Brendon battles against elements to round Lands End on world record bid

Paddle boarder at sea

Brendon against Mother Nature - Credit: WRPhotography

Torbay's Brendon Prince has had to battle against some horrific conditions as he strives to set a world record and be the first stand-up paddle boarder to travel from Land’s End to John O Groats via the coastline.

He rounded Land’s End a few days ago after fighting huge headwinds, a 12 hour paddle on a single day and the toughest conditions he has ever paddled in.

Brendon was on the north coast of Cornwall and on his way up to the Bristol Channel.

He said: "Rounding Land’s End was the toughest and most challenging conditions I have ever paddled in. You can easily see how so many people get into trouble in this area if they are caught off guard without the right preparation, skill level and support.”

He two full days off the water waiting for the correct tide and weather conditions to attempt his paddle around Land’s End and on the third day he abandoned his paddle around the world-famous landmark only two kilometres into it.

Paddleboarder at sea

The Long Paddle! - Credit: WRPhotography

Torbay Weekly columnist Brendon is paddling to raise awareness for water safety. He says: “It is so important that throughout this circumnavigation I lead by example. As frustrating as multiple days off the water are, it is imperative that safety is at the core of The Long Paddle 2021.”

Tackling the Bristol Channel could see him taking days off the water to await the correct weather to ensure his safety. Brendon is attempting to be the first person to circumnavigate mainland Britain on a stand up paddleboard as well as be the first to paddle Land’s End to John O Groat via the coast and to complete the longest ever SUP journey.

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By doing this he is hoping to raise awareness about water safety and to raise funds to build the world's first gamified water safety app for all ages as well as money for seven charities close to his heart: Above Water, Surfers Against Sewage, The RNLI, Christian Surfers, Andy''s Man Club, Surf Life Saving GB, Wave Project.