Red Paddle Co 2015 first glance!

Here at Boylo’s we are lucky enough to have worked with Red Paddle Co since we first started. It’s been great to see the brand and their products progressing through the years and the Red Paddle Co 2015 range looks set to raise the benchmark even higher! Being the only dedicated inflatable SUP brand means that the entire focus of all in the Red Paddle Co team is on improving the inflatable SUP products on offer. This doesn’t just mean making the best boards but also the best side products like the carry rucksack, the pumps and the accessories. All of the attention to detail put into the design of every Red Paddle Co product makes your SUP experience as enjoyable and practical as possible. This year Red Paddle Co have focused on 3 key aspects for the equipment; Stiffness, Inflation (speed and pressure) and transportation.

The release date for the brand new Red Paddle Co 2015 boards isn’t until the 1st of November but we have an exclusive sneak peak at the range and things are looking good! Below are just a couple of the changes and new products featuring in the Red Paddle Co 2015 board line!

What’s your ride?

Red Paddle Co Ride

The Ride Collection features the 9’8, 10’6, 10’8 and 10’8 Windsurf!

For 2015 the 9’6 Allwater, 10’0 Surfer and 10’8 Mega have been tweaked and transformed into the 9’8 Ride and the 10’8 Ride. The trio of ride sizes are designed to meet the 90% of paddle boarders looking for their perfect all round, do-it-all SUP. The 9’8 Ride features the same patented RSS rocker stiffening system as seen on the 10’0 surfer from last year but it has lost a full 4 inches of nose length reducing the swing weight and the thickness on the new board has been brought down to 3.93″ to maintain performance and maneuverability in the surf.

The 10’6 Rides winning formula remains unchanged apart from the redesigned valve seen on all of the boards with improved efficiency and the revised leash placement allowing for a larger deckpad and better foot positioning.

The 10’8 Ride is available as a windsurf option in another Red Paddle Co first. The entry level, stable 10’8 is the perfect platform for relaxed and enjoyable windsurfing! It’s great to see a board focused purely on the enjoyment of windsurfing rather than it’s performance! Cargo nets for your wet/dry bags are standard on all of this years boards too! (Excluding the surfstar and elites.)

Want something sporty?

Red Paddle Co Sport

First look at the brand new Red Paddle Co 11’0 sport which is shaping up to be a Boylo’s team favourite!

Brand new for 2015 is the Red Paddle Co 11’0 Sport! This is one of the most exciting designs the team here have seen since the first inflatables starting rolling off the production line! The Sport takes it’s inspiration from the 10’6 ride and much of the shape is shared in the new board’s outline and characteristics. The Sport has grown a little in length providing a much improved flat water speed and glide. The wider square tail on the Sport looks great for wave riding and could make this a brilliant compact downwinder! Featuring a little more thickness as well as the RSS system means that the sport is super rigid and the cargo net up front means you can take your gear with you if you want to do some serious touring! The Red Paddle Co 11’0 Sport could be the perfect all round SUP!

Pump it up!

Another major development for 2015 is the Red Paddle Co Titan Pump. In 2014 Red Paddle Co release the high pressure pump which was sold alongside the regular pump in order to allow riders to inflate their boards to a much higher pressure which vastly improves the boards performance capabilities. The 2015 Titan pump though could make all other alternatives seem pointless. The new pump consists of two chambers, the first pushes a greater volume of air into the board to speed up inflation times, internal gearing then switches to the second cylinder which works like the high pressure pump from 2014 and allows the board to made far more rigid than it’s high volume counterpart. The new pump could easily be the best development in inflatable SUP products throughout the entire market let alone the Red Paddle Co 2015 range. The ability to inflate fast and then without switching pumps add the extra high pressure is going to make a monumental difference to the performance and satisfaction that these inflatables will offer!

We’re stoked for the new range of Red Paddle Co board’s to come out and we will keep you updated on all the latest news and products when they are officially released on November 1st. Make sure you check out the Red Paddle Co page on our website which will have the boards on show the moment they are available for purchase, some are available now! Go to Red Paddle Co 2015

 

Andy King visits Lyme Regis!

Lyme Regis has been hit by some great windsurfing conditions recently and with the conditions at their peak, Goya team rider Andy King payed the bay a visit!

