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.


Clunie Loch, Scotland

3rd August 2017

The end of another training session on Clunie Loch – wind rain and sunshine.

Now tucking into boil in the bag Mexican tuna pasta and rice with sweetcorn. Sweetcorn? Sweetcorn! What the… Read more…

Baltic Sea, Poland

24th July 2017

After a couple of days R&R, (Rock & Re-hydration – seeing one of Poland’s biggest bands “Kult” & many, many beers), we were back on the water.
The girls – George & Rhona – had arrived on the 22nd, so we took them for a wee paddle around Gdansk before heading off to the beach with Milena, Jedrzej and Szymon for some SUP fun!

The sea was pretty lumpy, but this didn’t put Milena and Szymon off.  This was their first time on the sea on a SUP, Read more…

Lake Drużno, Poland

21st July 2017

After a recent wrist injury started playing up, we decided to swap the planned 80km training paddle for an easy 15k one at Lake Drużno, near Elblag.

Milena and Jedrzej, ,(Swiat z Kajaka), had been keen to check this route out for a while.

With Piotr and I on SUPs, and the other 2 in their kayaks, we hit the water. Starting off in very high reeds, we made our way out onto a cleared channel, Read more…

Gdansk to the Baltic Sea

20th July 2017

The plan was to paddle between 20 and 40k on Poland’s longest and largest river, the Vistula, (over 1,000km long).

With the help from Szymon, ( from Swiat z Kajaka), Piotr sorted a route that would take us from the basin to the Baltic Sea.

The paddling was tough, with a 12-20kmph head/cross wind for the first 15km. To add to the fun, I paddled into a fishing line. The first thing I knew was when I felt the line run across my shins, Read more…

Gdansk, Poland

19th July 2017

Last year I met up with local paddler Piotr Gudan of Outdoor Explore  for some paddling.  Piotr is originally from Poland and had told me that it would be a great place to SUP. 
On the 18th of July we flew into Gdansk, where we were met by 2 of Piotr’s friends, Milena and Jedrzej of Swiat z Kajaka.  For the next week we would be using their centre as our water base – “the basin”.
The next morning we arrived at the basin where I unpacked my awesome 2018 14’x26” Red Paddle Elite SUP and Ultimate Carbon paddle. Read more…

Loch Tummel, (aka Loch Wind Tunnel), Scotland

16th July 2017

Crikey, what a blast!!
I normally check the BBC weather forecast for Pitlochry, then either add 50% or double to the predicted wind.  Today was a double plus!
With a forecasted wind of 11kmph, when I arrived it was definitely above 20, with gusts of over 30!  (In these gusts all I could do was try to keep the board pointing forward, as we went backwards, at speed, waiting for the gust to stop.)
The waves at one point were over 2ft, and whilst riding my 14’ board on 2 waves at once, Read more…


SUP BLOG ARCHIVE:

  • 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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