Hi We’re Meaghan and Neal – aka SUP Chick and SUP Bloke! We’re from Australia & New Zealand, respectively and recently moved to North Western Australia. As with all new places one of the best ways to get to know this beautiful part of the country is to go exploring and what better way that by SUP!
G’day, I’m Meaghan!! A.K.A. SUP Chick
I can clearly remember the first time I saw someone Stand Up Paddleboarding. We were having a seafood party with some friends near the Wharf at Mooloolabah on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. I looked up and saw a bloke in amongst the yachts standing on what appeared to be a long (surf) board. The guy was propelling himself about with a long handled paddle. I though ‘what on earth is this dude up to?’ Fast forward a couple of years and I had the chance to try it out for myself in Mechanics Bay when we lived in Auckland, New Zealand. And I was hooked!!
It wasn’t until a couple of years after that when we had moved back to Australia that I finally got around to purchasing my own board. A rigid Drift Purple Frangipani 10’6″. It was perfect for where we were at the time as we lived in a beach house with really high ceilings. I could just pop the board out the back window of my jeep and drive down the hill to the beach (a steep 10 minute walk away). Sounds lazy but in my defense the board was crazy heavy and being in the tropics it was either hot or stinking hot!!!
When we moved to Scotland it seemed a bit unrealistic to take my bulky board with me. I could either wait until we’d settled and get it sent over or buy a new one locally. As the accommodation in the UK is a good bit smaller than what we are used to getting an iSUP or inflatable paddle board made perfect sense. Not only was it easy to store but it was also easier to transport.
Kia’ora I’m Neal!! A.K.A. SUP Bloke
My first and only SUP is my inflatable Blue Lagoon 10’6″ Fatstick. I had previously had a go on Meaghan’s board in Australia but never owned one until moving to Scotland. We would either take it in turns or I would accompany her on a kayak.
I am so glad to be able to explore Scotland and Europe by SUP although I am not a natural water baby I am really loving the tranquility of just floating along and contemplating life. Every chance we get we like to explore somewhere new. We’ve paddled all over Scotland from the Outer Hebrides to Orkney & Shetland and lots of places in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We’ve even taken our boards with us on holidays to Europe and hope to do more in the future with an extended road trip hopefully in a newer version of Harmony our retro camper we owned in Scotland.