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The Beast with Many Faces – Why the Ocean Demands Respect

a stormy sea and jagged rocks at Coumeenole Beach on the Dingle Peninsula

I was going to write this blog post about something else this week. It would have been on the topic of exploring the coast around Co Kerry or where we see Wild SUP Tours progressing to in the years to come. But something happened and it made writing about such things seem trivial and unnecessary…

Self Rescue Techniques for Stand Up Paddle Board Touring

a person holding a sign

You know summer is right around the corner when Lidl brings out an inflatable stand up paddle board for only €300. While being great exposure for the sport, it also means that anyone can buy a cheap board without having to speak to anyone who actually knows what they are doing. It sounds like a…

How to Read the Weather Conditions to Safely Enjoy Stand Up Paddling in Ireland

a group of kayakers and a stand up paddle boarder in Dingle Harbour

I recently read an article on how kayaking and paddle boarding were some of the best social distancing activities that you could do. You have a wide open area in which to play around and it is easy to stay 2 meters apart from everyone else. Another big advantage of being on a Kayak or…

Are There More Wild Animals Around Than Usual?

three basking sharks in irish waters near Kilkee

Photo by Simon Berrow I don’t know if it’s the fact that human activity has slowed down drastically or if it is the fact that we have slowed down so that we have the space and time to actually pay attention, but it feels like there is way more wildlife around at the moment. From…

How Wildlife Sightings Can Take a SUP Tour to a Whole Other Level!

an otter swimming in a body of water

The weather is a favorite topic of conversation among Irish folk. I think that is because it is so mutable and is a shared experience between all people and things. However, We humans have been the only ones to label certain weather as “good” or “bad”. Some animals seem to prefer conditions we would consider…

Can We Reopen Wild Sup Tours After the Lockdown?

a woman looking out to sea with stand up paddleboards and mountains in the background

We have been chomping at the bit to get back out into the water paddleboarding. We were so looking forward to another season of Wild Sup Tours. We finally felt that all our hard work was starting to pay off and this season was going to get Wild Sup Tours to another level. Then someone…

A story about Ed Lacey: Co-founder of Wild SUP Tours

a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the ocean

My Mum always says that when she was pregnant with me during the summer of 1976, it was the hottest summer in years. She swam every day down at Sandybay beach without fail. She still maintains that that is why I love the water so much. She may well be right, but spending all of…

How to Stay Warm When Surfing or SUPing in Cold Water

a man in a wetsuit posing for the camera covered in ice

I just got back from a surf out on the local beach break. It was cold, really cold. It’s early January and in the next month the water temperatures will dip to a chilly 6 degrees Celsius and the wind chill factor will make it feel a whole lot colder. This is a regular excursion…