David Haze, consultant for Penal Reform Solutions based in Romsey is leading the way on making stand-up paddle boarding an adventure sport here in the UK.

Just last month, David also known as the Nomadic Paddler, broke four SUP world records for paddle boarding across the four longest lakes in the UK, Loch Awe in Scotland, Lake Windermere in England, Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland and Llyn Tegid in Wales over four days whilst setting his own fastest time record across each.

David said: ”I currently work for a Romsey based company, but I am a trying to forge a career as a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) adventurer. SUP is the fastest growing sport but the touring and adventure side has not been reached yet and I am trying to put myself out there leading from the front attempting world firsts and world records armed with only my SUP.

"As a pledge to help raise more money for charity I said if I hit my targets, I would SUP the River Thames so due to the success of my fundraising efforts, on 21st September I am taking on the Thames and plan on paddling the 208km length in one go without sleep, something that has never been done before and going for record number 5.”

As much as David is enjoying smashing records, he is also teaches SUP.

David continued: “everything I do isn't just for records. Adventure has completely transformed my life and I want to show people what adventure can do for others to help them grow and change in a positive way.”

David would like to use his position as a consultant for the criminal justice system to highlight the importance of reform and rehabilitation and to help those who need support to turn their lives around.

David has a just giving page for anyone who would like to support him visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paddling4change