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It is great to see a new shop open opposite The Post Office in Milford on Sea high street.
The New Forest Paddle Sport Company is a kayak and stand up paddles board hire and sales shop owned by Sean Scott and Claire Hanscombe-Vinton.
Not many of you will know, but looking so good in a wet suit (albeit creating very strange shapes), my wife often encourages me onto the water, and she has suggested I hire a kayak to see how long it would take me to get to Cherbourg. I popped into the shop to ask how long the crossing might take, but apparently 'kayaks are not suitable for this type of journey'.
Something tells me that my wife's suggestions was a subtle hint wrapped in warped humour, but being a bloke I have no idea what the hint might be...
The vibrant new shop will be open for half term week and weekends till March next year, and then we will be open 6 days a week.
The New Forest Paddle Sport Company will offer local and visitors to opportunity to explore the scenic coast line of the New Forest in a Sit On Top Kayak, Fishing Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board. They have a wide range of new and well maintained equipment to suit every paddler aged from 6 and beyond!
They also offer trolleys, inflatable boards and inflatable roof rack systems allowing you to take the kit away for a day or even a weekend, and happily sell you new and used equipment from boards - wetsuits - accessories. Everything you need for your paddling experience!
Half Day hire is 3 hours and Full Day is 6 hours, with Summer Evening Sessions also available for 2 Hours.
We are not sure if they offer discounts for the over 80's, but it is suggestion that we plan to make.
See you on the water! (I'll be the big bloke struggling to breathe in a rubber cocoon!)
Tenuous Footnote: Milford on Sea also has a connection with a famous face from the Kiteboard world; Mark Shinn. Mark was born in the village, is the former 2002 Professional Kiteboard Riders' Association world champion and the 2002 Kiteboard Pro World Tour champion. He was a former pupil of Milford Primary and Arnewood Schools. Today he is a partner in Nobile Kiteboards and has his own kite centre on Tenerife, where he now lives.
The New Forest Paddle Sport Company
46 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 1QD