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

20th November 2017

Today I had the pleasure of taking my LUCKY Greek friend Lino out for a paddle on Loch Tummel.

The forecast was for a lumpy loch with strong winds and heavy rain. The rain was light and lasted for our first 20 minutes and last 10, (not bad for a 3 hour trip), and the wind never appeared. Lino got to see a very rare sight, a glassy flat Loch Tummel! I’ve paddled here well over 100 times, and have experienced these conditions less than 5 times! Read more…

Loch Tummel, Scotland

6th November 2017

A challenging paddle with a déjà vu is end!

After our first sub-zero night in the bus this winter, the first job of the day was to clear the ice from my new 25” 14’ Elite Red Paddle board. (It turns out that my last Elite was 26” wide and not 25” as I’d thought, so this board should be even faster, if a tad more tippy!)

With almost no wind predicted, I reckoned a new Tummel PB could be on the cards. Read more…

Great Glen Paddle, Scotland

14th October 2017

The forecast for the 2017 UK SUP Great Glen Paddle, (92km non-stop paddle from Fort William to Inverness), was looking good.  With predicted tailwinds of 17kmph from Fort William to Fort Augustus, and a slight increase to 25kmph up Loch Ness.  These winds would be much more favourable than the 30-40kmph winds of the previous year, and a new race record could be on the cards.  However, the forecasters do sometimes get it wrong.  Read more HERE. Read more…

Loch Tummel, Scotland – PB

9th October 2017

Great paddle on Tummel this morning. A new PB of 2½ hours for 20km. A combination of awesome kit – Red Paddle 14’ Elite, Palm clothing, and new SBS paddle – and super calm water!

Then it was time to try out our Sealblades, (retractable hand paddles), on the prone board. Repeatedly plunging your bare hands into a chilly Scottish loch in October is not the brightest thing I’ve ever done. Don’t you just hate those smart-arses who bring their gloves with them, Read more…

SUP 11-City Tour – Dokkum to Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

17th September 2017

After my eyes had recovered from the non-stop event, along with Jo, we paddled the 5th day of the SUP 11- City tour. This section was run as a time trial. The paddlers were to be set off at 1 minute intervals.

The organisers agreed to let Jo and I go first. There was a very low bridge, which could only be passed under by lying on our boards. (This would take longer for us to pass under, as Jo had to give me instructions on how and when to paddle.) As soon as we were through, Read more…

SUP 11-City Non-stop – Friesland, Netherlands

11th September 2017

For the last year I have been training for this years’ SUP 11-City 220km non-stop event.  It didn’t quite go to plan.  Find out more HERE Read more…


SUP BLOG ARCHIVE:

  • 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
  • SPONSORS

    These sponsors have been a tremendous help in supplying kit and support for my challenges.