Dad conquers British coast… by paddleboard: Sea safety campaigner, 48, sets two world records with tour of the country
- Brendon Prince set two world records and broke a third after baddleboarding on the British coast
- Naval security campaigner completed 3800 miles journey arriving in Torquay
- He spent 141 days at sea, paddling up to 4pm every day
A sea safety campaigner set two world records and broke a third yesterday after he finished paddleboarding along the entire British mainland coast.
Brendon Prince, 48, returned to Torquay after completing the 3,800-mile expedition on a stand-up board.
Mr Prince spent 141 days at sea, paddling up to 16 hours a day.
Prior to his arrival, Mr Prince, pictured, said: ‘It’s a strange feeling that when I left Torquay I turned right and continued to the right, and now I’m suddenly back in Torquay.’
Brendon Prince, 48, returned to Torquay after completing the 3,800-mile expedition on a stand-up board
The father of three was driven to rise to the challenge after trying to rescue three people who drowned on Mawgan Porth beach in Cornwall in 2014.
It inspired the off-duty lifeguard to start the Boven Water charity, which teaches children about water safety.
Mr Prince’s three world records are longest paddleboard journey, first person to paddle in Britain and first to paddle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Mr Prince completed the final 40km leg of his challenge from Sidmouth, in Devon, to Torquay where he was greeted by friends and family.
He was escorted back to the shoreline at Torre Abbey Sands on the Torquay coast by a fleet of other paddleboarders and boats.
The money raised from the trip will go to seven charities and to create a marine safety app.
The shortest time he spent in the water was four hours a day, while the longest part of his journey was 16 hours.
He added: ‘The North Sea was a challenge and crossing the Thames and passing huge ports such as Dover and Portsmouth kept me on my toes.
“At the same time, it was mentally difficult – the feeling that you are so close, but the realization that you are still so far away.
“When I got to Brighton I really started to feel like I was on home street and I felt like I did this.
The sea safety campaigner set two world records and broke a third yesterday after he finished paddleboarding along the entire British mainland coast
“The only way to deal with it is to take every paddle stroke a day. I was just thinking about the next day and you can’t think about the bigger picture. You have to do it in small pieces, otherwise it can overwhelm you.’
Of the 141 days since taking on the challenge, Mr Prince has only spent 22 days on the water due to unsafe conditions.
“It tested the limit of everyone’s skill level and stamina knowing that you have to do a 88km paddle north of Scotland without coming out anywhere to rest to be rescued,” he said.
“That’s why it’s never been done before.
“I’m a different person now than when I left – and definitely a better paddler. Preparation is everything when it comes to water safety and we nailed that.
“But if I knew what I know now, I’m not sure I’d do it again. It was best kept as a surprise.
“But sometimes it’s better not to know and move on.”