27 Jul 2019

Scott Donaldson - the first person to kayak the Tasman solo

From Saturday Morning, 8:25 am on 27 July 2019
Scott Donaldson in his kayak

Photo: supplied

Last year Kiwi adventurer Scott Donaldson achieved a world first, crossing 2200 km of the Tasman Sea in a kayak solo.

Over 61 days he battled 'frisky' sharks, massive ocean swells, and physical and emotional exhaustion.

It was his third attempt - a failed effort in 2014 saw him fall short by just 80 kilometres.

He has written a book about his experiences, called  Relentless: A Story of Grit and Endurance from the First Person to Kayak the Tasman Solo.

Scott Donaldson - Solo kayak across the Tasman