Black Friday is fast approaching (or should we say "Black Friday Season") and there are sales everywhere!
We’ve already got a tonne of amazing deals and discounts on offer, but this November we’re trying to do something good for the environment and offset some of the carbon footprint associated with Black Friday, by taking part in “Green Friday”.
Created by cold water surfers Jamie Meiselman and Tyler Callaway.
Solite wetsuit boots are the result of over 5 years of research, development and testing in harsh cold waters and tropical lineups around the world, allowing you to be in the water all year round.
When kayaking, your paddle is your primary connection to the water. Knowing which paddle you should be using is crucial to improving your efficiency out on the water. There's a lot of options when it comes to choosing a paddle, and there are a lot of different characteristics that they have to offer; we're going to begin by talking about high angle vs low angle.
For any serious paddler, having the ability to step in and out of a drysuit is essential. Maybe you are just jumping on the water for a power hour making the most of the levels, tide or light, maybe you are hopping into the car to race down the road for multiple rivers or laps.
There’s one certainty as a paddler, the last thing we want or need are damp soggy thermals making us cold, killing any motivation to get fired up and straight back on the water.
Spring is here and the sun is showing itself more and more, giving us the perfect opportunity to get our paddles wet and some sunshine on our skin, and you can do it all on your doorstep.
Wales is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK, with a stunning coastline stretching around 870 miles, and if you're a fan of stand up paddleboarding then you'll be happy to know it has some incredible spots for you to explore.
So, you want to surf?
Choosing the right surfboard can be a daunting task, especially with so many options available in the market, but when you're a beginner, the right surfboard can make all the difference.
In this blog, we'll talk about the different types of beginner surfboards and what you need to know before making a purchase.
Choosing the correct wetsuit accessories can mean the difference between toasty hands and feet or freezing toes and claw fingers.
If you have ever experienced claw hands and cold toes you will understand the importance of good quality accessories.
Exiting the water and not being able to push your wetsuit down or open your car door is no fun, luckily with advancements in technology and innovation, these should be problems of the past.
It's International Women's Day, and we want to shout about the amazingly talented women working behind the scenes at Escape Watersports.
We are proud to say that the Escape team is predominantly made up of women. Whether it's building trusting relationships with our customers or our suppliers, and even building our website, these incredible women have helped make Escape Watersports what it is today!
The sun is starting to show itself a bit more now that we're edging our way into Spring, but the waters are staying chilly.
It's good to know all the tricks to warm yourself up after a dip, but we've got some tips to help you stay in the water that bit longer first.
You asked, we listened!
Here at Escape we are continuously looking for ways that we can improve your shopping experience.
We know that shopping online can be difficult, especially when you can't try on items before buying, and although we have size guides for all our wearable products it's not always enough.
So that's why we are now offering free returns on most of our items.
Here's all you need to know.
Christmas may be over but we've got a new list that you should be checking twice...
We're just as eager as you are to get out on the water, especially with any new snazzy kit you were lucky enough to recieve recently, but safety still needs to be in the forefront of your mind.
We've put together a basic checklist of what you need to consider before heading out. This checklist is generalised for most watersports but over on the RNLI website, you can select your activity and find a checklist of precautions tailored to that sport for more details: https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity
It's official. We've turned our backs on the traditional Black Friday deals and have welcomed in Green Friday.
You might remember last year when the team at Escape took part in a couple of small beach cleans as our way to give back to our planet for Green Friday, rather than encouraging people to panic buy at flash sale deals.
This year we wanted to step it up and solidify our commitment to our planet by joining the Ocean Network with Surfer's Against Sewage. To compliment this new addition, we have planned another team beach clean for Green Friday!
It's that time of year again where Halloween is done and we're ready to say the C word...
We're helping you get prepared early this year to avoid the inevitable rush that comes with the Christmas time. With so much choice out there, it's hard to find that perfect gift that gives you the feeling of 'YES, I've nailed it this year!' So here's what we think:
Ever stop and ask yourself 'What should I wear to go paddle boarding this winter?'
Or even canoeing, kayaking, or rafting for that matter?
Now that the temperatures have dropped as we enter the Autumn/Winter, this question is even more important and sometimes a wetsuit just isn't the answer.
The new Palm Rogen Drysuit has just landed at Escape Watersports just in time to save us during the colder months, and you'll be happy to hear this means you no longer have to pack away your sup until the next sign of spring.
A family close to all our hearts has recently discovered their 3 year old boy has a condition called Neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects around 100 children a year in the UK. This heartbreaking news has turned their world upside down and without charities like LATCH, it would feel a lot harder.
In aid to give back and support LATCH Welsh Children's Cancer Charity, our team are taking on a combination of 3 consecutive extreme challenges in less than 24 hours.
Paddleboarding is everywhere at the moment - it's a water sport that everyone can get involved in and is a great way to get yourself outside for some low impact exercise.
With so many different types of SUP's (stand up paddleboards), out there, it can be a little overhwhelming to decide which one is right for you. Here's a few things to look out for and consider when buying your very own board.
The stretchy material holds tight to your body to keep you warm when wet and water is held in-between your body and the suit, allowing your body’s core temperature to keep the water inside the suit warm. Generally, the thicker the neoprene, the warmer you’ll be in colder water. For example, a 5/4 or 6/4 is often used in colder water than a 3/2.
Since 1979, this has been Palm's mission. To assist a lifetime of paddlesport fun, with respect to the environment. Products designed in-house, and made by the people that share the same belief, that better equipment comes with safer and more enjoyable experiences.
You have probably seen snaps of your friends all over Facebook finding waterfalls and lakes to jump in to, and you may well have been thinking "Why on Earth would you want to do that?"
