A RENOWNED surfer is planning a marathon challenge with a difference -- paddling from the north coast of Ireland to Scotland.
Al Mennie, from Portrush, Co Antrim, is to steer a 20ft board 25 miles along the fringes of the North Atlantic. Freezing conditions and fast tidal currents are the biggest threats to the surfer's chances of success.
"The two biggest challenges are the cold -- nothing like this has been done this far north and at this time of year. Then there's also the tidal streams pulling you one way and then the next," he said.
Mr Mennie will use a stand-up paddle board as he charts a route from the Giant's Causeway to the Isle of Islay, Scotland, to raise money for the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke organisation.