SUP Blog

In April 2014, after some encouragement from my great mate Carl Sawyer, and with the help of the guys at Wilderness SUP, I bought my first stand up paddle-board, (SUP).  Little did I know then, but this was to become a huge part of my life.

Throughout 2014 I set several SUP firsts, and in the October, along with Carl and his brother Jason, we spent 3 days paddling the 92km Caledonian Canal, from Fort William to Inverness.

In 2015, records set included being the first people, (along with Carl), to paddle the 50km sea crossing from the Scilly Isles to Cornwall on inflatable SUPs.

In 2016 I teamed up with Allistair Swinsco and Ian Cromack, and yet more records were set, such as the ASKT, 3 Lakes Challenge and the Magnificent 7.  I finished the year by going back to the Caledonian Canal, (this time with Allistair), and paddling the 92km route non-stop, (see Great Geln Paddle Challenge).

Now in 2017, I have yet more challenges to attempt, with my biggest yet in September, the 11 City SUP non-stop – 220km, no-stop, in under 35 hours. 

All of the above, and so much more, can be found below.

I have also had a lot of help from my sponsors, so I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to them.  Your support has been, and continues to be, very much appreciated.


Loch Tummel, Scotland

9th April 2017

Inspired by Joanne Hamilton-Vale’s awesome 24 hour, record-breaking 179.9km paddle, (see short video HERE), a few days ago, I decided to push myself harder today on Loch Tummel.
The conditions were almost perfect, with the predicted 10-12mph winds only showing themselves for 20 minutes towards the end, as a headwind.  (The rest of the time the wind was no more than 2-3mph!)
The inspiration obviously worked, as I knocked another 5 minutes off my PB, Read more…

Loch Tummel, Scotland

18th March 2017

After a couple of weeks off training, due to a wee cold, I thought I’d get back up to Tummel for a short paddle, between gales.
As you can see, my put-in point was nice and sheltered, but around the corner it wasn’t quite so.
Whilst I was out battling the winds, Stumpy was enjoying the hills!
I was told that I am frowning in these pics.  It’s not really a frown, I’m just trying to work out if I’m 20 metres from shore or 200 metres.  Read more…

Clunie Loch, Scotland

28th February 2017

We are very lucky to have our good friend Krishna, (of Trekking Encounters Nepal), visiting us from Nepal.  He left Kathmandu with temperatures of 24 degrees, and arrived in Edinburgh to temperatures only just above freezing.
Today we took him out for his first ever try of SUP.  The temperature was a balmy 3 degrees, (in the sun), but the wind made it feel much cooler.  (Hence his “frogman” outfit.)
He did really well, and it was great to see him on the water!  Read more…

Clunie Loch, Scotland

7th February 2017

The forecast was for snow overnight.
Sure enough, after a heavy dump this morning I opened the curtains to find a winter wonderland.
Very cold start to our 3 vs 4 circuit training session, but yet again, Rhona “the machine” Dunbar was uncatchable, and I had to bring up the rear! Read more…

Clunie Loch, Scotland

6th February 2017

Another glorious morning on the water. 
After pealing the frozen board from the frozen roof rack, it was off out onto a super calm Clunie. 
It took 2 circuits before my frozen fingers started to come back to life, and during my 3rd and 4th circuit I had to paddle through some slushy ice.
By the time I had finished my training, the board had more ice on it than at the beginning!  Wonderful! Read more…

Loch Tummel, Scotland

5th February 2017

Wow, where did that come from!?!
The forecast was winds of 1-2mph, light cloud with sunny intervals, and NO rain.  Aye right!
The paddle started well.  Within 15 minutes my cap was off and 10 minutes after that so was my Seti waffle top.  (If it carries on like this I’ll soon be topless!)  Fortunately for the local population, (mainly geese), the weather stepped in.
40 minutes into my 3 hour paddle, the cloud dropped and a wee bit of rain started.  20 minutes later that wee bit of rain was getting heavy; Read more…


SUP BLOG ARCHIVE:

