As flattering as it is to hear this, and to hear this as regularly as we do, it's also a little frustrating. Yes, we know we shouldn't be frustrated, because…
A few things that make winter paddle boarding awesome.
December can be a funny month for paddle boarding. The festive season is often very busy, socially, and the weather isn't always that inspiring. Temperatures have gotten colder, as has…
For most autumn 2022 has been a damp and blowy one -- more so in recent weeks. We know there are plenty who've been getting amongst it none the less.…
Inversion sunset - post-paddling perfection.
SUP + Adventure digital magazine now live!
SUP + Adventure: a new digital magazine from McConks, coming soon.
Why wait for Black Friday? McConks don't do Black Friday SUP deals...
It's pretty wet and blowy across all parts of the UK at time of writing (November 1, 2022). Autumn has seen much the same kind of weather, in between small…
Wing skating - a McConks how to. Whether curious or really fancying a bash this wing skating how to will point you in the right direction.
If you follow McConks on Instagram you may have seen a post we published a while back showing James Dunstone getting used to the McConks Go Fly wing on land.…
October can be a fantastic month for weather in the UK (if we're lucky). Whilst it's certainly autumn - with much cooler mornings, chilly evenings and the potential for wet…
October half term SUP weather long range forecast update (Oct 6, 2022).
Winter SUP articles - inspiration and paddle boarding knowledge for the off season.
October half term's a way off yet, although it's certainly rolling round quickly. The whole of 2022 has gone by in a blur we're sure many of you will agree.…
Pics: Chris Jones. At time of writing the UK is experiencing some late summer heat. With air temperature high, wind levels low and waters still relatively warm it's certainly still…
Winter paddle board inspiration - video.
Long range SUP weather predictions Sept 8, 2022.
The month of SUPtember - a great time for paddle boarding.
Lugging stuff about - an unspoken paddle boarding truth.
The summer that keeps on? - SUP weather update August 2022.
More heatwave action or just warm settled SUP weather for end of August?
Choose (an outdoor) SUP life.
Paddle boarding playlist suggestions.
SUP for winter - paddling styles for the off season.
Summer's not done! Long range SUP weather update (August 2, 2022).
Why should you plan a SUP river clean?
Reluctant to SUP. One rider's discovery of paddle boarding.
Cold water SUP surfing rewards.
Reasons to SUP surf.
Stuck in a SUP rut? Tips to get out.
Mother Nature: the fickle mistress.
Multiple watersports passions and how to manage them.
Owning a paddle board gives you chance to literally go anywhere and do a whole heap of things on the water. With UK summer in full effect getting afloat is…
Stay SUP cool during the summer heat with McConks.
A love letter to coastal living & SUP at the seaside.
SUP weather update and paddle boarding safety considerations.
McConks summer paddle boarding awesomeness (video).
Just how warm? - SUP weather update Jul 5, 2022.
Mostly settled weather - long range SUP weather update (Jun 28, 2022).
Misunderstood SUP - a few things that sometimes get missed about paddle boarding.
Yep, we're back again with another long range SUP weather update to see how it's potentially looking over the coming weeks for a spot of fair weather paddling. Obviously, you…
What to avoid when buying a paddle board.
Hot, hot, hot! SUP weather update June 16, 2022.
Choosing the right foil to go with your McConks Go Fly wing.
SUP weather heatwave inbound - May 13 (ish), 2022, onwards.
McConks summer SUP vibes (video).
Long range SUP weather update (April 12, 2022).
Easter Holidays 2022 SUP weather long range predictions.
SUP foiling’s reconnection with prone surfing.
SUP boards, being the oversize shapes they are, make great workhorses. Able to load up and carry all sorts of gear adventure paddlers will be very aware of how easy…
What SUP can teach us.
SUP surfing isn’t an easy sport. As with prone surfing there’s much to learn and gain experience with. Yet it’s definitely one of the most fulfilling areas of stand up…
One wheel SUP injury recovery with the McConks Skatewheel.
SUP spring is now sprung! Long range weather update.
The mundane vs the excitement of SUP.
SUP in later life - older generation paddling benefits.
SUP Spring 2022 – how’s it looking weather wise (update)?
SUP playlist suggestions for all your paddling shenanigans.
When it’s gone… Forcibly benched through SUP injury.
