Couple Fiordland-bound for GODZone
Adventure and multisport couple, Nathan and Jodie Fa’avae, are bringing their combined passion for adventure sports and the greater outdoors to Fiordland for GODZone.
The adventure savvy pair have announced they will be racing together at Chapter 7 in Fiordland under the Seagate banner with two other team-mates still to be confirmed.
Jodie Fa’avae says competing at GODZone is a bucket list wish for her and she’s thrilled to be racing alongside her adventure racing champion partner.
‘‘I have always wanted to race at the event with Nathan, but we just haven’t had the opportunity with a busy family life,’’ she said.
‘‘Our kids are now 10, 12 and 14 so it’s going to be easier to manage.’’
‘‘The other hook was Fiordland as the race location - it’s going to be a really awesome adventure in that area of the world.’’
As the creator of the world’s best adventure racing squad, Seagate, Nathan Fa’avae has dominated the world adventure racing scene for the past 20 years.
Jodie Fa’avae herself is a seven-time New Zealand national downhill mountain biking cham- pion from 1992 to 1997 and a longest day Coast-to-Coast competitor.
She says husband Nathan is the perfect person to compete alongside for a first time GODZone experience.
‘‘Having Nathan in your team makes all the difference. You know your going to go in a straight line, he’s going to have a clear strategy around when to eat and when to sleep and he might even carry your pack from time to time,’’ she said.
‘‘You want to avoid those rookie mistakes and Nathan’s so experienced we will be one step ahead from the get go. He is really good at adjusting his expectations to those of the team and doing his best by them, supporting everyone to move forward and race efficiently.’’
The professional adventure couple have worked in the outdoors for many years running multisport events, including the hugely successful T7 Spring Challenge series for women.
Nathan is highly sought after on the professional speaking circuit and has recently had an autobiography published on his adventurous life.
Chapter 7 of GODZone will be held in Fiordland from March 1 to 10 next year.
Nathan and Jodie Fa’avae will compete for Seagate at GODZone Chapter 7 in Fiordland.