Andy King competing in the British Wave Sailing Association at his stomping ground, Gwithian, Cornwall

Andy King competing in the British Wave Sailing Association at his stomping ground, Gwithian, Cornwall

We are of course talking about the pounding south westerlies we had last week. On Wednesday the 8th the Boylo’s team packed up the wave gear jumped in the van and headed down to Gwithian. Conditions were trickier than forecast but head high sets made for some decent wave sailing conditions. Andy King and his brother Steve had been sailing over at Marazion which offers similar jumping conditions to Lyme Regis. After a few solid hours of charging at Marazion, Andy made a call to the team at Gwithian for a surf update and duly headed over. Despite the hours of full on sailing at Marazion Andy surveyed the conditions and grabbed his surfboard in order to catch some waves before dark!

This commitment to scoring epic sessions then led to him driving up from Cornwall that night to stop the night with the Boylo’s team in anticipation of the session in Lyme the following morning….

Lyme Regis Windsurfing

The low pressure had been seen a long way off and was looking like it would hit Lyme Regis perfectly Friday Morning!

An early start looked like the best option with the tides at the right state and the bulk of the wind and swell hitting in the morning. Toast, cereals and tea was thoroughly shovelled down gullets and soon Andy and the team were on their way in. The drive in provided the perfect build up to the session with the thrashing trees and dark skies putting butterflies into everyone’s stomachs!

The vans pulled onto the seafront to see perfect ramps forming up inside the bay and 30+ knotts of cross shore wind! Frantic rigging soon followed with everyone questioning the right sail size for the conditions. Andy rigged up a 4.7m Goya Eclipse and Murray Saunders (Boylo’s co-founder) rigged a 4.5m Loft Sails Purelip. Both riders opting for the 5-batten control in the strong gusty conditions. The two sailors took to the water joined by local sailors Sam Wood, Luke Nauen, and Luke Patrick. After some HUGE airs and back loops from Andy the general consensus was to drop down sail sizes to 4-4.3m sails! The winds seemed even stronger than predicted! What followed can only be regarded as a masterclass in windsurf jumping from Andy King as Push loops, Back loops and Big forwards happened on nearly every ramp that dared open itself up for punishment.

Luckily I had the camera out at the right times to get some pictures that give you a feeling of the insane show we had from Andy King:

Andy King Lyme Regis

20-30ft Backloops were Andy’s go to manoeuvres nailing 90+% dry!

As the spectacle unfolded more and more people gathered along the parade to watch. Some had never seen windsurfing before and the jumps Andy was doing left many of the crowd in disbelief.

Andy King Windsurfing Lyme Regis

Everything Andy did that morning got a loud gasp from the onlookers stood on the parade. It was great to see jumps like this happening a few hundred feet in front of the shop!

Conditions were gnarly and the local guys were ripping it up too. Some of the set waves rolling through were heavy mind you and even Murray Saunders, who knows the bay better than most, got caught out by one such logo high clean up monster!

Windsurfing Crash Wave

Experienced local sailor Murray Saunders was jumping high all day, but got caught out by this bruiser on his way out toward the end! Luckily the kit survived and Murray had a long swim and tired sail back to the beach to catch his breath, a lucky escape.

New kid on the block Luke Patrick wasn’t so fortunate and on his second run out he suffered the same thumping fate that Murray had been subject to on the previous set waves. Unfortunately for Luke the force of the wave severed his UJ and he desperately clung on to board and sail seperately in the head high white water. It was obvious that something was wrong and the chance of Luke being hurt resulted in the RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat being launched. Andy King despite the harsh conditions sailed out to Luke and immediately shot to the beach to grab a spare UJ for him. In the meantime the RNLI had made their way downwind to where Luke was treading water grasping the sail and board seperately still in the constant white water. Andy soon arrived with the spare UJ and the two sailors swiftly dispatched the broken UJ and swapped it for the replacement. Luke then water-started and managed to sail back up wind through the conditions despite the heavy beating he had taken for the last 5-10 minutes. The brave crew of the RNLI provided a much needed confidence boost and safety net for the two sailors as they made their way back to the shore through the high winds and heavy white water. A huge thank you goes out to the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI who expertly navigated the massive conditions in order to provide rescue cover for the fallen windsurfer. Their committment and skill is an invaluable asset to the Lyme Regis Watersports community and if you can afford to donate anything please click this link to the RNLI Donation Page.

Windsurfing Crash

Another out of the blue thumping for one of the sailors. Luke, Andy and the RNLI crew did brilliantly to make a dangerous situation result in nothing but a lost UJ.

By all account’s this was an epic day of wave sailing in Lyme Regis and highlights just how high performance a spot the bay here can be for windsurfing! For more pictures of this awesome session plus many more and offers from our store check out our Boylo’s Facebook Page.

For all the latest windsurfing equipment check out our website page dedicated to the latest and best Windsurfing Equipment.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope you have enjoyed it and get to go out in some great conditions at your own local spot as soon as possible! If you’ve enjoyed the blog please leave a comment below and as ever if you have any questions or requests for future reviews or articles get in touch!