Analysis paralysis and stand-up paddle boarding.
Classic SUP beginner mistakes.
Wing foiling appeal. What’s the deal?
Paddle love? Other complimentary SUP disciplines to try.
SUP and spring go together like strawberries and cream (for many). After a winter SUP hiatus, where kit's been left hanging to dry, the new spring season sounds the hooter…
The best SUP spot in the world.
From the title of this post you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re going to be promoting the fact you should be learning new SUP skills and ways of being with…
Getting (unnecessarily) hung up on the SUP details.
UK river SUP fun. Time to get involved?
SUP surfing the underdog wave.
SUP's recent boom time has seen a resurgence of interest in stand up paddle boarding as a viable business opportunity. More specifically starting a SUP brand. And even more granular:…
SUP paddles and paddling define what stand up paddle boarding is. Yet the amount of new recruits that miss this is significant. It’s not hard to understand why. Of all…
eSkate wingin' - electric one wheel wingsurfing on land.
SUP Foiling is it hard, is it scary, is it fun?
SUP frost: sunrise and early morning paddles are now go!
SUP weather predictions - January into February 2022.
Swedish winter SUP looks amazing. How do we know this? Well, take a look at Chris Jones' images (which you can see more of in the McConks SUP community Facebook…
Adrenaline SUP, euphoric moments and the post-session comedown.
SUP can take paddler anywhere, at any time of year. The weather also plays its part. At times when it should be a bit grotty you may get lucky and…
SUP weather predictions January 2022.
Forcing the issue with SUP can often be the case when 'it's' not right. And by 'it' we're talking about things like Mother Nature chucking her toys out the pram;…
SUP tips for quick paddles when you're short on time.
SUP goals in 2022.
Festive SUP - as in getting out for a paddle this Christmas period - is very much dependant on weather. For many people, Christmas means time off work and school.…
SUP weather updates are something we've done in the past. And with the festive period bringing time off work for a good many it can be a good opportunity to…
Pro SUP competitions in 2022 - does anyone care?
Wing boarding speed record set!
SUP detoxing post-festive season.
SUP weather: how to interpret forecasts.
Stand up paddle boarding and the five Ps to improve.
Sewage in the sea. Sewage in rivers. STOP! NOW! We need to work together to get the dumping of sewage in seas and rivers stopped.
SUP backyards: Chris Jones' Swedish paddling paradise.
SUP socials: paddling catch ups with mates.
SUP dark - paddling at night season is upon us.
McConks SUP community awesomeness pics - early autumn 2020 edition.
SUP styles for winter - more off season fun!
Sunny September (Freedom) SUP sessions: daddy/daughter edition.
Summer & winter (SUP) watersports holidays - a good choice for many.
Paddle, board and camera, check: autumn can be the best time of year for SUP sunrise and sunset shots.
Working in the SUP industry: what are the options?
WindSUP cruising style – the benefits of light wind, non-planing windsurfing.
McConks SUP mental health & well being posts.
Windsurfing is such a difficult sport to fall in love with – fiddly component parts, tricky technique (dictated to in large part by Mother Nature) and an ever fluctuating set…
Dawn calls - sunrise SUP sessions for personal well being.
Bungee SUP riding #2 - newbie glides with Oli Lane-Peirce.
Appreciate the vista - SUP: the best viewing platform in the world!
SUP scorchio! But will the warm spell last beyond the weekend (July 24, 2021)?
No wind or waves? Bungee SUP in for additional summer fun!
McConks SUP user guide: responsible and safe stand up paddle boarding.
Olympian Aimee Fuller eFoiling along the Thames, London.
Will SUP demo events become a thing again?
With a thriving SUP scene and participation numbers increasing exponentially and showing no sign of slowing down, there’s a thirst for discovering what type of paddling you can experience around…
What’s wingin’ got to do with stand up paddle boarding?
Land paddling for all round SUP progression.
Heading for the waves? Know and understand surf etiquette.
What's at the end of your road? Making the best of it with a SUP.
(Do) feed your SUP addiction – choose a stand up paddle boarding life.
The ruddy weather! Bank Holiday weekend May 28-31, 2021 update.
The ruddy weather! Are we (at last) going to see summer SUPing conditions?
