Six Historic Paddling Expeditions Launching This Yr

From the Excessive Arctic to the Southern Ocean, human-powered paddling feats over wild, open water will mark a 2021 for the books. A handful of paddling expeditions are launching within the months forward, able to mark new chapters within the annals of the sport. Notably, two trans-Pacific Ocean crossing makes an attempt can be setting off from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii, plus bids throughout the Drake Passage and thru the Northwest Passage. In the meantime, different endurance paddlers hold plodding novel prolonged programs nearer to house, daily, together with one man‘s circuitous 7,500-mile crossing of North America and an unprecedented, multi-year effort of one woman to paddle 30,000 miles across the complete North American continent.

Chris Bertish’s Trans-Pacific Wing Venture

Large-wave surfer and motivational speaker Chris Bertish is following up a 2017 standup paddleboard crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with a bid to make the first-ever trans-Pacific journey by wing foil. You learn that proper: hydro-foiling throughout the Pacific Ocean. Bertish plans to set off from Half Moon Bay, CA, in June, on an estimated 3,000-mile, wind-powered journey to Hawaii. Bertish upgraded the super-sized “Flying Fish” SUP he paddled throughout the Atlantic with hydrofoils for his TransPac Wing Project. Bertish plans to observe prevailing winds and currents within the north Pacific, masking between 40 and 80 miles per day.

Cyril Derreumaux’s Crack at a Legendary Crossing

France-born American Cyril Derreumaux will get a head begin on Bertish, departing in Might for a solo sea kayak Pacific crossing from California to Hawaii. Derreumaux, who set a Guinness velocity report for rowing the identical route as a part of a four-man workforce in 2016, will try a paddling feat that’s solely been completed by Ed Gillet (sea kayak) in 1987 and Antonio De La Rosa (SUP craft) in 2019. He’ll paddle a custom-built, live-aboard, photo voltaic panel-clad sea kayak that’s sleeker and way more seaworthy than the modified off-the-shelf tandem Gillet piloted over three many years in the past. Derreumaux anticipates spending 70 days on the water.

Freya Retains Paddling

The worldwide pandemic compelled Freya Hoffmeister to take a 12 months off from her try and paddle around the North American continent. As an alternative, she spent 2020 sea kayaking in Norway and Sweden. However the German super-paddler, who has already circumnavigated Australia and South American, obtained an early begin this 12 months, tracing the Sea of Cortez and far of Mexico’s Pacific coast. Pending COVID laws, Hoffmeister may eclipse the 600-day mark of a 30,000-mile expedition she anticipates will take as much as a decade to finish.

Neal Moore’s Remaining Act

In February, we caught up with long-distance canoeist Neal Moore, who has spent the pandemic 12 months adrift on America’s rivers. After descending the Mississippi River, Moore is headed north, linking waterways as much as Lake Erie. This 12 months he’ll intention to finish the third and last “act” of a 7,500-mile solo sojourn on the Statue of Liberty by way of the Hudson River.

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On the Missouri River within the Gates of the Mountain, Montana Norman Miller

Arctic Cowboys: Northwest Passage

A trio of Texans are ready out COVID to finalize their plans to make an epic sea kayak journey by means of the Northwest Passage. West Hansen (who led a Nationwide Geographic-sponsored expedition on the Amazon River in 2012), Jeff Wueste and Jimmy Harvey, aka the Arctic Cowboys, will try the primary documented single-season kayak transit of Canada’s arctic archipelago, with no land crossings—departing from both Pond Inlet on Baffin Island or Tuktoyaktuk on the mouth of the Mackenzie River, relying on COVID laws. Both method, the journey will span some 1,900 miles with the purpose of documenting how local weather change is lowering polar ice protection and opening up the passage of a legendary northern seafaring route. Alongside the way in which the workforce will journey the frigid waters that gave beginning to kayaking, exploring waters which have by no means been paddled in fashionable occasions, and making open-water crossings as much as 60 miles lengthy.

De La Rosa’s Subsequent Large Ocean Epic

Spanish journey athlete Antonio De La Rosa has plotted an ambitious triathlon for the austral summer time, touring by standup paddleboard, sail, and overland in Antarctica. De La Rosa will SUP 600 miles from Patagonia to the Antarctic peninsula, throughout the dreaded Drake Passage. Then, the latest Eco-Challenge Fiji racer will retrofit his custom-build ocean board for crusing, making a 1,200-mile passage to South Georgia Island—emulating the trail of Ernest Shackleton. De La Rosa will then observe Shackleton’s footsteps throughout mountains and glaciers to complete on the distant outpost on South Georgia’s east coast.

Map of Antonio De La Rosa


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