Red Paddle Co 15’0″ Voyager Tandem – Customer Review

Red Paddle Co 15’0″ Voyager Tandem – Customer Review

We recently lent our Red Paddle Co 15’0 Voyager Tandem demo board to Tom so he could put it through it’s paces and get his opinion on it, here is what he had to say:

A couple of weeks ago I spoke to Liam to get some ideas for a SUP overnighter that I could take my kids on. My kids are 8 and nearly 4 years so I was looking for a suitable stretch of water that was neither too extreme nor remote and with relatively short distances, not only did he come up with a great location but also very kindly suggested I try the Red Paddle Tandem. He also warned me that it was “a beast”!! Well, it is a beast but in a very good way! It is a really solid and stable board that it made the trip easy and a real pleasure. I put a kayak seat on the front for my youngest to sit/chill/fall asleep in, and packed it to the hilt with all of our kit – and I didn’t pack light! It has so much volume (over 700 litres) and with it being 8 inches thick it’s a very dry ride for passengers and kit. My daughter spent most of her time on her own sup – a Red Paddle Snapper, but also joined us on the Tandem. They could move about and swap places without any fear of capsize due to its stability. Incidentally, if your kids are really keen to get into paddle boarding it’s worth getting either a child specific or simply a narrow board (23”-27”) so they develop the proper paddling technique, the high resale price of the Red boards makes them good value compared to other brands.

The Red Paddle Tandem is also quick once you get it up to speed. I mostly paddled it solo but tried it with two adults and it really shifts. It’s capable of, and has more than enough space to take three adults! So, it’s great for touring and trips. Anchored off the beach it would make an awesome base for your kids and their friends to play on! It’s stability means it’s also a great tool for introducing people to paddle boarding. Add in the fact that it’s easy to paddle on your own makes it really is a very versatile board, and at the end of the season you can deflate it and store in the garage! It’s also light enough for one person to carry, and multiple handles makes it easy to transport even when loaded. Throwing it on the roof of the van is easy, and it’s more than stiff enough to leave it on there for a decent journey.

I’ve used another in the Voyager range, the 13’2, for a two day trip down the Wye. Again it has the same very solid feel to it due to the 6 inch thickness, the Red Paddle MSL technology and the stiffening battens. It’s another board you can fully load up and it makes little difference to it’s performance. So to sum up, the Tandem is not a gimmick, it works on many levels. Talk to the crew at AS, you can try all the boards and you’ll get the right advice and customer service.

Red Paddle Co 15' Voyager Tandem Package

We’d like to say a big thank you to Tom for the write-up and stunning pictures! If you would like to try the Tandem paddleboard for yourself,  we have one in the shop that can be taken out on the canal for just £20 for 2 hours!  Want to adventure further afield? Contact us and we can arrange a longer demo.

We love having the Tandem on the fleet, it goes out on most of our paddleboard and pub social evenings! It’s great fun and a perfect platform for all sorts of adventures.

Red Paddle Co 15′ Voyager Tandem Paddleboard – The Specs

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Vitamin Sea film night and Q & A with Cal Major  – 15th August

Vitamin Sea film night and Q & A with Cal Major – 15th August

Cal’s world record stand up paddleboarding expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats, the whole length of the UK, in 2018.

Vitamin Sea documents Cal’s world record stand up paddleboarding expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats, the whole length of the UK, in 2018. The film focuses on community action around plastic pollution, the need to reconnect to nature in order to drive a desire to protect it, and the importance of time in nature for mental health.

Join us at AS Watersports for the film screening and Q&A.

Don’t forget there are some exciting raffle prizes up for grabs with proceeds helping to fund the setting up of The Vitamin Sea Project charity!

You can purchase raffle tickets at the event £5 per ticket – cash only

The raffle will be drawn at the end of the film tour – watch out for the announcement on Facebook!

Purchase your tickets here: www.eventbrite.co.uk

Kayaking the Great Glen

Kayaking the Great Glen

Having talked about going on a multiday adventure, the Great Glen seemed like a good choice. It’s long enough to be a challenge, feels pretty remote but in reality is not and the scenery is fantastic. The next decision was ‘when’. Planning our trip for the end of April / beginning of May was a bit of a gamble with the weather but decided we’d rather be cold than covered in midges.

We started at the top of Neptune’s staircase, near Fort William, with glorious sun and 20 degrees. We were all wondering if we were going to regret the choice to wear drysuits but were certainly glad of our decision later in the week when the weather changed to 5 degrees and hail.
We completed the trip in 4 days with 3 nights of wild camping. Our first night we camped on a beach on the northern shore of Loch Lochy. There is a designated wild camping spot a little further along the loch but it was a bit too far for us to make on our first day. The next two nights were spent on Loch Ness, the first was a small patch of woodland near Fort Augustus, and the second was a picnic spot with views across the loch to Urquhart Castle. We managed to find suitable sites to pitch our tents but taking a hammock would have given a lot more opportunities for some great camping spots as there are plenty of trees along the shores.

Some of the most useful kit we were glad to have with us were:

  1. Tarp: This came in really handy on the evenings it rained
  2. Water carriers: We had some flexible plastic water carriers which we filled up at water points along the canals. To get access to water points and toilets you can borrow a key from the canal offices for £10 per person.
  3. Big IKEA bags: These were really useful to have available in the boat to gather up kit and carry to your camp spot if it’s a little way from the shore

We wished we’d had:

  1. More and smaller dry bags: Having a few more options to separate wet and dry items would have been good. We also found some of our larger dry bags were difficult to get through the hatches in the sea kayaks
  2. Spare shoes: We actually had a lot more space in the sea kayaks than we had anticipated, and all agreed that if we had known this, we’d have packed a change of shoes for the evenings.

