Season 1, Episode 1

EXPLORERS POD

Riaan & Vasty Manser| There Is An Ocean Between Saying And Doing

by | Dec 2, 2020 | 0 comments

In this day & age of the 21st century one would think that all credible world first explorations have been done… but they haven’t. The past decade, Riaan Manser has re-written the definition of tenacity & become the epitome of courage & determination.

Manser’s rise to prominence began with the unbelievable world-first circumnavigation of the African
continent by bicycle. It took him exactly two years, two months & fifteen days, alone & unaided, he pedalled a staggering 34 500 kilometres (22 680 miles) through 34 different countries, some of them ranked as the most dangerous & most inhospitable places in our world today. Manser’s achievement earned him the title “Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006” & his first book, “Around Africa on my Bicycle”, became a bestseller & continues to enjoy huge success.

In July 2009, Manser set another world first when he became the first person to circumnavigate Madagascar,the world’s fourth largest island, by kayak – also alone & unaided.

March 2011 saw Riaan begin his next challenge. This time he took on mystical Iceland & her arctic waters accompanied by a handicapped friend, who suffers from cerebral palsy. “Around Iceland on Inspiration” saw the two paddle 2 300 kilometres (1 429 miles) to circumnavigate Iceland in a double sea-kayak over a five-month period.

Riaan had always vowed that he would never expose his girlfriend at the time, Vasti, to the dangers of his world; but now the dynamic couple made history by taking on the vast waters of the Atlantic. Alone & unaided they endured a three months & two weeks crossing from Agadir, Morocco & landed in Miami, Florida on the 7th of May. Their final destination, the Statue of Liberty in New York.

In 2016, after marrying Vasti, the pair decided to set new a standard for the term honeymoon. They embarked on a history-making Pacific Ocean row, breaking the Guinness World Record for fastest row in history from California to Hawaii, a record previously held by a 4-man team.

EXPLORING THE WORLD WITH IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS HOSTED BY EXPLORERS TODD FORNEY AND JANET BELARMINO WITH FRIENDS, GUESTS, AND INSPIRING PEOPLE FROM THE WORLD OF EXPLORATION, THE WORLD OF COMEDY, THE WORLD OF SCIENCE, AS WELL AS, ALL THE WORLD AROUND US, AND BEYOND. A LICENCE TO EXPLORERS ANYWHERE

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