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WATCH: Man bags his seventh world record as he paddleboards the length of Loch Ness


By Imogen James


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David Haze (37) from Bournemouth is an ex-convict who decided to turn his life around and found paddleboarding as a way to push himself.

With six paddleboarding world records under his belt, he took on the famous loch and completed the challenge in a record time of 5 hours, 45 minutes and 15 seconds.

Mr Haze set off just before 8am and tackled strong wind and waves on a specifically designed paddleboard by Water Rascals which will be auctioned off to help charity Jubilee Sailing Trust to help provide sailing experiences to under-privileged people.

David Haze Celebrating. Pictures: James Mackenzie
David Haze Celebrating. Pictures: James Mackenzie

Despite a few falls he remained determined to finish and was greeted by girlfriend Sarah Thorpe and dog Basil.

Ms Thorpe is no stranger to David's challenges, and was waiting patiently for him on the shore, along with a film crew who are documenting his challenges.

"Compared to a prison cell, I can totally understand why he needs to feel alive and do something," she said.

"He is trying to make himself proud of himself again.

Sam Rusu, Leon McFarlane, Kam Stevens, David Haze, Sarah Thorpe, Paul Barker and Laquarn Bishop. David was joined by the crew to film a documentary.
Sam Rusu, Leon McFarlane, Kam Stevens, David Haze, Sarah Thorpe, Paul Barker and Laquarn Bishop. David was joined by the crew to film a documentary.

"It makes him happy and I get to tag along. We're very similar, we love being outdoors and not ones for sitting in so its a good excuse really.

"I'm very proud of him today and in general for turning his life around. I don't really understand what he gets out of it but I am proud of him."

Mr Haze was delighted to bag a seventh world record, despite facing physical and mental challenges.

"I'm a bit cold at the moment but I feel really good. It's a nice time to finish and it's nice and sunny which is awesome," he said. "Mentally it wasn't too bad, it was more of the physical side of things.

"It started getting quite rough out there so I was trying to figure all that out and I haven't had many opportunities to use my new board as I've only had it for three weeks but it was really good."

He added that mentally it was not as difficult as he thought, because he has done so many challenges.

He now has a seventh world record.
He now has a seventh world record.

"I think when I've done so many of these im starting to learn about my mind and my brain and how it all works.

"It's about understanding how my mind works. Coming from where I've come from and doing these challenges, every time these little demons come niggling I know my coping mechanisms to shut them down.

"That's what I love about being on the water. When I come out of the water and I'm pushing myself in every day life I know I can overcome it and whatever I've done out of the water is never going to be as hard out there."
Mr Haze has come a long way in a few years, and plans on continuing his incredible physical journey.

"It's amazing having these opportunities. With seven world record and two years since I started this whole journey it's just amazing.

"Next we're off across Europe attempting 33 world records in 66 days on 33 lakes."
It is the second time Mr Haze has completed a world record time in Scotland, last year he paddled Loch Awe, his first world record.

"It was really good to be back in Scotland, and now we're going to tour the North Coast 500 in a campervan."

He is going to celebrate at the pub tonight.


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