Wetsuit Wash – Product Test and Review

Wetsuit Wash is a brand new wetsuit shampoo that we have just started stocking at Boylo’s. There are plenty of wetsuit shampoos on the market but we have been looking for a wash that truly leaves the suit smelling great. In our experience the other wetsuit shampoos we have tested have been great smelling themselves but not really left the suit smelling the same after the wash. We thought we’d test a new brand and found ‘Wetsuit Wash’. This is our review of the latest in wetsuit care products.

Wetsuit Wash

Wetsuit Wash seems to be the real deal, with all the right ingredients and the right result.

First off, the shampoo really does look the business, the bottle and label look smart and industrial which immediately filled us with confidence. Once you pop the lid on Wetsuit Wash you can’t help but notice the strong mint aroma. This scent is perfect for overpowering bad smells, why do you think they make toothpaste smell minty! Even before we tested it we were confident that at least some of this strong minty smell would be left in the wetsuit. Wetsuit Wash uses a naturally derived glucoside surfactant, which means about as much to us as it probably does to you. What it actually means though is that the cleaning agents in wetsuit wash are effective in getting rid of smells and stains but won’t cause any defects on things like your GBS seams or liquid seals.

The Test

We have used plenty of wetsuit cleaners in our lifetime and we have always found that no matter how smelly or not smelly your wetsuit is, you always want to give the suit the strongest formula. For Wetsuit Wash we mixed 15ml of product with roughly 8 litres of warm water and then we simply left the suit in the mix for 10 minutes and came back to give it a full sloshing and turning over for good measure. Wetsuit Wash suggested that rinsing is optional and not necessary so we decided to leave it as that’s what we normally do with the other wetsuit cleaners.

We left the suit to dry and we were really pleased when we returned to it and found that the post session smell had been eradicated and replaced by a subtle mint smell. What’s more one of the deeper salty stained corners of the wetsuit in the armpit had become stain free!

Wetsuit Wash was easy to use and gave us a nice smelling and also CLEAN wetsuit ready for the next time we needed to get in the water. The team is stoked on the new Wetsuit Wash and each member now has a bottle permanently in their backpack. For more information on Wetsuit Wash you can check out their website by clicking here -> Wetsuit Wash.

Wetsuit Wash

10/10 for Wetsuit Wash, great to find a wash that does exactly what it says on the tin!

If you have any questions or queries then feel free to leave a comment in the box below or give us a call in the shop. You can also order your own Wetsuit Wash by clicking the link. Happy cleaning!

Quatro 2015 Sneak peek

Just as Goya are the world renowned sail brand, Quatro have the reputation for making the world’s most sought after wave boards. Quatro was started by a lot of the same people that made Goya sails and the two brands share a lot in quality, comittment to wave riding and team riders! One such team rider Levi Siver has already won this year’s AWT Pistol river competition on the new Goya sails and Quatro boards!

We have some lip salivating images and design qoutes for you to feast your minds on in the build up to the official release date of the new 2015 Quatro boards in August!

Quatro Windsurf 2015

Quatro 2015

The razor sharp weapon of the range is unchanged for 2015.

The Quatro Pyramid was introduced for the 2013/14 season and seemed to break into a new level of wave riding when Levi Siver and Bernd Roediger took to their local spot Ho’okipa for the PWA JP Aloha Classic 2013 and took first and second place respectively with some out of this world wave riding! Both athlete’s were on the Pyramid. Quatro are so confident in this board that their description of it is bold and blunt: “The Pyramid will not pamper you and you will love it for just that fact. Nothing ever projected out of a tight turn like this board.” “You’re welcome to judge this book by it’s cover.” If you’re after the sharpest wave weapon for 2015 this could well be it.

2015 Quatro Sphere

2015 Quatro Sphere

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The images above are of the all new 2015 Quatro Sphere. The idea in the Sphere is that it can rip all kinds of waves, at all kinds of locations, all around the globe. What shape is the globe again? Ahh now it makes sense. This board is supposed to be a ‘toned down’ version of the pyramid, yet it’s faster and grips harder! We love quatro’s version of toning things down! After a one board wave quiver? Here’s your answer for 2015.

Quatro Cube 2015

Quatro Cube 2015

Quatro Cube 2015

The all new Quatro Cube for 2015 looks set to be yet another test winner!

Since it’s introduction to the windsurf world the Quatro Quad has won test after test, dominating the market reviews by countless magazines. The evolution of this winning formula is the new 2015 Quatro Cube. Quatro say: “This is The wave board, capital T. It can do it all and much more, it will enable You to do it all, capital Y. You will feel the difference from the first time you step on it.”  Riding Quad finned boards redefined what we thought was possible on a windsurfer and this board is king of the Quads. Roll on 2015.

