Introducing… Psyched Paddleboarding

Tell us a bit more about your SUP school… 

At Psyched Paddleboarding, we pride ourselves on being SUP specialists providing awesome experiences. We love nothing more to inspire people into paddleboarding and raising awareness about looking after the environment. We’re stoked to be awarded Plastic Free Community Business by Surfers Against Sewage

What does a typical day for you guys look like…

Every day is different, we tend to run 3-4 sessions a day during the busy season. My day varies from being on the water with groups, working behind the scenes on the business, such as developing the business,
writing articles etc. I am so pleased I made a career change!

What is the weather like over there at the moment?
(April 2019)

We’ve recently had snow in the mountains and tranquil flat calm waters. It’s pretty magical at the moment. When it’s chilly we provide our SUP’ers superb kit so they feel nice and warm and don’t notice the cold.

What’s your favourite non-SUP related activity in Anglesey?

Picking up litter at my favourite beach whilst walking Ruby the dog.

What do you enjoy most about the ocean?

The specialists working behind providing dynamics, the wild open space, bracing the elements and the opportunity to be close to nature. I have been fortunate to see seals, dolphins and porpoise.

What do you love most about SUP’ing?

The freedom to go and explore, it’s a wonderful way to journey and be
close to nature.

What are your top 3 tips for anyone looking to start SUP?

Book with an expert company to learn the skills, like us 😉
Get a board, go paddling and enjoy!

Do you have many problems regarding ocean plastics where you paddle?

Sadly yes, every day the tide brings in new plastic tangled in seaweed.

We know that you love the ocean and are super passionate about taking care of it, what types of activities do you get up to in order to keep your oceans clean and protected? Do you run any beach/sup clean-ups?

Yes, we encourage all our lovely SUP’ers to get involved with a litter pick. We work closely with Surfers Against Sewage to help with their big beach cleans. We inspire and educate all of our SUP’ers to make a pledge
against single use plastics. We also collaborate with the Wildlife Trust to
go rock pooling on SUP safaris, as well as incorporating a plastic-free
picnic too.

How good is Wales at recycling?

I am very proud of the efforts by Wales, we have been recognised as
one of the world’s leading recyclers, coming first amongst UK nations, second in Europe and third globally. We were the first country in the UK to place a charge on plastic carrier bags. I am also very proud that
Anglesey has been given Plastic Free Community status by Surfers
Against Sewage
, the first county to achieve it and I’m stoked I was was the lead to drive this forward on the island working with individuals, 
businesses and organisations.

What is the weather like for you in the winter?

It can vary, this winter it has been mild, however previous winters we’ve had snow. Also, sometimes we get a strong wind, but we tend to use
sheltered locations when we run paddleboarding sessions.

What are the typical marine animals that you come across in
Anglesey?

Seals and porpoise.

What is the typical route that you would take if you were about to
embark on a micro adventure or SUP adventure?

It is all weather dependent and that’s what I enjoy. I can adapt with the weather and find the perfect spot to enjoy our micro adventure. I like
exploring the Menai Strait and the Brickworks.

Name the top 5 things you pack for every SUP?

Mobile phone, first aid kit, water, spare clothes, snacks, camera.

Where has been your favourite place to SUP?

Paddling north of Anglesey and seeing the bioluminescent plankton was pretty spectacular and watching 5 porpoise leaping out of the water
towards me in a tidal race whilst the sun was setting.

DREAM destination?

Patagonia.

What are your top 5 tips for anyone looking to rise above single-use
plastics?

Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Refuse. Slow down to enjoy the quality time out to eat.

Do you run any SUP yoga sessions or any other type of fitness
sessions?

I love running SUP Yoga and soon we are launching SUP Gong!

What is a traditional food from Wales that you would recommend trying?

Welsh cakes with butter and jam and welsh rarebit, a bit like ‘posh cheese on toast’.

What’s your favourite game to play on the Giant SUP?

Leaping off into the water! People like to see if they can push me in the
water too.

Tell us more about your SUP retreats…

Our SUP retreats are an opportunity to get away from it all, a digital
detox and to sample the very best paddling in the area with expert
guides.

You’ve taken part in many SUP expeditions, but you were recently
the first person to SUP circumnavigate Wales (solo and

unsupported), a 100km journey along canals, rivers and sea raising money for charity, collecting plastic along the way and inspiring
others to make a pledge against plastics and educational talks. How was that adventure for you?

It was an absolutely incredible experience, life changing in fact. The
paddling was superb and I loved every moment of it. The act of kindness from the public was fantastic, I never thought it would be that good. It
well and truly exceeded my expectations and I am delighted how much
of an impact I had with the communities I encountered to inspire them to make pledges against single use plastics.

Your SUP & Hike adventures look epic, can you tell us more about
them… 

We are pretty lucky to operate in Snowdonia, we have such wonderful
landscape and what a wonderful way to explore the wildness of
Snowdonia by hiking with an inflatable paddleboard rolled up in a
backpack and get away from it all to find a remote lake.

Can we hear more about your SUP safaris…

The SUP Safaris are a wonderful way to explore the rugged coastline of Anglesey, an opportunity to learn about the interesting history of Wales and the fascinating Welsh folklore. We have been fortunate to see
wonderful bird life and marine life too.

The Night SUP’s that you do in Snowdonia look amazing, share with
us about this experience…

It is an incredible magical experience. I am stoked that The Guardian
listed Psyched Paddleboarding as one of the top 12 best things to do at
night. We have been fortunate to see 25 shooting stars whilst floating on
the water.

At Psyched Paddleboarding, people can take part in your SUP Clinic
through which they have the chance to learn an intro to downwind,

SUP safety, SUP incident management, navigation and tidal planning and SUP expedition training… what amazing training experiences
you have on offer… !

Thank you, we pride ourselves on being experts and I am a regular
contributor for SUP International Magazine sharing my expert
knowledge. 

You run a lot of pretty rad trips at Psyched Paddleboarding, but the
ones that excited us the most were the 3 Lakes Challenge and SUP theWest coast… what else about these trips can you share with us…

Both trips are different, one is a challenge encountering 3 of the best
lakes in the UK and the West Coast is a chance to really explore the
remote wildness beauty of Scotland.

Have you got any other expeditions coming up?

Possibly, watch this space.

Photo Credit: Two For Joy Photography