We appreciate everyone’s been busy paddling, hanging out with the family and making the most of summer. So much so it’s easy to miss some of the stuff we publish to the McConks blog. Have no fear, however, as we’ve conveniently rounded things up for you.
McConks bitesize travel guides
The beady eyed out there may have noticed we’ve featured heavily on the travel area of stand up paddle boarding. There’re a plethora of locations across the UK to paddle – inland and coastal. We’ve started compiling a bunch of bitesize guides to help when choosing where to SUP next. Stay tuned as we’ll be adding to these regularly. Below are the spots we’ve published to date.
- Croyde Bay, North Devon
- Esso Beach, Hayling Island
- Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire
- Thames Sailing Club, Surbiton
- Crantock, Cornwall
- Gwithian, St. Ives, Cornwall
- Langstone. Chichester Harbour
- Llangneith, Gower Peninsula, Wales
- Chasewater, Staffordshire
- Chichester shipping canal, West Sussex
- Westward Ho!, Devon
- Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall
- West Beachlands, Hayling Island
- West Wittering, West Sussex
- Chichester Harbour (south), Hayling Island
5 of the best UK SUP spots
Sticking with the domestic SUP travel theme for a moment; we put out an article talking about 5 of the best palces to stand up paddle board in the UK. Obviously there are others, but this 5 will start you off. Feel free to drop us a line with your personal faves.
We need YOU, watersports clubs
Many will already be aware that McConks does more than just stand up paddle boards. We cover the whole spectrum, from SUP itself to windSUP, windsurfing, wing and we’re currently looking hard at hydrofoil and hard shell SUPs. There’s plenty to come! With this in mind we’d love to make contact with any watersports clubs that offer mutiple activities. For more info hit this link then hit us up.
Honesty is always the best policy, so we think
If you want an insight top how 2020 has been for McConks then this is the article you need to read. Not least to give an idea of what we have to do to keep this ticking smoothly over, but also so you’re in the full picture as customers.
There’re no two ways about it: winter is definitely heading our way. But that doesn’t mean you have stop paddling – far from it. Here’re a few things you can do to prepare for the off season and make it as fun as possible.
ISA awarded SUP ‘ownership’
Recently the International Surfing Association was awarded ‘ownership’ of stand up paddle boarding to take it through (potentially) to its Olympic Games debut. But does the recreational paddler actually care about stuff like this? Read the article and let us know what you think.
5 SUP adventures that await the progressing stand up paddler
If you’re one of the many new paddlers this summer then here’re 5 SUP adventures that await you as you move forwards on your paddling journey.
There’s loads more on the McConks SUP blog and the McConks Knowledge Hub pages. If you’re looking for something specific, then as always hit us up and we’ll do our best to accommadate.
The beady will have noticed there’s LOTS of content to be discovered when you navigate to the McConks SUP Knowledge Hub. From beginner tips, tricks and hacks to more advanced info, brand/product updates, a new travel section and loads of other good stuff. We appreciate, however, that sometimes you may miss things – it’s easy to do. As such you’ll find links below to a few choice articles that we’ve published.
As always if there’s something specific you want to see then let us know.
We took an in depth look at the McConks HP6 dual chamber and HP2 single chamber iSUP pump. As an addition we also got one of McConks’ friends – Chris – to demonstrate them in action.
You may not be aware of it but McConks does its best to innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible with inflatable SUP products. An example of which can be found with the Go Race V 14′.
McConks recently got the go ahead to start actively pushing our Go Sail inflatable windsurfing sails. These will be widely available soon. If you fancy checking them out then hit the link below –
Electric hydrofoiling boards certainly prick interests and we’ve been lucky enough to get one to test. We’re currently putting it through its paces so stay tuned for an update ASAP.
Finally you’ll find a whole bunch of articles relating to UK SUP spots. We’ve started adding to this travel section which’ll be ongoing. If you have a specific location included then message us.
You can’t fail to have noticed how great the weather was in May, 2020. With lockdown restrictions easing so many people have been out and about and afloat. In fact, there’s been a MASSIVE influx of newbie SUP recruits all vying to get on the water – great! It’s also been busy on the McConks SUP blog, with plenty of new articles being published all with aims of inspiring, educating and stoking that SUP enthusiasm. Here’re a selection of what you may have missed – don’t forget to check back through all McConk’s stand up paddle boarding articles for additional SUP goodness.
Learning to SUP post-lockdown
Although we’re able to head outdoors there’re still a few things to keep in mind, such as social distancing. That said it’s definitely a good time for learning how to stand up paddle – it just may need to be done slightly differently. In this article you’ll find a bunch of tips for how you can safely learn the ways of SUP with post-lockdown rules in place.
Post-lockdown SUP gear checks
Speaking of getting afloat for paddling shenanigans post-lockdown; if you’ve yet to get on the water, but are planning to any time now, then you’ll be needing to give your stand up paddle boarding equipment a once over and quick MOT to make sure all’s in good working order. This post lists a few things to consider before putting in.
