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Christian paddle boarder breaks three world records while praying on the water

by Chantalle Edmunds
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A Christian paddle boarder has beaten the current world record for the longest paddle board journey. 

Brendon Prince, 48, who's from Torquay has also smashed another two records becoming the first person to get from Land's End to John O’Groats via the coast and the first person to circumnavigate Scotland by paddle board. 

"It's fantastic to have the opportunity to break records along the route. So the first person to get from Land's End to John O’Groats via the coast, that was really cool. And then, just after that the first person to circumnavigate Scotland, by paddleboard, again, really cool. And I can see why no one's done it before. And then equally as cool, if not the best so far is to beat the current world record for the longest stand up paddleboard journey, which was held by someone who paddled down the Ganges, 2600 kilometres. So I've broken that and will continue to add to that total until I finish, which should be about 3800 kilometres," he told Premier.

The father-of-three set off from his home town on 27 April to begin the 'Long Paddle' with the main aim of the journey to raise awareness of water safety.

"It's about the water safety message, which couldn't be any more current with the amount of incidents we're continuing to have at the minute. You know, we live on an island, our children should be being taught water safety at schools, but they're not, it's not the teachers fault, the teachers have never been trained. So the Long Paddle is trying to put together an app, which will help the teachers teach water safety in schools, and be free to all schools to be able to do that. 

"It's not rocket science, it's fairly basic. But we're trying to make it as exciting as possible to kind of give it a marble effect so that kids want to play it as a game rather than, you know, just information regurgitated to them, which, wouldn't hold their interest in the same way as hopefully, a gamified water safety app will do. And also it will be specific to the different regions. So whether it's a beach or an inland waterway, or wherever they are close to them, hopefully, we'll have a module on the game, which is their local area," Brendon told Premier. 

Brendon has a deep faith and told Premier how it is helping him with his journey.

"I think, to do anything like this without a faith would take a tremendous amount of courage. And if I think about how I was praying today just to help and enrich my experience, to become closer to the Lord as I'm paddling, it's a great opportunity to have headspace to spend devotional time, but also to pray for people around me and to keep safe and well and my support crew too. How often do we have such time where we can devote 10 to 12 hours a day, which I'm on the board to perhaps better myself? And that helps with listening to you know, podcasts and stuff to enrich my understanding and faith as well."

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