Things you won’t hear any stand up paddle surfer say…
Crossing over – SUP race training for stand up paddle surf benefit/SUP surfing for stand up paddle board race gains.
Why is stand up paddle boarding so popular at the moment?
Change your stand up paddle board tack – keeping things fresh to not lose your SUP mojo.
How young is too young to learn how to windsurf (and other beginner kiddy windsurfing points)?
Sticking to our guns, spreading the SUP message and keeping on topic.
Cold innit? Another post about weather for SUP (April 6, 2021).
Dewy starts, cool mornings and the fulfilment of sunrise SUPing.
Everyone's hoping for a good summer this year, After a gloomy winter featuring lockdown, short days and colder temperatures the swinging in of Easter marks (for a good many) the…
Personal SUP skill improvement: one reason to become a qualified stand up paddle board instructor.
Is there a thirst for SUP racing, and will competing be possible (should anyone want to) in 2021?
Searching - another essential stand up paddle boarding (and life) skill.
Elevated glide is one of SUP's most engaging aspects.
Recreational SUP - it's OK to simply dabble with a paddle...
Pop up inflatable SUP businesses, cheap stand up paddle gear and the extended warranty illusion.
Ride everything – enjoy SUP and all watersports to the fullest!
And now, the weather summer of SUP '21 set to be a scorcher.
In a nutshell: a brief description of stand up paddle boarding history.
Waiting...: a stand up paddle board (and life) skill.
The blissful feel of complete flat water SUP - a buzz in its own right.
The euphoria and buzz surrounding a solid wave forecast – coastal SUP at its most exciting.
Tree planting is important - but done the right way! Why rewilding is more than just greenwash.
Three coffees to start the day - growing older but still loving watersports (even in winter).
Standing and paddling - nothin' new under the Swedish sun.
SUP culture and lifestyle - does it exist?
Mind, body, spirit, soul - bringing it back to SUP basics and first loves.
SUP paddle technique: non needed (is there?).
Roll up roll up, get your cheap iSUPs here! – Band wagon jumping ahead of 2021’s stand up paddle boarding season.
#freedomunlocked - SUP now needed more than ever!
Pic: David Hughes/Brighton Pictures If you're currently not paddling, because of COVID restrictions or the fact it's brass monkeys, chances are daydreams of warmer, less stressful SUP days will be…
Quietly achieving - ignoring social media 'noise' and doing your own SUP thing...
2021 stand up paddle boarding challenges - setting some SUP goals for the New Year.
SUP in 2021 - a few stand up paddle boarding predictions for the New Year ahead.
Surfing vs SUP surfing - different strokes for different folks.
McConks reading corner #3 Mental health struggles – a Christmas 2020 story.
The differences between high aspect and low aspect hydrofoils for wing foiling.
Making SUP your lifestyle - progression for life.
Lockdown 2.0 - where does that leave us as far as SUP goes?
Resetting the SUP clock - stand up paddle boarding progression done differently.
Big surf, rain and the largest storm of autumn so far - SUP weather watch Oct 27, 2020.
2020: vulnerability, SUP and rediscovering your own backyard.
Stand up paddle boarding in the snow - yes you can!
Time to get your groove on - what would you do aboard the McConks Mega SUP?
Ahoy there shipmates! - eFoiling and yachting, perfect partners!
Situational changes and SUP's healing hand...
Into the night - stand up paddle boarding in the dark.
Is being a SUP pro (and getting sponsored) still a thing?
Outrigger canoe (OC) and prone paddle boarding - two SUP spin offs that're worth a look.
Wing SUP: the easiest wind sport to get to grips with?
Thinking of starting an inflatable stand up paddle board business A few things to consider...
Efficient SUP progression - learn to use the stand up paddle gear you have, well.
Is that it? Is 2020's summer of SUP done? Don't be daft! Autumn can be a great time of year for paddling.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently awarded the ISA (International Surfing Association ) the right to lead SUP at Olympic level - but does anyone care?
The cool off - sustaining stand up paddle boarding's growth beyond summer 2020.
Does SUP really give you a workout?
Is 2020 likely to be the year of the English SUP staycation?
Many people are itching to get back on the water, and it seems that some regions of the UK might be starting to slowly release their lockdown. So what's the…
Anxiety, along with other mental health problems, are different for everyone. This one story.
