Watch out for me tis Sunday on BBC One Countryfile Anglesey special with Matt Baker.
Watch out for me tis Sunday on BBC One Countryfile Anglesey special with Matt Baker.
I was delighted to be featured by Dead Pixel Films in their latest documentary. 'Plastic Tide' focuses on how beautiful Wales is, and what we need to do to protect its marine, bird and wildlife. Lets hope it inspires others to make a positive change to reduce their consumption of single use plastics and help with beach cleans. #PlasticFreeCoastlines
Well you heard it here first, my exciting record breaking attempt to SUP Around Wales was announced on the Wynne Evans show on BBC Radio Wales! It was great to catch up with Wynne again, he was pleased he didn't have to interview me from a paddleboard this time.
Check out the interview here
Paddleboarding in Snowdonia is one thing; night-time paddleboarding in Snowdonia is quite another. Kirsty Major is won over by paddleboarding with Sian from Psyched Paddleboarding. Check out the full article here
It's that wonderful time of year, snow all around and crisp cold air. It shouldn't put us of from jumping on our boards and heading off on a winter SUP adventure. You just need to make tweaks to your paddling kit so you are fully prepared to brace the elements of wonderful winter paddle boarding.
I've recently got back from a Scottish trip and we paddled in hail and snow, true typical Scottish winter conditions and I loved it! This is what I wore to keep me toasty and dry:
- Base Layers
Thermal top, I wore Peak UK
Thermal bottoms, I wore Peak UK
- Mid Layer
- Outer Layer
Sealskinz socks (Kept my feet toasty and dry)
Paddling trainers, I wore sportiva trainers as they were the biggest trainers I had to cope with the extra layers on my feet. Anything too tight closes the circulation and thats when you get cold.
Mittens, I wore super warm Buffalo Mitts
Baseball hat, perfect in the rain, hail
It’s plastic where it shouldn’t be. It’s in the sea and on the beach and it’s causing harm. We’re using more plastic than ever, it’s durable, cheap to produce and we’re consuming it at staggering rates. Current estimates show that at last 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day.
Convenient at the time, throwaway plastics are used for a matter of minutes, but last a lifetime in the marine environment, causing death and destruction to all that resides there. With parts of the ocean now holding more plastic than plankton, our entire ecosystem is under threat. Losing food, recreation and the oxygen giving qualities of the ocean will impact every single one of us.
Boycott throwaway plastics. Making simple changes to the way you live not only improves our environment but can also save you money!
Each year our coastal communities brace themselves against the winter conditions that create a ‘Perfect Storm’ of plastic pollution on our beaches. The Autumn Beach Clean extends deep into this darker, colder time than any other beach clean project. When, in the absence of summer’s tourist spotlight, the health of our coastlines can slip from the nation’s mind.
Along with over 300 other Beach Clean Leaders, I have joined Surfers Against Sewage and their partners; The Crown Estate, Greggs, Parley For The Oceans and Ecover to unite, inspire and empower my community to take action to help create Plastic Free Coastlines.
I am running Beach Clean at Abermenai Point to tackle the problem on the beach on the 28th October.
Abermenai is the mouth that feeds the Menai Strait and we should be protecting this magical environment. The amount of cotton bud waste, nurdles, fishing nets and broken down plastics we find is shocking.
It would be great if you could join and help with a beach clean on Anglesey, to help keep our fantastic marine life happy and to keep our island looking beautiful and loved.
If you can either join the Paddle and Pick or you are more than welcome to to come on foot with assistance from Natural Resource Wales who will transport you from Newborough beach to Abermenai Point.
Please get in touch if you can help.
Do something different with your team, get them outside and invigorated by doing a beach clean supporting Surfers Against Sewage and paddleboarding with me. Stand up paddleboarding is such a fun social sport and a perfect opportunity to get everyone re connecting with nature and enjoy being on the water.
Our corporate events are a big hit as it creates an increase in positivity, improves everyones wellbeing and keeps your team as one happy family, plus it is a good laugh too. Why not join for a mini beach clean, paddle boarding safari followed by a non single use plastic picnic or BBQ.
Spread the word and do something positive and a little different with your team this year.
Book the SUP experience https://www.psychedpaddleboarding.com/corporate-events/
I hope you can help to spread the word and make changes in your life to help with plastic free coastlines. If you are out for a walk, swim, paddle, please do a mini beach clean. Lets do our bit.
Sian & Ruby the pooch x
"Paddling gracefully and silently along the iconic Menai Straits or around the majestic craggy coastline of the legendary Ynys Llanddwyn can seem like something out of a nature documentary. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia, nature and wildlife blossoms here.
This picturesque idea of paddling around the rugged and stunning coastline whilst the local marine life go about their business undisturbed by our presence can seem idyllic. Realistically, this is not always the case and marine mammals and other wildlife can be disturbed. Contrary to belief, although paddle boards don’t have an engine, they can cause just as much disturbance to marine mammals as a motorised vessel.
While some inquisitive grey seals and dolphins will, on occasions, get up close and personal to your paddle board, we believe that this should always be on their terms, in order to keep disturbance to the minimal. Our seas and coastline is abundant with sea creatures of all kind and we want to keep it that way. Sticking the balance between recreation and wildlife is important to us, enabling everyone to enjoy their paddle boarding experience, without having a negative impact on our lovely marine friends.
The Anglesey marine code of conduct is in place to do just that. The aim of the code is not to prevent these activities, or encounters with marine animals, but to ensure that they are undertaken with the marine environment in mind.
