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SUP Day and ActionVan at Watergate Bay

Another great turn out at the weekend at ActionVan HQ on the Hamble.

Thank you to all of you that took part and made the day a great success both SUPing and 'Van talking'.

With SUP taster sessions and loads of kit from – Nah Skwell (thank you Jon & for your contribution below), Starboard and Red Air, as well as tuition from resident SUPer Karl (Jack) (BSUPA instructor) A big thanks to him for giving up his time.

If you want to keep up to date with what Karl is up to 'like' the ActionVan page on Facebook or follow @actionvan on Twitter and he'll let you know when he's out and about on the water or when the weather is just too good to miss out on a bit of SUPing!

And not forgetting a big thank you to Molly and Nina for sorting the BBQ

The weather was kind to us too, sunshine and flat water - perfect. Lets hope for a few more days like this before the nights draw in and don't forget to place those orders for your kit!

ActionVan's next adventure is exhibiting down at Watergate Bay, Cornwall for the Extreme Academy 2012 BSUPA National Championship on 13/14 October featuring the UK leading exponents of the sport, Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

Join us for more 'van talk' and some not so flat water!

Find out more about the event at:

Hold on, who's been pinching my boards!3 x FIT 11's out for a play in the sunshineWhich one should I try first?BBQ was very popular!
Try a paddle with a bit more power!Capt. Jack, hard at work in teaching mode.Matching Boardies, Leash and Board - How cool is that!Woody to the rescue-again!!!
That worked, just got to find someone else to throw my ball in the water now - mind you, sure I can smell sausages?!Oh, go on, please throw my ball??

Now over to Jon for his take on the ActionVan Open Day:

"Hi everyone,

Somehow, Drew once again managed to book a cracking day several weeks in advance - He must have higher connections than me!

I rocked up with 14 boards and about 30 paddles for people to try, and was very glad of the assistance of the Action Van Crew to get it all ready in time for the first arrivals - in fact, I did not manage to get a picture with every board laid out ready to go, as it got busy pretty quick, so I was on the go all day, feeding boards and paddles in and out, while Capt. Jack ran the taster sessions!

Molly and her friend were in charge of the BBQ, Drew and Mary chatted to people about Van conversions and SUPs, and of course, Woody spent all day retrieving his ball (until it went missing!), while Murphy once again showed his taste in boards, by sitting on a Kool until it was needed (Murphy does not normally go near boards, but the first time we took Kool's along to a demo at Action Van, we had a job to get him off it - obviously a dog with impeccable taste!)

And that is how the day rushed by - Fortunately, Farid had arrived and told me he did not think he would go out, so 'volunteered' to take a few pictures of the day for me.

Fantastic, as there was no way I was going to get a chance, so thanks to his selfless act, please see some pictures of the day below.

Great day - can't beat getting lots of people out on the water, having fun in the sun.

Thanks to all who came along, and the ActionVan Crew for laying it on - hope it helped to inspire you all to get out there more, as well as helping some of you to understand more about how different boards and paddles work for you, which at the end of the day is the most important thing - SUP is a very 'connected sport', so the gear has to 'feel right' for you to get the most out of it.

Those happy smiling faces mean a lot to me - It's why I've spent well over 30 years, trying to get people on the water, and to develop better products to help with this - SUP is the most accessible and addictive way I have found so far!

Hope we can organise a club trip to the pub again soon!

Happy paddling,



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