Brendon Prince will be undertaking the official world record attempt to circumnavigate mainland Britain by Stand Up Paddle Board. By being the first to ever complete this challenge, Brendon will also complete the world record for longest ever journey by SUP.
Brendon grew up on a farm in South Wales, with the sea (Severn Estuary) less than a mile from his front door. Unfortunately, the Severn is a rather muddy and uninviting so Brendon spent all his junior years in the river that boarders his family home. Building home made rafts, swimming and generally messing about in the water was a daily adventure.
Taking a PE & Outdoor Education degree at Exeter University (Marjons) gave easy access to the sea and perpetuated Brendon’s love of water. Brendon was Head of Outdoor Education at a SW boys’ grammar school for almost 25 years, teaching all water sports, inspiring water safety and awareness in thousands of young men.
Adventures have been a big part of Brendon’s endeavours, testing survival clothing in the freezing waters of Iceland, ice climbing in the Himalayas, Alps & Rockies or Kayaking the massive waters of the Indus. He is no stranger to the hardships of physical endurance either, having raised money by swimming, running, kayaking, SUPing & MTB in many unique events and activities.
As an off duty beach lifeguard, Brendon’s life was changed when he tried to rescue but lost 3 souls to drowning on the North Cornish coast. From that moment Brendon has engineered his life to provide water safety education for the children of this Island Nation. He is the chairman of a Surf Life Saving Club in Devon and formed the charity Above Water. In 2019 he gave up 25 years of teaching to devote his time to training teachers & pupils in water safety.
Brendon has been SUP boarding since 2008, SUP surf & race being his main activities on a board. Over the years, Brendon has been pushing the distances on a board & regularly paddles 100km days on the south coast of Devon & beyond. In 2020, Brendon and his friend Noah paddled the the 280km from Sennen (Lands End) to Torquay on Rescue SUPs (big, very slow boards) in just over 3 days to raise £5000 for charity.
Brendon has always thought circumnavigating mainland Britain would be the ultimate test of a waterman; pushing the known boundaries of physical and mental endeavour but also the ultimate test of weather, water flow and knowledge.
Brendon has visited hundreds of schools and communities teaching over 100,000 children water safety and drowning prevention.
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