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Paddleboarding with disabilities

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What’s your excuse?

It’s very easy to get caught up in reasons not to do something. Especially if you’re feeling a little low, a little less than your normal self.

Too cold? Too wet? Not feeling it? Don’t think you’re good enough? All easy reasons to decide not to get on the water.

Well hopefully, here’s something to give you a little inspiration… I bet your excuse no longer seems so valid when you watch these.

One of the great things about paddleboarding is the almost non-existent learning curve, and the ease of access to the board. With no gunnels or raised edges, almost anyone can get on a SUP no matter what their physical ability.

Maybe this is why we’ve started to see ‘paddleability’ type instructors and courses springing up around the country. At McConks, we’ve been working with Beyond Boundaries East Lothian for several years now, using their advice to design inclusive kit, and supporting their efforts to get people with a range of abilities on paddleboards.

But in the last few months, the paddleability world seems to be growing at a rate of knots.

We’ve got big things to announce in 2021 all courtesy of our GoInspire initiative. Thanks to your generosity through the first lockdown, plus the profits that we’ve made from a very busy year, we’ve got a healthy GoInspire fund that we’ll be inviting applications for early in 2021, and one of the qualifying categories is investment needed to provide a more accessible service. Until then, have a look at what some of our friends and partners have got up to.

This video is the inspirational Laura May from Anyone Can (1), paddling alongside specialist adventure provider able2adventure and with instructor Elspeth Mason from outdoor experience provider Mere Mountains paddling from Fell Foot.

This video is from the very inspirational Beyond Boundaries East Lothian paddling in and around Haddington on the North East coast.

So we’ll ask again? What’s your excuse now? Get out on the water and inspire others!

Find out more about our GoInspire initiative here

(1) Laura has recently had an accident which has affected her mobility further. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Laura, and we’re sure that her fighting spirit will have her back on a SUP in some form soon!

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  1. Pawel


    I’ve just come accross your site and got interested in your board.

    I’m a father of 27 yo daughter who underwent TM a year ago and has difficulties with gate. She used to be active and therefor I’ve been thinking SUP she used to use prior to the TM might be an option for her again.

    Please send me some more details and pricing. Is it available in Europe (EU)?

    Pawel Wrzesinski
    ul. Cicha 16
    86-014 Osowiec
    tel. +48601650615

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