It applies to all recreational vessels including paddle boards. We ask you to always comply with requests from the local patrol boats and be aware of speed restrictions around bathing beaches and wildlife sites. In general keep a good look out and keep your distance. Do not approach marine mammals, let them come to you. Please paddle with care and attention for the safety of occupants and respect for all other sea users.
If dolphins, porpoises or seals are encountered at sea please:
· Slow down gradually to minimum speed.
· Do not make sudden changes in speed or course.
· Do not steer directly towards them or approach within 100m.
· Do not attempt to touch, feed or swim with them.
· Take extra care to avoid disturbing animals with young.
· Do not approach seals resting on the shore, and do not enter sea caves during the pupping season (1st August to 31st October).
· Do not discard litter or fishing tackle at sea.
· Avoid any unnecessary noise near the animals.
With birds in mind, please:
· Keep out from cliffs in the breeding season, 1st March – 31st July.
· Avoid any unnecessary noise close to cliffs.
· Keep clear of groups of birds resting or feeding on the sea.
Note that Anglesey Harbourmasters and Launch Control Officers are authorised to withdraw launching and/or mooring permits from vessels and individuals not observing local regulations, byelaws or the Anglesey Marine Code. Deliberate or reckless disturbance of any protected species (such as dolphins) is a criminal offence."
Swyddog Prosiect Ecosystemau Morol
Marine Ecosystems Project Officer
Breaks my heart seeing marine litter every time I am on the beach. Do your bit, avoid single use plastics and pick up litter you find whether you are paddleboarding, walking, swimming, kayaking, surfing or what ever you doing whilst enjoying the beach and ocean... let's do this! #plasticfreecoastlines
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Tasked with planning a social gathering for a birthday party, hen or stag bash? Join us paddleboarding, a perfect experience in North Wales.
We offer a range of activities such as Intro to SUP, SUP safari and can offer a picnic or BBQ too.
Visit www.psychedpaddleboarding.com for further details.
I care deeply about the environment and what I can do personally and on a business level to help do my bit. I have found #guppyfriend to stop micro waste going into our waters. So all the Psyched Paddleboarding changing robes and rashes will be lovingly washed in the washing bag by GuppyFriend Surfers Against Sewage Patagonia #plasticfreecoastlines
Buy from https://www.filippa-k.com/se/woman/garment-care/guppy-friend-washing-bag
So we had an amazing day on the Porpoise & Paddle event in collaboration with the North Wales Wildlife Trust. We spotted lots of porpoise on the North coast of #Anglesey. It was wonderful to see them dancing in the water whilst having a panad. After porpoise spotting we headed to the beach and enjoyed a healthy and single use plastic free picnic, followed by paddleboarding in the sea. Then we ended the session with a beach clean and helping to raise awareness about marine litter. Thank you to everyone who came, you were super stars! And a big thank you to Dawn from the North Wales Wildlife Trust for providing a great insight to porpoise and for arranging them to come and see us. 🐬🏄🏻♀️🏄🏽🏝
It's all about the little touches, stopping off for a panad (cup of tea) and cake, a well deserved treat whilst paddleboarding in beautiful North Wales.
Psyched Paddleboarding is run by me, Sian Sykes, a fully qualified outdoor instructor based in Anglesey and Snowdonia, in North Wales. I was the first person to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) around Anglesey!
I love nothing more to inspire others to go out paddleboarding and to offer a high quality and truly memorable stand up paddleboarding (SUP) experience.
"To give people that whole happiness – I love seeing them sparkle and shine. I want them to enjoy what North Wales has to offer"
Sian Sykes, Psyched Paddleboarding
Check out my recent feature in The Telegraph about stand up paddleboarding, beautiful North Wales and why I love it so much. Enjoy the beautiful video.
#SUP #paddleboarding #wales #adventure #Snowdonia #Anglesey
So this just happened... I've just taught Wynne Evans to paddleboard from Radio Wales! Find out how he got on tomorrow on his show on Radio Wales.
Stoked to see my night time paddleboarding experience featured by Wales Online,
Reasons why I love night paddleboarding;
I love the silence, the stillness and calm at dusk. The night shift begins, bats fly and owls begin to hoot. Watching the last splashes of colour fade. Stars, one by one, begin to fill up your sky and bright white moon rises to guide you on the water as it's shiny white reflections ripple across the water.
What an awesome day in paradise on Anglesey. I had the absolute pleasure of introducing Robson Green to SUP! He came up to film me for the fantastic new Robson Green's Coastal Lives series on ITV.
Watch out for me on the 19th Sept to see how Robson got on with paddleboarding at Llanddwyn, one of my favourite locations to SUP.
A fantastic day with the film crew from Telegraph Media and Eastwood Media filming me for Visit Wales & Telegraph. It was great they came along to capture the wonderful SUP experiences I offer.
It has been totally amazing, awesome customers, superb film crew and amazing team to ensure today has been a great success. Thanks everyone, I cannot wait to see the film!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my job!
- A 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994
- 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day!
- A Plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach
- 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the sea every day.
- 95% of fulmars in the North Sea have ingested plastic
- 37.4 percent of marine litter comes directly from the public
- Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion of and entanglement in marine litter
- On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean
- More than 320 Sewage Related Debris items are found per mile of beach in the UK; these items include wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, and sanitary items
At Psyched Paddleboarding we Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) in beautiful places. Set up by Sian Sykes, a fully qualified outdoor instructor based in Anglesey and Snowdonia, in North Wales.