasing their full range of inflatable paddle baords from beginner to touring, and Race to the multi person Dragon Boards! They are bringing up a load of boards for us to try and learn new core skills,  with some great SUP action, top paddling tips and fun Dragon races to finish off

This is a very relaxed evening open to all paddlers including non-members, so you can turn up at any time that suits between 4pm and 8pm to try any of the boards and we will be on hand for product and technique advice.

Anyone can come along so long as you have some experience on a paddle board.……please book your FREE place here!

When: Thursday 11th July

Start Time: 4pm onwards for Demos until 8pm

7pm for fun races and dragon relay

On the water from: 4pm to 8.00pm

Venue: Channel View Leisure Centre, Jim Driscoll Way, CF117HB

Facilities:  There is free parking on site and hot showers, changing rooms available at the centre which is open until 10pm

What to wear:  Please make sure you have suitable footwear to use on the water.  For this time of year we recommend quick dry sports gear or summer wetsuit.  If you’re a regular paddle boarder please wear what you are most comfortable with and bring a change of clothes.

Please note – you must wear a buoyancy aid to paddle

Demo Boards, paddles and leashes are available

Click here to book

Idiot’s Guide to Foiling – 2

JP Prone Foil Surf

So, it has been a little while since part one was put up, and I have got a few sessions under my belt in the waves now. The setup I am using is the JP Prone Surf Foil 6’0 board with neil Pryde Glide Surf Large foil. I chose this setup mostly on sizing, but also as it offers the cheapest setup to get foil surfing aswell, showing that it can be done relatively cheaply!

So having had my moment of enlightenment behind a boat and found the sweet spot in controlling flight, I confidently headed down to the beach on a 4ft @ 4 seconds 8knot onshore day at a rivermouth break (deep channel, where the wave mellows out after takeoff), which I had to myself! Conditions that I would normally ignore and favour Netflix over…..

Paddling out was stable and floaty compared to my normal surfboard, and duckdiving was surprisingly easy given the mega float of the board, the foil does a good job of projecting the board under the wave. Tentatively paddling into my first waves, the onshore blown out conditions really helped push me into waves without them banking up into walls of foil death, and before I knew it the board was pulling into a wave and I was popping up into the unknown.

What i think surprised me at this point was that i had popped up, hit my stance and the board was still on the water until I used my foot pressures from behind the boat to lift the foil. I fully expected these moments to be chaotic and out of control with the board lifting before I had a chance to pop up, but I was wrong. From this moment on I relaxed, realised the fears and worries I had were completely irrational and proceeded to catch wave after wave after wave.

With the pop ups in control, and stance alterations becoming smaller and smaller, i found myself rising into controlled flights more and more consistently, which then lead to the next, unexpected hurdle – speed! The minute the foil lifts, you go from 0-60 in the blink of an eye, the peak where you took off becomes a spec behind you and you are way way out on the shoulder before you know it, only unlike surfing you are still accelerating!! All i kept thinking was front foot pressure, keep that nose down and in control and the rest will all be fine!

So, big pointers from my first couple of sesions in the waves;

-Relax, taking off on a wave is way more controlled and slowpaced than your head might lead you to believe.

-If you fall, fall. Don’t kick the board away thinking your saving your head from being cut off, this will simply power up the foil and it will go wherever if wants. If you go with the fall, generally I found the board carried on with the wave and stayed well clear of me.

-If your head is saying the wave is about to pass under you and you’ve missed it, give a couple more big deep paddles and go for the pop up. I found the foil had a subtle tipping point where if you were quick you could actually catch what felt like swell by being quick to hit the minimum lift point of the foil (around 4-6knot board speed)

-Onshore, low period (ie/ Crap) conditions are actually perfect for getting your first flights, the whitewater helps push you in, then once up the foil is generating lift from whats under the whitewater so you’ll be grand!

