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.
23rd April 2017
The previous night I spoke at the Islay High School fundraising dinner, which was a superb evening. Then on the Sunday morning a group of us, (Stephen, Karen, and Heather), joined Rhona and I for a wee paddle in the sea loch. Wonderful people, and Rhona assures me, wonderful scenery!
The sea training in Oban the following 2 days didn’t quite go to plan due to gale force winds and heavy snow. However, Patrick did get his pound of flesh from me in the gym, Read more…
9th April 2017
Inspired by Joanne Hamilton-Vale’s awesome 24 hour, record-breaking 179.9km paddle, (see short video HERE), a few days ago, I decided to push myself harder today on Loch Tummel.
The conditions were almost perfect, with the predicted 10-12mph winds only showing themselves for 20 minutes towards the end, as a headwind. (The rest of the time the wind was no more than 2-3mph!)
The inspiration obviously worked, as I knocked another 5 minutes off my PB, Read more…
18th March 2017
After a couple of weeks off training, due to a wee cold, I thought I’d get back up to Tummel for a short paddle, between gales.
As you can see, my put-in point was nice and sheltered, but around the corner it wasn’t quite so.
Whilst I was out battling the winds, Stumpy was enjoying the hills!
I was told that I am frowning in these pics. It’s not really a frown, I’m just trying to work out if I’m 20 metres from shore or 200 metres. Read more…
28th February 2017
We are very lucky to have our good friend Krishna, (of Trekking Encounters Nepal), visiting us from Nepal. He left Kathmandu with temperatures of 24 degrees, and arrived in Edinburgh to temperatures only just above freezing.
Today we took him out for his first ever try of SUP. The temperature was a balmy 3 degrees, (in the sun), but the wind made it feel much cooler. (Hence his “frogman” outfit.)
He did really well, and it was great to see him on the water! Read more…
7th February 2017
The forecast was for snow overnight.
Sure enough, after a heavy dump this morning I opened the curtains to find a winter wonderland.
Very cold start to our 3 vs 4 circuit training session, but yet again, Rhona “the machine” Dunbar was uncatchable, and I had to bring up the rear! Read more…
6th February 2017
Another glorious morning on the water.
After pealing the frozen board from the frozen roof rack, it was off out onto a super calm Clunie.
It took 2 circuits before my frozen fingers started to come back to life, and during my 3rd and 4th circuit I had to paddle through some slushy ice.
By the time I had finished my training, the board had more ice on it than at the beginning! Wonderful! Read more…