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Sunday, 27 May 2018


It only happened because of a sequence of three completely random events! A last minute flight change, a chance recommendation on social media, and an unfortunate power failure.

I was only in the South of England because my daughter had changed her travel plans at the last minute. She was now flying into Gatwick Airport instead of Manchester.

Monday, 26 March 2018

SUP The Danube? 3rd time lucky?

As I was enjoying a glass of wine in the departure lounge at Manchester Airport, before boarding my flight to Budapest, I reflected on my previous two attempts to have a paddle on the River Danube. The Danube passes through 10 European countries, and four capital cities, on its journey from its source in Germany to where it enters the Black Sea in Romania. Two of those capital cities are Vienna and Bratislava, both of which I had the good fortune to visit in 2016.

3rd Time Lucky?

Saturday, 20 January 2018

This Is The GlaGla Race. Even The Coffee Is Cold!

'This is the GlaGla Race' said the volunteer at la Savoyarde, with a laugh, 'everything is cold, even the coffee!' as he reconnected the power cable to the coffee urn.

At Talloires. The evening before GlaGla 2018.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow ......... PLEASE LET IT SNOW!

Happy Christmas! Ho Ho Ho
It was a cold Saturday morning in December. So cold, in fact, that the whole of the British Isles was covered in snow. Up to 12 inches. News reports and social media posts were full of reports of people snowed in, roads closed and children building snowmen. Snow everywhere! Everywhere except Southport! Southport Marine Lake, the venue for the annual Santa SUP, organised by my good friends at SUP North, in support of the Santa Sprint taking place along Southport Pier in aid of Queenscourt Hospice.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

21 Today ..... 21 Today!

OK so it wasn't my 21st birthday. That event took place many more years ago than I care to count. But I was Number 21 in the first race in the 2017 Northern SUP Racing Winter Series, held at Southport Marine Lake and organised by SUPNORTH
with the kind support of Southport Sailing Club

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Welcome to SUPtheWorld!

Hi. it's John here.

Welcome to SUPtheWorld!

I'm just having a glass of Champagne to celebrate the launch of my blog, chronicling my Stand Up Paddleboarding travels.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of the amazing places I was been fortunate to have visited, and explored on SUP.

I hope you'll love the photographs as much as I do.

And I very much hope you will be inspired to visit and paddle some wonderful and exciting places yourself.

If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Especially if you can think of any novel, unusual or quirky places for me to paddle.

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It's my dream to SUP the world. The whole world! Come with me ..................

November 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

SUP-ing the Sava: Part 2 of the Liquidation Story "Well I'm definitely going. But will I ever be coming home again?"

I awoke bright and early (well early-ish) in Zagreb on Monday morning. Although I was looking forward to my Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) trip along the River Sava, I was feeling slightly jaded. Sunday had not gone as planned. It had been a more expensive day, and a more disappointing day than expected.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Well I'm definitely going. But will I ever be coming home again? - A liquidation story! (Part 1)

I awoke to the sound of my mobile phone alarm, although I'm not sure if I'd even been to sleep at all. 4am! Time to rise from my brief 2 hour sleep in the back seat of my car, parked around the corner from Manchester Airport.

I was about to embark on a trip into the unknown. A four day trip to three European cities I'd never visited before. Brussels, Zagreb and Ljubljana. A trip from which there might be no return. Well I certainly didn't know how I was going to get back home again!

I was flying out to Zagreb via Brussels early Friday morning to catch up with some old friends, to watch the Scotland football team playing in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to take the opportunity to stand up paddle (SUP) in Zagreb. I was due to fly home on the following Monday evening, flying with Monarch Airlines. But there was a problem. Monarch had gone into liquidation the previous Monday!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

My feet are red. Bright red. How did that happen?

I'd paddled a fair distance today. All the way from Parbold in Lancashire to Crook Hall Inn, on the other side of the M6 motorway, and back again. When I got home I had only one thing on my mind. A hot, relaxing bath, with plenty of bubbles. And a glass of wine. Just as I was about to step into the enticing bath, I looked down. My feet were red. Not just red, but bright red! You could have found your way home in the dark using my feet as a torchlight. How on earth did that happen?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Je Suis Ecossais! A Brief Paddle on le Canal du Midi

‘Je voudrais un vin blanc s’il vous plait’

La Gardianne

I was holidaying with some of my family near Portiragnes Plage on the southern coast of France, just south of Bezier. It’s quite a rural area and we had already discovered that, away from the campsite anyway, very few people spoke English. And in any event I always think it’s polite to try and speak the local language, even if my language skills are appalling!

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