Kayaking in Lyme Regis

There’s no denying that Lyme Regis is a beautiful place. A combination of quirky gift shops, eateries, pubs, beautiful walks & beaches make it a perfect place for a holiday. But that’s only half of it. If you want to really appreciate Lyme Regis, you’ve got to see it from the sea, and what better way then Kayak Hire in Lyme Regis. (Boylo’s Watersports – 01297 444222)

Out on the water, away from the hustle and bustle, Lyme Regis becomes a much quieter place. Even distancing yourself from the shore by 20 metres gives you a completely different outlook. The town, nestled as it is into the world famous Jurassic Coast, looks pocket sized compared to the ancient cliffs that surround it. Even the historic Cobb appears to shrink as you head out into the waves.

There are many ways to get out there, but arguably one of the best is kayaking. Being that close to the water makes you feel as if you are part of it. It also allows you a fantastic view into sub-aquatic world beneath you, which is utterly fascinating. If you catch the tide right, the shale and limestone ledges that run out beneath Lyme Regis are clearly visible beneath you, giving you the chance to glimpse crabs, anemones, fish and many other treasures.

Here at Boylos Watersports, we have all the equipment you need to have a safe an enjoyable kayaking session. And don’t worry if you’re a little nervous on the water; the sea defenses in Lyme Regis mean that much of the bay is protected from the prevailing wind, meaning that, for the most part, it stays very calm here and is a great place for beginners. If you are interested in Sit On Top Kayak Hire then please do give us a call on 01297 444222, one of our knowledgeable staff will be more then happy to help.

 

SROKA SUP Boards!

SROKA SUP Boards are new to Boylo’s and we wanted to share some of the reasons why this awesome new brand has earned a spot in our shop!

Where do SROKA SUP Boards come from?

SROKA SUP Boards are the brain child of 3 times world kitesurfing champion Bruno Sroka. After an entire career of working with some of the biggest brands in the watersports industry Bruno noticed that a lot of the customer cost came from extensive distribution processes and that he could dramatically reduce the cost to the customer by simplifying this process. By reducing the costs in these areas Bruno was able to make sure that the quality of the products wasn’t sacrificed. Based in Brittany France the SROKA team base all their development on making the most accessible SUP boards on the market!

SROKA SUP Boards

Bruno Sroka’s input means the boards are easy to use and have plenty of performance to keep you smiling!

What makes SROKA SUP Boards so good?

SROKA SUP Boards feature the same construction method as the top brands with linear drop stitch fibers keeping the board rigid. PVC material makes the boards very durable too so as far as dings and repairs go you don’t need to worry! Performance wise the boards have seen plenty of input from Bruno Sroka meaning that the shapes are carefully refined to offer the perfect blend of accessibility and performance. There is a good range of Wave shapes; 7’5, 8’5 and 9’5, a purpose designed boat tender in the SROKA Rocket Fish, two decent all rounders; 10’0 and 10’6, a long distance tourer, and two ‘alpha’ performance boards; 11’0 and 12’6. Plenty of choice in the range means that there is a board to suit everyone’s needs!

SROKA SUP Boards

SROKA use a quality dropstitch and PVC layer construction to make sure their boards are top notch!

What’s the best thing about SROKA SUP Boards?

Value for money!!! It’s been a long time waiting for a brand like SROKA.  A brand that offers a quality product at an entry level price. But it’s been worth it! The boards start at just £399! And the full 12’6 discover is only £559! Near enough £200 cheaper than some of their top competitors!

When can I buy SROKA SUP Boards?

Right Now! the whole range is online and available for you to order with free shipping and loyalty points discount! If you have any questions about the boards and gear please get in touch with us either in the shop on 01297 444222 or via email at info@boylos.co.uk

2016 Quatro SUP Boards

2016 Quatro SUP Boards

Inflatable SUP boards are easily the most popular way for people to get on the water nowadays! Quatro know this and have carefully applied their years of board making knowledge to develop inflatable boards that share the characteristics of their solid counterparts.

2016 Quatro Glide Air SUPThe glide is a mimic of KT’s user friendly wave shape designed to be the perfect all round leisure SUP. Small waves, coastal paddles and fun with the family is what this board is all about. A bunjee cord up front can hold a small bag or gear for a coastal trip. The width in the sizes keeps the board really stable, perfect for beginners and those looking for an enjoyable easy ride. The boards come with a pump and rucksack and are nearly indestructible! Available in 9’0, 10’0 and 11’0 at 32″, 33″ and 34″ wide there is a size for everyone so anyone can enjoy the beauty of SUP!

