Kayakers Progress on 4,000-mile Journey

Brothers complete South American leg

Erik Tormoen

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Brothers Russell and Graham Henry, based in Victoria, British Columbia, are midway through their 4,000-mile sea kayaking journey from Belém, Brazil, to Key West, Florida. They finished the South American portion of their joruney in early October and recently paddled the 80-mile, 30-hour stretch from the Caribbean island of Tobago to Grenada.

“Setting off on the big crossing [from Tobago to Grenada] was a bit of a weird mental experience,” says Russell Henry, 21. “I don’t know if it is because we have been dealing with risk and big challenges for the last few months or if we were just really comfortable with the risk we were taking, but there wasn’t a whole lot of emotion tied to the takeoff.”

Russell and his kayaking partner, Graham Henry, 22, had endured the muggy, buggy coastline of South America since June 10, when they took off.

As they now make their way into the Caribbean leg of their odyssey, they exchange choppy waters for big swells, untenable shores for welcoming beaches.

“Needless to say, we are looking forward to this change of pace,” Russell told Canoe and Kayak, though he and his brother have three more 80-mile crossings ahead of them.

The Henry brothers are hoping their venture will prove inspiring.

“From the get go we’d been planning to present our trip story at schools upon return to Canada with hope to inspire kids to get outside and promote the power of education through adventure.”

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