Well, we're here to tell you just 5 of the reasons why cold water swimming has become the chosen therapy for so many.
If you still need that little bit of encouragement to get yourself out on the board this summer, here's our top 5 reasons why why can be beneficial to you.
Feel like you’re forgetting something?
You’re rushing out the door after clumsily piling some bits and pieces into a bag, telling yourself you’re ready, only to get halfway there before realising you’ve left your phone on the kitchen table. It happens to the best of us.
This is why we’ve put together a checklist of a few essentials that we take with us on our kayaking adventures, so you know you aren’t leaving anything behind.
We carry a huge variety of SUP brands that you can find here, but why not take a look below to get to know the SUP brands a bit better.
February is the month of love, giving you the perfect opportunity to share some quality time with your loved ones.
Take a moment today to let those around you know how much you appreciate them.
We are taking this chance to focus on some of the brands we love.
As some of you may know, one of our very own team members carried out an impressive 10 day SUP trip in the summer of 2021.
Beckii got together with paddlers Harriet and Anneeka, and of course their dogs Ruby and Teifi, to take on the quest of a 160mile SUP trip starting from Bristol and travelling via rivers and canals, all the way to London.
New Years is the perfect time to take on a new adventure.
The top 5 most common New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more (be more active), lose weight, spend more time with friends and family, spend more time in the outdoors, and to take up a new hobby.
Want to meet all these resolutions in one go? Watersports!
Check out what goes on behind the scenes when you shop with Escape Watersports.
We show you what happens from the moment you click the buy button, to picking and packing your order in our warehouse.
We're constantly updating and bringing in new systems, meaning we can keep on delivering unbeatable customer service every time you shop with us ?
We've seen a lot of new people discovering SUP over the past 12 months. It's fantastic to see!
With longer days approaching, restrictions potentially easing across the UK, and most importantly better weather, we're going to see loads of first time adventures happening on our waterways and coastlines very soon.
Over 15 years ago the best buoyancy aid on the market hands down was the HF Serpent.
The HF Serpent with its incredible fit, ample organized storage space and a great selection of technical features meant the Serpent revolutionised the paddlesports world and many whitewater specialists would argue it has still remained unbeaten. HF ticked all the required boxes for what was needed and achievable which made it a winner.
Origins of the life jacket can be traced back to simple blocks of wood or cork used by Norwegian seamen. The modern life jacket is generally credited to one Captain Ward, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution inspector in the United Kingdom, who in 1854 created a cork vest to be worn by lifeboat crews for both weather protection and extra buoyancy.
Who doesn't love a new toy to play with? When the Ari'i Nui Mahana package arrived in record fast time from Escape, I was super excited to get out right away.
The package arrived complete with the board, paddle, pump, bag and fin, which all packs away easily with room to spare.
NRS Europe team paddler Beth Morgan (UK) is no rookie when It comes to extreme white water racing. Having coached at World Class Kayak Academy the current European champion has paddled and competed all over the world, winning multiple titles at events. Her continued success and ability to make a living whilst kayaking the world makes her an inspiration to not only females, but all paddlers globally. We caught up with Beth recently to find out the secret to what sparks her drive.
Speaking with friends and highly competitive athletes paddling under the banners of Palm, Peak UK, NRS, and Level Six to name a few, I have been able to get into the mind set of what drives and inspires individuals to keep pushing themselves to become better, faster, and stronger.
We all have different reasons why we train, but knowing what motivates me and likewise for others has helped put my own training back on track. So here are some tips I have learned to help you stay motivated on your competitive journey, whatever it may be.
The Ninja. Specialised assassins and secret agents of medieval Japanese warfare. They were highly-trained in the martial arts, especially what later became known as ninjutsu or ‘the art of the ninja’.
Now to name a product after such a deadly warrior is quite frankly, very bold! Especially as that product is a buoyancy aid. This really got me thinking, what makes the NRS Ninja buoyancy aid similar to a specialised assassin?
There is no doubt that everyone is going through a tough time right now.
Whether you are currently out of work, away from loved ones, or simply just fed up of being cooped up inside, it is important to stay positive mentally to help us get through this crazy pandemic.
Now more than ever we need to stick together to support one another so here is three things you can do at home to keep positive and brighten your day.
I first came across a Palm Nevis prototype about 2 years ago. Although at the time it was far from the final product, when I wore it I felt invincible. I stepped up and ran what is normally my local portage, firing up a couple of reverse freewheel attempts off Lady Falls on the Afon Pryddin. I'm not saying wearing this PFD will turn you into superman because it won't. But something happened to me on that high water day, I was oozing a little more confidence and boating better than normal...
Owning a dry suit will completely change your life while out on the water, and although buying one can be a big investment, you truly do get what you pay for.
As a result, we want our suit to last as long as possible, so here are 4 answers to frequently asked questions that will help you do just that.
Imagine yourself sitting above a massive rapid.
Floating around an eddy, waiting for a signal from your crew below to let you know they are in position.
Then it's time for you to make the run.
The sun may be shining and the water may be crystal clear, but all you can see down stream is a wide horizon line and splashes of white shooting into the sky from a particularly powerful hydraulic.
Taking those trips of a lifetime to escape to a happy place is exciting, whether you are planning on a week away or even travelling for months at a time.
We always want to make the most of our adventures, so here are our top tips to keep you in fine form while you are out there sending it!
Take yourself to most waterways today, and you will be sure to see someone standing on a long board holding a paddle.
For those who aren't familiar, its called Stand Up Paddleboarding or more commonly known as SUP.It's earliest roots trace it back to the 18th century when native Hawaiians paddled along the Pacific from island to island.