All About Me
Rare, strangely obsessed by Badgers, full of useless facts, over excited and fanatical about teaching getting on the water are how I normally get described. Here is how it started.
I first got into paddlesports or any sort at the age of 14 when I had the opportunity to learn to row. Not being the largest or strongest, in fact far from I suddenly found that my knowledge of the sport, loud voice and enjoyment of telling people what to do landed me in the Cox’s seat of the boat. Whilst I still loved sculling and trained through the winter in small boats with the rest of the crew it was in the seat that was facing forwards where I was to get my break.
I got selected for the GB junior team in 2000 travelling to Switzerland where in the 8 we picked up bronze in the Coupe de La Jeunesse. That year also saw me steer and shout Canford School to victory down the tideway at the School’s Head of the River along with a few other great wins before being taken out of Henley Royal Regatta by an American crew. I travelled to Munich the following year with the GB team missing out on a Bronze by the narrowest of margins but now my height and size were starting to make me less and less suitable for the Cox’s seat.
So I moved away from paddling and into windsurfing where I started my career as an instructor. The rivers and canals of Exeter drew me back however as a coach for the men’s and women’s teams in 2003 and 2004.
As I got back into coaching windsurfing overseas an opportunity to try Stan Up Paddleboarding (SUP) arrived. Whilst running a centre in Lesvos for Neilson I was sent two SUPs from Starboard. Initially I used the boards as my way of commuting to work but after paddling for a short while the synergy of sports I already loved seemed to come together in this new experience. This was more than just away to catch waves and more than a way to stay fit. SUP allowed me to tour, cruise, travel, explore and surf.
Since then it has grown and grown as a way of enjoying the water, I started teaching out in Lesvos and later in Turkey and Egypt from my own experince and then became a BSUPA instructor. With my instructor training background in windsurfing and my SUP experience I was then invited to be an instructor trainer for BSUPA and now run courses in the UK and overseas.
Since this I’ve enjoyed almost every aspect that SUP has to offer. Coaching and Racing is where I’ve spent most of my time and in 2013 I was the first person to complete the 11 cities race on an inflatable board (and still hold the highest finishing position). I travelled to the Battle of the Paddle in 2014 again finishing as the first inflatable in both Elite and Open classes and managed to take an out right victory in Jersey earlier in the year.
SUP has also allowed me to take part in some great challenges, from touring the UK trying to do a channel crossing in every location I stopped, to paddling from Bournemouth to Brighton and most recently an ill fated trip down the river Stour in one hit.
There is still so much to do and try, so watch this space……….
I have also become deeply involved in the Race scene posting 4th in the national Frost bite championships last year in the 12’6 class. I get out in the waves whenever I can and use SUP in any way I can to get as much time on the water as possible.
Although I have been involved for almost 6 years now in SUP it still only feels like the beginning having just finished my first set of tuition videos and just finished this website there is still much more to come.
If you have any SUP questions, want to arrange courses or dates or just want more info, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
I’ll hopefully see you on the water.