Posted: March 16, 2021
This blog is all about the paddlesports powerhouse that is Pyranha and why, if you haven’t got one already, you should have a Pyranha kayak in your fleet.
About Pyranha Kayaks
Just turned 50 years old this February, Pyranha’s origins lie back in the days of all fibreglass boats when they produced competition winning designs such as the Trident, the Sabre, the Viper and Bullet 1. Initially in basic fibreglass and then an increasingly sophisticated range of composites, each design learning from and improving on previous iterations and always at the forefront of technological development.
From competition boats they moved, in the mid 70s to serious white water kayaks designed to ‘play the river’ and in several instances, play very big rivers indeed such as the Dud
Posted: March 02, 2021
Who is Si, what is his role at SCC and how long has he worked here?
Si is the owner of South Coast Canoes and has been working there as long as the shop has been open since he and his wife Carla set it up seven years ago in 2014.
Si always worked in Outdoor Education and studied it at college down in Plymouth where he also worked part time at a canoe shop. Having a head for business he was soon spotted by the shop’s owner and offered the management position in a new shop in Dorset from where he moved on to running his own business.
Does he canoe, kayak, or both?
Both but neither as much as he’d like at the moment as work is so busy - and about to get much busier with the end of lockdown and a long, hot summer of paddling fun on the horizon.
What got him into the sport, what does he love about it?
A love of being outdoors, and a combination of the athleticism of the sport, the shared exper
Posted: February 22, 2021
A Beginner’s Guide to the Types of Kayak
A couple of articles ago I provided the absolute last word on the difference between canoes and kayaks but that is only the start, this time we’re going to examine the difference between different types of kayak and totally nail it down beyond question so no one will ever have to ponder the difference between a Sit on Top and a sea kayak again. Never ever - apart from the wide range of kayak types which I completely omit.
Just to jog your memory, roughly speaking, in the broadest terms, canoes can generally be sat in OR knelt in and are usually propelled with a single bladed paddle; kayaks are generally just sat in and usually propelled with a double-bladed paddle so we’ll stick with that
Posted: January 22, 2021
The best Dorset & Hampshire canoeing & kayaking spots for your lockdown exercise
Probably best to start with "can we and should we paddle during lockdown?" before answering the question where to go
The answer to "can we?" seems, at the moment, to be yes. We are allowed to exercise and unlike during Lockdown 1.0 paddlesports are included as appropriate, socially distanced exercise and according to British Canoeing we are allowed to travel to access the water at recognised launch spots:
Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area if necessary, to find an open space to exercise (such as a publicly accessible place to launch).
However, we are also supposed to stay local and not leave our village, town or city which is tricky if you don’t have a river, canal, lake or the sea in your village, town or city.
This contradiction has of course been highlighted in a couple o
Posted: January 04, 2021
Hou do you think you are?
Canoes are the most versatile of small craft, the same boat can carry one, two or three people, it can be paddled, poled, sailed or motored, it could be used for a couple of hours on a calm morning or evening, for a day trip, a weekend trip, or a month-long expedition. It could be paddled on flat or moving water, on rivers, canals, lakes, lochs, bays, estuaries and even the sea.
This flexibility alongside a growing interest in all things paddlesporty has led to a surge of interest in open canoeing and consequently, where there used to be just a couple of UK manufacturers there are now several homegrown brands, one of which is Hou.
About Hou Canoes
Who? Hou, that’s who. From the Polynesian word for ‘new’ and with personal family links to the Pacific, Hou was the obvious name for Hou Canoe
Posted: December 09, 2020
Perfect Pressies For Paddlers - Recommended Christmas Gifts For Kayakers
‘Winter is icumen in’ and Christmas is almost here, and no doubt everyone who is lucky enough to have paddlers in their family is busily pondering what to get them. Well, ponder no more because South Coast Canoes is here to help with all the Christmas essentials for the paddler in your life. Read on for our top gifts for kayakers...
Gifts for kayakers under £20:
Palm Ultralite 5L Dry Bag - £12.95 - light in nature, tough in spirit and you can never have too many drybags (or thermals) in your paddling kit store.
Whetman Kraken Karabiner - £12.00 - the best sea kayaking carabiner bar none. Easy to use one handed, wide opening, smooth anti-snag nose and wire gate so it doesn’t vibrate open under water.
Posted: November 23, 2020Found yourself wondering the 'what's the difference between a canoe and kayak'? We delve into this topic.Read more »
Posted: November 17, 2020
This past summer, once we all emerged from Lockdown was a summer afloat for many. Unable to travel abroad and with the beaches reopened and pretty decent weather people bought, borrowed and unearthed all sorts of water craft from SUPs to inflatables to Sit on Tops to ancient fibreglass tandem tourers to everything in between and spent the summer messing about in boats.
But winter is coming, mostly rain and strong wind so far but it will get colder, the days shorter and the nights longer…but that is absolutely no reason to stop paddling, no not at all.
Okay, getting afloat may not have quite the draw it had at the height of August but Autumn paddling is delightful, a kind of peace settles over the countryside and easy paddling on dark, calm water with yellow, red and ochre trees shedding their leaves as you pass has a special charm.
Posted: December 22, 2019
Cold feet are the curse of winter paddling. A couple of top tips on how to keep your tootsies toasty on the water.
Iford Bridge to Mudeford Quay - River Stour and Christchurch Harbour.
Distance - 4 miles ish
Time - 2 hours to all day
A short and easy but very satisfying trip for all sorts of craft - SUPS, kayaks but yesterday we did it in open canoes, mainly so we could take the dog along.