Valley Sirona: 3 sizes NOW available & to demo

  • By Cathy Wagstaff
  • 02 May, 2016

Sea Kayak Oban now has all 3 sizes of the Valley sea kayaks Sirona 15.10, 16.1 and 16.4. It is worth noting they are designed to fit the same people who fit Valley sea kayaks Etain 17.1, 17.5 and 17.7. 

The first plastic Sirona 16.1 RM arrived earch March 2016.

The Sirona is the replacement for the Avocet. A great all round sea kayak but with the emphasis on manoeuverability, which compliments the Etain which really covers the miles quickly and has even more carrying capacity.

If you envisage touring and playing then this is the boat for you. We have demo kayaks of all 3 sizes and stock of the 16.1.
The 16.4 is the latest to arrive in Oban and one of our customers, who has a Tempest 180 composite sat in it and loved the fit and the comfort. This has the larger cockpit and seat found in the latest Etain 17.7.

By Cathy Wagstaff 05 Aug, 2017
Saturday 26th August 2017
Oban North Pier, 1pm
www.obanseakayakrace.org
Contact Oban Sea Kayak Race directly to book your place.
Our Epic Surfski demo V8 is still available to rent for the event... just let us know in advance
By Cathy Wagstaff 23 Jul, 2017
This summer we are open 5 days a week and closed Wed and Thu, and open every week-end.
Mon: 10-5
Tue: 10-4
Wed: closed
Thu: closed
Fri: 11-5
Sat: 9-5
Sun: 10-5

By Cathy Wagstaff 18 Jul, 2017

As of February 2017, workers have earned an additional $833,000 through Patagonia Fair Trade program.

Apparel workers who make Patagonia clothing earned an additional $833,000 from fall 2014 to February 2017 through our participation in the Fair Trade program. Employees at Nature USA in Los Angeles voted to take their share of the money, which equaled up to six days pay, as a cash bonus to pay for such things as healthcare and college tuition for their children. At Hirdaramani in Sri Lanka, workers chose to use theirs to open a daycare center that provides factory workers with free child care, implement a health and sanitation program, and pay for sanitary napkins and undergarments to improve individual hygiene. And workers at MAS Leisureline, also in Sri Lanka, chose store vouchers to buy food, medicine, toiletries and other personal items. (These indirect benefits amounted to two weeks’ pay.)

Fair Trade is one of the first tools we’re using at Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their living standards and move them closer to earning a living wage.

This is how it works: We pay a premium for every Fair Trade Certified™ item that carries our label. That extra money goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. But that’s not all. The program also promotes worker health and safety and social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialog between workers and management. As of May 2016, more than 7,000 people working in factories that make Patagonia clothing had benefited from the program.

Because of its popularity among workers, factory owners and progressively minded customers, and its usefulness to us as a first step to raise workers’ wages, Patagonia’s participation in Fair Trade has grown rapidly. In 2014, we began by offering 10 Fair Trade clothing styles made in a single factory. In spring 2017, we’re selling 287 styles made in ten factories—including the world’s first full line of Fair Trade Certified board shorts and bikinis. By fall 2017, we expect to offer customers some 440 Fair Trade styles made in 12 different factories.

Also of note, most Fair Trade apparel factories are in Asia. But ours is the first apparel company to bring the program to factories in Mexico and the United States. We added certified factories in Colombia and Vietnam this spring, and we’ll be adding factories in Thailand and Nicaragua this fall.

“The benefits of the program have exceeded our expectations,” says Thuy Nguyen, manager of social and environmental responsibility who works on the Fair Trade program. “In addition to the premiums raising wages, our factories have reported improved worker morale and engagement. Since workers actively participate in the program, they understand and appreciate what Fair Trade can do. Few social programs have such a sweeping impact.”

Patagonia is one of more than 1,000 companies representing 30 product categories that sell Fair Trade Certified products. Since the program began in 1998, farmers and factory workers have earned some $400 million in premiums.

Visit fairtradeusa.org to learn more.


By Cathy Wagstaff 02 Jun, 2017
Our vacancy has been filled, thank you to everyone who checked out this page and applied.

You can meet Scott later this month. Passionate sea kayaker, photographer and film-maker, he will be joining us on 25th June for the summer.
By Cathy Wagstaff 28 Mar, 2017
The new Peak UK Ocean Bothy and the well-established Kokatat Storm Cag are designed to be pulled over your cag and buoyancy aid when emergency clothing is needed, and allow access to your buoyancy aid pockets.

They are equally at home when setting up camp in wet or windy conditions, or just chilling out in exposed spots.
Both are in stock and available to buy online or in person our shop in Oban.
By Cathy Wagstaff 18 Mar, 2017
A huge thanks to everyone who came to try our boats or offer support on the shore.
The demo day was a big success with about 40 people trying out over 20 different sea kayaks and surf skis.
Many thanks to Mike Sunderland  Simon McElroy for their help organising, loading and taking picture, and Geoff Pardoe for the use of the Killington Lake Sailing Club facilities.
The weather was perfect with just enough wind to make testing realistic, no rain and some sun.


Epic V6, Epic V5 (14ft plastic fast sit on top)

Northshore Atlantic & Atlantic LV composite and plastic & Ocean 17 & 17.6 composite.
P&H Cetus LV & MV , Scorpio MV, LV & the new HV
Valley Sirona 15.10 & 16.1 in both composite & plastic
Valley Etain 17.1 & 17.5 in composite & 17.5 in plastic

By Cathy Wagstaff 11 Mar, 2017
Sunday 12th March 2017 from 10am to 2pm
By Cathy Wagstaff 25 Feb, 2017
Delivery received Fri 10th March 2017! 

"The north west of Scotland is quite simply the best place to paddle a sea kayak in the world." - Gordon Brown.

On the north west coast of Scotland and around Skye there are islands galore, hidden beaches, tide races, great places to enjoy the local seafood and amazing people to meet. All of this set within a fantastic, variable culture of Norse and Gaelic influence that go to make this an area you will return to time and again. Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath, the names of the headlands at either end of the area contained within these pages, even have their own section in the weather forecast.

Fifty great voyages are described in a way that is both inspirational and informative. Details of launching and landing sites, tides and potential hazards are provided and the coast is described in exquisite detail. This means that it can also be used as a kayaker's 'pilot' for any journey they might wish to undertake in this area. It follows the successful format of other Pesda Press sea kayaking guides, presenting the information in a user-friendly fashion and making good use of maps and colour photographs.

Doug Cooper has wored at Scotland's National Outdoor Training Centre, Glenmore Lodge, as a Level 5 Coach in Sea and White Water. When not out on the water, Doug can be found in the mountains at work as a Mountain and Ski Instructor or at play in search of new crags or fresh powder tracks. He has sea kayaked extensively around the world and has always got a new destination and adventure planned. Doug is the author of several other books published by Pesda Press.

This title has not yet been released.

By Cathy Wagstaff 07 Feb, 2017
We are happy to announce that Peak UK's new shoulder-entry One Piece Suit  is in stock. Several years ago Peak introduced their unique leg-entry system, with the Explorer and Creek (now Whitewater), which has been copied but never bettered!  They are hard-wearing and we have been using them in National Kayak School since 2009.  The new   Adventure   suit now offers an alternative to the leg-entry, with a fully waterproof, flexible and curved Tizip 5mm shoulder-entry zip.
By Cathy Wagstaff 21 Dec, 2016
OPEN Thursday 22 December 10am to 5pm

OPEN Friday 23 December 10am to 4pm

As always we are available on email and the online shop is open 7 days a week.

We wish you a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you for visiting our shop and buying from us in 2016.
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