AS kindly lent us some their Werner Shuna demo paddles, thank you! The Werner Shunas are great paddles; lightweight, comfortable and glide through the water beautifully. We particularly liked how they are splits and the feather can be set at different angles to suit. They also come in some great colours!

Jo & Noah

 

Werner Shuna Touring Paddles

Paddleboard & Pub 2019

Paddleboard & Pub 2019

We are going paddleboarding, and you are invited!

Social SUP paddle on the Exeter Canal

It’s going to be a bit of a social and a jolly, come down on your own or bring some friends. Once we have our balance we will gently cruise about, play on the water and maybe visit one of the great waterside pubs. We will throw out some tips and make sure people are comfortable but this is not a teaching session. If you have your own board – no booking needed and it’s free to come! If you need to hire a board it’s £20 and booking is essential

The LocationPaddleboard Hire

What’s The Plan?

Be at the shop 6.30pm ready to go. It’s going to be a bit of a social and a jolly on the Exeter Canal. Come down on your own or bring some friends. Once we have our balance we will gently cruise about, play on the water and maybe visit one of the great waterside pubs. We will aim to be back at the shop around 8.45pm (ish) We have a couple of fitting rooms at the shop and secure place to leave bags. If you have your own board – no booking needed and it’s free to come! If you need to hire a board it’s £20 and booking is essential – see below.

Whose it for?

For those that want to experience paddle boarding, have a fun evening and meet some other paddle boarders. This session is for over 18s only (Sorry). We will throw out some tips and make sure people are comfortable but this is not a teaching session – if you feel like you need some tuition before you join something like this then book onto one of our Paddleboard taster sessions

How to Book and what do you provide?

Book a board by calling us on 01392 219600, full payment is required to reserve a board. We supply a Red Paddle Ride 10’6 or 10’8 paddleboard, paddle, leash and buoyancy aid .(the buoyancy aid must be worn at all times while using our equipment). We recommend wearing quick-drying sports clothing and bringing a change of clothes. There is no need to go in the water, but there is always a chance you may fall in. If you have your own board there is no need to book – just turn up and be ready to get on the water at 6.30pm.   Liam, one of our instructors will be there to hand out some boards, tips and to answer questions.

Please call the shop on 01392 219600 to book a board!

Upcoming Dates

Be at the shop, ready to go at 6.30pm. We will aim to be back at the shop around 8.45pm

Friday 2nd August – 6.30pm

Wednesday 7th August – 6.30pm

Wednesday 21st August – 6.30pm

Sunday 25th August – 5pm

Friday 30th August – 6.30pm

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Where We Are

AS Watersports, 1 Terracina Court, Haven Road, Exeter, EX2 8DP

Red Paddle Co Demo Boards

We have a huge range of Red Paddle Co Demo boards available if you would like to try a specific model. Please leave a comment when booking. We cannot guarantee it will be available to use, we will contact you asap if there are any issues.

Red Paddle Demo Day 2019

Red Paddle Demo Day 2019

Red Paddle Co Demo Day

Saturday 25th May 2019 10am – 4pm

AS Watersports, Exeter, EX2 8DP

The BoardsThe Shop

Join AS Watersports and Red Paddle Co for a day trying out the world’s most popular inflatable paddleboards!

What’s on?

  • Red Paddle Co Demo fleet – Come and try their range of inflatable paddleboards out on the water.
  • Already have a board? Have a go on something different! All-round, Touring, Race, Surf, Multiperson – there will be something new for you to try.
  • Free 30 minute taster sessions – want a bit of instruction to find your feet? Book onto one of our free taster sessions below.
  • Red Paddle Co staff will be here with expert advice to help you choose the perfect board.
  • Games & Challenges to win great prizes throughout the day.
  • Plenty of packages in stock for those who want to take away a board on the day!
  • Dewerstone will be here with their latest range of clothing and sunglasses.
  • The shop will be open as usual for kayak & canoe hire, and fully stocked with everything else you might need.

Free Red Paddle Co Taster Sessions

As a Demo Day special, we are offering four 30 minute taster sessions for absolutely free!

Aimed at those who have never been on a paddleboard before and perhaps a little nervous or doubtful about the sport. Our qualified instructor will take you out in small groups of 6, with the aim of getting you standing up and paddling the board with some top tips from along the way.

Looking to get into paddleboarding as a family? Book you and the kids onto one of our child – friendly sessions. Available for over 8’s and must be accompanied by someone 18 or over.

Book online now through the link below.

Red Paddle Co Paddleboard Demos

We will have all of the paddleboards below inflated and ready to try out on the water. Give them all a go and see which is your favourite!

Want to try a board not listed? Contact us and we will see if we can arrange it.

Race

  • 12’6″ X 26″ Elite
  • 14’0″ X 25″ Elite

Yoga

  • 10’8 Activ

Surf

Windsurf

  • 10’7″ Windsurf (No sail)

What you need to know

  • 25/05/19 10am – 4pm at AS Watersports, EX2 8DP
  • Paddleboard Demos available from 10am – 4pm – sign up on the day.
  • Nearest public car park is Haven Banks Car Park just past the shop.
  • Wear lightweight clothes or a wetsuit if you want to demo, bring a change of clothes for after.
  • Under 18’s need to be accompanied on the water by an adult. Children must be over the age of 8 to go on the water.
  • You must be able to swim 25m
  • Buoyancy aids are required and will be provided.
  • Dogs welcome, however you are fully responsible for their safety on the water. We have dog lifejackets for sale in the shop.

Hosted By:

AS Watersports

1 Terracina Court

Haven Road

Exeter

Devon

EX2 8DP

01392 21900

[email protected]