BIG OCEAN PADDLE HAS ABUSE IN ITS WAKE
When Damien Rider proposed undertaking an 800km solo paddle from the Gold Coast to Bondi Beach, not surprisingly many people said he was crazy.
With shark-infested waters, treacherous reefs, no support crew and 17 days of physical pain and mental endurance ahead, it is a feat nobody had previously dared attempt.
But the 40-year-old, who started paddleboarding only eight months before this record-breaking adventure, said he never doubted his reasons for the trip.
Having been repeatedly physically abused and raped from the age of six, Rider said he wanted to raise awareness for his charity, PACA (Paddle Against Child Abuse).
For over 30 years, Rider had suffered from post traumatic
“It’s basically just you and the water and the pain you