2016 Quatro Roam Air SUP

With the Roam Keith Teboul chose to capture the spirit of coastal explorers and give them a board that is fast to paddle, easy to stand on and practical to get to and from their next adventure. The fact that this 12’6 x 30″ tourer can fit in a rucksack opens up all of the possibilities for trips down rivers, across lakes and along the coastline. With the Quatro Roam you don’t even have to leave time on your journeys to paddle back, if you wanted to you could just deflate your board and get the bus home! The durability of this board also means that when paddling in unknown waters you needn’t worry about what lurks below the surface as the board can take knocks and carry on, not like the hard board alternatives which would need repairing.

We’re certain these inflatable SUP shapes will be highly successful as they are aimed at the two best area’s for inflatable SUP’s; simple enjoyment and unrestricted exploration!

For the hard Quatro SUP shapes the Quatro Carve remains unchanged and the Glide also remains unhanged except for two new sizes; 9’4 and 10’4. These new sizes increases the accessibility of the friendly wave shapes and allow more people to make their first steps into wave SUP surfing.

Quatro SUP Glide

Two new sizes in the Quatro Glide shape: 9’4 and 10’4.

Full details of the boards can be seen online, thank you for reading and we’ll see you on the water!

Compatible cameras for the Soloshot 2

We get a lot of enquiries from people wanting to know whether they have compatible cameras for the Soloshot 2. It’s a tricky thing, you want to know before you spend your money that the camera you have will be able to access all of the functions that the soloshot tripod offers. Don’t worry though because below is a list of all the compatible cameras on the market for the soloshot 2!

Soloshot 2

The brand new Soloshot 2 is transforming the self photography market!

These are hand held video cam corders which will work for the Soloshot 2.

Compatible cameras for the Soloshot 2

Your DSLR cameras are also compatible! Check out the list below

Compatible DSLR cameras for the Soloshot 2

Some DSLRs that aren’t on this initial list are still compatible with the use of an extra cable.

DSLR cameras requiring the N3 cable accessory to use with their 2.5mm Jack

  • Canon EOS 7D, 5D, 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III, 1Ds Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, EOS D30 EOS D60 EOS D2000
  • Canon EOS Film SLR 1V 1VHS 3
  • KODAK DSC-530

DSLR cameras requiring the Nikon Cable Accessory

  • Nikon D4s/D4 Series
  • Nikon D3 Series
  • Nikon D2 Series
  • Nikon D1 Series
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D800/D800E
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D300/D300S
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D100 using the MB-D100,
  • Nikon F6
  • Nikon F5
  • Nikon F100
  • Nikon F90 / F90x
  • Nikon N90 / N90x
  • KODAK DCS Pro 14n DCS620
  • FUJI S3 S5 Pro

DSLR cameras requiring the Olympus DSLR Cable

Compatible Olympus Digital SLR Cameras:

  • E-M1, E-M5
  • E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-P5
  • E-PM1, E-PM2
  • E-PL5, E-PL3, E-PL2
  • E-30, E-420, E-450, E-520, E-600, E-620

Compatible Olympus Digital Cameras

  • SP-510UZ
  • SP-550UZ
  • SP-560UZ
  • SP-565UZ
  • SP-570UZ
  • SP-590UZ

DSLR cameras requiring the SONY DSLR Cable

  • A7
  • A7R
  • NEX-3NL
  • A5000
  • A6000
  • A58
  • A3000
  • HX300
  • RX100II

 If you still can’t see your camera on the list don’t worry! Just give us an email with the make and model and we’ll contact Soloshot direct!

GoPro users can smile too as the Soloshot 2 tripod will hold almost all action cameras!

Is Soloshot 2 the new GoPro?

The Soloshot 2 is a revolutionary step in action sports footage. Just like the GoPro did when it first came out the Soloshot 2 has opened up an entirely new concept for every sports enthusiast in the world. Whilst the market is slowly flooding with first person action camera’s the Soloshot 2 stands alone allowing you to get third person footage just as if you had you own personal camera man! This incredible camera tripod can hold most cameras including action cameras and DSLRs and rotate them, tilt them and even operate the zoom to ensure they capture the perfect footage of you every time you head onto the water!

