Nairn surfer to paddle board for eight hours a day as part of charity challenge

A surfer from Nairn is about to take on a grueling 100-mile paddle challenge in a bid to give back to surf therapy charities.

Caorann Fosbrooke, 27, started surfing with his father 15 years ago and he has never looked back.

Providing a sense of calm, going in the water has been beneficial for engineer Caorann as he struggled with stress and anxiety throughout his life.

“I think surfers would all say it’s an escape from everyday life, hardships and challenges,” Caorann said.

“Nature helps you focus”

“Just being in nature and being outdoors makes you forget about everything else.

“You are focused in the moment and that helps with a range of things.

“Surfers have known this for a long time, but now a lot more research is being done to prove it and it allows charities to get more support and funding,” he explained.

Caorann Fosbrooke paddle board

“Ocean Connection”

Later this month, as a nod to his love of water, Caorann will embark on a 100-mile recumbent paddle (which basically involves swimming lying down or kneeling on a paddle board) through the Scottish Highlands.

Over the course of four days, Caorann will paddle from Port Appin on the west coast to Nairn on the east coast to the Caledonian Canal at the foot of Loch Ness.

The physically demanding challenge will see him paddling for up to eight hours a day – depending on the Scottish weather, of course.

Caorann decided to take up paddle boarding to fulfill his “desire to do something really physically challenging” and to “overcome his fears and feel more confident”.

Over the past few weeks he has been busy trying to improve his fitness in preparation.

“I really tried to get out on the paddle board as much as possible, twice a week I’ll try to get out for three hours.

“I tried to do an hour in the pool, go out surfing and go to the gym, hopefully that’s enough – I think it should be.”

The money raised will go to surf therapy charities SURFABLE, The Wave Scotland project and Ground swell in Scotland.

Donations to Caorann’s fundraiser can be made at Crowdfunding.

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