Below are this years 10 N1SCO ambassadors along with the list of partnered SUP retailers. The partnered retailers are geographically spred around the country to support their local riders and offer support to any paddlers that would like to discuss N1SCO and ways to get involved. If you see these paddlers in your local area or shop with the retailers and want to try N1SCO, just ask. Riders can tell you their honest experiences and through the retailers a demo on a Naish One can be made available.
I’ve always enjoyed surfing but found it difficult to keep that hobby going (given that I don’t live by the sea). When I found out that you could ride a board on any type of water and without waves, I was sold ! I tried it last summer on a lake and was hooked from that point on. Once back in London I joined a local club and have kept on paddling through the winter. I’m looking forward to these coming warmer months !
I would love to say it was someone inspirational like Laird Hamilton, but the truth is, I’m afraid it was Mike Bushell. Yes the little chap from BBC Breakfast who tries out lots of new crazy sports! I was watching it one morning and there he was trying Stand Up Paddleboarding. I’ve always been into surfing but being based in the Midlands it has always meant a long drive to the coast to indulge. Seeing SUP on the BBC, I knew it was something I had to try. That was about four years ago and I was immediately hooked and haven’t looked back.
It was actually a first date on a N1SCO. I was up for giving SUP a try so agreed thinking it would be a little paddle for my first attempt. However, 16k later I decided I quite liked paddling. Luckily I didn’t fall in the canal !!
I love being on the water I find it so relaxing and also a great workout. I also windsurf and one day when there was no wind, I spotted some paddleboarders out and I thought that looks fun. So I took one of my old windsurf boards and a cheap paddle hit the water and ever since that moment I have been hooked.
Working in the water sports industry, SUP was a new exciting activity we were offering and as soon as I got on a board I loved it….. Many years later I’m still loving it!! It’s so accessible and with the right training can get you standing up and enjoying it in no time.
It seems like I’ve always been a paddler. I started kayaking at school in Wales and went on to travel and meet some awesome friends in the sport. I married a paddler and when we moved to Weymouth it seemed a natural progression to get into SUP boarding and I’ve loved it ever since.
I heard the Aussie golf team had all got paddle boards to help with their core strength and I was curious. Soon after the local kite surfing instructor had just bought some paddle boards, he asked me if I wanted to come on a river paddle with him (which I did and I loved). I kept coming back.
I first tried SUP through my local windsurfing club. They have an old windSUP, and I paddled one out in the waves on a windless day. Instant fun! Since then I’ve really enjoyed SUP surf and touring. I used to love long-distance running, but my knees can’t take the pounding and SUP fills that gap.