Idiot’s Guide to Foiling – 1

So, as you may have noticed from recent social media posts, we are quite into foiling and can really see the potential for it here in the UK. As such we will be releasing regular posts to document our journey through surf foiling to hopefully help you guys along the way aswell as give our thoughts on some of the kit available out there as we use it. Sorry Ben @ Windsurfing TV for knicking the title, but we feel we fit the title of idiot a bit better anyway…. 😉

Who am I? – I am Andy, the website/shop manager here at Puravida. 29, 6’8 and 105kgs so very much outside the spectrum of most brands sizings of kit which will no doubt give interesting results down the line….

History – Surfing/windsurfing for around 15 years. Have also been windfoiling for about a year (which i thought would be helpful to transfer, more on that later!). Generally surf on boards between 38-43l and windsurf on 95l upwards.

Session 1 – BEHIND A BOAT! Really cannot stress this one enough, the learning curve behind a boat is mega, feeling differences in foot placement, weight alternations, and not sh*tting yourself when you first take flight is invaluable.

Learnings – First thing is first, what really amazed me was just how much front foot pressure was needed. With my foiling to date being with a windsurf rig which gives a lot of mast foot pressure keeping the nose down, it was a real eye opener (and leg burner!) just how much pressure needed to be put down. What really helped was physically moving my front foot much further forwards and not being afraid to adopt a 1970’s Waimea big wave inspired stance for a little more coverage and control of the trim. It also goes without saying, you need to keep everything over the centre line of the board!

What also really helped was making sure the boat speed was low, so as to ensure that any lift was created by my weight movements and pumping rather than just getting auto lift from the boat speed (this is what happened on run 1, and it is a good lesson in front foot pressure, but a bit useless in finding the sweet spot on the foil). After a short while I had what alcoholics refer to as a ‘moment of clarity’. I found the sweet spot, got the pumping just right and suddenly felt the tension and reliance on the ski rope disappear – I was free!! Once in flight, the foil was fast and surprisingly stable, and you can really feel it accelerate off every bit of swell and the boat wake so it is important to keep your weight low so as to be prepared for this.

Falling – When you fall, fall. Sounds obvious huh?! But what i mean is don’t try and kick the board away from you to get clear of the swinging axe of doom strapped to the bottom of your board. If you do this, the foil will lift and go in whichever direction it wants, meaning its more likely to fire back at you and cause more damage than if you simply went with the fall.

Kit Used for session 1 – Boat session was done on the 6’6 Fanatic Sky SUP foil board and Medium Wing (2000) Fanatic Aero Foil (available June this year).

The bevelled rails and foil specific nature of the board really helped with release from the water surface, aswell as on reimpact with the water where it saw me skim, reset and get flying again, rather than ploughing into a world of pain!

What next? – Session 2 saw me change kit to my new JP Prone Surf Foil 6’0 board and Neil Pryde Glide Surf Large foil in the waves of South Wales, more on that next time!

Solite boots – They’re SO Light!

Solite Boots

Here at Puravida, we aren’t one for fads or gimicky products, so we approached these new boots with caution. Boasting lightweight spec, barefoot feel and heat moulded fit we feared a marketing extraordinaire of a train wreck product. We were wrong……

The new Solite boots come in 3 models, each offering 3mm or 6mm thickness, all of which offer the custom fit heat moulding interior. So what does Heat moulding mean? Essentially, when you get the boots new, fill it with boiling water and leave for 5 mins before emptying and adding cold water for a few seconds to save burning your feet, then slip the boots on. after around 5 mins of wearing the boots, the lower liner moulds to your foot shape to give a simply unrivalled fit to your foot,resulting in comfort like no other. the upper section has a plush thermal liner too and full fluid weded seams so warmth in the water was never an issue, but hey presto, you have a custom fit boot that is insanely comfy and toasty warm in the sea!

The other thing you will notice when you first pop them on is just how good the feel through the sole is – certainly the closest we have found to riding barefoot whilst wearing boots! The sole is not skimpy either, with a hardwearing rubber to make sure it does offer protection against reefs and longevity without wearing out.

All in all, Solite are sure to break the market of wettie boots and we really can’t stress how special these boots are!

Wind Foiling IS for YOU!

