In the Strange But True section of the NZ Herald is a report about 51-year old Jeremy Burfoot, a Kiwi who is jetskiing 32,000 kilometers from London to Auckland. It’s not the first time he’s done something “crazy.” Back in 2005 he circumnavigated the island of New Zealand, becoming the first person to do so on a jetski.
He will be joined by four other men who will face potential dangers such as sharks, bad weather, and pirates. The team will be riding around 12 hours per day over four months. Their route looks like this:
- London across the English Channel to Rotterdam
- Along the Rhine and Danube rivers to the Black Sea
- Turkey, Egypt
- Through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea
- Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore
- Island hop around Indonesia
- Down the east coast of Australia to Melbourne
- Across the Tasman to Wellington
- Arrive in Auckland
If they get to Indonesia, they will break the current jetski record of 18,400 kilometers. Aside from the desire to break the record, the trip will raise awareness for cancer prevention; Burfoot battled skin cancer himself in the past. He is careful to stress that early detection is an important part of treating cancer:
What it’s about is the healthy living to prevent cancer in the first place — not going out in the sun, and eating reasonably good food, and staying healthy. But even if you do, you’re not guaranteed of not getting cancer, so it’s also early detection that we’re talking about. If you get these things early, they’re curable — that’s the message.
You can follow Burfoot on Twitter and also keep track of his progress on his blog London to Auckland – The Ultimate Ride By Personal Watercraft.
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