Just thought you may like this photo to use on your website or for marketing? If you do, please credit 'Damiano Levati/ The North Face'. There may be more - i'll send accross any I get my hands on.
Now I've stopped running I wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for your incredible guiding services to get us across the Cook Strait. You put faith in us, with a lot of unknowns, and it was so cool how we pulled it off. It adds such a special twist to what I've achieved, and I think it will be very difficult to re-create.
So the run finished on Saturday and we've had a couple of days hanging out in the rather dreary Bluff/ Invercargill area before starting our journey up to Christchurch to fly out on Thursday.
It's been a very special adventure and we're so grateful for your contribution towards it.
I recently got the chance to guide ultra-marathon runner, Jez Bragg, across Cook Strait while he was on his Te Araroa Track Expedition. Jez is one of the world’s top 3 ultra runners and on December 12 he started running the entire length of NZ down the Te Araroa track. He wanted this to be an entirely non motorised trip, so he has kayaked all of the water sections, including the Wanganui River, and he has his eyes set firmly on Cook Strait.
With the weather playing all sorts of tricks on us lately, namely variable winds, I have struggled to get a decent day out fishing. To counter the frustration, I have been regularly heading out for a quick dive, and the results have been tasty!
Free-diving from the kayak is extremely easy and it pays good rewards. Not only this, but it is also a great workout, and I have loved taking up the challenge of learning new skills. If you are keen for something a bit different this summer, or perhaps you have struggled to find the time to go fishing, I'd definitely recommend picking up a snorkel and having a look under a few rocks.
Crayfish and Paua all taken in less than 5 metres of water in the vicinity of Mount Maunganui.
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Hey chaps, I have just whipped up a quick video of my latest kingfishing kayaking missions out at Mayor Island.
This is my first attempt at a fishing video so I apologise if the quality isn't so flash but it was a great learning experience and I hope to bring you more of these in the future. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/#!/nzkayakfisher and while you are there give me a like.