Below is a random selection of Aquapac ambassadors and other partners. There are many more!
Molly & Mattie Butler
Molly and Mattie Butler are two British junior ski racers with the world at their feet.
Already proving class athletes in their age groups, both are clocking up brilliant times to win Junior races at both national and international level. They ski all season in Megève and train with the St. Gervais Ski race club. Additionally, they attend two race camps in France and Norway each year with world-class coaches, including GB’s former World Cup and Olympic racer Emma Carrick-Anderson.
Molly has just been picked for the junior GB team, with her first race in Val d’Isère in early April. Go Molly!
Turning his personal aspirations into a professional career, Joe has guided explorers to over 60% of the world while running his own company, Alexander Adventures.
Born into an active military family from Wakefield, Joe Alexander was an outdoor adventurer from the start. From completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge at age 10, joining the Army Cadets at age 12 to kayaking major rivers in Nepal at age 19, Joe flexed his outdoor prowess from early childhood into adulthood.
He has led expeditions in all seven continents, mastering mountaineering, mountain biking, trekking, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing and bespoke activities. Always pushing the envelope, Joe achieved documented first ascents and descents across the globe.
Web: Alexander Adventures
In 2018 Fiona SUPed the 800 miles (1,280 km) from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
This was the third and final leg of a world record Length of Britain Triathlon. In 2017 she had both walked 993 miles (1,600 km), and cycled 1,200 miles (1,900 km), between the same two extremes of the UK mainland.
Web: Fiona Quinn
Louis Nethercott and Ant Lambert are two ex-Royal Marine Commandos who call themselves the Mad Explorers. Completely unaided they are crossing the five largest islands on the earth, only using human power.
Moving from jungles to arctic wastes, they have already crossed Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, and Greenland. Next challenge, Baffin Island.
Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon hail from Australia. In 2018 they completed a 2,042 km (1,270 mile) paddle from Glacier Bay, Alaska to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
They did it single-use-plastic-free, in order to raise awareness of marine debris issues. This meant cooking, dehydrating and packing over 500 meals in newspaper and relying on high quality Aquapac gear to keep everything dry. This method worked even when they got flooded by the tide at 1am on their first night in Canada. They hope that the information on their website helps other outdoor enthusiasts cut down on their plastics when they venture into the wilderness. Lucy and Mathilde also want to show other young women that adventure is for everyone, and to get out there and DO IT!
Web: Passage Adventures
Daniel is attempting to be the first paddler to SUP over 1,400 km (870 miles) around the island of Sicily.
Dan is a 28 year old environmentalist and adventurer. Following on from his Conservation degree, he has worked in the nature conservation field for the last 6 years. Like many of us, he is motivated by a strong desire to challenge himself. In particular he has a passion for wild, remote locations and exploring those areas in a different way.
Web: Daniel Wynn
Benjamin is an award-winning filmmaker and cameraman.
Aquapac first supported him on an Amazon adventure which led to the making of the film DugOut, which among other things won Best in Show at the 2017 Adventure Travel Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at the 2018 Mountain Film Festival and Best Film at 2018 Expedition Camera.
In 2018 we are supporting his filming of the mission to rescue the worlds rarest bird, the Madagascar Pochard, for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
Web: Benjamin Sadd
Dan recently became the first paddler to Stand Up Paddle the length of the Maine coast.
Back in 2008 Aquapac supported Dan and his wife Bethany when they became the youngest people to kayak, unsupported, the 2,500 miles (4,000 km) of the East Coast of the United States.
Web: Dan Paddles
Australian Master Men’s Rafting Team
Once again this year Aquapac is delighted to support the Australian Master Men’s Rafting Team.
Currently they are training for the 2019 world rafting championships, to be held on their local river, the Tully, in Far North Queensland.
Rich Brand, Expedition Inspire
Rich is attempting a quite extraordinary mission. To kayak 10,000 miles (16,000 km) around the eastern half of the USA. Started January 03, 2016 and finishing June 2019.
In Leg 1 he took the coast route round the Gulf from New Orleans, through the Everglades and then all the way up the Eastern Seaboard to Portland, Maine. Leg 2 left Portland, around Nova Scotia, and up the St Lawrence River to Port-au-Persil, Quebec. Leg 3 left Port-au-Persil, up the St Lawrence River, through the Great Lakes, down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, to Key West and finishing near Jacksonville, Florida.
Web: Rich Brand
Dave Cornthwaite and SayYesMore
We have been working with Dave ever since he became our ‘Aquapac Outdoor Champion’ in 2012.
Dave has completed 14 out of 25 non-motorised journeys of over 1,000 miles (1,600 km). When he’s not paddling, pedalling or otherwise pushing himself on one of these extraordinary expeditions he is invariably creating one of an ever-growing number of socially-driven initiatives.
Aquapac has committed to donate 10% of the value of all the sales of our two new Expedition SUP bags to the Say Yes More foundation, which was one of Dave’s many initiatives.
GBR Blind Sailing
Aquapac is proud to support GBR Blind Sailing, a small charity for all blind or visually impaired.
They organise regular training sessions with coaching and help to enable novices to learn to sail. They also coach the more advanced to enable them to compete at both national and international events.
Web: GBR Blind Sailing
Sianny recently became the first person to SUP all the way around Wales, a distance of around 1,000km (620 miles).
Sianny is the founder of a SUP business called Psyched Paddleboarding. During the expedition she raised awareness about marine litter, and the whole expedition was single-use-plastic-free (SUP). Hence it is became known as the ‘SUP Against SUP’ expedition!
Jono Dunnett, Windsurf Round Europe
Jono completed the first solo and unsupported Windsurf Round Britain in 2015. In 2017 he set off to Windsurf Round Europe.
In May 2017 Jono set off from the Norway / Russia border at the start of an attempt to solo windsurf the mainland coastline of Europe from Russia (Barents Sea) to Russia (Black Sea). The approximate straight line “cape to cape” distance is 15,000 km / 9,300 miles. By winter 2017/2018 he’d reached North Spain and the “challenging” Atlantic coast. At time of writing he’s into the warmer waters of the Aegean, but will be heading into the Black Sea just as winter arrives. Nice!
Once again Jono is sailing alone, unsupported, and with Aquapac gear. He sleeps on beaches using his sail as a shelter, but also finds that there are many kind people who offer help along the way. Check his latest position and follow blog updates at http://windsurfroundeurope.eu
International Rafting Federation
Aquapac recently announced a partnership with the IRF.
The IRF is the world governing body for Rafting Sport. Right now they are in the middle of this year’s World Rafting Championship (WRC 2018) which is taking place on the Aluminé and Ruca Choroy rivers in Argentina.
Paul Hyman, Active360
Paul is Mr SUP here in London. His company Active360 has locations on the Thames at Kew Bridge, at Paddington Basin, and also at Brentford Lock.
Paul’s passion is about raising awareness of the health of our water and aquatic ecosystems. Click here to read more about Active360’s environmental work and partners.
Irish Sailing (Women in Sailing)
Irish Sailing is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing.
Irish Sailing has an affiliate deal with us whereby a proportion of any members’ purchases is donated to Women on the Water Ireland. WOWI is a network of female windsurfers, sailors and powerboaters . It was formed with the aim of raising the participation, profile and level of women’s water sports in Ireland.
Ryan is a UK-based ocean athlete, competing in SUP and outrigger canoe racing in the UK and overseas.
Ryan has been British SUP Race Champion for six out of the last eight years!
The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team
Aquapac is delighted to sponsor one of the British Army’s four parachute display teams.
The Tigers is the nickname of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, the senior English line infantry regiment of the British Army and part of the Queen’s Division.