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Day 4 – Paddle across Scotland Winter 2020

 

Day 4 – Loch Ness and a day in which I honestly struggled to take photos. Taking the time to pull the camera out of a million dry bags to get frames on this day just wasn’t an option, we had to much distance to cover and sadly but understandably that took priority over photography.

Another early start saw us launch out into the void of loch Ness in the pitch black, with only the sound of Sams phone playing UB40 to break the eerie silence. It was calm, the skies were clear and it was absolutely beautiful. The initial section of Ness was a dream, paddling in calm conditions with only head torches illuminating the surface of the black water. Cruising along, it was hard not to think about all the tales this vast stretch of water creates and wonder what was lurking in the depths right beneath our boards.
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As we approached the half way mark, the swell began to increase and the wind rocketed to gusts of 30mph.
Taking time to rest was key here and every so often we would raft up, get the kite in the air and let that do the work whilst we had a brew and warmed up again. The temperatures were numbing and it was easy to start going man down if we neglected our rest routine.

As the end of the Loch came into sight we were riding monster waves and we went form paddle boarding to surfing for the last few km’s, it was exhilarating. We cruised through the final section of Loch Dochfour and into our camp just as the light faded, all of us in high spirits and stoked that we had just completed loch Ness in one day, a huge achievement for us as we had allocated a day and a half the night before.

A few whiskeys later we were tucked up in our sleeping bags, watching our wet gear slowly freeze on the fence as the temperatures plummeted. Tomorrow morning was going to be emotional. Here’s a shot of Ben’s beautiful face, this pretty much sums up our reaction when we hit the beasty swell half way down nessie

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What are you getting for your money?

What type of leash are you getting with your board?

There are some amazing deals out there on full package isups, well the price looks amazing but what are you actually getting for your money?

On most occasions when something looks to good to be true it usually is. Take isup packages, included in the price is usually the paddle, leash, pump, fin, bag and repair kit included. But how comes the deal is so good?

Here at Hatha we can place our hand on our heart and say that we provide the best quality products we possibly can for the price. This high quality runs throughout all of our products from our beanie hats to our paddleboards. We think of everything and would only sell the best possible products to our customers.

Let’s look at our leash……

So we know that our leashes look good but are they safe and practical as well?

The main coiled cord is constructed from high grade urethane which makes it extremely strong and durable. The metal joints are made from marine grade stainless steel with double swivel joints to allow the leash to move freely (anti twist). The ankle strap is double padded for extra comfort and has an inner anti slip neoprene pattern so it sits firmly on the ankle.

We have designed a prominent colour coded quick release pull, very important on moving water if you need to detach quickly. This is also very useful if you have cold hands. Its easy to see and even easier to pull.

We have double stitched the webbing and material throughout making them not only extremely safe but also highly durable and robust.

We have also added a secure inner key pocket!

Paddle with confidence! Always wear a leash!