After 15 years of fabrics, fashion and frankly frightful hours culminating in a manager position of one of Burberry’s creative teams I decided a change of focus was needed. Years of squeezing workouts between long office days and cold cycles back and forth in the dark left me frustrated and worn out. In my old London life I took every opportunity to take part in after hours windsurfing sessions on a local lake, join pilates and yoga classes in church halls and escape to the mountains to ski. I discovered paddle boarding on one such holiday, taking a break from it all on a surf and yoga trip to Costa Rica. The tranquility, freedom and peace out on the water had me gripped, along with it’s ability to be a low impact all body workout and the ease to practise it on lakes, oceans and surf. Meeting Luke in a backpackers surf camp in Sri Lanka in 2015 then making the decision to move together to Ibiza (after a 10 year love affair with the island) in the summer of 2016 were the turning points. We now have the opportunity to share this love with others, to take beginners out and watch them as they gingerly stand up for the first time, lead people on expeditions around this beautiful isle and give them a highly memorable experience. Other interests include mural painting, community projects, life drawing, log fires and nail polish (a tiny remnant from my previous life…).
If I’m honest I wasn’t too sure of what I was going to make of Ibiza… It was the last stop of our two month European tour and I had never been to the White Isle. I’d heard a lot about the clubs and the party scene and, although I like a night out, my job involved a lot of entertaining so in my free time I wasn’t always ‘mad for it’. Arriving on the ferry that first time it was still dark so we drove Bruce, our beloved VW camper to the North East of the island for sunrise. The beach was empty and as the sun began to rise we took off our clothes and ran into the sea. Lying in the warm crystal clear water watching the sun illuminate the beautiful Ibizan coastline was magical. Ibiza is like that; magical… whether it’s the beauty of the island or the friendliness of the people, I’ve never felt such energy in any other place. It’s an island that invokes a desire to properly live life and experience the riches that we’ve been given on earth. I know that may sound a little rainbow but it’s genuinely true. Being here makes you want to get out into nature; go for a walk, get on a bike or dive into the sea. I was working in the City of London as a money broker for 15 years and probably spent most of my days dreaming of being somewhere else; skiing, surfing or my recently found passion of stand up paddleboarding. Meeting Sarah and discovering that we shared so many dreams emboldened us to follow our hearts and do something different, something we were really passionate about. It wasn’t until we arrived on Ibiza that first time and experienced paddling over the incredible colours of the water that we realised we had found what and where we wanted to be.
Our qualifications include St John Ambulance Sports First Aid, SUP Instructor Water Safety Rescue, ASI Level 1 Enclosed Water SUP Instructor and ASI Level 2 Exposed Water SUP Instructor. ASI is the the Internationally recognised Academy of Surfing Instructors which also cover training of SUP Instructors.
A bit more about Stand Up Paddleboarding and Us
SUP began in the 1940/50s in the South Pacific. Some say it began when the Waikiki beach boys took a paddle out with their longboards to get the earliest glimpse of the oncoming swell and keep better watch on their surf class, others say it was to take photos of the surf tourists… whatever the origins it wasn’t until around the change of the century that the sport really began to take off. Since then it has quickly become one of the fastest growing sports of the millennia and as soon as you try it we’re sure you’ll understand why. Part of paddleboarding’s success is its ease of access; it’s easier to learn than windsurfing and not as scary as surfing but it still provides that amazing fitness and adrenaline rush. It’s a low impact exercise so it’s not bad for your joints and it provides a total core and cardiovascular workout. Paddle Ibiza is proud to embrace the sport for its health and spiritual/mental benefits and believes that as long as you can swim there are no barriers to its enjoyment.
Loving the ocean and it’s wildlife means helping to protect them is high on Paddle Ibiza’s agenda. We ask all of our friends and clients to join us in our efforts to keep the waters clean and any litter found when out on the board is always returned to it’s rightful place; the bin.
We have the best quality equipment from one of the most innovative brands around; Red Paddle Co. We use inflatable boards over the ‘hard’ board as we believe they offer the same rigidity but with more comfort and cause less damage to the coastline should any accidental collision take place.