Quatro Tetra 2015

Quatro Tetra 2015

2015 Quatro Tetra

Sneak peeks mean some blurry images – the 2015 Quatro Tetra

2015 Quatro Tetra

Plenty of tech and features on the new Tetra

Quatro are very adamant that the new Tetra isn’t like any other freewave board on the market. In fact, the only reason Quatro call it a freewave is so that us normal folk no where abouts in the rest of the market this board sits. With Quatro’s undeniable wave heritage there is one place this board will truly excel against all other freewaves, on a rail, in a turn, on a wave. “No, it won’t go down the line like a pyramid, but that’s because it will hover above the point, timeless, while everybody else fumbles below.”  It’s a user friendly wave board then, and that is something definitely welcome in the world of ultra high performance windsurf boards. What’s wrong with having fun the easy way? That’s what this board’s about and we can’t wait to try one!

2015 Goya Quatro

Levi Siver has been instrumental in the R&D of the 2015 board line.

Quatro SUP 2015

2015 Quatro SUP

the 2015 Quatro Carve is the flagship SUP range for next year.

Quatro SUP 2015

A deep concave is going to provide plenty of speed and acceleration into all your turns!

In a nutshell the first range of SUP’s the ‘Carve’ is all about laying it on a rail and hacking the fiercest most slicing turns you can on the face of clean or bumpy waves. Just under 30 inches wide you have a choice of 8′ and 8’4 and 100 or 120 litres. These boards are for those serious about their SUP surfing! Oh, and you can put a windsurf sail in it too for those lighter wind wave sailing days ;)

 

Quatro 2015

The Glide is all about grace and style.

2015 Quatro Glide

Full deckpads and windsurfability are standard on Quatro SUP’s.

The Glide range of the 2015 Quatro SUP’s is all about style and grace. Being Quatro these boards will still turn hard and carve the open face well, but with the added width 32″-34″ it should be an altogether easier experience. Think of the glide in the same way as the Tetra windsurf board. Built for the waves with user friendliness and ease of use in mind. Perfect for long summer sessions!

You can check out all the latest Quatro gear the moment it comes on sale in the UK here: Quatro Boards

Quatro SUP 2015

Bernd Roediger has been a big part of the R&D for the new SUP line, sweet!

Goya 2015 Sails Sneak Peek

Goya are perhaps the most revered wave sail manufacturer in the world. Their heritage is undeniable, their team is sharp and focused and Ho’okipa is their stomping ground! It’s a recipe for wave sail success and the windsurfing world is always excited to see what’s new each year from Goya. So if you’re after the latest Goya news then you’ve come to the right place as Boylo’s has sneak peek pictures to get your mouths watering for 2015!

Goya 2015 Sails

The 2015 Goya Fringe is the all new 3 batten down the line sail, pretty cool!

The newest and maybe most exciting development from Goya this year is the introduction of the 3 batten Fringe. While a lot of brands are developing a 3 batten sail the Fringe is the one that all others will have to measure themselves against. It promises super lightweight handling, early power delivery and a feeling of ‘uplift’ from the sail. . Goya’s epic build quality is still there and like the rest of the range the 2015 Fringe will stand up to the regular Ho’okipa batterings the team riders put it through, should be fine for the UK then!

2015 Goya Banzai

The 2015 Banzai promises to be the allround winning sail it’s predecessor was!

Last year’s radical sail, the Banzai, isn’t taking a back seat though. The 2015 Banzai is reworked retuned and looking better than ever. Lighter, more flexible and with the draft forward feeling in the hands next year’s Banzai will give explosive low end power, direct feel and decent high wind control across all sizes! Don’t forget this is the sail Marcilio Browne won the most recent PWA Wave World Championship on and now it’s ‘improved’!

Goya Guru 2015

The legendary Goya Guru continues it’s evolution in 2015.

The legendary Goya Guru Wave Sail is flawless in high powered, gusty conditions. The sail prides itself on comfort and control. 2015 see’s the further evolution of this classic sail with bombproof construction, a between the hands direct feel, and of course the new 4 batten layout making the guru the perfect choice for lighter riders who want the ultimate control in high wind situations and the ability to throw the sail into radical maneuvers!

Goya Eclipse 2015

The powerhouse of the Goya range is strong as ever for 2015!

