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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow ......... PLEASE LET IT SNOW!

Happy Christmas! Ho Ho Ho
It was a cold Saturday morning in December. So cold, in fact, that the whole of the British Isles was covered in snow. Up to 12 inches. News reports and social media posts were full of reports of people snowed in, roads closed and children building snowmen. Snow everywhere! Everywhere except Southport! Southport Marine Lake, the venue for the annual Santa SUP, organised by my good friends at SUP North, in support of the Santa Sprint taking place along Southport Pier in aid of Queenscourt Hospice.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

21 Today ..... 21 Today!


OK so it wasn't my 21st birthday. That event took place many more years ago than I care to count. But I was Number 21 in the first race in the 2017 Northern SUP Racing Winter Series, held at Southport Marine Lake and organised by SUPNORTH http://www.facebook.com/SupNorth
with the kind support of Southport Sailing Club http://www.facebook.com/SouthportSC

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Welcome to SUPtheWorld!


Hi. it's John here.

Welcome to SUPtheWorld!

I'm just having a glass of Champagne to celebrate the launch of my blog, chronicling my Stand Up Paddleboarding travels.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of the amazing places I was been fortunate to have visited, and explored on SUP.

I hope you'll love the photographs as much as I do.

And I very much hope you will be inspired to visit and paddle some wonderful and exciting places yourself.

If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Especially if you can think of any novel, unusual or quirky places for me to paddle.

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It's my dream to SUP the world. The whole world! Come with me ..................

John
November 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

SUP-ing the Sava: Part 2 of the Liquidation Story "Well I'm definitely going. But will I ever be coming home again?"




I awoke bright and early (well early-ish) in Zagreb on Monday morning. Although I was looking forward to my Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) trip along the River Sava, I was feeling slightly jaded. Sunday had not gone as planned. It had been a more expensive day, and a more disappointing day than expected.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Well I'm definitely going. But will I ever be coming home again? - A liquidation story! (Part 1)

I awoke to the sound of my mobile phone alarm, although I'm not sure if I'd even been to sleep at all. 4am! Time to rise from my brief 2 hour sleep in the back seat of my car, parked around the corner from Manchester Airport.

I was about to embark on a trip into the unknown. A four day trip to three European cities I'd never visited before. Brussels, Zagreb and Ljubljana. A trip from which there might be no return. Well I certainly didn't know how I was going to get back home again!

I was flying out to Zagreb via Brussels early Friday morning to catch up with some old friends, to watch the Scotland football team playing in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to take the opportunity to stand up paddle (SUP) in Zagreb. I was due to fly home on the following Monday evening, flying with Monarch Airlines. But there was a problem. Monarch had gone into liquidation the previous Monday!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

My feet are red. Bright red. How did that happen?

I'd paddled a fair distance today. All the way from Parbold in Lancashire to Crook Hall Inn, on the other side of the M6 motorway, and back again. When I got home I had only one thing on my mind. A hot, relaxing bath, with plenty of bubbles. And a glass of wine. Just as I was about to step into the enticing bath, I looked down. My feet were red. Not just red, but bright red! You could have found your way home in the dark using my feet as a torchlight. How on earth did that happen?

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Surely Nothing Else Can Go Wrong?




Surely nothing else can go wrong, I thought to myself as I removed my Redpaddle inflatable SUP from it's rucksack. I was in the tiny Italian village of Torno on the  shore of Lago di Como, Lake Como, in the north of Italy. This was a paddle I had been looking forward to for quite some time. But I was running late. At least 24 hours late. And I was in the wrong village .................

Monday, 10 October 2016

If this is Monday it must be Slovakia


After a short train journey from Vienna, I was in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. After quickly checking into my hotel, I headed for a paddle. Bratislava is only 65km downstream the Danube from Vienna. I was hoping for a paddle on the Danube and had found a SUP hire shop close to the river. So far so good ................

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Oh Vienna ....................

I love the colours on this picture!
This was the first part of the trip when I finally decided it would be wise to take my own SUP equipment away with me when I travel. Although I ultimitely succeeded in SUPing on both parts of the trip, both experiences were less than ideal. I had booked in advance a stand up paddleboarding (SUP) tour of Vienna with a SUP business I had found online (through Facebook which is an excellent resource for finding SUP opportunities abroad). To be fair, the booking had been agreed subject to weather.

I was flying to Vienna on the Saturday, with the paddleboarding session scheduled for the Sunday. The week leading up to my trip, I was checking the weather forecast for Vienna on the BBC weather webpage. Everyday it was looking great. All was well.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Lake Annecy

This is Chateau de Duingt on the western shore of Lake Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region of France.

Lake Annecy was formed 18,000 years ago, as a result of the melting of the Alpine Glaciers in the area. It is the third largest lake within France, running 9 miles from the beautiful town of Annecy in the north to the village of Doussard in the south. The lake is surrounded by mountains in the one of the most astounding areas of France. Humans have lived in the Duingt area since at least the Bronze Age.

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