Ambassadors

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Ambassadors 2017-10-11T13:00:18+00:00

Ambassadors:

ABOUT SIAN SYKES

Sian Sykes was born on the edge of Snowdonia and enjoyed growing up in beautiful North Wales. During her adult life, she used to work in Creative Media in London as a Project Director. However after working 15 years and working 18 hour days in the industry, she wanted a better balance in life, to reconnect with nature and to be closer to the sea and mountains. That’s when she re changed her focus in life and moved back home, to do what she loves doing running Psyched Paddleboarding which provides amazing SUP experiences. Sian has travelled the world, building up vast experience of leading expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, India, China, Peru, Morocco and the Alps.

Sian loves a good old SUP challenge too! Sian was the first person to circumnavigate Anglesey on a SUP!  She was also part of the first team to cross England on a paddleboard, and she was then the first person to ever SUP solo the 3 British lakes, Llyn Tegid, Windermere Lake and Loch Awe in 3 days, all unsupported.

Sian loves linking her adventourous soul through paddleboarding as she believes it is such an awesome way to journey by exploring new areas and seeing fascinating wildelife, bird life and marine life. Her love for the outdoors is tryly infectious, and she’s inspired people of all ages and from all walks of life to get out and SUP.

Sian is an eco warrior and is a regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage, helping to create the movement of #plasticfreecoastlines by raising awareness about marine litter, single use plastics. Sian runs educational  sessions and organises beach cleans on Anglesey where she lives and works. She encourages her customers to do a mini beach clean and inspires her SUP’ers to avoid single use plastics.

Sian is an official partner for Peak UK. Sian and Psyched Paddleboarding has been featured on ITV Wales, BBC Wales, Visit Wales, ITV Coast & Country, Welsh Coastal Magazine. Sian is a regular contributor for SUP International, SUP Boarder Magazine, SUP Connect, Limitless Pursuits and other magazines and websites.

ABOUT MARCIO FRANÇA DIAS

Marcio is a true waterman and embraces watersports. He is involved in outrigger, vortex surfing, hydrofoiling surfing, river surfing, stationary wave riding, in addition to big wave surfing and SUP surfing. Marcio has spent many winters in the Hawaiian islands and has tackled the famous big wave surf spots Jaws, Sunset and Waimea.

Marcio’s true passion lies in riding waves on his SUP and this has led him to coaching the Brazilian team at the ISA Fiji event in 2016. Marcio has also qualified for the APP SUP World tour and here in the UK he is pioneering the art of SUP foiling – one of only a handful of people who currently have the skills and knowledge to master this new discipline.

Marcio spends a considerable amount of time overseas and is a good friend to some of the leading watersport athletes currently leading their respective sports. During the summer season Marcio runs a small professional surf school in Cornwall providing high end private coaching.

ABOUT BEN FISHER

Paddling for 7-8 years – Started at Harlyn Surf School

Racing for 5 years:

  • 4 x Nisco UK champion
  • 3rd in the Nisco world in 2015
  • 1st in the Nisco Europeans 2017

Various UK hard board 12’6ft and 14ft class success 2015-2017 Of note

  • 3rd UK 12’6 UK SUP club series 2015
  • Celtic Crossing 2015
  • Thames Ultra 2017
  • Attempting to do the Celtic Crossing 2017
  • SUP surf
  • SUP surf 5th UK 2015

Ambitions are to explore and experience the sea in various conditions.

ABOUT EMILY KING

Emily King is passionate about all types of paddling. Having consistently placed on podium positions throughout her paddling career, she is regarded as one of the top UK female paddlers and is a rider for the prestigious Starboard team. Racing at the highest level in all disciplines of SUP, including down-wind, distance, technical, sprint and SUP triathlon, she has a wealth of experience in training, coaching and racing both in the UK and abroad. Her love for SUP surfing is also a big part of her training, especially with her dog ‘Robbie’ on the board!

Emily has experience of training all levels of paddlers, from novice through to the elite. Much of her time has been given over to help develop the sport of SUP including organising and managing the Welsh national team at an international level. She has been heavily involvement in the growth of the racing circuit, organising and consulting at many races throughout the uk.

Coming from a background of teaching and lecturing, Emily knows the importance of giving confidence and support to all. The future development of the sport is extremely important to Emily and she is excited to be part of the rapid growth of the sport in the UK, particularly enabling female paddlers to participate at a competitive level.

ABOUT STEVE CARTER

Steve has been on the water since a young age, sailing dinghies and then discovering windsurfing &
Catamaran racing in the 70’s. A passion for boats & water-skiing led Steve to coaching water skiers,
wakeboarders & driving Tournaments at the major UK clubs abroad for 10 + years. A love of the
ocean led him to the South West & although a late comer to surfing quickly made up for lost time.

Instantly hooked on SUP from the early days using an old kayak paddle with the T piece handle of a
snow shovel gaffer taped on a 12 foot surf board he quickly got into SUP. Fully into Surfing, Racing
ultimately Downwind Paddling, SUP travel has taken him to numerous countries. Including North
of the Arctic Circle, Fiji, NZ, Costa Rica, Greece, USA, Switzerland & many more. Holding an RYA
advanced Powerboat and Instructor qualification and being a WSA Adventure Guide Steve quickly
saw the benefits of boat accessed downwind paddling and formulated procedures for safe boat
accessed DW runs.

On meeting Steve West and learning about Outrigger Canoe Paddling from the master it was a
natural step to get fully immersed within the Sport of Outrigger canoe paddling. Steve has raced and
paddled 6 man & 1 man Outrigger canoes both in the UK & abroad and is active in promoting the
sport as Captain at his local club in Carbis bay as well as articles in SUP magazines, OC Ambassador to
Paddle Round the Pier and paddling racing with other OC clubs around the UK.

Outside of Paddling Steve loves skiing, mountain biking & Sailing, and works as senior leader at a
sports company in the outdoor industry.