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Do I need a kids size inflatable SUP?

Do I need a kids inflatable paddleboard?

Do I need a kids size paddleboard?

Many column inches have been written elsewhere about why a kids size SUP is essential for young riders.

We agree that there are many reasons why a SUP that’s biomechanically designed to fit a kids frame can be important if you want your kids to be the next Junior SUP world champ, for most of us it isn’t that essential.

Now this might sound surprising from a brand that sells a kids sized inflatable paddleboard. But we know how hard it is to afford one paddleboard, let alone a whole paddle fleet. And we think it’s more important to get them on the water at all. And if that means using an old second hand adults board, or sharing boards around the family, then so be it!

But you can make a much lower cost purchase that would have a significant and immediate impact on your and your kids fun and development – a kids paddle.

For us, the most important benefit is that you as adults are much less likely to get walloped by an overlong, overheavy paddle! That, if we’re totally honest, is the real reason we started selling kids paddles. Our lads were a total liability with adults paddles, and we were at serious risk of losing a body part.

But, the more obvious benefits, about having a blade size, attack angle, paddle weight, grip and length that is designed for kids, is why you should be considering a kids paddle.

The blades on our kids paddles are made from tough, durable nylon, and although they’re pretty stiff and generate power, they also have a little give in them under signficant stress, so they’re pretty indestructible

These paddles have been sized to suit average height kids between the ages of about 4 and 13 (1m and 1.5m tall). This is obviously quite a large range, and covers a large strength range. The blade has been designed for the top quartile of the age range, although, being significantly smaller than a typical adults paddle, it is still better for the younger kids than a typical adults paddle.

If you really do want to splash out a super light paddle for kids, then our adults V81 race paddle can actually be used as a two piece split, with length range of 1m – 1.4, and weighing only 440gm. And that blade at 81 square inches is a good size for kids

So if you can’t afford a kids iSUP (or just simply don’t think one is necessary), but want to improve your kids fun and development quotient, you now know what to do!

Kids FG Nylon paddle only £50 including delivery.

V81 race paddle only £150 including bag and delivery.

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Customer reviews – can you believe them?

It’s often difficult to tell whether a review is a real review, or whether it’s been paid for, or ghost written.

In fact, some recent research suggests that many of the reviews on Amazon are fake, or bought. And even when they are real, they are left soon after purchase, and sometimes before the product has even been used, so that they give little indication of quality or longevity.

The consumer group Which? said its surveys showed 97% of its members used reviews when buying a product, and 30% had been disappointed by products they had bought after seeing good reviews.

All of the reviews on our website and facebook profile are real – from real customers. And our customers are so amazing, that sometimes they come back to our website many months after purchasing to leave a review.

We try not to be too smug about our reviews – there are many poor quality SUP brands out there shouting about how great their 5* reviews are. But we’re going to make an exception about this review. Because it’s made us really proud

“Like so many of your reviewers I’m sure, I agonised over the decision before taking the plunge with you. I’d been on Red boards before, liked them but balked at paying four figures for what I wanted.”

“My daughter said “this is easy” then fell off – that’ll teach her – but she really liked the simplicity and the ‘point and go’ ease of maneuvering.”

“So the Go Explore is much stiffer, much lighter and much better-behaved while still managing to be a long way more than £300 better value than either the Red or Starboard equivalents. “

“So here I am 5 months down the line. A UK winter and a few excursions on the board older. Still love the board, still love the concept of buying direct and still giving out the website to anyone interested.”

“If you’re thinking of buying a SUP, but aren’t quite ready to commit to McConks, just do it. You won’t regret it.”

Check the link below for more reviews!


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Paddling the Upper Thames

Do I need a kids inflatable paddleboard?

Lechlade is a stunning little town on the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire border, between Swindon and Oxford. It’s one of our favourite places to paddle for recreational family paddles. With numerous riverside pubs for food and drink, and to launch from (by agreement and if you promise to order food or a drink when you get back) you should always be able to find somewhere to park.

There is boat traffic, but it’s a reasonably wide stretch of river with sweeping meanders, so it’s easy to stay out of the way.

If you’re a nature lover you have a high chance of seeing Kites, Swallows and Kingfishers in the air and brown trout in the water. And if you’re really quiet you might see Water Voles and Otters.

There are a locks downstream of Lechlade which you can portage around, or if you’re lucky, be called into by the lock-keepers (make sure you have your British Canoeing membership or EA waterways licence to hand). And there are a few muddy beaches or bankside fields you can enjoy a picnic in.

If you’re looking for company or an instructor on this stretch, check out Kathy Marston , SUP Stroud ) or the ATB shop paddleboard group , all of whom frequent this stretch!

if you see anyone on a McConks board, give them a wave. It might be us 🙂

Happy paddling!