SUP’s just SUP – right?
This one looks at how stand up paddle boarding has evolved over the years, to the point where now: SUP’s just SUP – isn’t it? Check out the article to see if you agree.
SUP by Post: explained
Fancying the idea of owning your own McConks inflatable stand up paddle board but not 100% sure? No problem! SUP by Post aims to make heading off on SUP adventures as easy possible. Hit up this post for more info about SUP by Post.
Stand up paddle board jargon
Staycation 2020 and alternative ways to use your McConbks SUP
We all know that getting away abroad, for holidays and travel trips, will be so much harder in 2020. A lot of people won’t actually be leaving the UK at all, instead focusing on the good old staycation. This is why you need a McConks SUP in your life: to enhance your time next to the water. But wait! An inflatable stand up paddle board isn’t just for paddling. In this article you’ll find some suggestions about alternative uses for your iSUP.
Wingsurfing, windsurfing and windSUP – the ultimate guide
Here at McConks we provide a raft of stand up paddle boarding equipment and associated accessories for wide and varied ranges of use. What you mightn’t know much about (yet) is the McConks Go Free 9’8 crossover windSUP/windsurfing/wingsurfing/wing foiling board and McConks Go Fly 5m wingsurfing/wing foiling wing. We’re in the process of adding to this series but you can find the first two parts here and here. Stay tuned for more about wind related SUP.
National BBQ Week 2020
We love a good barbie here at McConks. And just recently was National BBQ Week 2020. Stand up paddle boards offer a great way to transport your barbie kit for a royal nosh up. And just because National BBQ Week 2020 has ended it doesn’t mean you can’t have plenty more hot coal cooking fun in the coming weeks and months.
SUP hacks, tips and tricks
Helping you get the most out of your stand up paddle boarding is a real focus for McConks. That’s why you’ll discover plenty of SUP hacks, tips and tricks articles which is an ongoing thing.
We’ve talked about how to find the flattest water for paddling, helping taller paddlers achieve the correct SUP paddle length, fitting Click Fin side fins and centre US Box fins. Lastly, you can find out how to fix your manual SUP pump’s pressure gauge in this post.
As we said at the start the above are just a selection of useful, informative and (hopefully) entertaining articles and posts you can find on the McConks blog (otherwise known as the knowledge hub). Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover.
McConks SUP – what you may have missed, March 2020.
Here’s the round-up what’s been going in the world of McConks for March, 2020…
It’s no surprise that global health events have dominated both ours and every other news feed. The escalation and speed with which COVID-19 spread across the world, and thus determined each country’s response, has been unprecedented.
What started off as social distancing or self-isolation for those showing symptons, sped furiously into a lockdown situation within a matter of days. We published a McConks article about how to keep paddling in times of mild social distancing, which out of date almost as soon as wrote it! You can read the article below.
As we know, things moved fast and paddling’s now off for the near future. Because of this, McConks SUP needed to clarify our position as a UK SUP brand -and also because we needed to respond to a lot of queries and questions we were getting. You can view that article via the link below.
With bleak outlooks and doom and gloom throughout the media, we thought it time to lighten the mood a little. Not to say we recommend burying heads in sand but we were just trying to give a little respite from the negativity, and break the anxiety that many of our followers were feeling. With tongue firmly in our cheek, the following article should bring a smile and some knowing nods of the head. It’s always good to learn from others goofs!
Keeping things positive, and looking for light at the end of the tunnel, we have a prize draw competition, in association with SUP Mag UK where you can win a McConks SUP package. If you’ve not seen it, then check out the details and enter in the following article.
We had planned to use March 2020 to launch a national initiative getting kids and young adults, who might not normally have access to stand up paddling, into the sport. Unfortunately this had to be put on hold for obvious reasons. Still wanting to Go Inspire though we switched tack to announce the Cornonavirus Hardship Fund which aims to help key workers and the vulnerable get afloat with the least amount of hassle possible. You can find all the necessary dets by hitting the article link below.
And now for something completely different…If wordy escapism is your thing, and you enjoy a good yarn, then check out the first of McConks’ reading corner stories. Yep, a story. A real, bona fide pice of prose! But one with a lesson for us all…
Continuing the gnarly fisherman theme, McConks SUP launched the Go Rhyme competition where we’re asking you guys to come up with a sea Shanty of your own in the same vein as Fisherman’s Friends, the Port Isaac, Cornwall, based folk group that specialise in singing working fisher tunes. Full details in the following article.
Oh, and hopefully you will have noticed that we’ve been gradually improving user experience on our website. We’ve fixed a number of bugs with the search tool and with the menu bars, and have been working on updating product pages where information was out of date.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on McConks’ website and social media streams for further stand up paddle boarding inspiration, info and comment. If you have article ideas or queries of your own then feel free to get in touch.