The Joy of SUP - The Paddleboarding Sunshine Podcast

Lesley Robinson - Heron and Hush community, RED January, Trent 100 and Babybels

February 04, 2022 Season 3 Episode 3
The Joy of SUP - The Paddleboarding Sunshine Podcast
Lesley Robinson - Heron and Hush community, RED January, Trent 100 and Babybels
Show Notes

I am thrilled to welcome Lesley Robinson of Heron and Hush to The Joy of SUP Podcast.

I  discovered Lesley on Instagram when I saw her fundraising for RED January, a campaign founded by Hannah Beecham encouraging us to move every day to Beat The Blues in January and fundraise for mental health charities. 

Lesley tells us more:

My love of the outdoors grew with me from a young age when we would go for hikes for my little legs, through woodland, farmland, fields, or by the lakes and rivers. If we weren’t walking, we were cycling miles along dirt tracks in the Hertfordshire villages or playing outside. I can't tell you how much I dislike being inside! ‘Outside is the best side’ and where I feel that sparkle, that warm feeling.

18 years ago, I moved to Bedford, a short walk away from the river and the country park and knew instantly that being closer to nature felt better, years went by where I enjoyed these blue and green spaces by myself and with friends and family.

Returning from holiday several years ago, I had a SUP taster session on my local river, the River Great Ouse and I was hooked! After spending as much time as I could on the water and attending different SUP courses and clinics, I decided to go for my SUP Instructor Qualification with ASI and now… Heron and Hush is heading into it’s third year! 

There’s nothing I love more than seeing those smiles at the end of a session and the incredible effect being on the water has on everyone, from the soothing and calming moments where we connect with nature to the fun and frolics we have. 

Heron and Hush has grown so much, through some tough times! I think we provide something for everyone, new experiences, edging out of your comfort zone with that support and knowledge on hand.. I want to make SUP accessible for everyone in a way that they enjoy and have the most fun! 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Founding Heron and Hush
  • Becoming an ASI instructor
  • Fundraising for RED January with Sport in MIND with our REDy Set Paddle for RED January events
  • FACES Bedford - a charity supporting local families
  • Holding Planet Patrol Clean-ups
  • Running specialist race clinics with Starboard TeamRacer Ben Pye
  • Weekly SUPper Club and lessons for beginners and improvers
  • Taking part in the Trent 100
  • Working with Anu and the team at Paddleboarding London
  • SUP Surf skills weekends with Daddyboards Scott McLashan 
  • SUP Staycations in Wales, sponsored by Panda Boardsport 
  • Creating communities and friendship through SUP for everyone

Find Lesley here:
Instagram and Facebook  @heronandhush

Thank you so much to Bluefin SUP for sponsoring Season 3 of the podcast.

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Wishing you sunshine, thank you for listening, Jo x 

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