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.
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