2020 looks set to be a year of the SUP staycation – if you consider that many places will still be off-limits as far as post-lockdown travel goes. Of course, you may be able to get away (if you’re lucky) to some destinations. But by and large home ground is going to the one. Which is why you need a McConks stand up paddle board in your life!
We’re not going to bang on about how McConks SUPs are better than the rest. You either appreciate our quality, how we design and manufacture, our sustainable/eco-credentials, or you don’t. But as far as owning a toy to make use of sunny days at the beach, lake, river, canal or local puddle it’s a great toy to have at your disposal. Plus, there’re more things you can do with a McConks stand up paddle board than simply paddle. As you’ll discover below…
If you have a couple of mates who fancy a well-earned pint post-paddle, and you have access to a SUP like the McConks Mega, then it might be suitable for a floating drink quaffing corner. With sunny weather on offer, this makes a delightful alternative to the tradition of supping (pun intended!) in a beer garden.
For those all ‘wilderness’, then using your inflatable SUP as a diving platform is worth a look. It could be you anchor off and go for a snorkel or perhaps head down to the depths a little further…You might even be into freediving?
Adventurous types out there have been know to grab the spear fishing gun and hunt down their evening meal. That’s very ‘Polynesian’ but certainly doable from atop your SUP. Just be careful you don’t shoot the wrong thing if you fancy having a bash! (Like your board or foot…).
Even if you’re not up a float it’s worth carting your iSUP to wherever you head for some R&R. With sunny weather in the mix a picnic can always be a nice thing to do. And your trusty stand up paddle board can always double as a picnic table.
Plenty of surface area to lay your eats and treats out whilst being wipe clean. Just make sure you remove the fins so as to keep the ‘table’ flat. Otherwise it might be a bit off kilter.
An air fill board is soft and spongey – at least when compared to a hard shell SUP. Obviously inflating to its recommended PSI is how to eek out all of that McConks SUP performance. But ease off the gas a tad and what you get is a comfortable ‘thing’ to lie on – almost like an air bed. But certainly similar to a hammock.
You can even string up between two fixed points, via the deck’s D-rings, to get that true hammock feeling. Just watch out for the getting on and off parts which may end up featured on Fail Army!
If you’re fortunate to own a boat – be that full size yacht or day boat – a McConks inflatable stand up paddle board is the more wallet-friendly, environmentally greener, solution for getting back and forth between shore and vessel.
Anyone planning on using their SUP for lugging supplies back and forth will be better off with a wider/voluminous version. Once you’re done, simply deflate and stow easier than a more cumbersome tender.
As with the hammock solution above if you’re out and about, soaking up some rays, then be sure to take your iSUP with you. That way you’ll have a ready made sun lounger to get some recline time. You won’t need to take additional ‘stuff’ and you don’t need to hire anything, your McConks is perfectly suitable for this kind of thing.
Inflate fully for a more rigid platform to lie on or reduce the amount of PSI for a softer sit.
SUP Yoga isn’t a new thing. In fact, here at McConks we’ve been supplying specialist SUP Yoga products for a while. If a 2020 SUP staycation is your thing this year, and you practise wellness (including Yoga), then now’s the time to get involved if you haven’t done so before.
Check out the range of McConks Yoga and wellness inflatables in the shop.
Perhaps you’re heading off for a spot of touring SUP action with an overnight? Or maybe you’re going nowhere near the water, instead getting amongst it in the wilds and enjoying a spot of camping. In all instances, you’ll need a camping mat to even out that solid ground. Enter stage left your McConks inflatable SUP.
For those with adequately dimensioned tents you can erect and perch on top of your McConks stand up paddle board. Or alternatively, place your iSUP inside of your sleeping abode for a comfy night’s kip.
Kid’s play platofrm
Don’t know about you but we see young children loving playing aboard inflatable stand up paddle boards all the time – on land and in the water. The robust nature of a McConks iSUP makes it perfect for some bouncing action that kids love.
Afloat and it turns into a great jumping off obstacle that’ll provide endless hours of fun.
SUP fishing has long been a thing but by and large has flown under the radar (unlike its sit on top kayaking brethren). Yet stand up paddle boards – particularly the wider, higher volume versions – are great as a platform where you can drop a line. It doesn’t need to be complicated either. If you want to load up with bait box, beer cooler (compulsory!), fish finder and a couple of rods ‘n’ reels then feel free. Alternatively, attach a line to the tail of your SUP, with a bit of bait attached, and see what’s enticed.
We will say if you don’t plan on eating your catch then chuck what you snag back in the drink to fight another day.
What are you alterantive used for your McConks SUP? Let us know.
For anyone thing of getting their own McConks stand up paddle boards, for a 2020 SUP staycation, as well as making the most of the outdoors in general check out the McConks web shop or give us a shout with any questions. With a McConks inflatable stand up paddle board 2020’s SUP staycation season has never looked so good!
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At time of writing, with lockdown restrictions eased slightly in England, it seems that planned summer holiday of SUP are no longer on the cards. Which makes sense when you think about it. Air travel isn’t exactly conforming to social distancing rules…
So will 2020 be the year of the English SUP staycation?
It could be… But even this may have caveats. Thronging beaches, full of interminglers, is also highly risky. And the last thing any county wants to do is ‘police’ once popular beauty spots – some of which are great of stand up paddle boarding.
Negatives aside, however, and if things should improve, with infection risk dropping further, then maybe your SUP staycation can go ahead. After all, the UK at large is a thing of beauty. Out in the wilds or on the water (inland or coastal) we have stunning vistas, scenery and nature to enjoy. And there’s no better way to experience many of these spots than from aboard a SUP.
With regard to many of the abundant SUP put ins around the country there’s not huge amounts of information – from a stand up point of view that is. Hopefully, McConks can begin to address this though. Look out for our bitesize SUP location guides coming soon. And fingers crossed we can all enjoy a SUP staycation this summer at least.