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Trapped on the Dingle Peninsula – How I’m Not Paddling the Wild Atlantic Way

The hardest part of this journey so far has been the time I have spent not paddling. I arrived on the Dingle Peninsula on May 23rd. I’m looking to continue my journey tomorrow on June 24th, but I may not get more than a day out of it. During that month on land, I have…

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August 1, 2019

Stand Up Paddling the Southern Peninsulas, except Dingle – Week 2

I saw my first whale! I’ve seen dolphins and seals. I’ve even seen porpoise, but I’ve never seen a whale before last week. In all seriousness though, this section of the journey had moments of pure elation and moments of complete frustration. The wind has such a huge impact on whether paddling is pleasure or pain. I know this, trying to plan sections of coastline in accordance with the wind, yet sometimes you just have to get on with it, grit your teeth and tackle the headwind. It’s frustrating, exhausting, and sometimes downright undo-able. It’s these moments when stand up paddling can become dangerous. It’s these moments when you are extremely glad to find an unexpected pier or landing site. The Mizen is the most southerly point in Ireland, striking out into the ocean, the first point of land for…

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May 30, 2019

Stand Up Paddling the Haven Coast – Week 1 of My Wild Atlantic Way Expedition

As I was preparing for the launch of my unsupported paddle up Ireland’s West coast, I heard from various people, “that sounds like a lonely existence”. And the thought of it seemed just that. Paddling all day on my own, camping at night under the stars, on my own. It sounded peaceful yet lonely. As I was…

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May 15, 2019

California, A Chance to Plug in with the Greater SUP Community

One of the benefits of owning a seasonal business is it gives you the chance to explore other places during the off season, and not just visit other places but actually live there, like a local for a time. This past winter we chose to go to California. We chose California, not only because it…

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April 3, 2019

Why Am I Stand Up Paddle Boarding the Wild Atlantic Way?

Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are of my father reading bedtime stories to me and my brother. These weren’t just any old stories though. These were adventure stories! Our favorites were His Dark materials by Philip Pulman, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, though the full list was much more…

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February 12, 2019

Overcoming a Fear of Water with Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Water is powerful. Its consistent pounding breaks down mountains. As it winds its way along it cuts out deep ravines. All manner of creatures live amongst its depths. Water is nothing to fear. It provides life, it’s where all life came from. But I can almost see how one would be scared of it. It’s…

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August 4, 2018

Exploring the Dingle Peninsula on a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board

On the odd occasion here in Ireland, you’ll get three magical things happening all at once. One, the wind dies off to nothing but the lightest breeze. Two, The swell drops to the smallest of rises. Three, The sun comes out. When this happens there is only one place to be, on a stand up…

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July 18, 2017

Who Knew There Was So Much DIY in the Business of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Back when we were developing the ideas that would become the physical reality of Wild SUP Tours, we thought being mobile would be a great idea! So, we bought a trailer off a sheep farmer (he claimed it had once transported 40 sheep at one time) in south Kerry and turned it into our bohemian…

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June 10, 2017

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