ABOUT Sian sykes

Sian Sykes, founder of Psyched Paddleboarding 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 and set up the SUP experience business. Her love for the outdoors is infectious, and she’s inspired people of all ages and from all walks of life to get out and SUP. She and her team at Psyched Paddleboarding educates customers about the environment and encourages a mini litter pick along with also asking everyone to arrive at sessions with a reusable water bottle. Behind the scenes, the business is also conscious of how it operates to reduce its impact on the environment and minimise single-use plastics.

Sian is a SUP guide and coach and International Mountain Leader, she has travelled the world, building up vast experience of leading expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, India, China, Peru, Iceland, Morocco and the Alps.

Sian loves a SUP expedition especially with an aim. Sian has recently completed the first SUP circumnavigation of Wales (solo and unsupported), a 1000km journey along canals, rivers and sea, all single-use plastic free and inspired others to make a pledge against single-use plastics and also collected plastic pollution along the way. She was also part of the first team to cross England on a paddleboard, 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 was also the first person to circumnavigate Anglesey on a SUP.
Sian is also a regional rep for charity Surfers Against Sewage, helping with beach cleans, educational visits and pushing for her island of Anglesey to be single-use plastic free.
As for next expedition, Sian has a few ideas bubbling away, hopefully, next autumn/winter.