Sunday, 30 April 2017

Paddle Boarding in Pembrokeshire

The Pembrokeshire Surf & Sup Centre is the longest running Surf & SUP school in Wales and is located right on the beach at Fresh Water West & at Stackpole quay, right next to Barafundle giving us the perfect location for Surfing & Stand up paddle boarding, either out on the sea or on the nearby rivers.

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We aim to offer something for everyone, from relaxed river cruises to extreme weekends away and everything in between!

ISA Qualified Instructors

The school is ISA Association recognised and all of our instructors are fully qualified and super passionate about the sport.

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What is stand up paddle boarding? (SUP): Stand Up Paddleboarding, abbreviated to SUP, is an exciting sport accessible to a wide range of people and a great way to keep fit, explore the rivers and surf the ocean.

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SUP uses a large, stable surf type board with plenty of width and volume. In a standing position a long single ended paddle is used to propel the board forwards.

Many surfers have converted because of the versatility of the new sport.

Great fun, easy & good for you: Not only is stand up paddle boarding very enjoyable but compared to surfing or kitesurfing it is relatively easy, offering as much thrill and adrenaline as you want it to – from relaxed river cruises to wave surfing.

The great news is stand up paddling doubles up to benefit as a ‘core’ body workout, improves balance and is brilliant for knee or ankle injury rehabilitation – way more fun than physio!!

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All equipment is provided: We use brand new 2017 StarboardRed.Co,  boards – wide, stable and comfortable for learning or river cruises with more agile boards for wave surfing. Fully adjustable paddles to fit all and even some carbon ones for maximum performance!

High quality, warm wetsuits & boots and gloves also provided to keep you warm during the colder months. For more information you can go to our website 

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Or if you would like to simply make a book you can follow the link below.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOMENS SURF & SUP WEEKENDS

In June, July & August 2017, we are running three adventure workshop weekends in Pembrokeshire & West Wales for females only. The course is aimed at both the complete novice and female surfers who want some education and advice on all aspects of the sport such as performance analysis and the development of specific manoeuvres (whilst most importantly having fun!). We would like to thank all the girls who took part in last years workshops and hope you all had as much fun taking part as we did running them. It was great to see so much mutual support and encouragement in this fast growing section of the sport.

Dates :

June 24th-25th,

July 15th-16th 

August 26th- 27th 

The women’s weekends are designed for all abilities including those who have never surfed before so you will be fine. The two days are split into 4 sessions The mornings will start at the beach at 10am and finish at around 12.15pm, then we break for lunch (you will need a packed lunch) and start again at 2pm-4pm.

The cost of the weekend is £175 per person which includes the following;

3 surfing sessions
1 Stand up paddle boarding adventure,
2 night’s accommodation (Fri & Sat) at the beautiful Stackpole Centre, Stackpole Estate, Bosherston,
A free hoodie & a goodie bag & all the equipment needed for the weekend will be provided by us.

The course is designed to introduce more females to surfing & Sup (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) and develop those who are more advanced, however it is also based around meet people & having a lot of fun and also having an informal weekend, so I hope you can join us.

We are running the surf sessions from either Manorbier or Freshwater West beach, depending on the size of the surf & the Sup Adventure from stack pole key, so we ask everyone to call us at around 9am (Tel:01646 680070) on the day of the course, so that we can confirm the venue.

I hope I have managed to explain what this weekend is all about but If you have any other questions at all please feel free to send me an email to us on: contact@outerreefsurfschool.com

Kind Regards,
Emma-Mary

If you would like to receive details of the 2017 womens weekend please contact us 01646 680070 or  email us contact@outerreefsurfschool.com

2 days (Saturday & Sunday, am & pm) Only £175 inc.. 2 nights accommodation, 3 surf sessions, 1 Stand up adventure on sunday afternoon, Free hoodie and goody bag... Book today!!. 


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The enjoyment and healthy benefits of learning how to surf & Stand up paddle boarding in Pembrokeshire in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond.

