‘Adrenaline Junkie’ Completes Ultimate Watersport Challenge From Scilly

Dean Dunbar on the crossing. Photo by Dave Robson.

Dean Dunbar on the crossing. Photo by Dave Robson.

Making the crossing from St Mary’s to Sennen on a stand-up paddleboard would be a challenge in itself for most people.

But a Perthshire-based adventure sports lover has just completed the 50km trip in 8 hours 11 minutes, despite being registered blind.

Dean Dunbar was introduced to the water sport by Carl Sawyer, whose brother Jason is a RNAS Culdrose helicopter pilot who regularly visits Scilly with his work.

Dean says that made the Scilly to Cornwall paddle the obvious choice for the challenge.

Dean came out to the islands on the day before the crossing and stayed with paramedic Wayne Davey, before heading out from St Mary’s.

He says the sea conditions were good on 24th June and that’s just as well because he’s only been paddleboarding for 14 months and most of that has been on calmer, non-tidal waters like lochs and rivers.

Dean says the sea is “a nightmare” for him because he can’t see waves approaching and if they hit “there’s a good chance I’m going for a swim.”

A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Dean has undertaken 80 challenges since 1998, from bungee jumping from aircraft to snowboarding and wing walking.

He’s raised money for charity previously but he says that became difficult when friends always offered sponsorship money, so this time he did it as a personal test.

Dean says his next sporting mission will be at the other end of the country but he’s superstitious about revealing details until arrangements are finalised.

You can read more about Dean’s activities on extremedreams.co.uk