Here’s a video of wind-foiling in Kailua. If anyone tells you it is too difficult or hard to learn, don’t listen. If they tell you that you need a race foil, super wide board or high performance race sail, don’t listen. Here I am riding the Hover 122 with Thrust foil and 90cm mast. My sail is a 5.7 meter Lift… three and a half batten soft sail that anyone can rig in about a minute. Wind is 10-15 knots… not really enough to get planing on normal windsurf gear, but enough to kite foil on a 9 or ride a twin tip with a 14-16 meter. And I am out windsurfing, flying around and having a blast!!This is for all those people that “used to windsurf” but got tired of waiting for wind. This will bring the fun of just riding the wind back to you. If you are good enough to get into the footstraps and occasionally make your jibes, you are good enough to ride this foil gear. I meet people all over the world that tell me that they used to windsurf but stopped because the sport passed them by, the gear got too small and too complicated and they needed too much wind to have fun…. spending too much time waiting and chasing wind and not enough time actually windsurfing… so they moved on. No, this is not as exciting as doing back loops or hitting the lip at Hookipa. But I have been windsurfing at the highest level through the entire evolution of our sport for over forty years, and I love this. So will you. Just windsurfing back and forth, reading the water, gliding with almost no resistance, going really fast with a small and simple sail… it really is incredibly fun. And yes, you do “feel” the water. If I look away from the front of the board for more than a few seconds, I drop off the foil. You are constantly making little adjustments,shifting your weight, sheeting in and out etc. you are not “disconnected” as some people have questioned…. this is real windsurfing. But you can do it and have fun in “normal conditions”… flat water and average winds that you can find pretty much anywhere. If you know someone that “used to windsurf” and loved it…. send them this post.I really feel this can bring windsurfing back to a lot of people. I hope that I’m right. See you on the water….Aloha and good sailing,Robby

Posted by Robby Naish on Saturday, 12 January 2019

Words from Robby Naish, all round legend of a water dweller – “Here’s a video of wind-foiling in Kailua. If anyone tells you it is too difficult or hard to learn, don’t listen. If they tell you that you need a race foil, super wide board or high performance race sail, don’t listen. Here I am riding the Hover 122 with Thrust foil and 90cm mast. My sail is a 5.7 meter Lift… three and a half batten soft sail that anyone can rig in about a minute. Wind is 10-15 knots… not really enough to get planing on normal windsurf gear, but enough to kite foil on a 9 or ride a twin tip with a 14-16 meter. And I am out windsurfing, flying around and having a blast!!

This is for all those people that “used to windsurf” but got tired of waiting for wind. This will bring the fun of just riding the wind back to you. If you are good enough to get into the footstraps and occasionally make your jibes, you are good enough to ride this foil gear. I meet people all over the world that tell me that they used to windsurf but stopped because the sport passed them by, the gear got too small and too complicated and they needed too much wind to have fun…. spending too much time waiting and chasing wind and not enough time actually windsurfing… so they moved on.

No, this is not as exciting as doing back loops or hitting the lip at Hookipa. But I have been windsurfing at the highest level through the entire evolution of our sport for over forty years, and I love this. So will you. Just windsurfing back and forth, reading the water, gliding with almost no resistance, going really fast with a small and simple sail… it really is incredibly fun. And yes, you do “feel” the water. If I look away from the front of the board for more than a few seconds, I drop off the foil. You are constantly making little adjustments,shifting your weight, sheeting in and out etc. you are not “disconnected” as some people have questioned…. this is real windsurfing. But you can do it and have fun in “normal conditions”… flat water and average winds that you can find pretty much anywhere.

If you know someone that “used to windsurf” and loved it…. send them this post.

I really feel this can bring windsurfing back to a lot of people. I hope that I’m right. See you on the water….