The enjoyment and healthy benefits of learning how to surf & Stand up paddle boarding in Pembrokeshire in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond.

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Many think surfing & Supping is a young persons sport which should only be attempted by youthful, athletic and nimble individuals. Some people even believe that just because they are in their 30’s, 40’s or later years in life, they will never be able to learn how to surf or stand up paddle board – quite simply because it’s just too late in life to learn such a skill. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, someone who is in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s etc. may not be as agile or flexible as someone who is half their age, but your age shouldn’t stop you from getting in the ocean and enjoying all of the wonderful benefits that surfing & stand up paddle boarding has to offer.

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As this article will discuss, learning how to surf & supping is a great decision to make – regardless of your age. It is never too late to learn how to surf & get out on the water on a sup. Surfing & stand up paddle boarding is a zero impact sport, meaning your body is not being subjected to any type of sudden, physical contact. So age (especially those who are in their 30’s & 40’s) should not be a barrier that prevents anyone from learning how to stand up paddle board or surf. Staying active helps keep you physically fit and exercise also encourages optimum brain functionality. As you get older in life, it becomes very important to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. Surfing gives you the opportunity to keep your body and mind healthy, while at the same time allowing you to participate in a fun, exhilarating and challenging sport.

Healthy benefits of learning how to surf in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond.

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There are many great health benefits – both physically and mentally, that can be gained by stand up paddle boarding or learning how to surf. You can gain the same healthy benefits surfing as you would going to the gym for an intense cardiovascular workout & you get to to Pembrokeshire's amazing coastline. The only difference is, with surfing you get to enjoy the beach and the great outdoors while experiencing the ultimate thrill of participating in an exciting sport.

Physical Benefits of Learning How To stand up paddle boarding & Surfing 

These board sport are not only fun to do, it’s also a great physical workout that can help keep your body fit and healthy. The 4 main areas where surfing can improve your physical health are:

1.Cardiovascular fitness. Cardiovascular or heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the UK. Regular exercise, coupled with a healthy diet has been scientifically proven to help reduce the risk of a person suffering or even dying from heart related problems. Whether you are paddling, duck diving (diving under breaking waves with your surfboard) or standing up riding on a wave, surfing is an activity that requires you to be constantly moving around. This ends up putting physical strain on your muscles and breathing organs. This also causes your heart rate to increase as it tries to supply enough oxygen and blood to working muscles in different parts of your body. A healthy cardiovascular system allows for easy breathing, increases your energy levels and gives you the ability to undertake any type of strenuous activities. Surfing is a very effective method for improving your overall cardiovascular health.


2. Shoulder and back strength. As you get older, it’s very important to take good care of your back and shoulder muscles. An adverse injury caused by a severe back or shoulder injury can drastically affect your quality of life. An injury such as this can prevent you from performing the most necessary of day to day tasks such as lifting objects and moving around. Severe back injury can also be excruciatingly painful to cope with. Surfing & supping requires the constant use of your arms as you paddle around the coast & up the amazing hidden waterways we have in pembrokeshire or when your catch waves. This means your arms are constantly moving in a rotating ‘freestyle swimming’ motion above your head. This is a great workout for your back, shoulder and chest muscles. This rotating motion of your arms also encourages the full use of the pivoting joints in your shoulder and spine. This increases the mobility of your upper torso and helps to prevent against joint stiffness (a problem that tends to creep in as the body ages and gets older).

3. Improved Flexibility. Stand up paddle boarding & Surfing requires you to constantly stretch and twist certain parts of your body. During an average surfing session, you will put your body into all types of unnatural positions as you perform manuevers and get tossed around by the power of the waves. These stretching and reaching body motions will actually help to keep your body flexible and improve your bodies overall mobility.

