In our third year, a friend of mine had the idea to go and paddle the entire width of Scotland, from Inverness to King Loch Leven. The scenery there was devastatingly beautiful and the experience changed me; it changed my life and my whole perspective on what paddleboarding really meant to me.
We saw so much wildlife, camped each night and had beers under the stars… we had the most unbelievable Scottish weather, it was stunning. We’d experienced these waterways and the environment in a way we could never have imagined in our own country. Most people are off travelling trying to have these visceral experiences which we had by just driving up to Scotland. It showed me what paddleboarding could be in this country. From that point paddleboarding became a vehicle to tell stories about adventure. And everything about my life was about where the next adventure was going to come from.
The ocean offers you is a completely alternative perspective. If you go out on the sea, you’ll spend a lot of that time looking back at the land. All of a sudden, you have a new perspective on your life that you never had before. You’re looking back and seeing all these coves and beaches and amazing places that you’ve never been to, and can’t even believe even exist. That alternate perspective on our lives is what humans crave. Providing this connection between people and the environment has never been more crucial than it is right now. At a time where people are coming out of lockdown and they’ve had months to think about their place in the world… all that anyone actually craved while they were locked up in their home was that connection to other humans and that connection to the environment. And paddleboarding does that entirely naturally.