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Meet The Blind Adrenaline Junkie Who Just Paddled 96km Across Scottish Waters

Dean Dunbar was registered blind at the age of 27. That's when his life really began...

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There are some people in sport whose stories are truly inspirational, and Dean Dunbar is certainly one of them.

Dean was born in Edinburgh in 1969, registered as partially blind at the age of 9-years-old. 18 years later at the age of 27, he was then registered as blind and advised to get himself a guide dog and start learning Braille.

Two years after this, in 1998, the Scotsman decided to get his first taste of the action sports world through a tandem skydive, and in his own words, he’s been an “adrenaline junkie” ever since.

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The list of sports and adventures that Dean has taken on is really quite astounding.

He’s done everything from bungy jumping from a helicopter to canyoning in Mallorca, cliff jumping, kayaking, sandboarding, speed riding, and only recently he became the first registered blind person to stand up paddle board the full 96km of the Caledonian canal – starting in Fort William and finishing in Inverness.

Deano doesn’t just help inspire people through his stories and actions either, he also runs ‘Extreme Dreams’, an established and respected brand set up in 2002 to prove that personal circumstances don’t have to stand in the way of adventurous dreams – even if they may seem impossible.

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The feature below was filmed and edited by Dave Robson, and it tells in more depth the story of Deano, his SUP journey on the Caledonian Canal, and even features some amazing archive footage from the Scotsman’s adventures in the past 10 years and beyond.

Free up 10 minutes of your time as soon as you possibly can and give this a watch. We promise you won’t regret it:


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