Extreme Dreams is a showcase for Dean Dunbar, blind adventurer

Two years after being registered blind, at the age of 29, Dean did a charity tandem skydive which changed his life.

Since then he has notched up over 100 activities around the world, ranging from adventure racing to zorbing, and set almost 25 world firsts in activities ranging from open-water swimming to stand up paddle-boarding.

And there’s more, over 80 challenges in fact…!

Click on any challenge for the full write-up:


So, for the 2nd year, the SUP 11 City Tour didn’t go to plan. With a severe case of Plantar Fasciitis, (still causing pain 3 months later), it is with sadness that I have decided I won’t be making a 3rd attempt in 2019.

Instead, in 2019 I will be mixing things up, with several adventures already planned. (Some SUP, some non-SUP.)

To find out more, watch this space

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Here are the latest videos featuring Dean’s adventures: Click here to go to the  channel


13th December 2018

Loch Faskally, Scotland – prone

A very chilly prone on Loch Faskally, with the water, (in places), dropping below 4 degrees. The tingling in the palm of my hands, brought on by the cold water, was still there 4 hours after I got home!! But, it was great to be back on the water after a forced break by my physio.
Cold, wet, and lovin’ it!!
Thanks to Piotr (Outdoor Explore) for the lift and company en route. Read more…

Read the full Stand Up Paddle Blog here


  • 2018 has been a mixed year of Dragon board SUP adventures at the Head of the Dart and the Windermere Solstice Festival, and talks at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh and a big night at Birnam Arts near Dunkeld.
    2019 is already shaping up to be an exciting year with both SUP and non-SUP adventures planned and several talks already lined up.
    To find out more, watch this space!
  • October 23rd – Dean was interviewed by Connect Radio. Find out more HERE.
  • September 1st – Dean was back at the SUP 11 City non-stop event for a 2nd year, but again, things didn’t go to plan.  Read about it HERE.
  • August 28th – Gayle Ritchie of the Courier wrote a great wee article about Dean – CLICK HERE.
  • July 5th – Dean was a presenter at the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Holyrood Palace.
  • June 23rd – Dean, Allistair, Alison, and Rhona were at the Windermere Summer Solstice race on a Red Paddle Dragon board, in preparation for the 11 City in SUPtember. Click HERE.
  • June 5th – Dean and Patrick joined forces to tell both sides of how last years’ first ever SUP to St Kilda adventure went – Birnam Arts.
  • May 27th – The Daily Record did a wee article about Dean’s upcoming SUP 11 City challenge. Click HERE.
  • May 24th – Dean joined the Nairn Academy Duke of Edinburgh Awards group for a 3 day SUP expedition training session. Read more HERE.
  • May 23rd – British Canoeing did a wee article about Dean’s passion for SUP.  Click HERE.
  • April 15th – Dean & Rhona joined old friends Carl & Maria Sawyer on a Dragon at the Head of the Dart SUP Challenge. Read more HERE.
  • January 9th – TotalSUP have written an article about last years’ St Kilda SUP.  Read more HERE.



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


Having taken on almost 100 challenges around the world and set over 25 world firsts, Dean has a large repertoire to draw upon. Whether it be talking about becoming the first person to abseil the UK’s highest waterfall, or swim the UK’s highest loch, or being the first registered blind person to stand up paddle-board from the Scilly Isles to Cornwall, or bungee jump from a helicopter, Dean has many experiences to share.


Read more on Dean-Talks.com


Dean has been the first in the world with a number of his challenges…