Massive Proposed Paddling Expedition to Circumnavigate Africa

Sunday, 28 October 2007
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Simon BlackburnThe Africa ChallengeSimon Blackburn of Durban, South Africa has just announced plans to attempt to circumnavigate Africa to help raise awareness and money against the devastation of AIDS/HIV.

He has the support of several big name activists including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who is already praying for the mission's success and calling on sponsors to give financial and technical support.

"This Africa Challenge will be a physically gruelling and dangerous journey, given our coastline, which is often inhospitable. But we, too, as Africans, are in dangerous and uncharted waters as we face up to the challenges of HIV/Aids. We have experienced nothing before like this. We cannot afford to become tired in our campaign to overcome it," says Tutu.

The total trip's distance is approximately 32,000 km. Blackburn feels that if he can paddle 80 km a day, it will take 18 months plus an extra 4 months time for rest days and bad weather.

He hopes to be back in Cape Town for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Video footage and more info if you click the "Read More" link.

Simon BlackburnThe Africa ChallengeSimon Blackburn of Durban, South Africa has just announced plans to attempt to circumnavigate Africa to help raise awareness and money against the devastation of AIDS/HIV.

He has the support of several big name activists including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who is already praying for the mission's success and calling on sponsors to give financial and technical support.

"This Africa Challenge will be a physically gruelling and dangerous journey, given our coastline, which is often inhospitable. But we, too, as Africans, are in dangerous and uncharted waters as we face up to the challenges of HIV/Aids. We have experienced nothing before like this. We cannot afford to become tired in our campaign to overcome it," says Tutu.

The total trip's distance is approximately 32,000 km. Blackburn feels that if he can paddle 80 km a day, it will take 18 months plus an extra 4 months time for rest days and bad weather.

He hopes to be back in Cape Town for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Below is some youtube footage of Simon Blackburn during a recent attempt for a Guinness World Record for offshore kayaking. The description for the video is, "A minute of perfect runs, effortless paddling averaging @ 15km/hr ended 60kms offshore in the Moz current."



Press Article here.

More info: The Africa Challenge


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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