How Algarve SUP was founded – YouTube video series

For some time I have wanted to tell the story of how Pedro and I started Algarve SUP. Eventually I have gathered together all the footage and edited up the story (well only HALF of it to date). It’s all on my YouTube channel and the plan is to make 10 episodes telling the story through flashbacks while I paddle through the winter of 2016.

You can find the playlist on the Algarve SUP Youtube channel and the plan is to follow this basic storyline:

  1. How I quit my day job DONE
  2. Building a blog “Outdoors in Portugal” DONE
  3. Starting a business selling paddleboards: Algarve SUP DONE
  4. Travelling up to Peniche, Portugal for the ASI stand up paddle course DONE
  5. Exploring the Algarve’s hidden gems and secret spots DONE
  6. Red tape and disaster strikes, Pedro leaves.
  7. My first customers- RyanAir tours
  8. A full summer – the tours!
  9. Exhausted. I need a partner.
  10. TransAlgarve, SUPfm and the Guadiana Challenge

Sometimes I think it’s crazy producing these videos and it’s only for self gratification and to preserve the memories. If that is NOT just the case and you actually enjoy them, please let me know? Just leave a comment on the videos, here or anywhere on social media – I’d love to hear what you think and what videos you suggest I should make.

I really love creating videos, so what should I make next?

Update on the Guadiana Challenge 2016

Guadiana Challenge 2016
Guadiana Challenge 2016

Many of you have been asking about the Guadiana Challenge 2016. Apologies, I was planning to open registration in January but the organization of the event is running a little behind. We still have tons of time before the event and everything is almost good to go, so I will be opening registration very soon.

So let’s recap on some of the details:

  • The date is still Saturday morning April 2 2016.
  • The Event will start at 09h00 in Mertola at the quay at the end of Rua Dr.Afonso Costa.
  • Stages. We are dividing the event into four stages:
    • Stage 1 – Mertola to Penha d’Aguia (10km) Morning coffee and pastries
    • Stage 2 – Penha d’Aguia to Pomarao 9km (19km) Lunch
    • Stage 3 – Pomarao to Puerto de Laja 5km (24km) Afternoon snacks
    • Stage 4 – Puerto de Laja to Alcoutim 8km (32km) Drinks at the finish line.
  • Registration will cost €20 and is payable online here on very soon. We will limit the entrants to the first 40 people on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Registration includes:
    • a T-shirt,
    • transport from Alcoutim back to Mertola on Saturday evening after the finish for you and your board
    • food as described above
    • support boat
    • VHF emergency radio
  • Accommodation – it would be worthwhile to plan to stay in or near Mertola on the Friday 1 April and Saturday 2 April . There are beds available in the Nautical Clube of Mertola, The Castelo Inn, Alentejo Star Hotel and Hospedaria Flor do Guadiana.

Are there any questions? If so, just drop them in the comments below this blog post. Huge thanks and we’ll see you on the water!


Guadiana Challenge Map