Paddles and paddling - THE defining parts of SUP as a sport.
Bounce back (BIG) to SUP #2 The BIG SUP bounce back is in full effect. Paddlers everywhere are preparing themselves for when beaches and waterways are available for stand up…
Out and about – virtual stand up paddle boarding trips/holidays in the comfort of your own home. Shouldn’t you be on your annual early-season SUP trip right about now? Maybe…
Let's do it #LetsStayInside For those of you of a certain age, who loved (and still miss) the genius wordsmith and comedian that was the late great Victoria Wood, you…
McConks SUP article round up, March 2020.
McConks SUP NEEDS YOU! To give us your SUP hacks, tips and tricks.
globosurfer.com review the McConks Go Explore 11'5 touring inflatable stand up paddle board.
Choosing the right partners is a massive part of what we do and who we are. The people, companies and charities we partner with are part of our heartbeat. They…
The truth about inflatable paddleboard performance If you want to race at a high level, and enter sprint and endurance events, or be on the podium for surf SUP comps,…
Save up to 50% for 2020 Save up to 35% now Are you looking forward to Black Friday, in anticipation of the massive savings you're going to make buying new…
It's 2019. We're meant to live in a modern, liberal, progressive society. But peer pressure, shame and guilt often still play too big a part in this world. People are…
Win a McConks Go Explore 11'4 iSUP with Surfers Against Sewage.
Electric SUP pumps: which is best? For a while, there's been a settled view amongst experienced paddlers that the 12v pump in grey is the most reliable and fastest pump…
The top 5 myths about paddles: 1. "The stiffer the better". A shaft that's too stiff for your biomechanics is very likely to cause shoulder injury, especially if combined with…
Customer stand up paddle board reviews - can you believe them?
Tried, tested and trusted | rugged inspiration When you're looking to buy a new piece of sports kit, who do you take your inspiration from? The very biggest sport brands,…
Are you thinking about buying a Dryrobe this Christmas? Either as a present for yourself or for someone else? Dryrobes are a great gift idea – who wouldn’t want a warm, waterproof and windproof tent to hide in whilst getting changed? Dryrobes have an excellent reputation amongst their customers, and having tried them ourselves, we think it’s a well-deserved reputation. They’re well designed, well thought out and fantastic quality.
Be a happier paddler in 2018 Want to buy the very best and newest kit in 2018? Want new kit that not only helps you SUP better, but actually be…
Anything is possible if you just believe - If you believe, you will achieve success.
The best inflatable SUP review ever?
Best independent SUP reviews for McConks stand up paddle board products.
We've said time and again that spotting good from mediocre, or telling bad from outright dangerous, is a little difficult for those new to the sport. So lot's of people…
Hands up if you think the answer is yes? By answering yes then maybe you think that stand up paddling has a competitive edge. After all, one of the definitions…
People have been using slang, jargon and colloquialisms for many years to reinforce identity and exclude outsiders. And it still goes on now. You know that feeling when you listen to a…
Stand up paddle boarding kit choice dilemmas – the grass isn’t always greener.
As someone who’s always enjoyed adventurous activities, I’ve had my fair share of broken bones, pulls and strains. The most significant of these being a broken shoulder about 8 years ago…
It's been announced in recent days that Origin Paddleboards is no longer trading, and that many of the kickstarter backers have lost their money. First up - to all those…
SUP weather issues – Mother Nature’s changing moods.
At McConks it's really important to us to give something back to the community. And to that end we like to work with charities and groups who work with the…
We’re all just kooks – punk as SUP.
SUP hack: Competitive edge – stand up paddle board racing for iSUP owners.
Stand up paddle board more in 2017.
22 years ago this week, the 36 year old celebrated big wave surfer Mark Foo flew to the recently discovered big wave spot Mavericks for the first time. It was his last…
Economic and behavioural science tells us that having an experience may actually make you more happy than buying the latest new gadget or pair of shoes. I know many aren't convinced,…
Trust the experts: the Maltese SUP Project review the McConks Vario pro carbon fibre - 3 piece carbon bamboo paddle.
The importance of SUP paddles – stand up paddle boarding ‘engine’ choice advice.
Tier two fun – how stand up paddle boarding can be an ‘after event’ reward.
Stand up paddle boarding with toddlers – yes or no?