Massive high wind control and unlimited speed potential. That’s what the new eclipse has according to Goya. A bold statement and on the face of it the design looks epic! For 2015 the luff length has shortened meaning the 5.3m rigs on a 400 mast and the 4.5 rigs on a 370! This is going to give the low end power and compact agility we’re used to with 4 batten sails with the added advantage of the 5 batten high wind control and stability! In 2015 the Eclipse has made a real challenge to other 5 batten wave sails on the market.

You can find all the brand new Goya equipment the moment it’s on sale in the UK here: 2015 Goya

Levi Siver Goya Banzai 2015

Here’s team rider Levi Siver utilising the 2015 Goya Banzai at the recent AWT event.
Photo courtesy of AWT | SI CROWTHER.

Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer Review

Here at Boylo’s Watersports in Lyme Regis we are treated to two very different seasons. In the winter we get wind and waves regularly making it great for all wave riders. But come the summer Lyme is typically blessed with hot, calm days. This is great for flat water SUP trips along the dramatic Jurassic coastline. When it comes to touring the coast we think there is one board that stands head and shoulders above the rest; the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer. Below we’ve pointed out the reasons we think this is the perfect tourers board.

Red Paddle Co 12'6 Explorer Review

The Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer is the perfect adventure SUP and here’s why.

Performance

Whilst solid boards still hold the performance edge it is Red Paddle Co that are closing the gap when it comes to flat water performance. Their race boards have been competing side by side with the best hard boards on the market since their introduction and getting great results. The same flat water pedigree you see in the race boards passes down into the flatwater performance of the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer. The long water line along with the additional tracking rudders help to make this one of the best tracking boards we have ever used. What’s more with the wind behind us we found that the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer actually got a lot more glide and speed when not paddling compared to the lower laying hard boards. This meant less effort for us going down wind. Going against the wind the board was a little harder to paddle but we found having our feet further forward kept the nose rudder working best and kept us straight against the wind making life a lot easier. The straight line speed and the ease of paddling, make the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer a strong touring board that will eat up the miles day after day giving you more time to explore!

Red Paddle Co 12'6 Explorer Review

The glide and speed of the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer has been adopted from the race boards.

Practicality

This is where the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer really comes into it’s own and for us the practicality of this board is why it is the perfect tourer. The trouble with a solid tourer or race board is they are at least 12’6 long, all the time. This is great for performance but a real pain when it comes to storage and transportation. With the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer there’s no need for a big garage or a roof rack, the whole board will simply roll down and go inside the Red Paddle Co rucksack. If you couple this board with the 3 piece paddle then everything you need can easily get put in the boot of your car! This compact size is a MASSIVE advantage when it comes to SUP touring. It means that getting to and from your destination with your board is easy and quick. You can even go for a downwind blast and then get the bus home! Plus the securing strap attachments on the front and back of the board mean that you can take all of your gear with you if you wanted to camp the night and go a little further the next day.

Red Paddle Co 12'6 Explorer Review

There’s no limit to where you can take the Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer. Wouldn’t want to carry a hard board up there aye?

Durability

When touring and exploring your board is likely to come across some pretty hazardous scenarios. When touring a river for example you may come across rocks, under water hazards and shallow areas. On a solid board this could mean and end to your trip as any ding could start to take on water and render the board useless. The Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer will glide over, onto and past these obstacles and still be just as useful afterwards. Even if you did manage to put a hole in the board the portable repair kit is fast and effective meaning a few hours on the bank repairing and letting dry and then you can pump up again and set off on the next leg of your adventure!

Red Paddle Co 12'6 Explorer Review

Peace of mind over rocks, boulders and branches. No worries on a Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer.

Cost

Perhaps for most people this is the deciding factor. When you compare the brand new Red Paddle Co 12’6 Explorer to it’s hard board competitors for price the difference can be staggering! All the added practicality and durability not to mention the minimal loss of performance and all for around £100-300 less!

If you’re looking to start your own adventures along the coastlines, lakes or rivers near you then make sure you get yourself one of these boards. You can find all the information and prices here: Click here

2014 Red Paddle Co. SUP Review

We’ve had the new Red Paddle Co boards in the shop and on the water for a few months now so we thought it would be great to write a review of what we make of the new range. We’ve trusted the Red Paddle Co boards for our SUP lessons since we first introduced them. Their build quality, performance and endurance make them ideal boards for getting people on the water and their ease of use makes them great for storage and practicality. So how does the new range measure up?

Range Overview

First things first the build quality that Red Paddle Co are so renowned for is still there. The rails are unscaved the valve works perfectly, the pumps are fine and the deck pad hasn’t peeled at all unlike cheaper brands. The only thing we have noticed is a couple of small air pockets under the deck pad of one of the boards. Fortunately because it’s Red Paddle Co a replacement has been arranged no questions asked. Great customer service!

