During a week of the worst snow we have seen in years, we are looking ahead to the paddling adventures that 2018 has in store. And we would love to play a part in inspiring some of yours!
The International Paddling Film Festival is coming back to Pinkston on 28th April 2018 and tickets are on sale now get the date in your diary
The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.
With 20 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the 10 festival category winners, audiences will see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.
Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films like:
Chasing Wild - Three friends set off on a 400-kilometer bikepacking and packraft expedition to understand what is at stake as new mines are developed across the Sacred Headwaters; Connected By Canoe - The canoe has many lessons to teach, such as “we’re all in the same boat”—can it also help Canadians of all backgrounds, regions and beliefs build an equitable, sustainable and inclusive future?; Dugout - Two friends come up with a simple plan. Travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an Indigenous community, learn how to build a canoe, then go on an adventure; Freedom – When avid kayaker Emily faces the biggest challenge of her life she shows us how to live without regrets; Inside The Indus - Adventure kayakers Aniol Serrasolses, Mike Dawson and Ciaran Heurteau venture into the Rondu Gorge on the Indus River in Northern Pakistan to take on extreme whitewater; Into Twin Galaxies - Using kite skis, three National Geographic Adventurers Of The Year tow their whitewater kayaks more than 1,000 kilometers on the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled; Return From Desolation - The story of an Afghan War vet who fought his way back from addiction and certain death through the wild, serpentine rivers of the American Southwest; The Time Travelers - The USA Rafting Team has never won a world championship, but that didn't stop them from attempting to break a legendary speed record through the Grand Canyon.
As the weather is almost getting warmer we were delighted to welcome back our Monday night regulars to park and play. The added challenge of the still wintery temperature was more than made up for by the buzzing atmosphere that paddlers bring.
Please get in touch with us for more information about Park and Play, or about any of the sessions delivered at Pinkston
"A social enterprise is a dynamic, ethical and sustainable way of doing business which positively impacts communities and makes a difference to people, the environment and the economy"
At Pinkston Watersports we are very proud of our strategic objectives - strongly rooted in operating as a successful business for the purpose of benefiting our local community. We are also very proud to be part of a fantastic network of other enterprises operating in Glasgow for the wider social good.
Look out for us on page 122 - Pocket Guide to Glasgow Social Enterprise Network
Pinkston played host to the Glasgow Hang Challenge on Wednesday 24th January as part of our early in the year open day. Despite being a cold and blustery January day the centre was buzzing with people, with new faces taking part in the hang challenge, and in rafting sessions delivered by Outdoor Pursuits Scotland.
There were nearly 30 people at our first park and play session of 2018, 16 new rafters, and a whole host of people taking on the hang challenge. We also thoroughly enjoyed talking with people who may be bringing groups to take part in community activities offered by Pinkston over the coming year.
We are excited to see what the rest of 2018 brings!
We are very much in the quiet period at Pinkston, with the weather colder and the basin even freezing over on occasion. It has been great to see an assortment of users still making full use of the water – clubs, freestyle, slalom, rescue services – all still braving the weather to make the most of what Pinkston has to offer. We admire your dedication!
For the staff and trustees for Glasgow Watersports we are looking forward to continuing to work with the great people we have built relationships with over the past 4 years, but are also looking ahead at building the service on offer. We are excited to see how this pans out, and will continue to welcome any feedback or suggestions that would help us on this journey!
As part of an introduction to/reminder of some of the direct sessions for schools and community groups, and commercial sessions for the wider public we are having an open day on the 24th January . As part of this day we will be hosting the Glasgow Hang Challenge . So please come along and find out more. As well as the hang challenge there will be free canoe taster sessions from 2-5pm, and free rafting sessions delivered by our friends at Outdoor Pursuits Scotland (to book contact Hannah@pinkston.co.uk), and a free park and play from 4-6pm. We'll also be available from 2-7pm to have a chat about some of the sessions that we can offer your groups - ranging from one off session to an SQA accredited course.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 24th!
With the support of Tesco Groundworks Scheme we were able to offer the opportunity to over 40 young people through local youth groups and organisations to take part in a week long kayaking course over the summer holidays. As part of this course the young people were able to get a paddlepower passport and certificate, and many by the end of the week were paddling down the white-water course. We hope they all had as much fun as we did, but the smiles suggested they might have! One of the objectives of Pinkston Water-sports is to ensure that everyone is able to experience the fun and wider benefits that water-sports can provide. Everyone at Pinkston is looking forward to continuing to run these and similar sessions in the future, and hope to see some of those who took part over the summer back to join in some of the other activities that we have on offer.
Pinkston Water-sports, in the heart of Glasgow, offers a range of facilities for taking part in water activities. The links below offer a bit more information about the activities we have on offer. These range from learning to kayak or canoe, taking your first steps on our exhilarating white water course, open water swimming, and white water rafting. We are also a social enterprise and one of our key objectives is to promote opportunities to participate in watersports to the local community. Please get in touch for further details.