The way the tripod works is to have a clever base unit underneath the camera which is tracking a transmitter tag worn on an armband by the user. This tag is waterproof, bash proof and generally sport proof! Once you have paired up the tag with the transmitter you can move freely within a 2000ft distance at speeds of up to 180mph and constantly be tracked by your camera! As an extra option you can buy your Soloshot 2 with the Camera Controller. This clever devise gives the tag wearer a range of options when it comes to recording. They can stop and start the recording, use multiple tags to capture footage of their friends at the same time and use multiple tripods to get more angles of themselves. With the camera controller connected the Soloshot 2 can zoom your camera in and out giving you the best possible footage of every session.

Another clever addition to the Soloshot 2 capabilities is barrel mode. By using this setting on the base unit the tripod will track your speed and continue to follow your projected ride as you sit inside the barrel on a wave. Once you exit the Soloshot 2 immediately picks you up again. You also needn’t worry about security as the Soloshot 2 has slots for putting a locking cable through so you can lock both the tripod and camera to a post or tree and leave it there with confidence.

We’ve been using and selling the Soloshot 2 for a while now and the more we get to know this product the better it becomes. We’ve used it for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and SUPing and the footage everytime has been awesome! Our customers have used the Soloshot to shoot even more including rock climbing, paragliding, horse riding and much more! It’s time you joined the fun and starting scoring perfect footage of your own sessions!

We’re stoked with the Soloshot 2 and definitely believe that this is where self photography is at right now! Is Soloshot 2 the new GoPro? No, it’s in a league of it’s own! Check out our Soloshot page for all of the package deals and product information.

Boylo’s Wave of the Winter Winner Steve Thorpe!

Boylos Wave of the WinterAfter a great Wave of the Winter competition we have a winner, Steve Thorpe! Boylo’s team member Jake Patrick met up with Steve for a quick interview with the the 2014/15 champion!

When did you decide the forecast was go? were you set on one spot or did you look around?

“I got a heads up from Aleksy Gayda and Jony Price. Jony’s from Ireland so keeps an eye on the West coast forecasts and saw this solid one coming! We did a lot of driving over the two days all over Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. Day 1 was a nice warm up in smaller clean point break waves. Sunday was the big day, 7m @ 16s!”

How was the journey over and who were you with?

“I went over with Aleksy as foot passengers in the Holyhead/Dublin ferry. Bargain £60 each. Then Jony picked us up in his van.”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Winner Steve Thorpe

Steve and Aleksy Gayda’s kit rigged and ready outside Jony Price’s van. Aleksy, Jony and Steve were all riding K4Fins setups on this massive day!

Were conditions ideal or tricky? What equipment were you using?

“We sailed at Magheroarty, the easiest and most reliable spot going. It was pretty tricky though due to the size of the swell and the amount of wind! It was 3.7 weather cross shore so there was some pretty huge chop on the faces to contend with. The waves which normally break with a channel on the reef were occasionally closing out across the bay. It was pretty hard to line up the best place on the waves as you were almost playing with the size of a football pitch, then going mach ten to keep up with the wave and having extra speed to reposition was tricky due to the chop! So not that easy! I’d prefer a nice clean predictable mechanical big barrel anytime! But big and wild is always fun too :)
Kit used was my 75ltr twin with k4fins Stubbies and my 4m Firelight, due to being restricted to what I could carry over. Otherwise a 3.7 and my flatter rockered 85 would have been awesome!”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Winner Steve Thorpe

Aleksy Gayda face to face with one of those massive width of the bay closeouts!

Finally please just talk us through the rides, for us mortals it’s hard to imagine riding waves like that, could you try and paint the picture?

“Even when it’s a big day like this you’re always trying to find the biggest lumps on the horizon -nothing worse than riding in on a tiddler then gybing off it and getting obliterated by the set wave behind. So having found a big one it’s then pedal to the metal to try and stay in front of it -bigger waves always travel noticeably faster. The real tricky part was it being super windy cross shore with big chop, so to go ‘down the line’ and keep up with the breaking part of the wave was really tough -just sheeting in was tricky!. So it was kind of like a speed-sailing day with some 2ft chop thrown in! I think between Aleksy and myself we missed quite a few rides due to not being able to keep up with the open face, they were racing away if the chop slowed you down even on our twinnies. Great fun to be going flat out and chasing the wave, trying to get back up to the top for the odd mush bash!”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter winner Steve Thorpe!

Steve charging double mast high conditions with precision and control! A worthy winner of Boylo’s Wave of the Winter!

