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Sian Sykes – the first person to SUP around the whole of Wales

On the 60th day of her adventure, Sian completed her solo and unsupported  SUP circumnavigation of Wales. Starting at Connahs Quay just after the snow finished in March, Sian’s route took her down the River Dee into Chester, along the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal and Montgomery Canal, 4km walk with her board along roads, River Vyrnwy, River Severn, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and then out into the Severn Estuary. From there she paddled around the coast of Wales and her home on Anglesey to finish back at Connahs Quay on 4th May where she was greeted by friends and her parents who have all been following her journey on her social media accounts.


Whilst a significant personal challenge Sian has done the trip to help in her pursuit of raising awareness of the plight of plastic in our oceans and single use plastics. In fact, Sian has completed the trip without using any single use plastic and has, along the way, been collecting plastic that she has found in the canals, rivers and at sea. Sian has been asking people along the way to make a pledge to use alternatives to single use plastics.


Sian is also raising money for Surfers Against Sewage, North Wales Wildlife Trust and the RNLI.

Sian has been reporting her trip on her social media channels but is producing a film to be released later in the year.

Catch up with Sian at:


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Editor of The Paddler magazine and Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Mag UK.

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