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Discipline: Trad Open Canoe, OC1 WW, SUP
Class: Full time coach, guide and adventure paddler
Living Now: That well known white water capital of Europe…. Derbyshire!
Current Boats: Open canoe – Hou Prospector, OC1 WW – Hou DropZone / Force, SUP - O’shea
Shaft of choice ( straight or bent ): If its trad canoe then it has to be straight and I couldn’t be without my quiver of Downcreek paddles. OC1 is a Werner Bandit. SUP … still not decided
Big Volume or Tight and technical: Both, but I guess open canoe has to big volume vs OC1 tight and technical. SUP, I will let you decide!
Favourite Paddling Spot: If its UK then it has to be Scotland its gives me everything I need and more, both as a paddler and a coach. Remote locations, great rivers, stunning lochs and so many adventures. Abroad then Canada wins every time for the same reasons but on steroids, and the adventures are so much bigger
Achievements: Solo open canoe cross Scotland trip from Loch Eriboll (Cape Wrath) to Perth, challenging! Level 5 coach. I feel very privileged and so lucky to make a living from my passion, after all there aren’t many folks who can say they actually look forward to going to work everyday… but I do
What’s Next... Ambitions / Plans: I would love to complete the Yukon 1000 race in canoe. To really push the boundaries of what can be achieved in the canoe. Best things about paddling: I can have had the worst day going and yet after only a few minutes on the water nothing else seems to matter. It gives me an escape, a way to push my self and have adventures. A big part of it for me is being able to share my passion and inspire others.
Best Boating Moment: Too many to choose from
Worst Boating Moment: One of the many swims I’ve taken!
Other Hobbies: Trail running, mountain biking, triathlon
Ultimate Worldwide Destination: Canada
Food: Indian, spicier the better
Drink: Cider is my summer favourite, Guinness is my winter tipple and red wine is my any time any place go to
Music: Rock, Stereophonics
Movie: Highlander, Gladiator
Read: Winter dance, Pilgrims of the Wild
Heros: Shackleton, Ranaulph Fiennes
Villans: Anyone that abuses animals!