Paddlers take on 72hr non-stop challenge

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Project 720 Project 720

Nine paddlers; 72 hours; average speed 10kph.  That’s 720km.  Welcome to Project 720.


Cool Challenge, but why?


This is a charity gig – the paddlers are raising money for KICK, an organisation that funds various projects that benefit children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Included in Project 720 are:

  • A school being built for children younger than 5 years old in the impoverished township of Walmer.
  • Tayden Hershensohnn, 19 month old baby suffering from feeding tube syndrome.  He needs a special operation in Graz, Austria.

The details on Project 720 may be found here:

The paddlers

Project 720 Paddlers

Lead by the frenetic big wave chaser Richard “Wildman” von Wildemann, the team includes

  • Hadyn Skinner
  • Andrew Skowno
  • Stuart Laing
  • Calvin Zeelie
  • Jordan Zeelie
  • Hein van Rooyen
  • Jason Goedhals
  • Luvuyo Zonzinyama
  • And a bunch of celebrities and other members of the public who will paddle at least a lap each.  (Could be some time to make up for the “pro” paddlers!)


The event begins at 6pm on Friday, 6 August and ends at 6pm on Monday, 9 August.

The Course

There are two alternates – the 2.5km lap and a shorter, 1km lap that will be used if safety considerations require it...  And they may well do... look at the weather forecast (below) for the weekend in PE!

Project 720 Weather forecast

How to contribute?

The details are in the attachments – but suffice to say that it’s a great cause...