It’s coming! You know it is… Winter isn’t too far away. Before long those brown leaves will have been shed, air and water temperatures will have dropped with frosts making themselves known. Although we can’t halt winter there’ll be plenty of warmer days – relative to seasonality – up until Christmas. (All being well). We can still have proper wintry conditions in November but usually, those truly cold snaps don’t kick in until Jan. (Fingers crossed).
From a SUP point of view, winter is a time that experienced and more hardcore paddlers love. Beginners and early intermediates should still find windows of opportunity for a float. But the conditions often favour those with more experience.
For the former demographic winter is prime time for things like swell, if SUP surfing’s your bag, white water river running, for the frothers out there, and the chance to tick off adventure SUP routes that wouldn’t be on your list in summer. With the right equipment and SUP clothing winter can be an amazing time to paddle board.
The McConks range of SUP boards is extensive. We do try and cater for as many tastes and styles as possible. Having worked with industry professionals on some board designs we’re confident McConks gear will deliver the experience you’re after in your chosen environment and SUP discipline. Below you’ll find a bunch of McConks performance SUP boards and their intended use. If you have any questions about any of this gear please get in touch.
For more winter paddling advice and inspiration, click on the image below. This homepage links to all of the articles we’ve written over the years with autumn and winter paddling advice, including where to paddle, what to wear, how to prepare for winter, and much much more!
White water river SUP
The McConks paddle boards have been optimised for river running and white water SUP. In some cases, there’s plenty of additional versatility making choice pieces of kit with plenty of crossover appeal.
McConks Go skate 7’2 river surf SUP | the perfect park and play surf SUP
Preorder for September 2023 | McConks Go X Wild 11i | Whitewater SUP race and touring board
Riding waves on a stand up paddle board isn’t as popular as it once was. But there are still a few riders who dabble with a paddle in waves. Riding swell is arguably one of the most fun areas of paddle boarding. And we do have kit that suits the practise down to the ground. Don’t be put off by some of the descriptions as these babies are great in surf if you have prior experience.
McConks Go Surf 9’2i children’s inflatable SUP paddleboard – preorder for April 2023
McConks Go Wild 9’3 Whitewater SUP | Whitewater play SUP
Touring and adventure SUP.
Getting off the beaten track is great in winter. The crowds have gone and more often than not you have these routes to yourself. The following boards are tuned right up for a spot of mission paddling.
McConks Go Explore 14i – the ultimate adventure and touring SUP
McConks Go Explore 12’8i inflatable SUP | The ultimate adventure board
Wind and wing SUP.
With the breeze blowing your normal paddling exploits are benched, right? Maybe. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right tools a spot of windsSUP or wing riding can be just as fun as swinging a paddle.
McConks 9’8 Go Free Wind | crossover wingsurf/windsurf board | With UJ / sail mount
Go Sail inflatable windsurf sail
Most SUP races have finished come winter. But that’s no time to rest on your laurels – there’s training to be done in readiness for next season.
McConks Go Race 14′ | the ultimate inflatable race board
McConks Go race 12’6 | Kids and young adult inflatable race board
All round SUP.
If all you want to do is just paddle then have no fear! Recreational SUP is still a thing during the off season. And we always have the right kit for you.