Dust your neoprene off & get your game face on – we’re back in action!
Lockdown 2.0 is over, sort of, we have a new set of regulations to adapt and adhere to but thankfully included in that is the ability to get all you keen bean learners back out on the water.
Lessons will be resuming again with us 7days a week until further notice. We’d be being slightly dishonest to completely ignore the difference in temperature from the beginning of November to now… but as the saying goes “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes” 🙂
Get properly prepared for your winter kiting with some extra neoprene layers, boots, gloves and hats. Give King of Watersports a shout for all your warmth needs.
Now for the C-word …. CHRISTMAS! It’s going to look a little different this year, and whilst we can’t help with your roast dinner logistics, we can make your Christmas shopping easy. Vouchers for Kitesurfing, SUP, Foiling, Wingsurfing, Holidays and more are available on our website or over the phone. We can email or post a voucher to your for a specific lesson or rental or for an amount to be put towards anything Easyriders related.
We’ve got a number of second-hand kite items for sale on the website, from kites, wings, bars, foils and boards. Have a look at our shop page and give us a shout for further information on anything and for package options.
Last week we embraced the cold combining an introductory ‘foiling fundamentals’ lesson with a photo shoot for Ballistic Ribs. They’re fantastic boats and if you’re considering getting yourself some water wheels, get in touch with them. Or if you’d like to book in some foiling and winging lessons then give us a call 01202 744 055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We’ve also got some exciting plans in the pipeline for 2021 … watch this space! In the meantime we hope you’re all keeping warm and staying safe out on the water.
It’s been a funny old year, but we’ve had a pretty good run.
Back in March we had the strangest start to a season to date, and even then wouldn’t have envisaged that we’d be ending it in a similar way with a nationwide lockdown. But once again we have to do whats best and legal for friends, family and you our customers. We will be closing our doors once more for all face to face operations for the duration of lockdown.
This time the lockdown comes at a naturally quietening time of the year for UK activity, however it’s still a great shame as more of you than ever were keen to continue with your progression and new-found watersports passions you ignited through the summer (despite some rather ‘fresh’ temperatures the last couple of days!).
Right about now, in a typical easyriders year (for the last 17yrs!) we’d be just setting off on a downwinder home along the coast back to our pousada in Icaraizinho, Brazil. Jumping in the pool with a quick beer to watch the sunset before heading out for dinner to discuss the great kiting conditions and progression the group had made that day. We’re for sure REALLY missing it, but instead will continue to make the most of the epic winter wind and conditions, and be continually planning for more kite adventures home and abroad as soon as we can.
Participation in watersports is still allowed through this lockdown, which is great news and will be a huge bonus for us all to keep in check with our mental health, stay active and enjoy the autumn winds. If you are heading out on the water PLEASE be sure to be SAFE. You can check out the advice and guidance from the BKSA and BSUPA below.
Only go out if you are at a competent and independent level, and don’t go out alone. We are allowed to meet one other person from outside our household for outdoor exercise, so be sure to meet your kiting/SUP buddy on the beach and have a rescue plan & signal should any of you get in to trouble.
If you’re keen to get some sunshine, kiting and surf in then get in touch for booking details for our Barbados coaching clinic in January & February 2021. We are continually monitoring regulations for travel and will update those who are keen to join us as often as possible through the next few weeks. We’re optimistic for the Caribbean due to the hotter climate of Barbados, the outdoors lifestyle and their pragmatic and organised way of trying to retain their tourism industry. We know the island well and are in continual contact with local friends out there for updates on the situation.
If over the next few weeks you’re going to get on top of a bit of early Christmas shopping or want to plan a surprise for someone to look forward to (or yourself), then we will still be operational to process vouchers and take bookings for the future. Give us a call, send an email or check out the website shop page here.
Thank you, once again, for all your continued support. It’s been great to see so many of you out and enjoying the water all Summer and in to the Autumn.
Off the back of probably the strangest times most of us have experienced, one of the positives to come out of it all is a new and re-ignited interest and enthusiasm for all things outdoors and water sports based.