There are a couple new additions to the range including the Venus which is the same shape as the 10’0 surfer with a more feminine floral pattern on the deck pad. The Snapper which is a fantastic surf biased all rounder that works perfectly for children and the 10’6 max race which is designed for the race minded youth!

The new deck pads look great and are the most obvious change this year. The colour coded segments of the deck make it very easy for our lessons as they give obvious areas to stand at different points of SUPing. For example when paddling on flat water your toes need to be on the horizontal stripe near the carry handle and for racing turns on surfing the back foot needs to be on the teak deck pad and the front foot on the white pad.

Red Paddle Co Deck

The coloured deck pads on the new boards make the boards look great and make learning where to have your feet easier than ever!

Surf

For 2014 the Surf performance for the Red Paddle Co range has been dramatically improved, most of all with the 9’2 surf star which is a real leap forward in inflatable SUP surf boards. The increased thickness and the RSS system make for a very stiff and rigid board and rail line. This means that the board is capable of genuine bottom and top top turns on the open face of the wave as you can see in the picture below. This surfing performance has fed into the rest of the range including the snapper kids model and the best selling 10’0 surfer.

The surfing performance of the 2014 boards is amazing!

The surfing performance of the 2014 boards is amazing!

Allround

These are the boards that we use day in day out for our BSUPA lessons. The boards are great flat water paddlers thanks to their long water line and are nimble on the tail thanks to their refined plan shape. Both the 10’6 Ride and 10’8 Mega are surfable and we use them to teach the basic surfing techniques to all of our pupils and club members.

Racing

This is where the Red Paddle Co’s really lead the way in the inflatable market. Their 12’6 and 14′ Elite RSS race boards have been used this year in professional and amateur competitions and have been consistently getting good results up against the best in the solid board market! Perhaps the greatest result for the race boards was when Sam Ross their team rider took the 14′ elite and competed in the 11 cities SUP race in the Netherlands. Days of competition and hundreds of miles later Sam crossed the line in 16th place which is amazing when racing against the hundreds of other competitors on hard boards!

Sam Ross 11 Cities race

Sam Ross leading against the highest performance solid boards on the market in the 11 cities tour!

The beauty of these boards is that to get to and from destinations is so easy! Whether you’re searching for that perfect hidden surf spot, or flying to an overseas racing event or just want a leisure SUP that you can put in the boot! These boards make getting on the water easier than ever. With the performance increases and the notorious build quality as well as the ease of use, there has never been a better year for getting a Red Paddle Co.

You can view the range buy clicking this link to our Red Paddle Co page and if you want a lesson, which is a great way to try before you buy, simply follow this link to our SUP lesson page.

O’Neill Pyrotech Review – Winter Wetsuit

Jack O’Neill started his business over 60 years ago and to this day O’Neill has been the name to beat when it comes to cold water surfing products. Modern advances in technology and construction processes have meant that the quality of wetsuits is at an all time high. O’Neill recently brought out the Pyrotech chest zip wetsuit as their top end alternative to the back zip Psycho 3. Two of our Boylos team members have been wearing the suits for a month now and have fed us back the information to give a detailed and quality review, read on.

O'Neill Pyrotech 5/3mm

First glance of the O’Neill Pyrotech 5/3mm.

In the O’Neill range the Pyrotech is the top drawer chest zip wetsuit. Packed with all the latest available technology and O’Neill’s most forward thinking design ideas, it shows exactlly what the brand are capable of and we’re impressed.

O'Neill Pyrotech 5/3mm

Striking colours are great on the new suit!

Firstly, the suit looks great! We love the colours on the shoulders and think it stands out but still looks professional. Secondly, the amount of features on this suit is astounding! O’Neill have held nothing back. The exclusive Technobutter neoprene is a material used only on the best O’Neill products and this adds to the Pyrotech’s comfort and performance, boasting a 20% lighter formula with 30% less water absorption and is the quickest drying neoprene on the market! This makes for a warm, dry suit that is so flexible it doesn’t limit your movement at all!

Wrist Seals O'Neill Pyrotech

Wrist seals add to the suits water tight design

O'Neill Pyrotech 5/3mm ankle seals

Ankle Seals prevent water rushing up your leg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O’Neill have pieced all the panels together using their Fluid Seam Weld technology offering water tight seams across the suit. This works together with the plasma seals in the wrists and ankles and the super seal wrist cuffs to offer a very water resistant suit. The dryer you are inside the easier it is to keep warm.

O'Neill Pyrotech chest zip

F.U.Z.E. Entry system is fantastic!

