Oban is ‘Mecca’ for outdoor sports

Oban is an amazing space for foiling, says adventure sports enthusiast Andy Corbe who wants more people to give it a go.

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Hundreds of people joined a new Facebook group within 24 hours promoting Oban as a mecca for outdoor sports.

The new craze of foiling was just one of the posts that got the page off to a flying start, after outdoor and extreme sports enthusiast Andy Corbe took his passion online with the aim of getting more people out and making the most of the adventure playground on their doorstep.

Other adventure sports getting a mention so far are free diving, SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding), mountain climbing, hill walking and sailing, wild swimming and lots more.

‘Oban is an incredible playground for adventure sports. The unique combination of mountains and sea should make Oban a Mecca for adventure sports, yet it’s still known as the Gateway to the Isles,’ said Andy who lives in Oban, adding if Oban was in Switzerland it would be its Chamonix when it comes to top-notch outdoor sporting opportunities.

The idea of the page is to bring together the outdoors community to share their stories, hook up with others doing similar sports, and direct more people to discover the various sports that make the area such an amazing place to live.

‘It is here to steer folks to those pages and raise awareness about what is out there,’ added Andy.

In just 48 hours after launching the Facebook page more than 500 people had joined, numbers have now topped 600 and continue to grow.

Andy said: ‘The idea is to get more people who live in Oban out there, inspiring people to make the most of what is out there on their doorstep. There are lots of people already enjoying their own sports but by sharing stories and experiences they could encourage more people to try it out.’

Andy is one of a small number of people in Oban so far involved in foiling, a literally uplifting sport that is catching on quick.

‘It’s fast, there’s no friction and it’s very smooth,’ said foiling convert Andy, who wants to get more people giving it a go.

Foilboards are essentially a surfboard with a specially designed fin with wings, the board rides above the water. Oban is ‘an amazing space’ for the sport says Andy who was filming with the BBC in December for its adventure channel.

Search Oban Outdoors on Facebook for more information.