We are Summit to Sea Retail, Anglesey's biggest independent outdoor retailer and arguably North Wales largest kayak retailer. We chose our location to ensure that we could offer outstanding service to sea kayak customers in an area that attracts visitors not just from all over the UK, but worldwide. We carry sea kayaks from P&H, Tiderace, SKUK, Valley, North Shore & Venture Kayaks. We run an extensive demo fleet. We offer paddles from Mitchell Blades (handmade in Chester), Lendal (produced locally in Holyhead) and Werner. We have clothing & accessories from Peak UK, Kokatat, NRS, Typhoon and more.
Being located so close to Stanley, a tidal playboating hotspot means that we're also ideally suited to demo playboats, whatever the weather, we have whitewater boats from Pyranha, Jackson & Wavesport.
We've come from humble beginnings, starting out in a double garage with an ebay shop, moving into a large "shed" which we built ourselves and created a 6m by 6m showroom. In 2011 we expanded into a 2,000 square foot showroom in Valley, in September 2017 we expanded again into a 4,000 square foot showroom in Holyhead.
Our background is in teaching and coaching which led us to take a different approach to selling kayaks, we firmly believe that you "shouldn't buy it, unless you've tried it and liked it".
Our original aim was to meet the needs of kayakers, climbers & campers visiting the island, but suddenly finding they had forgotten an essential piece of equipment, that was going to ruin their weekend.
When we first visited the island, the absence of any outdoor equipment suppliers struck us as odd, particularly when compared with "honeypot" locations like Betws y Coed, Ambleside, Keswick, Fort William & Aviemore. Our original visit to the island was to climb on the sea cliffs of Gogarth, it was in the days before the A55 dual carriageway was built across the island. A visit to the "wild west" was a true expedition, you needed to ensure that you were self-sufficient, as it was a long way from anywhere to get any essentials you may have forgotten. To this end, we also stock climbing equipment (it was Pete the owners first passion in the outdoors and the activity that led him to a career in the outdoors) as a result we stock equipment from Wild Country, Petzl, Beal, Red Chili, La Sportiva and guidebooks from the Climbers Club & Ground Up. We have an extensive range of outdoor clothing from Rab & Montane. We carry tents from MSR, Vango, Terra Nova, Wild Country & more, sleeping bags from Rab & Vango, mats from Exped & Therm-a-Rest, stoves & Cookware from MSR, Jetboil, Optimus, Trangia, Go Systems.
In 2012, we addressed the needs of a number of our customers by expanding into bikes as there was no bike shop locally, as a result we now stock bicycles from Mondraker, Saracen & Ridgeback components from Shimano, Formula, SDG, RaceFace, clothing from Madison, Pearl iZUMi & RaceFace, helmets from Lazer & a great range of tools and accessories.