From Trail Running to Paddle Boarding




As ever, I’m not sure where the past while has gone – summer definitely seems to have disappeared in the blink of an eye! I started off the trail running season on a really positive note and was ready, and very excited, to get my first ultra-race of the year ticked off nice and early in April. But, and as seems to be a recurring theme over the past year, I was far too ill to take part and had to go down as a DNS (did not start). To be honest, this was really a bit of a blow and it took me an age to get over it; not just being ill, but the weird feeling that occurs when you are forced to pull out of a race the day before because you physically can’t do it! I’ve never had that before and the last year has really made me realise and understand that there are actually limits to what is possible!
Anyway, once I picked myself off the floor and started to feel a little less sorry for myself, I thought about running again and I actually didn’t want to do it – I’ve got plans for lots of long runs and overnight fastpacks on the long distance trails in Scotland, but for the moment they are on hold.
Instead I have somehow spent the summer falling in love with being on the water again, and found myself taking up stand-up paddle boarding. I think I was lucky with my first attempt – it was an amazing day in the Scottish Highlands – bluebird skies and just a gentle wind. Bikini day isn’t often included in conversations in Scotland, but this was definitely a bikini day. After a wobbly start, I was paddling around Lochandorb, just outside Aviemore, quite the thing in my element. I imagine if it had been a typical Scottish day – horizontal rain and gales – I might not have been quite so hooked, but it was grand and I’ve been paddling at every given opportunity ever since.
Although this is definitely still a new thing, and there’s been none of the white water and big swell stories to equal some of the stuff I’ve done in other places doing other things; the white water and swell is definitely in the planning and I’m hoping to be reporting back on some of that soon!

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The last few months have been very fun. At the start of July I released my first new music in a year and a half and it’s gone down better than I ever could have expected. The single is called ‘Parachute’ and we went to Iceland to film the video which was a lot of fun. Massive thanks to Breo for … Continue reading

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Spring Snows

During a severe thaw a couple of weeks ago I thought winter had sung its last song. Ice axes, winter boots and heavy waterproof clothing had been sent off for repairs, the climbing wall had been frequented and the Spring diet had replaced my ‘see it; eat it attitude’ that we all manage to adopt throughout the colder months. However, … Continue reading

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Buy A Pair Get A Spare Returns For Summer 2016

Following the great reaction to it last year, we’ve brought back our massive Buy A Pair Get A Spare offer for Summer 2016. Grab 2 pairs of your favourite style or use the ‘spare’ pair to try something a litle different. And it’s perfect timing as we add new SS16 sunglasses styles to the website including Alexa and Resident Elite, … Continue reading

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Giving Something Back…

2016 is going to be about self improvement and growing as a surfer, soul, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and all around person for me. I believe there’s always something new to learn and the only real riches you can carry with you are those that are not material. It was weird and hard for me to let go of last year, … Continue reading

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An Exciting Few Months Ahead…

The next few months are looking incredibly exciting for me. In regards to my music, i’ve must finished recording 3 brand new songs which should start coming out in the next month or two. On top of that i’m playing bigger shows than ever before in Northern Ireland supporting my friend David C. Clements and Luke Sital-Singh which is incredibly … Continue reading

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Win One Of Our Best Selling Moda Watches

Win one of our handsome, oversize Moda watches in our latest giveaway. Featuring a large case on a soft silicone strap with accent stiching, the Moda is sure to dazzle with a sunray dial and range of colour options. View the full Moda watch range HERE. Enter below for a chance to win a Moda watch of your choice. a … Continue reading

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A Wild Winter Breo Blog

The winter weather of 2015/16 will certainly be a remembered; although I fear, for the wrong reasons. So far this season we have struggled to maintain a consistent snowpack for snow sports. Any success has revolved around mixed climbing (snowed up rock climbing) with little in the way of descent ice conditions. The winds have also been ferocious with recorded … Continue reading

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Win An Aspect Watch

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