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A Date With The Strait!!

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Three world champion watermen are set to paddle their way into the record books in March when they attempt a world-first prone paddle across the volatile Bass Strait.

Australian world champion board paddlers Zeb Walsh (30), Brad Gaul (35) will be joined by 19 year-old Californian paddling prodigy Jack Bark, to take on the 300km herculean effort padding from Victoria to Tasmania in a bid to raise funds and awareness about Tangaroa Blue Foundation - a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of marine enviornments.

Named A Date with The Strait', the paddle has required years of planning and research for the paddlers who have each claimed world titles at the grueling 53km Molokai2Oahu world championship paddle race in Hawaii (The Molokai).

Sponsor the guys for each kilometre they paddle and help Tangaroa Blue Foundation keep our oceans healthy!

 

And to see the Today Show's interview with the boys visit http://youtu.be/BTgi-5siI0A

UPDATE: 5th March - Last night at 6.10pm Brad, Jack & Zeb landed at Petal Point in NE Tasmania with friends & family there to welcome them after an excruciating 65km final leg from Long Island. Very busy and exciting day for all involved!

With bad weather forecast for the coming days, the trio had to make a quick decision to power through. Lots more news and pics to come now that the team have signal. We'll keep you posted as soon as we have more!

Final Leg

 

"This Bass Strait paddle is the equivalent to six Molokai2Oahu races back-to-back," explains Walsh.

"We're pumped for the challenge - we're aiming to paddle a distance of between 35 - 60kms a day."

The athletes will use CyberTrackers to report on ocean debris in Bass Strait to support Tangaroa Blue Foundation's Australian Marine Debris Initiative which locates marine debris hotspots, identifies their contents and measures their density.

"We live our lives in and around the ocean so we're proud that we are paddling to help raise awareness about the importance of looking after them," said Sydney-based Gaul.

Paddling on their knees on 12ft paddleboards with only arm strength to power them, the althletes will help contribute valuable data to the program which Tangaroa Blue Foundation will then use to track the litter back to its source and create Source Reduction Plans.

"If all we ever do is clean-up, that's all we'll ever do - there needs to be more focus on ways of reducing waste, reducing single-use plastic and preventing it from entering the environment in the first place," says Gaul.

The athletes will be accompanied by an escort boat with a support and navigation crew to help keep the paddlers on line and provide hydration as they paddle from Refuge Cove, Wilson's Promontory to Tasmania stopping to camp at Hogan, Deal and Flinders Islands.

To follow the athletes preparation and journey to paddle Bass Strait, like A Date With The Strait on Facebook!