The speakers at FEAT Jo’burg on Thursday, 10 October 2013 are:
Currently in adventure news for his recent (1st week of August) Thames River source-to-sea challenge (run-SUP-bike) and SUP English Channel Crossing (new record), you may also recognise Chris’ name from his Big Wave Surfing achievements – especially his win at Mavericks Big Wave International in 2010. If there’s any Big Wave competition to win, this is IT. Chris is still surfing – he was 6th at Mavericks in March this year.
Chris has been into SUP for a few years already. A few months ago he competed at the ‘Stand Up Paddle World Championships’ in Peru – his second year at the World Champs. He placed 7th in the Wave Riding competition. chrisbertish.com
|Dave Joyce & Marco Broccardo
After years of planning, Dave Joyce and Marco Broccardo – with teammate Alex Harris – successfully crossed the Empty Quarter from Oman to Dubai. Strapped to their 350-kilogram cart, they hauled over dunes and through sinking in soft sand, pulling for at least eight hours a day. The elements too were against them as they suffered in ‘winter’ temperatures that exceeded 45C – in the shade! Dave and Marco join us at FEAT to tell of their adventure across this virtually uninhabited and largely unexplored desert.
Back in 2004, David took 42-days to run the 2,300-kilometre distance between Paarl to Pietermaritzburg. Sandwiched between the Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades, David had plenty of time to think. He decided that the route would be more feasible by bike and thus the Freedom Trail, an expedition mountain biking route, was created. Where the Freedom Challenge is an event held during winter, the Trail can be toured at any time of year. David describes himself professionally as a strategist and fixer. Privately some would describe him as a fool and a romantic. In his spare time he farms outside Wellington and he organises the Freedom Challenge, a race he founded.
After climbing Kilimanjaro in 2002, the bug bit and Karen decided to climb to the top of the highest mountain in each of Africa’s 54 countries (including the islands). Over the past decade she has travelled to more than 30 countries, standing on top of their tallest mountains. These journeys are about more than hills and mountains. Karen is exploring the countries of Africa, venturing into remote areas rarely visited by foreigners. She’s learning about the history of country, meeting villagers and encountering more friendliness than animosity. sunriseonafricaspeaks.blogspot.com
Kevin has taken his bike to the wildest and remotest places in South Africa.
He has completed the 2300km Freedom Challenge, ridden the Drakensberg 1800km end-to-end and is the first to ride off-road from Beit Bridge to the Cape, 3,500km in 30 days. These rides are included in his book, ‘Freedom Rider: 10,000km by mountain bike across South Africa’, published by Jacana.
Riding Burchell’s route was a more recent adventure and Kevin regularly challenges himself with ‘short’ non-stop rides, like 600km in 63 hours from Joburg to Sodwana Bay and 1,000km from Parys to Sutherland in 108 hours.
|Gavin Moffat and Ingrid Lotze
Husband-and-wife pair, Gavin Moffat and Ingrid Lotze, are trimix technical divers – the ones that travel to places like Egypt not to see the pyramids but to descend 103-metres into the watery depths of the ‘Blue Hole’ at Dahab, on the Red Sea coast. Their journey from recreational scuba to 103-metres down took a couple of years. And this all came about because of a tv programme.
“It began in 2007 when we decided that we wanted to further our diving knowledge and spice up our diving lives just a little. I’d watched an awesome BBC series called ‘The World at War’ and they spoke about Truk Lagoon and all the incredible vessels that were just waiting for us to visit. We wanted to be able to do these dives,” Gavin says. At FEAT we’ll find out just what 103-metres below sea level looks and feels like.
A science teacher, Nikki spent a week at Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. She was awarded a coveted scholarship from Honeywell to participate in their Educators @ Space Camp Program, which was developed in partnership with USSRC to specifically for middle school math and science teachers from around the world.
During the week spent at USSRC Nikki participated in variety of activities including laboratory and field-training, simulated astronaut training exercises, high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions and flying programs. Trainees perform lab experiments, repair satellites and add modules to the International Space Station – simulated, of course. And then there was the simulated Space Shuttle Mission… What an adventure!
Richard hails from the Mother City and if you’ve followed the newsy items on the FEAT website over the past two years you’ll recognise Richard’s name… one that is certainly synonymous with determination and perseverance. Back in December 2011 he gave it a good shot, aiming to paddle SA’s coastline from East to West. He battled rough surf (broken surfski!), sharks (damaged surfski), injury and then theft – the latter putting an end to his expedition. Not being a person to to give up, Richard vowed to complete what he set out to do and spent the next nine months replacing the redistributed equipment. Richard took to the water in late October last year, this time paddling West to East from the Namibian border (going against the prevailing winds and currents!) and all the way around, a 70-day adventure.
A terrestrial fellow, water disciplines had never much featured on this Capetonian’s list of favourite activities… Until he heard about riverboarding. He hadn’t even seen a riverboard when he began plotting a descent of the Senqu-Orange River – a 2,300-kilometre journey. 11-months after his first white water session with kayakers, Ray set off for the source of the Orange River (in Lesotho) with his riverboard strapped to his back. After making steady progress for weeks and getting safely through the most treacherous sections, it seemed like this expedition would be plain-sailing to the end. Crash-boom-bang! Alas! Yet another fall from slip-sliding on water-pollution induced, slime-covered rocks. This time the injury was serious. So serious that Ray could barely move and had to return to Cape Town to recover from spinal injury and cracked ribs. After a few weeks of rehab he was back in the water… which is where he still is. But he’ll be at FEAT. raychaplin.com
We first heard of Richard ‘Ricky’ Goodhead back in late-2010, when he undertook an expedition run from Cape Agulhas to Mt Kilimanjaro. He covered the 6,000-kilometre journey in five months, pushing his belongings, food and water in a baby jogger. For me, what was remarkable about Ricky’s run is that he very often covered upwards of 60-kilometres (even up to 80km!) day-after-day – through mud, up hills and in conditions of sweltering heat and bone-chilling cold.
And then, last year, Ricky was off again – to run from Ushuaia, the southern-most town on the island of Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), to Mount Aconcagua; a 4,000-kilometre journey that took him three months to run.
Wanna know something else? Ricky is 47 years young and he has only been an “avid runner since age 42″. Talk about getting bitten by the running bug!