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UK’S SPECIALISTS IN SUP EXPERIENCES

Psyched Paddleboarding was founded by Sian Sykes, a highly qualified outdoor professional with a wealth of experience and bursting with passion for stand up paddleboarding. We are pleased that we are UK’s stand up paddleboarding specialists providing truly special SUP experiences.

We love nothing more to inspire others and to offer a high quality and truly memorable stand up paddleboarding (SUP) adventure either by hiking to a tranquil wilderness lake in Snowdonia or exploring the rugged Anglesey coastline. North Wales provides a perfect place for SUP adventures!

Psyched Paddleboarding provides, Beginners SUP lessons to introduce people to the sport, guided SUP Safari's, SUP Micro Adventures, SUP Challenges and SUP advance training in down winding and SUP Safety & Awareness courses. We also offer exciting holidays such as SUP retreats in Snowdonia and Anglesey North Wales, West Coast of Scotland and further afield. Join Sian and the team for advance training session to give you the confidence and skills to fully prepare you for your own SUP adventures. 

Sian and Psyched Paddleboarding has been featured on BBC,  ITV, ITV Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Wales, Telegraph, Sky News, The Times, The Independent, i Newspaper, HuffPost, Countryfile, Visit Wales, Blue Peter, ITV Coast & Country, Porsche, Blacks Outdoors, Coast Magazine, Welsh Coastal Magazine, SUP International, SUP Boarder Magazine, SUP Connect, Limitless Pursuits, Daily Post and Wales Online and several blogs.

 
 
 

 

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WHY CHOOSE PSYCHED PADDLEBOARDING?

  • We are proud to be UK’s SUP specialist company providing truly unique SUP experiences.

  • Sian and the team from Psyched Paddleboarding are well and truly PSYCHED for SUP! They are incredibly passionate about stand up paddleboarding, helping to inspire so many people into the love of SUP.

  • Based in a perfect location of North Wales, it allows Sian and the team the flexibility to deliver courses which are uniquely tailored to the needs of our guests and to the weather conditions. We can either choose to run stand up paddle boarding sessions on Anglesey or in Snowdonia. North Wales is an ideal location for SUP.

  • Sian and the team are highly qualified, professional, friendly and are incredibly experienced, so you are in good hands.

  • Sian is a professional team paddler for with Starboard, Aquapac and Peak UK

  • All kit & equipment is at the highest quality. We strive to have the best to ensure you have a comfortable and positive experience on the water with us. We are delighted to be partners with Starboard UK, Aquapac and Peak UK as we love their kit! We also provide Ripcurl changing robe (towels) and changing mats to allow our guests to have a much easier and comfortable experience.

  • All kit and equipment is well maintained. All wetsuits, jackets and robes will be dry for the next day. So no more putting on soggy wetsuits!

  • We have the flexibility to delivery courses pretty much everywhere in North Wales.

  • We love to have time after sessions to enjoy a panad (welsh for a cup of tea) and biscuits with our customers.

  • We run a ratio of a maximum of 1:8 when stand up paddle boarding, it gives a unique and special touch, it allows for more time with you, making your experience richer, more rewarding and memorable.

  • We care about our environment, we donate money to our selected charities Surfers Against Sewage and The North Wales Wildlife Trust.

  • Psyched Paddleboarding are single use plastic free and asks all their customers to bring a reusable drinks bottle instead of single use plastic. Sian is especially keen to ask people to make a pledge against single use plastic such as swapping to reusable coffee cups, bamboo tooth brushes, shampoo bars. If we all made a difference to our daily life it would make a huge difference.

  • We encourage, educate and inspire our guests about the environment and ask our guests to pick up any found litter on our SUP travels.

  • We take photographs during the activity, and share them on social media for you to enjoy and treasure your memories with friends and family.

  • Sian and the team wants to help you through your SUP journey, from introducing you to SUP, helping you to select a SUP, advance skills training and joining them on a exciting SUP holidays and trips.

