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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…