This week we’ve been catching up with Nick Thorn – swimmer, paddle master, waterman, current European Iron Man Champion and a general FREAK when it comes to anything water based.
“2011 is shaping up to be a busy year with a lot of miles to cover ahead of me” Nick said.
He’s not wrong – over the weekend of the 16th-18th of June Nick will be undertaking a daunting board paddle from Hartland Quay around the Eastern side of Lundy and back to Croyde beach to coincide with the popular GoldCoast Oceanfest. At 36miles it’s set to be Nick’s longest paddle to date and works out at roughly the same as 179 Eiffel Towers or 645 football pitches!! A pretty unachieveable, impossible, mind blowing challenge…. if your not Nick Thorn.
In September Nick will also attempt to become the first person ever to paddle across the Bristol Channel, from Porthcawl, Wales to Ilfracombe, England. Although this paddle comes in slightly shorter, at a mere 26 miles?! (yeh thats what we thought) it is set to be a real challenge across one of the most tidal waterways on the planet. To again break it down in to a feasable distance – this paddle works out at around 114 Empire State Buildings, Nick said “I will also be trying to avoid ships of a similar size to that on the way!”
Now, if like us, you were thinking that two paddles was a little bit lazy, Nick has also been selected and given the opportunity to paddle the English Channel in July. ” It has been a lifelong dream of mine to paddle the Channel, so this was far to good an opportunity to pass up with a total ban on Channel crossings apparently imminent”.
“I get the feeling that I will be spending a lot of time with my trainer and physio this year!” said Nick. When you check out the map of just the Lundy Paddle you can see why he would say that…
As with Nick’s previous challenges he will be undertaking these monster paddles to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. Please take the time to have a look at the amazing work that these guys do. You may have seen the BBC and ITV coverage of Nick when he ran a free surf day from his surf school for the families, friends and staff of the Children’s Hospice. An amazing insight into what happens at the Hospice, to see just how much they really do for the families of terminally ill children. This year Nick and his team are hoping to eclipse the £5000 that was raised last year with the Lundy swim.
If you would like to donate please visit Nick’s Just Giving page – donations large or small are welcome, every little really does help…
You can check out all of Nick’s paddles, sponsors and ways to get involved on his blog www.nickthorn.tv