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  • Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Sandboarding England North Devon England Sandboarding is the same principal as downhill snowboarding but instead of travelling across snow you travel across sand If you have snowboarded or skateboarded before then sandboarding should be an easy cross over for you If you have never boarded before sandboarding is very easy to pick up If you are a beginner you can select a small dune that is not too steep and have a lot of fun riding downhill and improving your technique If you are more advanced you can find higher and steeper sand dunes With these you can either concentrate on going fast or create obstacles and jumps to maneuvre around and over For starting out in sandboarding all you really need is the sandboard itself This looks a lot like a snowboard and has bindings to keep your feet attached to it It is also fairly light This is a very important factor as the rides tend to start at the top of the sand dunes This means that each time you want to have a go it is down to you to get the sandboard back up to the top To get the best results out of sandboarding you really need to find dunes covered with dry sand Wet sand can make the board stick and this makes for a bad ride Although you are riding on soft sand accidents can still happen A helmet can sometimes be a good idea but safety gear is down to personal choice It is very important when choosing your sandboarding site These areas should be sand only no dune grass in order

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  • after a few hours of wrong turnings dead ends etc we eventually arrived in Lancelin It was a small town with a petrol station a well hidden Tourist Information centre and a few small shops It was from one of these shops that we were able to hire our sandboards They had a couple of different types to choose from which was a little confusing When we had done sandboarding in the past we had used a converted snowboard so we chose the style of sandboard which looked closest to this We hired a sandboard each stocked up on essentials ice cream and bottles of ice cold water and got directions to the dunes It was around 2pm so we d missed the hottest part of the day However it was still extremely hot I can t say exactly what the temperature was but I reckon it was in the late 30s or early 40s C Coming from Scotland where a Summer s day is anything over 15 C you can imagine how this felt We drove our rental car out of town following the directions we had been given Within 10 minutes we were off roading Our car wasn t really designed for this but then it was a rental We drove along this sandy bumpy track for another few hundred metres and then all of a sudden we came across this range of giant sand dunes They must have all been over 60 metres each They were massive We quickly parked up finished our ice creams and sank a bottle of cold water It was then out into the searing heat and get our kit sorted Within a few minutes we had made our way to the bottom of our chosen dune It was massive There was a German couple sandboarding on one section of the dune so we chose a section about 100 metres away from them Like a boy entering a toy shop I grabbed my sandboard and sprinted off to get my first run down these monster dunes Do many boys entering a toy shop grab a sandboard However within a few seconds my run had turned into a walk and then a crawl A combination of burning sun and soft sand had taken the wind out of me and I wasn t even half way up the dune From this point onwards I decided that the dune wasn t going anywhere so I should just take my time and get to the top nice and steady When I finally got to the top it was amazing Rhona joined me and we both just sat there for a few minutes planning our routes and taking in the view In reality we were both trying to get our breath back so as to enjoy the trip down Once our heart rate had returned to normal we stepped into the toe bindings of our sandboards and off we went The slopes were so steep that we didn

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  • unfortunately without the helicopter due to British safety requirements but has never been greatly publicized Now that the guys at Drop Zone UK are running it things are beginning to change What is Scad Diving Apart from being one letter away from very messy Scad Diving is all about being dropped from around 50 metres in the air into a suspended safety net If that doesn t tickle your fancy then maybe the fact that you are totally freefalling no bungy cord no parachute and reaching a speed of over 90 kph may just do it Drop Zone UK are the guys who run Scad Diving in Scotland England and Wales They have a great crew full of fun and enthusiasm A lot of the work that Drop Zone UK do is for charity People want to do something a bit different to raise money for charity and Scad Diving is very different They also travel around the country to all sorts of festivals and shows such as Truck Fest etc I met up with them at the National Adventure Sports Show at the Royal Bath West Showground near Shepton Mallet in July 2002 When I first saw the crane with the net suspended below I got quite a surprise I had seen lots of photographs before but they did not do it any justice The whole thing seemed a lot bigger than I had initially thought Bonus After watching somebody diving my adrenaline really started to kick in I couldn t wait to get up there and have my go I went over paid my money signed the usual disclaimers and waited for my turn Whilst waiting I was given some safety gear This included my harness which is a bit like a paragliding harness and some elbow pads

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  • really fancied having a go at that Anyway we decided to head inland and do some low level free climbing or scrambling We headed off to El Torcal to see what was happening there El Torcal is an amazing place located about 40 minutes drive from Antequera El Torcal is on top of a hill or maybe I should say a small mountain As you can see from the picture on the left El Torcal has a unique landscape There are lots of pillars of rock varying in height from a couple of metres up to around 25 metres Ideal to play on The sun was baking down on us so in shorts t shirts trainers and our daysacks we were off We have both done a fair bit of scrambling in the past and Rhona had recently been doing some work on the local climbing wall in Dundee With this in mind we knew our limits After walking a few hundred yards from the car park we entered the main playground There were so many places to climb it was difficult to know where to start We started off with a couple of straight forward scrambles just to get our muscles warmed up and get our hands worn in These were fairly low level about 3 or 4 metres off the ground We practice different grabs stretches pulls pushes and traverses After about an hour of this it was time for the bigger stuff Our next climb was to be about 10 metres high A lot of climbers can stand at the bottom and work out their route Being registered blind means I am unable to do this and it is all about feeling your way around the rocks I spend a lot of my time doing two steps