“Eventually I got caught by a big one and it was game over -massive swim all the way in after the gear and a torn sail.”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Prize

Big thanks to the support from all of the brands for such an awesome prize! Next year if you go big this could all be yours!

“I wanna say a Huge thanks to Boylo’s for running the comp and to the brands for sorting out an amazing prize haul! I’m so stoked! And thanks to Jony Price for taking the pics – he’s getting the wetsuit :) Roll on next winter :)”

It’s been an awesome competition and it’s great to have such a worthy winner. But we were stoked to see so many people braving the cold and getting out there to show us that these isles are capable of some awesome conditions! Make sure you keep hitting the water and please send any piccy’s or vids of your action to info@boylos.co.uk and we’ll get you online! See you on the water!

Kayak Hire in Lyme Regis – Boylo’s Watersports

Kayak Hire in Lyme Regis is something that has been missing for a number of years. So last summer we decided to test the water with a couple of boats and now as of this year we are officially offering a fleet of rental kayaks for locals and holiday makers alike!Kayak hire in Lyme RegisOur beautiful Jurassic Coastline is one of the most dramatic backgrounds for watersports in the UK and paddling on a Kayak is the best way of experiencing it! A kayak gives you complete control of your journey. Where you go, when you go, and how fast you go is entirely up to you. Rent Kayaks with a friend and share the experience for twice the enjoyment!

Kayak Hire in Lyme Regis

Is there a better coastline to explore than this?

We have all the equipment you’ll need to safely enjoy your kayak rental period. When you book with us we provide:

  • A top quality Sit On Top Kayak
  • A paddle to go with that Kayak
  • A waterproof case to store your phone, car keys, money, etc.
  • A rough guide to our reccomended paddling area
  • Contact details for us and the emergency services in case you need them

The bay here in Lyme Regis is very protected from the prevailing South Westerly winds making it the perfect spot for paddle sports. Even when the wind does pick up the harbour wall and extensive sea defenses ensure that the bay stays calm and manageable for everyone including beginners.

Out on the water you’ll be joined and greeted by fish, sea birds and lots of friendly water users. Lyme Regis is an inviting place to pursue watersports and what’s more with the RNLI lifeguards situated right on the beach you’ve never been in a safer place!

kayak hire in lyme regis

For more information on our Kayak Hire in Lyme Regis please contact a member of our Boylos Team!

Boylo’s Wave of the Winter Entries

Boylo's Wave of the Winter

Thanks to the great support of all the brands involved the Boylo’s Wave of the Winter competition is booming!

Winter 14/15 started off quite slowly with a few small low pressures coming through in December but nothing that really set the world on fire. The Christmas/ New year holidays though seem to have opened the gates for much better conditions and more entries to our Boylo’s Wave of the Winter competition! Having done the maths, the prize for our competition is worth a mouth watering £1,133.74!!! And it seems more and more people are sensing the opportunity to win themselves some awesome gear!!!

The Entries

1. Jordan Buckland – Lyme Regis

2. Sam Latham – Shoreham

3. Callum Taylor – Lyme Regis

4. Rob Richardson – Gwithian

5. Callum Taylor – Lyme Regis

6. Warren Rowe – Bournemouth

Warren Rowe

7. Jony Price – Ireland

Jony Price

As you can see we’re receiving some awesome entries and more are sent in each week! The judges for the competition are looking for the best wave not neccessarily the biggest one. So make sure you send in your pic or footage as if you do a great move, edit a great video or simply fill the judges with stoke you could be the one who wins our unbelievable prize bundle!!!

The Prize

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Prize

Each brand has donated to the Wave of the Winter Prize and the bundle now has a total worth of £1,133.74!!!

For your chance to win this prize you need to email your photo (.jpg) or video (.MOV) to info@boylos.co.uk before the end of February! The winner will be announced on the 1st of March! Good Luck!

K4 Fins the rise and rise of a british brand

With all of the breezy conditions recently it’s been great to see a lot of people out on the water windsurfing! There’s nothing we love more than sails on the water and smiles on faces! Something that we’re noticing is the amount of bright yellow fins seen underneath wave and freestyle boards! The popularity of K4 Fins is sky high and we wanted to look at how K4 are managing to slowly but surely take over the wave and freestyle market not just here in the UK but globally!