Aloha and good sailing,
Robby”

Red Paddle Co Compact 9’6

The 9’6” Compact is a full-sized SUP that packs down to half the size of a conventional inflatable board. How is that possible, you ask? It’s all thanks to PACT™ technology.
Following Red Paddle Co’s ongoing commitment to innovation, a new weaving process creates an extra-high-tensile thread matrix at the core of the board that combines with a super-strong but malleable outer layer and a tensile quad stringer-system. The result is a board that always keeps its shape when inflated, but packs down to an ultra-small size once you’ve let out the air.

  THE BOARD

Length: 9’6” Width: 32“ Thickness: 4.7” Volume: 222 litres Rider Weight: up to 95kg/209lb Full package weight: 12.7Kg

THE BAG

THE COMPACT backpack is engineered to offer unique levels of adjustability and comfort, plus incredible shoulder and back support. Dimensions: Height: 560mm | Width: 420mm | Depth: 280m

THE PADDLE

5 Peice adjustable paddle with high modulus carbon fibre construction and a nylon paddle blade. Anti-twist adjustment system with 45 degree cut push-pin technology has resulted in our most compact paddle yet.

THE FINS

They use a simple click fin system with a secondary screw for added security. The two off set fin boxes themselves are also compatible with standard FCS fins, so you can customise the feel of your board on the water.

Used Gear Price Drop!

Getting on the water has never been as easy or affordable as it is now with our updated used gear pages. Learn a little more below, then head on over to our used gear pages to find your next deal

Windsurf

We have just taken stock of all our used windsurf boards, sails and masts, photographed it all and dropped a load of prices. Browse the link below to bag your next bargain from brands like Goya, Quatro, JP, Neil Pryde, Ezzy, Fanatic, Duotone, Severne, Simmer, Starboard and more!

https://puravidaboardriders.co.uk/used-gear/

SUP

With ex demo, ex rental, and ex trade in SUP boards, both inflatable and rigid available from us in great condition and at unbeleivable prices there has never been a better time to take the plunge and get yourselves on the water. We have brands such as Quatro, O’Shea, RED Paddle, Aloha and many more available. Take a look now on the link below.

https://puravidaboardriders.co.uk/used-gear/surf-stand-up-paddleboard-sup-discount/

O'Neill Hyperfreak

Wetsuits

Not used, they are all brand new, but all at used prices! With top brands such as O’Neill, Rip Curl, Animal, Sola, ION, O’Shea and many more, why not take a look at our clearance wetsuits, with up to 40% off in some cases. Take a browse on the link below to bag a bargain.

https://puravidaboardriders.co.uk/used-gear/wetsuit-clearance/

Pyzel Surfboards in Stock!

Well, what better way to shed the winter blues than to kick 2019 off with the great news that we are now offering Pyzel surfboards for sale, both in store and online. Perhaps the range that most excites us is the Ghost “family”, which consists of the Ghost, Phantom and Gremlin models. These are perhaps the most suitable shapes for European use, and offer cover in just about every wave you could face on our fine shores.

Pyzel Ghost

Pyzel Ghost £554.99

Originally designed for performance in hollower, more powerful types of waves, the Ghost has proven to be great for reef breaks, dumpy beachies, and also excels in point waves.

https://puravidaboardriders.co.uk/product/pyzel-ghost/

Pyzel Phantom

Pyzel Phantom £554.99

The Phantom is a Ghost squashed down, souped up, and with added volume, great for your everyday sessions in less than epic conditions.

https://puravidaboardriders.co.uk/product/pyzel-phantom/

Pyzel Gremlin

Pyzel Gremlin £554.99

Based off Ghost DNA, it’s the step-down cousin to the Phantom, with lots of extra volume packed into a shorter, wider, flatter rockered package designed for quick acceleration, easily sustained speed and great paddle power.

https://puravidaboardriders.co.uk/product/pyzel-gremlin/

All Pyzel boards are available off the shelf in stock dims, and priced as a clear sanded finish 3 fin set up. BUT, anything is possible! Tweaking the dims, adding extra fin boxes, adding colours and tints, whatever you fancy. Get in touch today to discuss your next board, and we’re sure you will be blown away by the price, just as much as the quality of the finish of your new world class board, hand finished in the UK!