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

14th August 2018

Only a couple of weeks until the 11 City. After a great w/end on Loch Tummel with Rhona, Allistair, & Alison – 25k on Saturday in the sun, and then 18k in the wind & rain on Sunday – Rho and I returned to Tummel again on Monday evening, so I could have an early paddle on Tuesday.
On the 11C, we are likely to be awake for 35+ hours, and after speaking to my great mate and kayak adventurer extraordinaire, Patrick Winterton, he advised me that I should get in some sleep deprivation training. Read more…

Loch Tummel, Scotland

4th August 2018

SUPing at 5am today.  Up before the sun!

 

 

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Loch Tummel, Scotland

31st July 2018

Up before the sun on Loch Tummel this morning. Rho took these pics after paddling 10km up the loch. Now she just had to do another 10km to get back!
We’re lovin’ these early morning paddles.

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Loch Tummel, Scotland

8th July 2018

How come the waves never look as big on the photos as they actually were?
With 20+kmph winds, and gusts of over 30, todays’ paddle on Howlin’ Tummel was a real tester.
At some points it was easier to pull the blade back through the water than push it forward through the air.
These conditions proved to be a great opportunity for me to try and surf the bigger waves. Whilst doing this I learned to high and low brace, (purely by accident). I’m not really sure what I did, Read more…

Lake Windermere, England

23rd June 2018

In 2015 Rhona and I met Allistair and Alison for the first time at the Windermere Solstice SUP festival. Little did we know then that we would become firm friends, and take on many adventures together.
3 years later we were back at the same event, but this time as a Dragon team. (The only Dragon team!)
As always, we had chatted about this being a fun paddle, but standing at the start line, we started to discuss tactics. Apparently only one person had ever done the 10.5 mile course in under 2 hours. Read more…

Loch Lomond, Scotland

16th June 2018

Wet, windy, wild, and lumpy, are just some of the nick-names of those present!
Old friends and new all met up for a challenging wee paddle from Luss to Balmaha, and back again.
Starting off in the shelter of the islands, we were doing fine, but every so often we’d have to make a dash across the windswept open sections, and that’s when things became lumpy and challenging. Add rain into the mix, and nobody was dry by the time we reached the café in Balmaha. Read more…


SUP BLOG ARCHIVE:

  • 10 Jun 2018 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 28 May 2018 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 24 May 2018 - Loch Laggan, Scotland - DofE
  • 15 May 2018 - River Tay, Perth, Scotland
  • 06 May 2018 - Loch Maree, Scotland
  • 01 Apr 2018 - Loch Rannoch, Scotland
  • 28 Mar 2018 - River Tay, Perth, Scotland
  • 27 Mar 2018 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 24 Mar 2018 - Crinan Canal, Scotland
  • 28 Jan 2018 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 27 Jan 2018 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 10 Dec 2017 - Nairn, Scotland
  • 20 Nov 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 06 Nov 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 14 Oct 2017 - Great Glen Paddle, Scotland
  • 09 Oct 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland - PB
  • 17 Sep 2017 - SUP 11-City Tour – Dokkum to Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
  • 11 Sep 2017 - SUP 11-City Non-stop – Friesland, Netherlands
  • 03 Aug 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 24 Jul 2017 - Baltic Sea, Poland
  • 21 Jul 2017 - Lake Drużno, Poland
  • 20 Jul 2017 - Gdansk to the Baltic Sea
  • 19 Jul 2017 - Gdansk, Poland
  • 16 Jul 2017 - Loch Tummel, (aka Loch Wind Tunnel), Scotland
  • 04 Jul 2017 - North Uist to St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
  • 18 Jun 2017 - Lismore Lighthouse, west coast of Scotland
  • 06 Jun 2017 - Gijon, Spain
  • 05 Jun 2017 - Riano, Spain
  • 01 Jun 2017 - Bufones de Pria, Asturias, Spain
  • 27 May 2017 - Porma, Castille y leon Spain
  • 14 May 2017 - Rio Navia, Asturias, Spain
  • 23 Apr 2017 - Islay, Scotland.
  • 09 Apr 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 18 Mar 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 28 Feb 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 07 Feb 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 06 Feb 2017 - Clunie Loch, Scotland
  • 05 Feb 2017 - Loch Tummel, Scotland
  • 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
  • SPONSORS

    These sponsors have been a tremendous help in supplying kit and support for my challenges.