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Tims 24 Hour World Record Attempt

Written by Tim on March 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

Tauranga kayak fishing guide and round-New Zealand paddler Tim Taylor, is in his final weeks of preparation for attempting a Guinnesss world record. 

A passionate adventurer, kayaker and writer, Tim had been searching for his next challenge ever since the completion of his solo seakayaking expedition where he circumnavigated New Zealand (2010-2012). 
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“I strive on challenges and need something to focus on to keep motivated. I dreampt up this world record while I was on a running around Mount Maunganui back in Autumn of 2014. I looked out over the ocean and simply wonder what the world record for sea kayaking was?”

“When I did some research I learnt that there are many types of kayaking records, but the one I was specifically drawn to was the ‘Greatest Distance in 24 hours in a kayak - male – ocean.’ It turns out this is 194.1km but I was shocked to find this was set in 1986…the year I was born!”

After a few quiet talks with friends and potential supporters, Tim set in motion the plan for attempting this world record. The intended route for his challenge starts at Omaha Beach and finishes at Mount Maunganui. This is roughly 220 kilometres and to achieve this goal he has to maintain 9.1km/hour.   
“Kayaking for 10-12 hours was the norm while on my NZ circumnavigation so I’d already knew that my body could handle the big days. I reasoned that if I was in a kayak that weighs a quarter of my old sea kayak, I should easily be able to paddle for 24 hours”

After a hard summer of training Tim is now in his final weeks of preparation for this challenge. Using a Think Evo surfski, which has generously been supplied by Ferg’s Kayaks, he’s paddling 30-50 kilometres every day for his training.

“I still hold down a full time job as a kayak guide so it’s been impossible to get away for long periods of time. Even doing a 3-4 hour training session after a full day of guiding is often a stretch…it’s a real mental game.” 

For this record Tim needs very specific weather conditions. For his surfski to perform at it’s optimum, he needs light north – north east winds and a swell of up to one metre. There are no rules on what conditions he’s allowed to set the record in, so he is just planning to watch the forecasts and go when he gets the best combination. His first weather slot is booked for the week of April the 5th .

When attempting this record a very important part of it will be gathering evidence. For this role Tim has inlisted the help of local charter boat operator the 'Klingon' owned by Seatrek LTD. The boat will be taking video, photos, and collecting witness testimonies. If you see Tim out on the water in the coming weeks, I would be greatly appreciated if you stop by the support boat and sign a witness statement. It will all help towards building a successful challenge. 
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  • Record I'm targeting: Greatest distance in 24 hours by canoe (kayak) - ocean (male)
  • Current Record: 194.1km
  • Distance I hope to achieve: 220km
  • Route: Omaha Beach - Mt. Maunganui
  • Time 8am - 8am
  • Date: weather dependant but hopefully sometime in week starting 5th or April.  


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