We’ve experienced our busiest summer yet and have all you lovely people to thank for continued support and business, and all our amazing team for their incredibly hard work over the last few months delivering the high demand of lessons.
Along with a big increase in beginner Kitesurfing and SUP lessons, we’ve also taught more and more kite foil coaching and started a venture in to the new world of Wingsurfing/foil. Wing Foiling / Inflatable Manta Ray Wrestling / Wing Surfing / Wing Wanging / Wingboarding…..what is should be called hasn’t fully been agreed on yet, but it’s a new fantastic and accessible wind sport. Last week we ran the world’s first Wing Surfing Instructor course, and are fully up and running with lessons……we’re winging it 😉
Second hand Kit Sale
For those with newfound watersports skills, or improved ones, we have the kit to get you maximising your time out on the water. Excellent condition second-hand kit; kites, bars, twin tips, surfboards, foils, SUPs. We renew our kit every few months to keep it in the best condition for selling on and to ensure we’re always teaching on the latest kit. Check out the our shop page for listings of what’s available and give us a shout if there’s something you’re after.
Our Autumn is shaping up a little differently to usual, with a lot of turbulence and regularly changing regulations we’re fuelling our focus towards our UK based lessons and coaching, including day trips and setting our sites on a 2021 filled with coaching trips abroad, kicking off with the Caribbean wave & foil clinics.
Thank you all for your support, and hope to see you on the beach soon.
It’s certainly been a stranger start to the Spring/Summer season than I think any of us could have envisaged.
We’d usually be writing to tell you about how wonderful it is to see you out on the water again after the winter. Of a high spirited Open day and bustling Easter period with lots of you Kiting, SUPing, Foiling and giving this Wing thing a go.
Instead what do a bunch of active kiters / water enthusiasts do during a pandemic lockdown? Well, we’ve been super lucky with the weather which has enthused us all to make the most of our allocated exercise, keeping fit with running, cycling and ghostbuster/roxanne workouts (alternating lunges throughout the song and a burpee on every ghostbuster/roxanne….I encourage you all to try it and not have jelly legs at the end!).
Embracing the positives and enjoying lots of family time; mega sup slides and learning to ride bikes, lego building and a lot of story time!
Andy has granted the core team a ‘Corona Bursary’ to fund some personal upskilling. The team have been encouraged to use this time to work on something they’ve always wanted to do. From Silver Smithing to Sports Nutrition, Resin Art to Ocean Athlete wim hoff breath training, it’s an eclectic mix and who knows maybe there will be some Easyriders side line businesses cropping up!
Unfortunately along with a local impact on our activity another element affecting us is the halt on our overseas coaching clinics. In 3 weeks’ time we should be jetting off to Peru with a group of enthused wave riders, and whilst we’re on board with what needs to be done to protect everyones health, we’re still gutted to not be returning to this absolutely legendary wave spot…this year anyway….rest assured we’ll be back next year.
Brazil and our Caribbean trips are a little further down the road and so we have a little more time to review the situation before confirming/cancelling anything. We’re keen to get back to and support our remote and smaller destinations that are so reliant upon tourism for their economy, and albeit speculation this has got to pose some debate for some areas opening up sooner rather than later? So fingers crossed for the Caribbean in early 2021.
However we’re super excited and busy planning for explorations & adventures a little closer to home and looking forward to rediscovering all the magic on our doorstep and nationally. Get in touch if visiting epic spots with top level coaching on hand without having to step on a plane is something you want to get involved with.
Whilst we can’t get on the water quite yet, get yourself geared up to be ready the moment we can. We have second hand kites available in all sizes, trust & click bars and a number of different twin tips, surfboards and foils depending on your interest ability. Check out the full list of kites & bars here. And for boards & foils follow this link here. Give us a shout for any further details.
We’ve also set the Easyriders Puzzleation Challenge in motion! There are 3 Easyriders puzzles designed by Amanda (you can thank her for the testing black & white lettering section!) currently out being worked on, ready to send on to the next person. Get in touch to get involved!
