Dave Cornthwaite paddles down the Mississippi.
Dave Cornthwaite starts paddling at the Mississippi headwaters.
Dave Cornthwaite navigates around a whirlpool on the Mississippi.
New SUP record in the making
Posted: Sep 08, 2011 08:03 am EDT
(By Jon Amtrup)British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite is soon to finish is monster paddle on his stand-up paddleboard (SUP). His goal of paddling the 2,400-mile journey along the Mississippi River will set a new world record. The last part of his expedition has been hampered by bad weather and massive tankers.
- 50.6 miles paddled today, through a section of river so industrial it was upsetting. Ships, barges, tows and other large contraptions designed to kill me joined the wind and constant waves in making this one of the toughest days of the expedition. But no fear, I'm 20 miles from New Orleans, and perhaps most excitingly, 55 miles from a new Guinness World Record for the longest journey by SUP! 2268.6 miles paddled so far, hoping to reach the Gulf on Friday, Dave Cornthwaite reports Wednesday September 7th.
One of his biggest challenges is that his tourist visa is about to expire so the interference by Tropical Storm Lee as he approached his destination became stressful for the adventurer.
But now it seems like he will get in to the Guinness World Record Book before his visum runs out. He is set to finish the SUP Mississippi today or Friday September 9th.
The world record is only one of his goals. The journey aims to spread enjoyment and awareness of our waterways, promote the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding and raise funds for CoppaFeel and the AV Foundations
Cornthwaite began his expedition down the Mississippi June 20th. The current record on a SUP is held by fellow BritTom Jones, who paddled 1,507 miles from Florida to New York in 2010.
This three month long adventure Cornthwaites fourth in a series that is called Expedition1000 project. He will make 25 journeys of 1,000 miles or more, just using different non-motorized transport