For a while now I’ve been wanting to put together a resources page with information that you might find helpful. It’s a work in progress to bear with me as I up my blogging game and bring you more value. I aim to write a blog about each of the items below in the form of a ‘Road Test’ but for the moment if you click on the image or the description below it will link you to where you can find out more and where you can purchase these items if you so desire.

What boards do you use?

My first stand up paddle board was a fibreglass ‘Drift’ rigid board which I bought in Australia and really love. When I moved to Scotland it stayed behind in Australia for when I get back there one day. If you click on the hyperlink under the image you will be taken to the website I purchased it from where you can find out more information. They also do inflatables which might be worth checking out if you’d prefer an iSUP. The ‘Fatstick’ boards are from a British company and we purchased them in Scotland. SUP Bloke has the 10’6″ ‘Blue Lagoon’ and I have the 10′ ‘Pink Panther’. To date there are still some original design ‘Blue Lagoon’ boards left but the original ‘Pink Panther’ design pictured above is no longer listed. Both boards have new designs and the ‘Pink Panther’ has been made into a 10’6″ which I think will be a better option as the fin placement on the shorter board makes the rolling up of the board a little more difficult. Click on the hyperlink beneath the image to be taken to the ‘Fatstick’ website. They also have a selection of rigid or ‘hard’ boards. We are not getting any commission or kickbacks for either of these companies – we just want to share what we love!

What do you wear?

If it’s warm enough we usually just wear shorts and t-shirt, probably because that’s just how it’s done back home!! The water in Scotland is quite a bit cooler though and while we don’t plan to fall in, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. There is a few different opinions on what to wear out there. Some people find wetsuits too uncomfortable and restrictive. To each their own, I’d rather shorts and t-shirt but sometimes it’s just too cold! Both of the wetsuits are 3-5mm which we find is a good balance between flexibility and warmth. We also have the seal skins socks as an added layer on our feet as they are the only part that goes in the water when launching and landing.

The images above have links which take you to the Amazon store where you can find out more information regarding sizing and pricing. These are affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you make a purchase.

What Photography Equipment do you use?

Initially we used our iPhones for most of our photography which we had protected in waterproof cases and with a lanyard on them to prevent dropping into the water. We have since upgraded to GoPro Hero 8 and attach it to the paddle handle with a bike handlebar mount. We have also gotten a drone for that extra cool footage!

Go Pro Hero 8

Go Pro Paddle Handle mount

Mavic Mini Drone

The images above have links which take you to the Amazon store where you can find out more information regarding sizing and pricing. These are affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you make a purchase.

Any Other Handy Equipment?

SUP Bloke sourced a wee handy gadget for weighing our baggage. I would say it is a ‘must have’ when taking your board with you on a flight. With our SUP’s in them, the backpacks weigh around 12kg so we fill the rest of our weight allocation with clothing and general luggage. Having this scale ensures that we don’t go over our limit. We take it with us to re-weigh on the way home to account for extra things we may have purchased while away. If you’re heading to the north of Scotland in the summer months you may want to check out our other ‘must have’. Ask any Scot ‘What is the best Midge deterrent?’ and they will tell you ‘Skin So Soft’ – don’t hit the Highlands without it!

FREETOO Luggage Scale

Midge Repellant – ‘Skin So Soft’

The images above have links which take you to the Amazon store where you can find out more information regarding sizing and pricing. These are affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you make a purchase.

Stay tuned as we will be adding to this page with more useful information!