And finally, a big THANK YOU to those who have continued to enquire about bookings, bought a voucher or a piece of merchandise, liked, shared and interacted on our social media. It’s an economically turbulent time for small businesses and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t worrying, so any amount of support small or big is massively appreciated. And before long we will be back on the water, teaching, coaching and sharing the stoke.
Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Connected. & Take it Easy,
Andy, Amanda, Gemma, Lou, Melissa, Ben & The Easyriders Team
To all our customers & friends who work for the NHS, medical industry and key workers, we ‘Easyriders salute’ you and all the hard work you have been doing and continue to do during this time.
It’s not just during this time we appreciate your work, time and commitment but also during the last 16yrs we have been running kitesurf coaching holidays where you have continued that commitment in yours & our holidays. We love the eclectic mix of different people and professions we meet through our kitesurfing coaching holidays and are super proud of the knowledge and skill you all bring along with you. Though you’ve not all always heeded your own advice! Tom Debenham, you’ve dedicated your own bicep to the cause of winning an arm wrestle. Ben Wallace, whilst your ability to walk down a beach without kicking a rock (to the detriment of your toe) is questionable, we have every confidence that your ability to look after us all is top level. Graham Cooke, we applaud your endurance through hard work. Especially the hard work of down loops and back rolls, it took a good week and a half of building up the courage (and beating up your 9m) to finally nail them.
Jo Morton, dragging yourself down the beach is an extreme way of avoiding giving piles advice on your holiday (can’t blame you really!). Louise Osgood you gained so many kiting skills in Barbados, along with a patchwork of bruises taking on the shore break. Karen Wingham we hope holding your nerve with patients is easier than during a long pack down swim in Peru. Lydia, you are truly on the front line. Lets hope it doesn’t involve you having to judge the depth of swimming pools! Seb Willis, your personal hydration and sunscreen application we’re certain doesn’t reflect your amazing doctoring skills. And Seb Knudsen, we respect your dedication to ICU in Australia, although we hope you’re not advising patients to apply olive oil to their burnt lips like you tried to in Barbados back in 2008.
To you all, and many many more. We are proud to know you, call you our friends and can’t wait to kite with you again soon.
I have had a long hard think and discussion with the team here at Easyriders about the current situation.
In 17 years of trading we have never faced a challenge like this one, and I hope we never do again. I feel we need to do our bit and make the right decision, all be it a tough one. For the bigger picture. For our families, parents, friends, nhs workers and many around the world who are already ahead of our curve here in the UK.
So, we will be closing with immediate effect. We will not be running any form of lessons / coaching / ITC courses / holiday clinics until the situation improves.
I am, and will continue to, stand by my wonderful team and I PROMISE to them and all our customers & friends that we will come out the other side. Stronger, fitter (thanks to Joe Wickes kids P.E), more organised, mentally sound, and in my personal case…..a lego technics JEDI.
Take it easy, take care of yourselves and each other
Our thoughts are with you all
during these turbulent times.
Here at Easyriders our focus, along with the rest of you, is the health and safety & well-being of you (our customers), ourselves and our friends & family.
Kitesurfing & SUP provide a
natural distance between people whilst giving exercise, fun and a breath of
fresh air. We will continue to deliver
our Private Tuition lessons for both Kitesurfing and Paddle boarding. However
we will be pressing the pause button on our group lessons for the time being.
A couple of things we’re doing; now
more than usual it’s important to be supporting your local small businesses.
Where we can, we will be buying vouchers from local shops, cafes or
restaurants, to ensure that if we can’t go out and use them now we fully intend
to when this all blows over.
Whilst it’s going to be tough times for all we’d love to encourage you to do
the same, including for ourselves. If Kite, SUP or Foiling is something
you’re keen to learn or progress at in the future then give us a shout or take
a look on the website to get a voucher.
We will be extending the date on all vouchers for an additional 12 weeks, and any vouchers bought now will come with an additional 6 months added to them.
The sun is on its way, let the freedom of the ocean alleviate some of this stress and help with some much needed Vitamin Sea!
Big Love, Elbow bumps and Easyriders Salute from all here,
Andy, Amanda, Gem, Lou, Melissa, Ben & all of the Easyriders Family