Gold Coast locals Dylan Jones and Sam Weir of Ocean Nomads are setting themselves the ultimate challenge as they take on the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’ on 12 December 2017 – a globally famous rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Australia Foundation.
Supported by the Surfboard Workers Club @ Mt Woodgee, the duo are undertaking all their training from their Currumbin home base in preparation for the 4800km journey across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to the finish line in Antigua in the Caribbean.
The team not only have their sights set on crossing the finishing line first, but to also break the world record for a pair boat Atlantic Ocean crossing in under 40 days.
Known as one of the toughest challenges on earth, made more difficult by raging storms, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation, there is no surprises as to why less than 500 people have completed an Atlantic row boat crossing.
"The row itself draws a huge amount of exposure and global media coverage, although we are focusing our Ocean Nomads campaign on the local area," said Dylan. "Growing up around the Currumbin area, we want to support the local businesses and include the community in our journey. There is no better place to train and showcase our unique boat and challenge than around the Gold Coast.
We wish the boys luck in their training and preparation, and will be sure to keep a close eye on their journey later in the year.