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.


  • 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