  • Our local knowledge combined with a wealth experience and being highly qualified, ensures you have a magical day with Sian and the team at Psyched Paddleboarding.

  • Safety is always our number one priority and we prove that you can have fun, face challenges and can be safe throughout your SUP experience with us.

 

THE TEAM

Psyched Paddleboarding team are professional, friendly, who have a huge passion for paddling and highly qualified so you are in good hands.

 
Sian | Psyched Paddleboarding

SIAN

Sian Sykes is the founder of Psyched Paddleboarding.

Sian has travelled the world, building up vast experience of leading expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, India, China, Peru, Morocco and the Alps. Sian loves a SUP challenge! Sian has completed numerous record breaking challenges.

Her love for the outdoors is infectious, and she’s inspired people of all ages and from all walks of life to get out and SUP.   Sian is a global Ambassador for Starboard, team rider for Starboard UK, an official partner for Peak UK, and an ambassador for Water Skills Academy, and Aquapac. Sian has appeared in the media ranging from television programmes, live interviews, magazines and newspaper publications. Sian is a regular contributor to SUP International sharing her expert SUP knowledge.

GAV

Gav, Psyched Paddleboarding

Gav loves the great outdoors and is qualified as an instructor in many adventure activities. He is a keen kayaker and paddlesport coach. In 2014 he impressively rowed from Gran Canaria to Barbados across the Atlantic Ocean! Don’t worry he won’t make you SUP the Atlantic just yet!

MARK

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Mark has worked in outdoor education full time since 2006. This has included everything from overseas expeditions, to teaching groups how to climb, paddling on the water, diving underneath it, and teaching expedition skills.

MIKE

MIKE | PSYCHED PADDLEBOARDING

Mike has been paddling for over 10 years and is passionate about paddle sports. He has worked all around the UK and beyond and loves seeing people develop their paddling.

DAVE

Dave Brown, Psyched Paddleboarding

Dave is Psyched Paddleboardings Tech Advisor and instructor. He has over 30 years working in the outdoor industry with outstanding experience and knowledge in coaching and paddle sport. He has been the Coach to the GB Women’s Rafting Team who eventually went on to win Gold at the Worlds! 

RICHARD

RICHARD | Psyched Paddleboarding

Richard was born on Anglesey, knows the area incredibly well. Richard is passionate about paddle sport and when he is not guiding he is out on the water.

KATIE

KATIE | PSYCHED PADDLEBOARDING

Katie loves paddleboarding and enjoys taking her dog Ozzy for a SUP. She used to work at the national Watersports Centre in Cardiff before heading up to base herself in North Wales. 

JONNY

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Jonny spent time leading kayaking, coasteering and SUP trips in Pembrokeshire, as well as leading expeditions to Madagascar, Thailand, Cambodia, Norway, Chile and British Columbia. Jonny is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion for SUP with others.

CERI

Ceri | SUP YOGA | PSYCHED PADDLEBOARDING

After years working seasonally with Gifford Circus and living and working in abroad. Ceri wanted to unite her passion for all forms of dynamic movement arts and decided to set up Ebbing and Flowing yoga to bring the practices she discovered to the mat.

COLIN

Colin | Psyched Paddleboarding

Colin loves adventures and the great outdoors and enjoys coaching and inspiring others into paddlesports.

 

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ABOUT SYKESY SUP

Sian Sykes was born on the edge of Snowdonia and enjoyed growing up in beautiful North Wales. During her adult life, she used to work in Creative Media in London as a Project Director. However after working 15 years and working 18 hour days in the industry, she wanted a better balance in life, to reconnect with nature and to be closer to the sea and mountains. That's when she re changed her focus in life and moved back home, to do what she loves doing. Now she guides people stand up paddleboarding in beautiful places.

