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

10th June 2018

Yet another great day on Loch Tummel.
Rho and I started with a 2.5 hour training session, which, for me, in the heat was a total BOMB – Breathin’ Out Ma Bum!
After that we picked up Commander Stumpy and went back out to join Annabelle & Sophie who were exploring Tummel for the first time – “Marijuana Mansion”, “Sunken Island”, and “Oo er Missus”, saving “Camp Island” and maybe even “Tarzan’s Lodge” for next time.
Annabelle mentioned how it would be her dream to SUP with a dog on board, Read more…

Loch Tummel, Scotland

28th May 2018

First SUP-swim-SUP, (& Stumpy taxi), of the year, (sorry no pics).

A fantastic day today on Loch Tummel, with a 50 minute paddle up to Tarzan’s Lodge, in what felt like tropical temperatures.  Then stripped down to my budgie smugglers, (I bet you’re glad I don’t have photos now!), for a 15 minute swim into a headwind and waves, whilst towing my SUP, (backwards), and then a 65 minute paddle back to pick up Commander Stumpy for a short paddle to watch Rhona and Fiona swimming.

Happy days! Read more…

Loch Laggan, Scotland – DofE

24th May 2018

An amazing 3 day, 2 night, SUP expedition training session on Loch Laggan with Abby, Annabel, Annie, Ellie, Sally, Guy and Max from the Nairn Academy Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards.
The trip was led by the brilliant Jordan McNeilage, who among many other roles, played both casualty and mountain rescue in a very entertaining first aid training exercise, as well as introducing us all to the game of “Grab a Gran”, (which turned out not to be what I thought it was going to be!!)
The whole SUP exped idea was imagined, Read more…

River Tay, Perth, Scotland

15th May 2018

Thanks to my good friend Piotr of Outdoor Explore for taking me out on the River Tay for some training for the Sup11 – City Tour.
It was a challenging paddle with us paddling against the tide but with a strong wind behind us, and then turning around and paddling back up into the wind, but with the tide, with a few waves thrown in to make it interesting!
As well as using these sessions to get some of his own training done, Piotr has been showing and explaining different aspects of the lower river to me, Read more…

Loch Maree, Scotland

6th May 2018

Loch Awe has always been my favourite loch, but after our first visit here, Loch Maree is now a close 2nd.
They say it is all about timing, and we timed it just right.
Hitting the water just after 8am, we spent 3 hours paddling up the loch exploring the islands, and fishing Stumpy out of the water and back up onto the board.
We then dropped her off at the van and had another couple of hours paddling in the other direction. Read more…

Loch Rannoch, Scotland

1st April 2018

Glassy calm day on Loch Rannoch. Rho & I took Commander Stumpy out for a paddle on the Dragon, (on her board matt). Not a breath of wind, the sun shining & surrounded by snow-capped hills, including a wonderful view of Schiehallion.

OH aye, and not a bad view from our camping spot either. .

Read more…


SUP BLOG ARCHIVE:

  • 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
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