Introducing Kiko Matthews and Transatlantic 2018

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Today, we are proud to announce that Paddle Logger is supporting sports woman and all-round adventurer, Kiko Matthews. In January 2018, Kiko will be rowing solo across the Atlantic. It is a staggering 3000 mile crossing that only five women have completed, and she hopes to break the world record of 56 days by 11 days.

Kiko is a strong and inspirational voice in the empowerment of women in sports, promoting personal strength and self-confidence, and her own story is one of overcoming obstacles and facing challenges head-on.

We have commissioned artist Daisy Pooley-Tolkien to design three unique t-shirts, the profits of which will go towards Kiko's transatlantic crossing. Daisy's work encompasses vivid depictions of the female form in reference to female figures of oceanic myth. The Norse Goddess, Rán, who captured sailors in peril on the water, the famous Sirens of Greek myth who sang enchanting songs to lure the hapless, and finally La Sirene, one of the Haitian spirits, a powerful and regaled goddess of the sea.

We will keep you updated on news of the preparations for Kiko's 2018 challenge, but in the mean time, you can support her by picking up the t-shirts from our merch store.

Find out more about Kiko Matthews and the Transatlantic Solo 2018 Challenge at www.kikomatthews.co.uk/the-challenge

Find out more about Daisy Pooley-Tolkien's art at www.dpooley-tolkien.com

December merch news

You could be fooled that it had been December for weeks already, but it is actually here. To coincide with the manner of the season, we have our range of Paddle Logger clothing available. With this comes a little list of dates that are important to know in the Postal Service's most dreaded month.

There is free UK shipping on 2nd and 3rd December and the 6th is the last day to post outside the UK and EU.

Further into the month, the 13th is the last post to the EU, the 19th is the last UK standard delivery, the 20th the last UK First Class and the 21st is the last UK Special Delivery.

There is, however, another free UK shipping weekend on the 16th or 17th.

So, if you fancy gifting yourself one of our stylish t-shirts or feel it'd be the perfect gift for a paddling friend, then go ahead! And this is the perfect time to hint that a new range of t-shirts will be appearing imminently through a collaboration between sports-adventurer Kiko Matthews, artist Daisy Pooley-Tolkien and us here at Paddle Logger. We'll keep you all in the loop!

Head over to our "Buy" page to visit the store and stay warm when paddling these crisp winter waters.

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A first for Fistral

Saturday November 4th was a first for Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, where it held its first stand up paddle boarding surf championship round. Run by BSUPA, under the watchful eye of event director Dom Moore, a talented group of women and men braved the difficult conditions on this legendary beach. The onshore wind peaked at a howling 30 knots that created exhausting paddling conditions for most of the day.

The women, including Cal Major from Paddle Against Plastic and the UK Women's Champion Marie Buchanan, took to the water first in two straight, highly competitive heats. In the men's group, Paddle Logger paddler Aaron Rowe won his opening heat, then the quarter final, to take him to the head-to-head knock out rounds. Beating Ben Fisher in a charged semi-final. Aaron caught one of the stand-out waves of the day from far-out, demonstrating his aggressive style with tight, connecting turns and forcing the best out of the tough conditions, all the way to the beach as the klaxon went.

The men's final pitted Aaron against Max Shepherd as the waves, although marginally better, pushed the two to the best of their game. In the end, however, Aaron came out on top, securing the British Championship title and making him two times UK champion. It was great to see the talent involved in the competition and the camaraderie at the prize-giving at The Headland Hotel. With thanks to Lewis Timson and the RNLI to making sure all involved were safe, we would like to congratulate all the paddlers involved in the series.