In the interest of keeping the suit as water tight as possible the entry system has seen a huge amount of focus and design. The F.U.Z.E entry system has the same design as the patented Zen Zip Closure seen on the Psycho 3. A small exit hole on the exterior panel offering the water a route outside of the wetsuit meaning even if the rare flush happens less water goes inside your suit! The closure for the FUZE system is equally impressive, a Flush resistant zip with overlapping neoprene as well as a super seal shoulder that can be tightened using the adjustable pull cord. With the two layers of neoprene plus all the closure features there really is minimal chance of flushing.

O'Neill Pyrotech 5/3mm Pyrotech

Firewall insulation keeps you warm in frigid waters.

Firewall Insulation

Firewall Insulation back and front for a super warm surfing experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside this near watertight suit O’Neill have used their well praised firewall insulation. The grey panels you see on the pictures below offer another layer like wearing a fleece under your jacket on a winter day. This thermal wicking material keeps you warmer and dryer than you may have thought possible. The exterior side of these panels is covered in a wind proof single lined neoprene protecting your vitals from any biting wind chill.

Technobutter Neoprene

Technobutter Neoprene up close and personal.

O'Neill Pyrotech key pocket

Clever designs like the Key Pocket adds to the value.

The personal experience of the suit that our team members have provided have been highly satisfactory.

Murray who is an avid windsurfer had this to say: “It keeps me really warm even in the huge winter storms we’ve had this season. Normally I can manage an hour or so before the cold sets in and I’m off the water, but with the Pyrotech the only thing that gets me off the water is energy levels.”

Jake who is a keen surfer says: “I love my new suit! It looks awesome and I haven’t had one flush yet! I thought it would be really hard to get in and out of but it’s no harder than any other suit I’ve owned. It’s water tight, warm and mega flexy, Awesome suit!”

The testimonials speak for themselves and with rival suits all well over £300 the O’Neill Pyrotech offers superb value at just £249.95! Considering the huge amount of tech you get with this suit, the perfect fit offered by O’Neill and the Unbelievable value for a suit of this caliber you’d be daft not to buy one! We’re massive fans and give a rating of 10/10 for the O’Neill Pyrotech, follow the link to find out more and buy yours today!

 

A Winter of Watersports in Lyme Regis

With the Spring months upon us it’s time we had a look back at what this incredible winter has cooked up on the water! Yes, there were floods and damage but for all Watersports lovers out there it has been a winter of seriously good water time! Kites, Windsurfers, Kayaks, SUP’s, Surfers, Sailors and Swimmers have all had their days to enjoy. Here is our write up of some of the Epic sessions this winter that we managed to get on camera!

15/12/13

The 15th of December was one of our first true tastes of what was to come. Strong south westerly winds built throughout the day pushing the waves up too. Kitesurfing was the sport for the day but this weekend saw Windsurfers hitting the water too as well as committed surfers. The diversity was great to see and it set the tone for the sessions that were still to come.

Kitesurfer in Lyme Regis

18/12/13

On the 18th of December the winter through itself at us full force for the first time. Howling gales coupled with head high waves! It was a lot more onshore than some of the windsurfers had hoped, but with the first proper storm in the bay they wouldn’t miss it and three locals Murray Saunders, Sam Wood and Luke Nauen accompanied professional windsurfer Chris Murray and took to the sea performing big airs, jaw dropping freestyle and some great wave riding. A few surfers also took to the waves and managed some fun rides in the powerful surf but this was a day dominated by windsurfing.

Windsurfer in Lyme Regis

30/12/13

The build up to this epic session was boystrous to say the least. Strong winds and violent seas that calmed on this magic day to provide some of the biggest rideable waves of the winter! Local SUP rider Nick Wall managed to catch and ride the bomb of the day and made it into the local paper and a national SUP website write up! There was a strong contingent of surfers out that day and they managed some great rides in a bay which is normally biased to the SUPs.

Paddle Boarder in Lyme Regis

31/01/14 – 02/02/14

This weekend provided one of the strongest low pressures of the winter and the windsurfers were scrambling to dust off their smallest sails and get out there! Head and a half high waves greeted the sailors on the water and provided plenty of swell for the surfers riding the inside break. Local windsurfer Sam Wood got the best shot of the day and took off on some of the huge ramps on his way to visit the gulls!

Wave Sailing in Lyme Regis

05/02/14

February was a beast of a month with HUGE low pressure systems battering the entire UK and causing widespread damage and disruption. Needless to say the windsurfers were there to capitalise and on the 5th, perhaps the biggest day of the winter, local sailor Murray Saunders and pro windsurfer Chris Murray rigged up in front of a camera crew and tried to get some decent shots amongst the chaos of the storm. The shifty winds near the harbour were tricky but offered a little shelter compared to the monstrous seas beyond the walls. Both riders battled the conditions and Chris managed the best turn of the day throwing more spray than any of us thought would come from the inside break!

