Chasing Rainbows – Battlesbridge

Last night’s SUP Club was never going to be a busy one – gusting Force 5+ wind and rainshowers understandably put many people off. Plus the windsurfing fraternity had race night down at Chalkwell… But a small, yet perfectly formed, group of five (Julia, Claire, Alex, El and Dunc) met up at Hayes Leisure Park on the Crouch to see what was possible.

It was blowing alright, with some big gusts rattling up the creek, but the water stayed flat so we decided to head upwind into Battlesbridge. 40 minutes of hard paddling later, under moody skies and accompanied by dozens of swans who took flight in front of us every so often, we made it to The Barge Inn at the bridge. A muddy scramble up the bank later we celebrated with a swift half before an even swifter downwinder back to Hayes Leisure Park in about 15 minutes. Huge thanks to the clubhouse team at www.leisureparksuk.co.uk/hayes/ who welcomed us into their bar and even cooked us a huge bowl of chips for our well-earnt traditional post paddle pint.

Despite the weather – and this was undoubtedly the windiest SUP Club yet – we had a surprisingly enjoyable paddle: so the question remains, how windy is too windy for SUP Club?!?

If you fancy joining 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 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.

SUP Club - Hullbridge to Battlesbridge

Poppadom Paddle – River Crouch, Hullbridge

Another great turn-out to this week’s SUP Club paddle from Hullbridge to Battlesbridge. The first 4km to Battlesbridge was with the rising tide and a slight headwind, but the whole group managed it in good time. After posing for a few photos under the bridge in Battlesbridge we turned back and so did the tide. So the paddle back was with the tide and the wind so was a really relaxing SUP. Everyone did really well, even those who have paddled only a handful of times managed the 8km with ease. Once back in Hullbridge we all got ready for the main event, the curry! We had all ordered before setting off for the paddle so the food was ready as soon as we sat down, and every enjoyed a well deserved feast.

For those wanted to join us on our weekly SUP sessions, there is no joining fee and newcomers are always welcome. You dont even need to own a stand-up paddleboard: we hire out boards for £25 for the session, all we really ask is that you have done some stand-up paddleboarding before. If you haven’t paddleboarded before, head over to our SUP Lessons page and get involved.

 

 

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