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.


Lismore Lighthouse, west coast of Scotland

18th June 2017

As ¾ of the UK was bathed in sunshine, Patrick Winterton and I paddled out to Lismore lighthouse from Oban and back again, with wind, rain, and lots of CalMac Ferries wakes for company.
For the majority of the way back, the wind was replaced by thick fog, and due to poor visibility we had to paddle back on a compass bearing.  At one point Patrick commented that I was the only other thing he could see in the fog.  I apologised for that!
This 17km round trip took us a little over 2.5 hours to complete, Read more…

Gijon, Spain

6th June 2017

Thanks to the crew from Gijon for making Rhona Dunbar, Stumpy, and I so very welcome, and for taking us out for some cracking paddles over the past few weeks. It was very sad to say “adios”, but we’re hope to say “hola” again, soon!
Pictured below: Pablo, Iván Boto Joanna, and Hugo Escuela Asturiana de Surf Also thanks to hairy Hugo and Ricardo who had left before the camera came out and things got any louder! Read more…

Riano, Spain

5th June 2017

On Saturday we popped back to Riano for a paddle with Julie Phelan & Martin Shakeshaft Unfortunately the weather was crap, so no paddle done.
On Sunday the weather wasn’t any better so looked like a bust. Then Martin checked the weather and Monday looked like a possibility.
Superb conditions. Nice bit of sunshine, with a gentle tailwind blowing us back to the vans afterward. (It even got warm enough for me to take a dip!) Read more…

Bufones de Pria, Asturias, Spain

1st June 2017

Pablo describes this stretch of coastline as “if dragons existed, this is where they would live”. With the dramatic cliffs and sea caves you can understand what he means, but today in a fog that remained throughout our 3.5 hour paddle, it seemed even more likely.
We were out with Hugo (Escuela Asturiana de Surf) and some of his clients, as well as Iván who was trying out his new Red Paddle 14×25. (Todays’ conditions certainly made it very challenging on such a narrow board.)
After lunch Pablo and I hit the sea again for another couple of hours, Read more…

Porma, Castille y leon Spain

27th May 2017

Great paddle on Embalse de Porma me on my Red Paddle Sup and Rho on her Gong prone board. Weather was pretty good with some wind toward the end but little did we know that 12 hours later we would be lying awake in the bus watching an amazing storm that lasted over 5 hours and lightning flashes every 2-3 seconds and a massive hail storm with stones that sounded as big as golf balls. Read more…

Rio Navia, Asturias, Spain

14th May 2017

After 30 minutes of paddling, (being lost for 20 of them), I decided to go back and get a guide.

Read more…


SUP BLOG ARCHIVE:

  • 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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