Let me introduce you to Tony Bain who will be my team mate for the Yukon 1000
Tony grew up on farms and stations in high country New Zealand which drove an early interest in the outdoors. Rugby played a massive part of in his early sporting life, right from his early rugby he represented his region, this continued right through to his early 20’s when he left to travel the world. Adventure, travel and exploring have always been a big part of his life, always looking around the next corner.
He took up SUP in 2012 when a group of friends approach him to support them on a river SUP Expedition as I had a lot more river experience then them. The subsequent journey from the Source of the Severn River in Mid Wales to the Sea near Bristol was what turned him from Kayaking to Stand Up Paddleboarding and he hasn’t looked behind since.
Not really into racing, but loves to paddle all day. It doesn’t really matter what he paddles, from SUP, to Coracles (traditional Celtic Boat made of bend sticks and fabric hide), Bathtubs to Wheelie bins. Tony Runs a small water activities business in North Wales that inspires young and old to try water activities with uniquely alternative water equipment.
Since then he has journeyed twice across Scotland on a SUP, once as a 4 day exped and once as a nonstop challenge paddle, became the first person to circumnavigate the Isle of Anglesey non stop off the North Coast of Wales.
His most favourite SUP exped adventure would be the 4 days on the Clutha River in New Zealand. The Clutha has an enviable nickname, “The Widowmaker” named by the gold miners of the period, as if you fell in this river in the gold rush days you never got out, the swiftest river with the largest flow volume in New Zealand, it would carry you away.
He has been to the Yukon before for SUP and really loved it. He’s looking forward to the returning for the Yukon 1000. He loves to send all day SUPping so this paddle will be right up his street or should we say River.