A Norwegian SUP Expedition with Titus Kodzoman
"Choose to be defined by how you challenge yourself, not by your ability to defeat others."
That's the mantra of Titus Kodzoman, a former Royal Marine turned senior SUP instructor, yacht-master, big-wave charger, kite surfer and freediver now based in Norway. Kodzoman painted his stripes as a survivalist and a waterman with feats like spending three winters in the northern mountains of Norway to learn Arctic survival, surviving an attack by five-meter Great White shark and being the first person to dive in the "Oslo Ice Challenge," the world's first-ever international under-ice freediving competition.
In May 2015, Kodzoman will attempt yet another feat to perpetuate his mantra—a 2,500-mile, self-supported solo SUP expedition along the entire mainland coast of Norway.
The journey will launch in Grense Jakobselv, a remote village fringing the Arctic Sea on the Russian/Norwegian border. From there, Kodzoman will paddle northwest under a sleepless sun around Nordkapp, nearing Europe's most northern region deep in the Arctic Circle. Upon reaching Nordkapp, he'll round south, paddling the rugged coastline all the way to the Swedish border at a clip of 20- to 30-miles per day. He hopes to complete the entire mission over the course of four months, and he'll do it all on a 14-foot standup loaded with all the supplies necessary to self-sustain.
Kodzoman's mission supports a handful of worthy objectives. Beyond the act of completing the expedition, he hopes to publicize his journey in attempt to inspire others to get out on the water and try SUP. He's also working to draw attention to issues affecting the marine environment, and raising money for JustaDrop.org, an international charity that brings clean water to people in need.
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