Adventure

Solo Kayaker Heads for West Coast

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Tau­ranga kayaker Tim Tay­lor’s epic pad­dle around New Zealand has been boosted by “amaz­ing” West Coast weather and the great hos­pi­tal­ity he’s re­ceived from lo­cals. She says high­lights have been meet­ing global ad­ven­turer and West Coast kayaker Paul Caffyn, and Grey­mouth Mayor Tony Kok­shorn, who found time to catch up with Tim.

At the same time, the south­ern waters have thrown some real chal­lenges at the young long-dis­tance kayaker. One of his scari­est cap­sizes so far hap­pened as he pad­dled into Ross on Satur­day, Lyn Tay­lor says. Al­though he was rel­a­tively close to shore and didn’t need to sum­mon help, he was vi­o­lently up ended and left swim­ming for around ten min­utes. She says Tim is now head­ing for an­other mile­stone – West­port – as he pad­dles up the West Coast to­wards Nel­son. He is nearly four months into his huge pad­dle, af­ter set­ting out from Waimarino Ad­ven­ture Park on the Wairoa River in Tau­ranga, on Novem­ber 27th.

For an on go­ing re­port of Tim Tay­lor progress check our www.ad­ven­turemagazi­ne.co.nz

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