4. Leg and core strength. You probably don’t pay too much attention to your overall leg and core strength, but this physical attribute actually affects many different elements of your physical fitness and contributes drastically to your overall physical capabilities. It is the core function that allows you to balance yourself, stand upright and use your upper torso. Your leg and core strength also affects your ability to perform everyday tasks such as lifting objects, rising to your feet from a sitting or lying position and basically anything that has to do with moving your upper torso. Your leg and core strength supports your upper body which in turn affects your posture and the straightness of your spine. When standing up on your surfboard, after paddling onto a wave, surfing requires you to suddenly jump to your feet from a lying position on your stomach. This motion encourages the use of certain muscles in your back and legs as you try to balance yourself and keep from falling off your surfboard. In an average session of surfing, you will repeat this action of jumping to your feet many times and this repetition will help build a strong leg and core strength.

Mental and psychological Benefits of learning how to Stand up paddle boarding surf.


While having great, obvious physical benefits for your body and fitness levels, surfing is also very good for sustaining a healthy mental and physiological well-being. These positive mental and psychological benefits go mostly unnoticed and are very rarely talked about, however in reality they are just as important and beneficial to you as the many positive physical benefits. The impact of participating in a sport such as surfing can do great things for your mental state and this will help improve your life in general. Some really good mental and psychological benefits of surfing can include:

1. Improved concentration and coordination skills. Surfing requires a person to develop a certain level of coordination. Coordination is only developed and improved through concentration and practice. Learning how to surf or stand up paddle boarding, encourages the use of both these elements in order to improve and progress with your surfing & dipping abilities. Concentration and coordination are not only important skills needed for surfing, they are also extremely beneficial attributes that can help you excel in every aspect of your everyday life.

2. Exercise improves mental health. Surfing is a great way to exercise while having some fun and rejuvenating your mind. Regular exercise has been scientifically proven to release certain chemicals in your brain that influence your moods and emotions in a positive way. Mental health care experts actually recommend excercise as a great method to help people cope with mental and psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. By incorporating a few hours of surfing a week into your regular schedule, this will help you maintain a healthy mental state and a positive attitude towards life.

3. Stress Relief. Stand up paddle boarding & Surfing doesn’t necessarily have to be a strenuous activity at all. Surfing & paddle boarding, allows you the opportunity to push yourself to the limit – both physically and mentally, and it also allows you the opportunity to just relax, enjoy yourself and have some fun in the ocean. The amount of energy you want to exert in any one surfing session is totally up to you. You can relieve stress by trying to surf your brains out and catching every single wave that rolls through, or you can relieve stress by just sitting on your surfboard out amongst the breakers. In it’s essence, surfing is just you, your surfboard and the ocean. How you choose to surf is entirely up to you.

4. Self-gratification. Surfing is one of those sports that requires a lot of practice and determination when first starting out. There are going to be times during your initial learning phase where you might find yourself frustrated and not enjoying yourself as much as you thought you would. Learning how to surf does require a certain level of commitment and perseverance in order to progress. Some people simply give up and decide that surfing just isn’t for them. But for the people that really commit themselves to learning how to surf and are able to overcome the mental barrier that causes many others to give up, the rewards are truly remarkable. Not only will you reap the positive physical and mental benefits that surfing provides, you will also have proven to yourself that you can achieve certain goals that at one point, may have seemed unattainable. This important life lesson might not be something you were expecting to learn when first picking up a surfboard, but it is priceless lesson which will benefit your life on so many different levels.

As you can see, surfing offers a wide range of healthy physical and psychological benefits that can improve your overall health and well-being. These benefits will add value to your life, no matter how old you are. in fact, the older you get – the more important it is to be aware of your health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you do want to learn how to surf, here are some things you may want to consider. You don’t need to be a super fit person when first starting out. Over time you will increase your stamina and improve your physical capabilities. You don’t need to be a certain weight or height to begin surfing as surfboards come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Surfboards can even be custom made to specifically suit the shape of your body. And most importantly, there definitely isn’t an age limit or cut-off point that prevents anyone from learning one of the most enjoyable and fun sports ever invented. So if you’ve been considering learning how to surf, there really are no excuses for putting it off any longer.

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