Love SUP? Here’s why Wales should be your next paddleboarding adventure

5 minute guide

Sian Sykes

25 February 2018

Wales is proud to boast its breathtaking views of its gentle rolling hills, rugged mountains, tranquil lakes, rivers, canals and its outstanding and varied coastline. It has over 230 beaches, with more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in the UK. Sian Sykes runs Psyched Paddleboarding in Wales and explains what makes her home turf some of the best coastline for stand up paddleboarding.

2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales and rather than just looking at it from a distance, it's time to get in there, with an SUP adventure. Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport; not only is it great for your core but it can be a peaceful, slow paced adventure that gives you space and time to take in Wales' best features. Sian Sykes has not only paddleboarded around Anglesey but has also guided experiences on paddleboards all over the world.

Get up close with Wales’ wildlife

Wales is the perfect place to discover hidden coves, deserted beaches, wild landscapes and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. The country is home to dolphins, porpoise, seals, puffins, whales, basking sharks, otters and many more water-loving species – and on a stand up paddleboard you can see it all.

Stand up paddleboarding in Wales

It's not all about the sea...make it a weekend adventure and explore the Welsh lakes

Find a sense of stillness

Inland, Wales has its tranquil lakes, canals and rivers to explore. If you head to a mountain lake, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the stillness and the solitude. Stand up paddleboarding in Wales is a fabulous escape from the hectic pace of life. These are the moments you'll cherish forever.

Bask in the beauty of star filled sky

Wales also prides itself with being awarded two International Dark Sky Reserves; one in Snowdonia and one in the Brecon Beacons. There are only 12 such reserves in the world. The perfect way to experience dark skies is whilst laying on a paddleboard and watching the stars fill up the sky with no interrupted light pollution.

Enjoy the calm at dusk. The night shift begins, bats fly and owls begin to hoot. Watching the last splashes of colour fade. Stars, one by one, begin to fill up the sky and the bright white moon rises to guide you on the water as its shiny white reflections ripple across the water. The senses are heightened, daytime distractions disappear and you ‘hear the invisible starfall’ (thanks Dylan Thomas). Enjoy the uninterrupted views of incredible star-filled heavens above Snowdonia or Brecon whilst floating gently through the reserve on a stand-up paddleboard. It's definitely one to add to the British bucket list.

Along the Welsh coast you might be lucky enough to see underneath your paddleboard at night too – there’s an incredible, magical light show caused by pretty phosphorescence in the sea.

Stand up paddleboarding in Wales

Sian Sykes takes small groups on weekend adventures across the Welsh lakes that help people reconnect with nature

"Enjoy the uninterrupted views of incredible star-filled heavens above Snowdonia or Brecon whilst floating gently through the reserve on a stand-up paddleboard"

Follow in the footsteps of myths and legends

Wales is rich and varied in its nature and history.  So whilst in Wales, also enjoy its intriguing myths and tales. The lakes of Llydaw, Dinas and Ogwen in Snowdonia, all claim to contain the magical sword, Excalibur. Don't miss one of Wales’ most southern Snowdonia mountains, Cadair Idris. Its name references the mythical giant who once used the mountain as his throne or see if you can imagine where the Afanc, a lake monster from Welsh mythology, might be hiding.

Stand up paddleboarding

2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales so use SUP to explore this mythical, ancient land

Combine paddleboarding with your other favourite activity

Dive in and enjoy a wild swim or chill out in the early morning with a yoga session on top of your paddleboard. As well as exploring Wales’ lakes and coastline on the boards, while you’re here you can add in white water rapids, surf breaks, cycling and hiking and you’ve got a long weekend fit for any modern outdoors lover.

Psyched Paddleboarding runs day and multiday SUP experiences across Snowdonia and Anglesey and caters for all levels.

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