Tushingham Windsurfer Chris Murray in Lyme Regis

13/02/14

Valentine’s eve offered some respite from the savage winds and waves that had ruined much of the UK. Once again the Paddle Boarders were out to make the most of the calmer conditions and local paddlers Nick Wall and Sam Wood had a great session in the sun in front of our shop. Shoulder high sets were there to be had and both men enjoyed some playful lefts and rights.

Boylos SUP

14/02/14

Valentines day was full of romance, but no one had told the weather! Whilst many hoped for starlit clear skies at night and warm sun in the day, mother nature cooked up a big one and threw storm force winds and more overhead high waves into the bay. This unknown kitesurfer was the lone venturer and had the wind and waves all to himself. Showing a great deal of skill on a small surfboard he slashed some of the biggest waves of the day infront of an admiring crowd of spectators.

Kiting in Lyme Regis

15/02/14

The winds calmed the day after Valentines and with the perfect shoulder to head waves to himself, Nick Wall paddled out and SUP surfed a few great rides across the bay. This shot bottom turning back toward the lip was the pick of the day.

Bottom Turn SUP

 Unfortunately the camera wasn’t out for every session and despite these great shots many brilliant rides, jumps and all round water riding moments were missed. But in a winter full of great sessions does it really matter? If you weren’t lucky enough to be here for these sessions then you can check out loads more pictures of all the action that went on by liking our facebook page and checking out the albums with all the shots of the storms and those who rode them.

If you’re feeling dissapointed you missed some of the action don’t worry! Spring is here and great sessions are still to be had, especially with the lighter nights building, you can even sneak out after work! Remember though the water is cold so get the right Wetsuits and Accessories before you hit the water, check the forecast and most of all let someone know you’re out there, otherwise you’ll have these brave souls out there looking for you! Have fun and we’ll see you on the water.

Lyme Regis RNLI

How long should my SUP Paddle be?

This is a topic we have covered but due to the rapid changes in the sport and demand we’ve written this up to help you all work out what you want to do. The debate over SUP Paddle length has been a long and confusing one. As with all relatively new and fast growing sports there are grey areas. The ideal SUP Paddle length is one of those areas that more and more people are desperately trying to figure out. We’re going to try and shed some light on what theories you should trust and how you can sort out your perfect paddle height.

There are many formulas out there telling you what to multiply and then divide and finally subtract in order to find the length that is right for your paddle. But among all of them, there are only a couple that really make sense to us.

First we have what is commonly known as the Laird Hamilton approach. Place your paddle upright in front of you on the floor, blade down, and reach up with your hand. Your hand needs to sit comfortably on top of the handle when the arm is outstretched. He suggests that your paddle needs to sit roughly a foot longer than you are tall. This is the technique that has been adopted by our BSUPA SUP coach too. Below is a picture of the Laird technique and our instructor utilising his paddle which he uses for teaching, touring and surfing in all conditions, one paddle fits all! He is 6ft3″ and his paddle measures in at a perfect 7ft3″.

SUP paddle length

Laird use this simple method and then uses the same length paddle for cruising around on flat days as he does for charging big waves!

SUP Paddle length

From teaching the basics on flat water to surfing in all conditions, Laird’s technique works great for our BSUPA instructor.

The above technique is one that is very popular in the SUPing world, especially as Dave Kalama another giant of the sport mirrors Lairds approach.

Starboard are one of the biggest, if not the biggest name in SUP at the moment. Numerous world champions in multiple disciplines as well as one of the most comprehensive ranges of boards and paddles on the market. What their gurus suggest for paddle length varies slightly from the Laird technique but actually results in a paddle of the same length! Their method is to stand the paddle on the floor handle down this time and cut the length so that where the blade starts to bottle neck away from the shaft is eye level. We have a picture below to demonstrate what we mean:

SUPing

When our instructor turns his paddle on end for the starboard technique it measures in perfectly. These techniques differ in approach but result in the same length paddle so which ever you choose you should be fine.

So if you’re after one size paddle for all of your SUPing needs either of the above techniques are what we recommend for an all round perfect length. From flat water cruising and racing, to surfing waves small or large it is possible to have just the one paddle.

If you’re still unconvinced though and would like more advice on what SUP paddle to buy and what length to cut it please call one of our Boylos team members and they will be more than happy to help you. Above all have fun on the water!