Sian’s passion is to inspire people to enjoy and embrace the outdoors and to have a truly memorable time paddleboarding.
Psyched Paddleboarding is passionate about protecting the environment. We want to help to inspire and educate others to do the same. At Psyched Paddleboarding we do our upmost best to minimise our impact on the environment.
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. Now she guides people stand up paddleboarding in beautiful places.
Since working in the city, Sian has traveled the world, building up vast experience of leading expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, India, China, Peru, Morocco, and the Alps.
Sian loves a SUP challenge! Sian has completed a number of record-breaking SUP challenges. She was 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 which took her 5 days to complete the 120km journey.
Sian is a real activist, Sian’s recent achievement was a big expedition with a real purpose by highlighting the epidemic we face with disposable single use plastics. She was the first person to SUP circumnavigate Wales (solo and unsupported), a 100km journey along canals, rivers and sea – all single use plastic free! She raised money for charity, collecting plastic along the way, inspiring others to make a pledge against plastics and educational talks. When Sian returned from her epic trip, she lead Anglesey being the first county in the UK to gain the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community status. Since then she has hosted Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge for a beach clean with a local school. Sian appeared in the Prince William documentary aired on ITV showing the beach clean.
Since then Sian is a regular contributor for the Welsh Government by helping to change policies towards a circular economy, banning single-use plastics and a drive towards a low carbon Wales. She has chaired a number of discussion panels and presented her experiences and knowledge to help inspire others to make positive changes.
Sian enjoys linking her love for the water and mountains through SUP. 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.
Sian is a Global Ambassador for Starboard, and team rider for Starboard UK, as well as an official partner for Peak UK and ambassador for Water Skills Academy and Aquapac.
Sian is the regular ‘Expert’ in SUP International Magazine sharing her expert knowledge for its readers.
About Psyched Paddleboarding
Psyched Paddleboarding was founded by Sian Sykes, a highly qualified outdoor professional with a wealth of experience and bursting with passion for stand up paddleboarding. We are pleased that we are UK’s stand up paddleboarding specialists providing truly special SUP experiences.
We love nothing more to inspire others and to offer a high quality and truly memorable stand up paddleboarding (SUP) adventure either by hiking to a tranquil wilderness lake in Snowdonia or exploring the rugged Anglesey coastline. North Wales provides a perfect place for SUP adventures!
Psyched Paddleboarding provides Beginners SUP lessons to introduce people to the sport, guided SUP tours, guided SUP overnight tours, SUP Challenges, and SUP advance training in down winding and SUP Safety & Awareness courses. We also offer exciting holidays such as SUP retreats in Snowdonia and Anglesey North Wales, West Coast of Scotland and further afield. Join Sian and the team for advanced training sessions to give you the confidence and skills to fully prepare you for your own SUP adventures.
Sian and Psyched Paddleboarding has been featured on BBC, ITV, ITV Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Wales, Telegraph, Sky News, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Independent, i Newspaper, HuffPost, Countryfile, Visit Wales, Blue Peter, ITV Coast & Country, Porsche, Blacks Outdoors, Coast Magazine, Welsh Coastal Magazine, SUP International, SUP Boarder Magazine, SUP Connect, Limitless Pursuits, Daily Post and Wales Online and several blogs.
Read more about Sian in our blog
Oct 3, 2018
June 19, 2018
Anglesey Receives ‘ Plastic Free Community ‘ Status
Apr 4, 2019