Pedigree

One thing that goes without question is the performance pedigree that K4 Fins have. The founder, Steve Thorpe, is known national and globally as an absolute charger! He regularly travels the length of the British Isles in search of the most hardcore wave sailing conditions. As I type in fact Steve is in Ireland on a spur of the moment trip chasing some of the most full adrenaline conditions in the world! It is from Steve’s lust for performance windsurfing that the fins were born. Unsatisfied with what was on offer on the market Steve set about building new fins for his wave board that would offer him the turning capabilities that he was after, soon after the K4 Fins flex was born.

Steve Thorpe

K4 Fins founder Steve Thorpe testing out his latest fins at UK Big Wave spot ‘The Cribbar’!

Performance

The performance that Steve has strived to perfect in the K4 Fins is almost faultless. When generally wave riding they provide a predictable and forgiving ride with the flex of the fins working with your movements and pressures you put through your feet. When landing big jumps the fins again flex and this helps you be in more control when first hitting the water rather than skidding out. Waveriding is where the fins really excel though and this is what K4 have to say about the performance: “In your bottom turn the flex of the fins allow you to drive them hard and fast. As you’re going through the bottom turn and your speed starts to drop off the fins give you something back. All that ‘stored’ energy from flex is given back to you when you need it most. In doing so you don’t get stuck through your turn. You can power all the way through to the lip and smack it at full velocity.” This isn’t just marketing gobble, all of the team here have made the transfer from conventional G10’s to the new K4 Fins setups and all of us swear by the performance benefits!

K4 Fins

The harder you push through the bottom turn the more drive the fins will give you to unleash at the top!

Pro riders

To prove the point of the performance of the K4 Fins you need only look at their current team. This is no accumulation of small local heroes. The K4 Fins team includes some of the biggest names in windsurfing right now including: Graham Ezzy, Leon Jamaer, Omar Sanchez, Alastair Mcleod, Emilio Galindo, Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers, Aleksy Gayda, Loick LeSauvage and many more! PWA competitors in wave and freestyle are using the fins to push their own competitive level to podium winning heights! Perhaps the most A-List name of all is Graham Ezzy. Graham chose to join the team a few years ago and has since released his own signature model fins which he uses to win professional tour competitions in Ho’okipa and charge massive Jaws!!!

Graham Ezzy

Pro team rider Graham Ezzy praises the fins for his performance in the PWA Mauii event saying “‘My flexible K4 fins give me a massive advantage over most of the other riders who use stiff G10 fins. You can see it in my carves– I can keep speed as I redirect.”

Price

You would think that with the added performance of the fins as well as the top flight team names, K4 Fins would cost you a fortune and far more than their lesser performance G10 rivals. You would be wrong. K4 Fins have added performance proven by the backing of many of the best windsurfers in the world and the cost less than any alternative we have found on the market! A set of Quad rears costs £47.50 and the fronts £22.50! Which means that for the price of 1 of the G10 competitors fins you can have an all new setup of the highest performance fins on the market!

K4 Fins

The affordability of K4 Fins means that now everyone can experiment with the best setups for their boards without breaking the bank!

Purchase

It’s actually very easy to see why we’re seeing so many yellow finned boards on the water these days. With higher performance and lower cost why would anyone bother looking at any G10 versions? You can view our full range by clicking K4 fins

SUP Trotters the social network for Stand Up Paddlers

SUP Trotters is a social network made for Stand Up Paddlers. The site is new and something that the team here at Boylo’s are very excited about! The site has lots of interactive features that allow you to share your passion for SUP with a global community. You can meet new people, find new spots and share your experiences!

Log your sessions

SUP trotters

Log details of your SUP sessions for your own records and to show your mates!

The session logging is a great feature as it helps shed some light over what you like most and what you need to work on. What was your favourite spot this year? Which board did you use the most? It’s all recorded for you and your mates to see.

Discover new spots

SUP trotters spots

Log where you’ve been and find out where others have had sessions to unlock new spots for your future adventures!

With the spots logged on SUP Trotter you can browse tonnes of new locations for SUP all around the world and see pictures and statistics. Where will you go on your next trip?

Meet other paddlers

SUP trotters

Meet people and make more friends on the water!

This is the most exciting social aspect! Connect with other SUPers find out where they normally ride, what gear they like to use there then send them a message and see if you can share a session! It’s all about spreading the love and enthusiasm on this SUP specific social networking site!

We’re registered already on SUP trotters and you can find details of our lessons and equipment on there as well as on our site! We look forward to seeing you on this fast moving network and more importantly on the water!