Since working in the city, Sian has travelled the world, building up vast experience of leading expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, India, China, Peru, Morocco and the Alps.

Sian loves a SUP challenge! Sian has completed a number of record breaking SUP challenges. She was part of the first team to cross England on a paddleboard, she was then the first person to ever SUP solo the 3 British lakes, Llyn Tegid, Windermere Lake and Loch Awe in 3 days, all unsupported. Sian was also the first person to circumnavigate Anglesey on a SUP which took her 5 days to complete the 120km journey. 

Sian’s recent achievement was a big expedition with a real purpose by highlighting the epidemic we face with disposable single use plastics. She was the first person to SUP circumnavigate Wales (solo and unsupported), a 100km journey along canals, rivers and sea. She raised money for charity, collecting plastic along the way, inspiring others to make a pledge against plastics and educational talks.

Sian enjoys linking her love for the water and mountains through SUP. Her love for the outdoors is infectious, and she’s inspired people of all ages and from all walks of life to get out and SUP.   

Sian is a Global Ambassador for Starboard, and team rider for Starboard UK, as well as an official partner for Peak UK and ambassador for Water Skills Academy and Aquapac.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Qualified WSA SUP Foundation

  • Qualified WSA SUP Adventure Guide

  • Qualified WSA SUP Coach Safety & Rescue

  • Qualified Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) instructor - Level 1 & 2

  • Qualified Water Safety Rescue Award Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI)

  • Qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)

  • Qualified Summer Mountain Leader (ML)

  • Qualified BC/UKCC Level 1 (paddlesport coach)

  • Qualified BC/UKCC 2 Star

  • Qualified BC/UKCC 3 Star Canoe

  • Qualified BC/UKCC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

  • BC/UKCC SUP Support Discipline Module

  • BC/UKCC Coastal and Tidal Planning

  • VHF Radio Licence

  • American Avalanche Association (AAA) Level 1

  • Single Pitch Award (SPA) Climbing Instructor

  • National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS)

  • Instructor Qualified Rescue Emergency Care (REC2) First Aid

  • Qualified Rescue Emergency Care Advanced (REC4) First Aid

  • Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Supervisor & Assessor

  • Volunteer Regional Rep for Surfers Against Sewage

  • Member of The Alpine Club

  • Member of The Mountain Training Association (MTA)

  • Member of The British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML)

  • Member of the BC/UKCC

Sian Sykes | Activist | SUP AGAINST SUP | Psyched Paddleboarding

ACTIVIST

“Let’s do our bit to help protect our beautiful beaches, oceans and wildlife. ”

Sian is an environmental activist, inspired by her family. She has a real passion for protecting the environment. She is a regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage and currently helping towards Anglesey getting its plastic free status, as well as organising communities to get involved with beach cleans.

Since falling in love with SUP, Sian has completed a number of stand up paddleboarding challenges, which she raised money for her preferred charities.

Her most recent trip was an expedition with a real aim, to stand up paddleboard (SUP)  all the way around Wales whilst fundraising money for Surfers Against Sewage, The North Wales Wildlife Trust and The RNLI. During the expedition Sian raised awareness about marine litter and the whole expedition was single use plastic free (SUP). So it was a SUP Against SUP expedition! Credit to Surfers Against Sewage for the name.

The expedition was roughly 1000km journey around Wales including inland canals, rivers and along the rugged coastline, tackling the 2nd fastest flow of water in the world, negotiating busy shipping channels and challenging exposed headlands with complex waters. During the expedition she wild camped along the way. 

The aim of the trip is to bridge the gap between inland and coast, to highlight there is a problem of marine litter. We live in such a beautiful place and we need to make a change to protect it. Sadly 8 million bits of plastic enters our seas every day. 80% of marine litter originates from land-based sources. Sadly 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals die every year from the affects of marine litter. This has to change. Sian's mission was to raise awareness, to inspire and educate others along the way to reduce single use plastic consumption.

