Earlier this year we brought you the story of Dean Dunbar, the inspirational adrenaline-junky who at the age of 27 was registered blind, told to get a guide dog and to start learning Braille.
That was back in 1996, and while many would have let the news define their lives, Dean did exactly the opposite. He fell in love with adrenaline, with action sports, and he let his love of adventure guide his life rather than his faded eyesight.
The list of challenges Dean has taken on since then is truly amazing, ranging from canyoning to cliff jumping, and he first popped up on our radar when he became the first registered blind person to stand up paddle board the full 96km of the Caledonian canal in Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness in short film ‘SUP it and See’.
Now Dean is back with the ingeniously named ‘SUP it and See 2: Board Scilly’, a second short film documenting the latest amazing adventure of Dean Dunbar – stand up paddle boarding from the Scilly Isles to Sennen, in Cornwall, over 30 miles of open sea and some of the UK’s most dangerous shipping lanes.
Along with an experienced team of SUPers, Dean managed to make the crossing in eight hours 11 minutes, a stunning feat no less inspirational than his many other achievements. Get the full story in the feature below, from film maker Dave Robson: