Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kiwi - World Record Jetski Attempt

For those mates of mine in Asia, it might not be any secret that Aussies (Australians) and Kiwis (New Zealanders), although friendly neighbours, like to make fun of each other and are often very passionate when the countries cross the Tasman and meet up in sporting competitions.

But all 'sheep' jokes aside, I think it's quite OK for me to call 51-year-old Kiwi, Jeremy Burfoot a bit of a fool. An airline pilot and part-time 'dare devil', Mr Burfoot will attempt to ride a jetski all the way from London to New Zealand (about 32,000km). Starting out from outside London's Houses of Parliament (on the River Thames) on August 1, he will spend 12 hours a day for four months riding the jetski.

Although Mr Burfoot has already circumnavigated New Zealand on a jetski, he said that even his wife is calling him an idiot for this latest world record attempt. In all fairness, his message is a good one - raising awareness about cancer prevention by riding a personal watercraft halfway around the world.

Mr Burfoot and three others, will head across the English Channel to Rotterdam before powering up the Rhine and Danube rivers and then on to the Black Sea. They will also visit Turkey, the Suez Canal,the Red Sea, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. The four will hop from island to island through Indonesia to Australia before ending their journey around the end of November... I really hope it doesn't end earlier for them - they're taking on some very well-publicised and notorious rough oceans along the way!!

"WTH!! - Mr Burfoot, Pliz Dun Do This Cuz!!"


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