Sian has done numerous talks and educational workshops to raise awareness and inspire. Get in touch with us if you wish Sian to do attend and event.

Check out Sian in this short film about marine litter, single use plastics and what you can do to make a difference.

 

 

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PARTNERSHIPS

STARBOARD

Psyched Paddleboarding are delighted with their partnership with Starboard UK, the industry leaders in stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

Sian is passionate about inspiring people to SUP, Sian strives on high quality and importantly she cares deeply about the environment and Starboard mirrors the same ethos. The brand are conscious about how they can decrease their negative impact on the environment by looking at new ways to manufacture the boards. For example, the paddles are made from recycled material, the bags are made from recycled fishing nets. Also with every board bought, Starboard plants a tree. It is great to see a brand being proactive and leading the way in innovation.

AQUAPAC

Sian is a brand ambassador for Aquapac and we love them so much, we have collaborated with them as they provide what we describe the best waterproof dry bags, mobile phone cases on the market. We have well and truly tested the gear and we are pleased with the durability, flexibility and its waterproof. We recommend our guests to buy any waterproof kit from these guys who are based in the UK.  They are professional, friendly and provide honest advice. 

PEAK UK

Sian is a brand ambassador and official partner for Peak UK. For almost 27 years they have been manufacturing world-leading paddling clothing and equipment. Based in the heart of Derbyshire, UK, they produce paddling kit for kayakers, canoeists, and stand up paddleboarders. We have partnered with Peak UK to allow our guests to have high quality kit and to feel comfortable in what they wear when they are out paddleboarding with us. 

JOE BROWN

We have collaborated with Joe Brown, a fantastic outdoor equipment shop in the heart of beautiful Snowdonia. We at Psyched Paddleboarding use them a lot. All our lovely customers are entitled to a 15% discount in the shop when you book with us. Perfect for picking up supplies before you join an activity with us. They are professional, friendly and provide honest advice. Just pop in and say hello and look at some of the outdoor kit. 

 

 

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WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT

Psyched Paddleboarding are passionate about the environment, marine, bird and wildlife. We want to help to protect our beautiful oceans and land. We want to help to inspire and educate. We believe strongly supporting the great work by Surfers Against Sewage & The North Wales Wildlife Trust. 

WILDLIFE TRUST

Sian’s Nain (grandmother in Welsh) was incredibly passionate about wildlife and spent many years studying and taking photographs of flora and fauna. She was actively involved with wildlife charity work and spent time raising money for the North Wales Wildlife Trust. To continue her Nain’s legacy, Sian donates a percentage of profit raised from activities to the North Wales Wildlife Trust. We also run joint adventures together such as SUP Micro Adventures and Porpoise and Paddle.

SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE

We are proud to be supporting Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. Psyched Paddleboarding are passionate about the environment, by being a part of Surfers Against Sewage, we a are demonstrating good corporate responsibility, generating goodwill amongst our guests and engendering a sense of pride in our company and the community we serve. Every time we are out stand up paddleboarding (SUP) we enforce and educate No Trace and encourage our guests to pick up any found litter where we paddleboard.

Sian is also a Regional Rep for Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) on Anglesey. Last year the SAS Beach Clean Series saw over 3,500 volunteers who helped to remove 10 tonnes of rubbish from 160 beautiful beaches around the U.K. The marine litter crisis is one the most significant threat to our oceans today. It is an environmental problem on a global scale and adversely impacts wildlife, the economy and human health. In the last 12 months Surfers Against Sewage volunteers have collected over 20,000 single-use drinks containers at SAS beach cleaning events. Let's do our bit to help protect our beaches, oceans and wildlife. 

Psyched Paddleboarding run fantastic Company Away Days/ Team Building Days with a Mini Beach Clean educating people about Surfers Against Sewage and marine litter, followed by a SUP safari and plastic free BBQ picnic. Just get in touch for further information.




 
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