‘Complete Novice’ Beats UK Heat Wave With Overnight SUP Adventure

Tranquility abounds with an overnight SUP camping trip down the River Thames — in the middle of the United Kingdom’s heat wave.

Stevie Wyatt really loves the River Thames. The Brit’s first YouTube videos involved a multiday kayaking trip down the entire river, filmed mostly with his phone.

His latest video follows his first attempt to make an easy, one-night camping trip using a standup paddleboard. With just a hammock, a simple cook set, and a poncho for a sleeping bag, Wyatt finds a way to beat the heat as the UK faces record-high temperatures.

“I’m still a complete novice with the stand-up paddle thing,” Wyatt says. “There’s a different perspective from kayaking. It’s a different pace.”

Runtime: 18 minutes

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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.

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