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  • Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Scuba Diving Crete had a go at scuba diving a few years ago whilst holidaying in Crete I was given about an hour of instruction and then went out into the sea with a group of about 5 other people We were out there for around an hour This was just a taster to see whether we wanted to take the sport up Having the ability to swim around at 6 metres below the surface without having to resurface every 2 minutes for air was really cool We also got to see some underwater treats that we would

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  • original plan had been for me to team up with Patrick again but this was to change Patrick had only recently returned from his historic sea kayaking trip in a double with Olly Hicks from the Shetland Isles to Norway Known as the Shetland Bus Route from the days of the Second World War this crossing had never been made by sea kayaks Many had tried but Patrick and Olly were the first to succeed Read all about it at http www kayaksonshetlandbus org Oban Sea Kayak Race 2013 start line So having done this awesome trip in a double sea kayak Patrick fancied doing the Oban Sea Kayak Race as a solo Fortunately for me Patrick s wife Cathy fancied having a go at the 20km course so we teamed up and entered the race using the double kayak that Patrick and Olly had just paddled to Norway in The only tech spec I can give you about the boat is that it was yellow very big had a pointy bit at each end and when empty it weighed in at a massive 80Kg This kayak or maybe should say container ship was designed for expeditions and not racing as we were very soon to find out So having done this awesome trip in a double sea kayak Patrick fancied doing the Oban Sea Kayak Race as a solo Fortunately for me Patrick s wife Cathy fancied having a go at the 20km course so we teamed up and entered the race using the double kayak that Patrick and Olly had just paddled to Norway in The only tech spec I can give you about the boat is that it was yellow very big had a pointy bit at each end and when empty it weighed in at a massive 80Kg This kayak or maybe should say container ship was designed for expeditions and not racing as we were very soon to find out Oban Sea Kayak Race Deano Cathy It was a real privilege getting to use this boat after it had just made such an awesome trip However taking it on a wee 20km paddle was a bit like swimming a length of your local swimming pool in Captain Matthew Webb s bathing suit or walking down to the local shops in Sir Edmund Hilary s boots With Cathy in the back I think that is the stern and me at the front the other pointy bit we made our way towards the front of the start line The fog horn blew and we were off Within a few strokes we realised as did every boat within 20 metres of us that we had a problem with the steering I was supposed to be doing this with a rudder control between my knees but was failing miserably Fortunately the steering could also be done by the rear paddler so Cathy took over At this point I m not sure if she was any more successful than I

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  • lot of muscles on their side They would be paddling in one double kayak and Patrick and I would be in another We were the only 2 doubles in this race Pre race briefing photo courtesy of Graham Milne After loading the boats onto the vehicles we headed down to meet the other paddlers and get ready for the race Flotilla heading to the start photo courtesy of Graham Milne As if 20km was not far enough we were then told that we would all need to paddle 2km to the start point on the beach in the centre of Oban Deano and Patrick head off to the start of the race photo courtesy of Graham Milne Here we did our final preparations For Patrick and I that meant taking off our cags I was already sweating loads and we d only just paddled 2km We then paddled out to the start line and waited for the horn to sound Ready to go photo courtesy of Graham Milne As the horn went off the two doubles powered to the front of the pack We were soon in first place Doubles take the lead photo courtesy of Graham Milne Then we were soon in second third and then fourth place Yippee at this rate we could cover all 56 places in under 10 minutes The race was around the island of Kerrera The first part was heading south in the shelter of the island Here we settled into a steady eighth position Patrick would tell me if we were catching anyone or if anyone was catching us This was the easy section of the race but I don t recall it being that easy Oban Sea Kayak Race 2012 photo courtesy of Graham Milne At the bottom of the island we headed west along the base where the wind was starting to show itself At the end of this section we turned right and headed north This was going to be the toughest section The wind had picked up and we were now in a Force 5 6 The double sea kayak certainly had it s advantages in other parts of the race but on this section we were just a big heavy thing that the wind was trying to blow backwards It was on this stage that a few more of the smaller slimmer sea kayaks came into their own and we started losing positions Patrick would tell me of boats catching up with us and tell me to go faster and stronger It was after about 20 minutes of battling through this stuff that things went a bit pear shape for me Oban Sea Kayak Race 2012 photo courtesy of Graham Milne I hadn t had much for breakfast as I knew a toilet break would not be possible and a lack of food and sleep hit me I remember seeing a castle off to my left It looked like it was just floating on the water Then I

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  • experiences may not fall under the extreme sports heading but they certainly do count as adventure sports Isle Of Skye Scotland On Skye there is an outdoor centre called White Wave They are the people I first had a go at sea kayaking with The centre is located in a large white house a couple of miles outside Uig Accommodation is available and there is a small cafe Most if not all of the food there is home made and even if you are not into the great outdoors the home made soup and bread is a must The sea kayaking I did with White Wave started down at the harbour in Uig with the usual safety and skill checks Uig harbour is used as one of the main car ferry ports on the Isle Of Skye so can be busy at times From here we headed out to sea tracing the coastline Around this area of Skye the coastline is very dramatic There are steep rocky cliffs with caves and stoney beaches dotted along them We were taken through a couple of these caves They were very small so instead of paddling we shuffled through by hand After this we stopped for lunch on one of the beaches At this point some of us went for a swim We were very lucky with the weather that day The sun was shining so getting wet was a great way to cool down After lunch we paddled back to Uig for some more fun and games This included jumping off the pier into the harbour All in all this was a great day out Isle Of North Uist Outer Hebrides Scotland The Uist Outdoor Centre is located at Loch Maddy on North Uist As the name suggests sea kayaking is not

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