Dave Cornthwaite, a British author, seasoned adventurer, record-breaker and a man with aspirations to raise more than $1.5 million for charity, can add one more title beside his name: The 2012 Aquapac Outdoor Champion.
Designed to reward individuals whose accomplishments highlight the blend between conservation and recreation, the Aquapac Outdoor Champions program comes with a cash prize of $1,500 and a supply of Aquapac’s 100 percent waterproof protective cases.
Aquapac CEO Tim Turnbull presented Cornthwaite with the award. The money will assist Cornthwaite in his future endeavors, including Expedition1000, a series of 25 expeditions, all at least 1,000 miles in distance, and each using a different type of non-motorized transport.
Cornthwaite set a Guinness World Record for travelling the furthest distance by longboard after skateboarding 3,618 miles from Perth to Brisbane in Australia in 2006. His 2,404-mile descent down the Mississippi River on a stand up paddleboard last year is also a long-distance SUP world record. Currently he is deep into the planning phases of his next expedition – a 1,000-mile swim down the lower Missouri River later this summer.
After the swim, the 2012 Aquapac Outdoor Champion will attempt long-distance expeditions on horseback, a cross-trainer with wheels, a paraglider and a recumbent bike with a sail.
Cornthwaite’s goal through Expedition1000 is to raise $1.5 million for two charities: the AV Foundation that develops infrastructure and drinking water systems in East African schools and CoppaFeel, a breast cancer awareness charity.
“We’re very proud to salute Dave’s fundraising efforts through Expedition1000,” said Aquapac’s Turnbull “His multidiscipline adventures and commitment to charitable giving embody the true spirit of the Outdoor Champions Program.”
To keep his followers up to date on his progress, Cornthwaite shares all of his expedition tales online. He is armed with a GPS, spot tracker, smart phone, MacBook and high definition cameras – all protected with Aquapac products.
“I can’t afford to be without any of these items and they were protected through my Mississippi River journey by Aquapac,” he said.
“I was on the move for almost three months, exposed to extreme heats, punishing electrical storms and heavy rain. Every electrical item I took with me survived and will be with me on my next journey, and so will Aquapac” he continued.
To follow his progress, visit Twitter at @DaveCorn or www.davecornthwaite.com or facebook.com/expedition1000. For more information on the charities Dave supports see: www.theblueproject.org www.avfoundation.org www.coppafeel.org.