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Everyone deserves a chance to SUP

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 disadvantaged in our communities.  Stevie Nelson from Beyond Boundaries East Lothian (BBEL) has written the piece below to share their experience of working with McConks.

“Beyond Boundaries East Lothian (BBEL) were fortunate to have been given two demo boards from McConks iSUP’s to try out for suitability for our client group which is primarily adults with disabilities and mental health issues. The 10’8 and the 10’6 ‘Go Anywhere’ boards proved to be ideal for our needs in that they are very stable and solid (we inflated to 23psi), plenty of volume meant our members felt safe and confident being on the water, the five fin set up was ideal as we could use a variety of combinations to suit differing abilities, again instilling confidence in the first time paddler, the boards tracked really well allowing for little or no corrective strokes or constantly switching sides, the 3 piece fibreglass paddle had a fair amount of flex but well suited for beginners and learners. McConks very kindly included a seat with the boards which was used for those who were keen to go on the boards but we’re not quite confident enough to even initially kneel, this was a great way to get someone on the board and moving on the water. All of which will lead to progression to standing up paddling.

We liked the boards so much we ended up purchasing 3 x ex-demo board packages and are currently trying out the 12’8 Go Explore package with the 3 piece carbon fibre paddle. Our aim now is to secure funding to purchase a fleet of boards and be able to offer our members iSUP boarding as a regular activity in 2017 and beyond.

Thanks again to  McConks SUP for giving us the opportunity to introduce the iSUP experience to our members.”

Steven Nelson Manager/Activities Coordinator Beyond Boundaries East Lothian (BBEL)

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