  • 31 Jan 2017 - Loch Tay, Scotland
  • 30 Jan 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 29 Jan 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 24 Jan 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 17 Jan 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 09 Jan 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 06 Jan 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 02 Jan 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 20 Dec 2016 - Loch Tay, Scotland
  • 18 Dec 2016 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 29 Oct 2016 - Loch Rannoch, Scotland
  • 15 Oct 2016 - Great Glen Paddle Challenge, Scotland
  • 02 Oct 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 28 Sep 2016 - Loch Tay
  • 23 Sep 2016 - Loch Awe
  • 22 Sep 2016 - Loch Awe
  • 19 Sep 2016 - Loch Awe
  • 27 Aug 2016 - Isle of Bute, Scotland
  • 08 Aug 2016 - The Magnificent 7 (8th-15 Aug)
  • 17 Jul 2016 - 3 Lake Challenge
  • 02 Jul 2016 - Loch Tay
  • 02 Jul 2016 - Loch Tay
  • 26 Jun 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 18 Jun 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 28 May 2016 - SUP Til You Drop – Ullswater, Lake District, England (28-30th May)
  • 12 May 2016 - Argyll Sea Kayak Trail (12-15 May 2016)
  • 22 Apr 2016 - Mallorca - 22nd-29th April, 2016
  • 16 Apr 2016 - Loch Lomond
  • 10 Apr 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 02 Apr 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 19 Mar 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 13 Mar 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 05 Mar 2016 - Loch Tay
  • 01 Mar 2016 - Union Canal, Edinburgh
  • 20 Feb 2016 - Loch Tummel
  • 14 Feb 2016 - Linlithgow
  • 30 Jan 2016 - Clunie Loch
  • 08 Dec 2015 - Loch Awe, Scotland
  • 22 Nov 2015 - Loch Tummel
  • 21 Nov 2015 - Clunie Loch
  • 01 Nov 2015 - Loch Tummel
  • 24 Oct 2015 - Loch Tummel
  • 18 Oct 2015 - Firth of the Forth
  • 10 Oct 2015 - Loch Tummel
  • 17 Sep 2015 - Arran
  • 16 Sep 2015 - Arran
  • 18 Aug 2015 - Loch Tay
  • 15 Aug 2015 - Edinburgh
  • 08 Aug 2015 - Loch Lomond (8th/9th August, 2015)
  • 26 Jul 2015 - Loch Tay
  • 19 Jul 2015 - Loch Lomond
  • 10 Jul 2015 - SUP it and See 2: Board Scilly online
  • 24 Jun 2015 - Celtic Crossing, Scilly Isles to Cornwall
  • 20 Jun 2015 - Lake Windermere
  • 14 Jun 2015 - Loch Tay (double)
  • 10 Jun 2015 - Clunie
  • 30 May 2015 - Kerrera, west coast of Scotland
  • 23 May 2015 - Loch Tay
  • 18 May 2015 - near Barcelona, Spain
  • 07 May 2015 - Devon (7th-12th May, 2015)
  • 02 May 2015 - Clunie
  • 29 Apr 2015 - Windermere Canoe Kayak Annual Summer Solstice race
  • 18 Apr 2015 - Porto Petro, Mallorca (18th – 25th April, 2015)
  • 01 Apr 2015 - Clunie Loch
  • 29 Mar 2015 - Clunie Loch
  • 22 Mar 2015 - Exmouth
  • 14 Mar 2015 - Clunie Loch
  • 20 Feb 2015 - En route to Fort William
  • 08 Feb 2015 - Clunie Loch
  • 25 Jan 2015 - Clunie Loch
  • 07 Dec 2014 - Balmedie, Aberdeenshire
  • 21 Nov 2014 - River Tay, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
  • 17 Nov 2014 - Loch Ba
  • 09 Nov 2014 - Clunie Loch
  • 02 Nov 2014 - Loch a’ Choire, Ben Vrackie
  • 08 Oct 2014 - Loch Tay
  • 08 Oct 2014 - SUPM
  • 02 Oct 2014 - Caledonian Canal, (Fort William to Inverness, 2nd-4th October, 2014)
  • 13 Sep 2014 - Arran (13th-21st September, 2014)
  • 10 Sep 2014 - Walkers Shortbread sponsor Great Glen SUP
  • 07 Sep 2014 - Clunie
  • 04 Sep 2014 - Clunie
  • 31 Aug 2014 - Clunie
  • 12 Aug 2014 - SUP – UK’s Highest SUP Club
  • 10 Aug 2014 - Clunie
  • 03 Aug 2014 - Clunie
  • 26 Jul 2014 - Loch Etchachan
  • 25 Jul 2014 - Loch Tay report online
  • 20 Jul 2014 - Loch Tay
  • 13 Jul 2014 - Loch Tay
  • 10 Jul 2014 - Clunie Loch
  • 09 Jul 2014 - Clunie Loch
  • 05 Jul 2014 - Loch Ard
  • 25 Jun 2014 - Swimming news helps SUP!
  • 22 Jun 2014 - Clunie Loch
  • 12 May 2014 - Clunie Loch
  • 05 May 2014 - Exmouth
  • 02 May 2014 - River Exe
  • 30 Apr 2014 - Lulworth Cove
  • 29 Apr 2014 - Shoreham
  • 24 Apr 2014 - Ocean Source loaned me a board!
  • 15 Apr 2014 - Ratho
  • 02 Apr 2014 - River Earn
  • 27 Mar 2014 - River Tay
  • 01 Dec 2013 - Pre-2014 - Exmouth, Devon
  • 06 Jan 2013 - test 4
  • 06 Jun 2001 - Title1
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