SUP Club – 2 July 2014

Unlucky for some, namely those who couldn’t make it, as 13 of us enjoyed a great cruise up the River Chelmer last night for SUP Club. To keep it fresh, we opted to launch from a ‘new’ spot – Hoe Mill Lock (see www.wetndrysup.com/hoe-mill-lock-river-chelmer/) has often been the apex of our paddles east from Paper Mill, but this time we met there and headed out towards Maldon. Sure, we had to avoid a bit of weed here and there, plus the odd swan or two, but the 8km trip two locks east and back was a great way to unwind after a hot sunny day…

Our turning point was at the confluence with the tidal river as it runs out to Heybridge Basin – definitely somewhere to check out again at high tide. It was great to see a couple of long-time absentees returning to SUP Club: Al was looking super-comfortable on his new Red Paddle 12’6″, while Matt impressed us all by nailing three consecutive jumping dock-starts onto his board. One for us all to work on this summer.

After a couple of hours spent on the water, we rounded off the evening just up the road from Hoe Mill at the nearest pub – The Queen Victoria – which turned out to be another fine establishment. As usual, we weren’t quite in time for the 9pm close of service from the kitchen … but one look at the fish-&-chips coming out of there meant we’ll be sure to hurry up a bit next time!

If you want to join a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988 or email jamie@wetndrysup.com

SUP Club – Fun in the Sun…

The wind might have blown a fair bit stronger than advertised – and although the sun was out, that easterly took the edge off the temperatures too – but it didn’t stop 24 paddlers from turning out to last night’s SUP Club. Launching from Two Tree Island nearly an hour after low tide, we were always going to have to dig in off the slipway, and that sea breeze made for quite a work-out as we headed down towards the Ray. Kudos to Jo who showed great technique and determination to charge into the headwind and tide on just her second time on a paddleboard, having only graduated from our Learn to SUP course on Sunday! Looking even stronger were Julia and Tanzi, fresh back from the 16-mile Bray Lake Ultra on Saturday where Tanzi took the iSUP title – another top result for Team Wet’n’Dry SUP.

Once we were round the corner we grouped up at the first buoys before striking a little further down the Ray. At the second group of buoys we set up ‘base camp’, where we chatted, swapped boards, practised our turns and sparred in a few impromptu sprints out towards Seal Point. Great fun was had by all under a strikingly beautiful sky – the wispy cloud formations looked almost unreal, producing spectrums as the sun began to set…

Of course, approaching mid-tide with a strong tailwind the paddle back was much easier and faster! Soon enough we were packed up and driving in convoy past the cockle-sheds into Old Leigh and the Crooked Billet in for our traditional post-paddle pint. Thanks again to everyone for another great SUP Club.

If you want to join a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988 or email jamie@wetndrysup.com

SUP Club – Paddle to the Pier

Another sublime SUP Club last night as 22 paddlers took on the c. 5-mile route from Thorpe Bay to Southend Pier and back – not an easy paddle, and a massive well done to all 20 that made the distance! We hooked up on the rigging green at Thorpe Bay and started to launch at 7pm on a falling tide with the remnants of a sea breeze blowing us west towards the pier. The group strung out along the coast as a few of us hung back to wait for the late arrivals (!) until eventually our flotilla were all paddling into a blinding sun. 30-45 minutes later we were hanging out under the pier … where we even got a salute from the train driver as he clanked over our heads.

As the sun dropped in the sky and the tide started to rip out, we headed for home with a strong current to help us back against a strengthening north-easterly breeze. With the sun at our backs we all dug in for a sociable cruise home, chatting in small groups as we paddled. Some charged the distance – notably Tanzi and Julia, who are representing Team Wet’n’Dry SUP at this weekend’s Bray Lake Ultra 16-mile race: good luck to both of them!

Once back at the beach in Thorpe Bay, the waist-deep water had really glassed off so we spent a while playing about and practicing our turns under a glorious sunset before coming ashore approaching 9pm. Then, naturally, it was time for a post paddle pint – this week at the Halfway House, the nearest pub just along the seafront. A fine end to a very fine evening…

If you’re interested in joining a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988

Rewind! SUP Club – 4th June 2014

So after a wet and blustery day on Wednesday 4th June, the eleven of us who ventured out to brave the elements were more then happy to find the skies clearing and the sun coming out just as we launched at a new spot on the River Chelmer, about a kilometre upriver from our usual spot at Paper Mill Lock. 

With an easy launch off a low grassy bank we started our journey into the wind, and paddled a couple of locks up to our turning point – on this occasion just within sight of the A12, as we wanted to get back to the vans to comfortably pack up and make the pub before they stopped serving dinner! Suitably motivated, we charged back with the wind behind us, making the total paddle about an hour and a half. It was good to see Jim fearlessly practising his step-back turns this week, although he’ll have to work super-hard to compete with step-back Stu who made a welcome return to SUP Club after his winter gym sabbatical! And congratulations to Claire on her glorious return to SUP Club, having won the 2-mile race at the Battle of the Thames last month.

To round off our beautiful sunny paddle, we all headed to The Generals Arms pub in Little Baddow for a well-earnt pint, a lovely meal, and plenty of post-paddle chat….

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If you’re interested in joining a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988

The Ray - Leigh on Sea

SUP Club – 11th June 2014

This week’s SUP club was a technical sessions, in which we all practiced our technical turns and paddle technique. Over 20 paddlers turned up for a great paddle out to the Ray. Once at the Ray we all stopped for a little bit of a muck around, everyone did really well with their step-back turns and reverse sweep turns. There were even a few fun races between bouys which everyone enjoyed. It was good to see so many people out on the water practicing their technique, we will have a 20 strong race team before you know it. Also a lot of new riders came this week which was good to see, keep up the good work!

After a lovely paddle it was time for a fully deserved beer down in Old Leigh to finish the evening off nicely.

If you’re interested in joining in on a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call the SUP location on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information give us a call on 01268 569988 and we will happy to help.

Thanks to Julia for bringing her Go-Pro and recording a few bits of video;

Sup Yoga £20.00
Paddleboard Taster Session £30.00
BSUPA Ready to Ride Lesson £50.00
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