Sarah Blues, also known as Plus Size Paddler on social media campaigns for inclusive kit and encourages women to feel confident, regardless of their size.
After falling in love with Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) in 2020, she found there was a lack of women’s kit and representation in the sport and as a result she created Plus Size Paddler.
Now with a mission to encourage more women to feel confident when paddle boarding, Sarah has teamed up with Ripple Rebels.
Affiliated with British Canoeing, Ripple Rebels believe all people should have access to the physical and mental health benefits of SUP. Their ethos is to create moments of opportunity for everyone to stand up proud and that lack of money, confidence or self-belief should not be barriers SUP.
Ripple Rebels teamed up with Sarah to deliver the first ‘Paddle Her Way’ Session at the end of May, where over 30 women joined them for a fantastic day on the water at Longham Lakes in Poole, the home of the Ripple Rebels.
‘Paddle Her Way with Plus Size Paddler’ is an initiative created to help women overcome common barriers to paddle boarding, become more confident and learn to paddle safely. The event is designed by women, for women, and it tackles some of the key paddle skills that many struggle with at the start of their journey, such as self-rescue, confidence standing and other key skills.
Acknowledging that starting a new sport, being a beginner or just not progressing the way you’d like to can be frustrating. The sessions are all about making the participants feel great with the hope that when they leave, they feel confident, safe and excited about paddle boarding.
Lois English, a participant in the first event said: “I feel amazing after the session, I’ve only paddle boarded a couple times before and wasn’t able to stand or get back on. Within 20 minutes on the water, I could do both! I absolutely loved it!”
After the success of the inaugural event, another session will be taking place on the 26th June 2022. You can now book onto this session the Ripple Rebels Website here.
Abbie Orton, Director at Ripple Rebels said “We loved teaming up with Plus Size Paddler to get more women enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of paddle boarding.
Like Sarah, we feel it’s important to create safe spaces for women to build their confidence. Paddle Her Way is a great example of how we can do this with all the participants, coaches and volunteers finishing the day with huge smiles– Abbie Orton, Director at Ripple Rebels
Sarah Blues, Plus Size Paddler said “I’ve wanted to hold an event like this for a long time after speaking to so many women who struggled to feel confident in their bodies or self-conscious about trying SUP.
I feel strongly that SUP is a sport for everybody and every body and working on this event with Ripple Rebels has already helped more women be able to enjoy the sport confidently and safely. I hope it’s only the start of what we can achieve.– Sarah Blues, Plus Size Paddler
To find out more about Plus Size Paddler and Paddle Her Way follow her on Instagram and Facebook on @Plus Size Paddler.