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How to pack your kayak for WaterTribe Seaworthiness (principals also apply to small boats): Video by Calypso

NC Ultra Marathon Challenge 2024 Launches In: 156 Days, 23 Hours, 11 Min.       

NC BlackBeard Challenge 2024 Launches In: 153 Days, 23 Hours, 11 Min.       

MN Moose Lake Challenge 2024 Launches In: 139 Days, 23 Hours, 19 Min.       

MN Voyageurs Challenge 2024 Launches In: 140 Days, 0 Hours, 11 Min.       

MN Kruger Challenge 2024 Launches In: 139 Days, 21 Hours, 11 Min.       

Everglades Challenge 2025 Launches In: 328 Days, 4 Hours, 11 Min.     

Ultra Marathon 2025 Launches In: 328 Days, 4 Hours, 11 Min.     

Ultimate Florida 2025 Launches In: 328 Days, 4 Hours, 11 Min.     


Coping With Everyday Stress
Lessons From the WaterTribe

Learn proven health-promoting strategies from those who seek out adversity. The men and women who are members of WaterTribe remain healthy despite severe sleep deprivation, the risk of hypothermia, and a variety of environmental hazards.

Three Disk Set: DVD, Audio CD, and Pelican's Poop.

"WITHOUT A PADDLE: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida By Sea Kayak" by Warren Richey

The story of Sharkchow's 2006 participation in the Ultimate Florida Challenge. Coming to a bookstore near you. June 8, 2010.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-0-312-63076-8
320 pages, $24.99
Due in bookstores and on Amazon.com June 8, 2010.

UFC 2006 New Release

$25.95 with FREE Shipping!

Jenning has a second version of the EPIC Ultimate Florida Challenge. This is a two DVD set. The first DVD is the same as the first release. But the second DVD contains two very interesting interviews.

First, SharkChow has a long interview giving many details and insights into his impressive win of the first WaterTribe Ultimate Florida Challenge in 2006. His hint about using the tides on the St. Marys river is worth the price all by itself if you are thinking of doing the UFC yourself. Note: this is really a voice recording - no video.

Next there is a shorter video interview of ThereAndBackAgain (aka TABA). TABA isn't a complainer so he had never mentioned many of the real issues he faces in these challenges. This interview opened my eyes and prompted some minimal changes to make things just a bit more fair.

Special Note: The proceeds all go direct to Jenning. Making this DVD took untold amounts of money and time. This would make a nice preview for the UF2010 event.

"The purpose of WaterTribe is to encourage the development of boats, equipment, skills, and human athletic performance for safe and efficient coastal cruising using minimal impact human and wind powered watercraft based on kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats."

~ Chief, February 2000

"A life changing experience."

How far could you go in a small boat? Maybe further than you think.

Upcoming Events

MN Kruger Challenge 2024
Verlen Kruger 270-Mile Voyageurs Route to Lake Superior
From International Falls to Grand Portage along the Minnesota/Canada Border.
Starts 8/31/2024

MN Moose Lake Challenge 2024
125-Mile Moose Lake to Lake Superior
From Moose Lake in the BWCA to Grand Portage along the Minnesota/Canada Border.
Starts 8/31/2024

MN Voyageurs Challenge 2024
225-Mile Voyageurs Route to Lake Superior
From Crane Lake in Voyageurs National Park to Grand Portage along the Minnesota/Canada Border.
Starts 8/31/2024

NC BlackBeard Challenge 2024
300-Mile Circuit Of Pamlico Sound
This will be an interesting course and how you do it will depend on your boat and the weather. Start at Cedar Island and head north to the Alligator River Marina using either Pamlico Sound or the Alligator Pungo Canal. This choice will probably depend on your boat and the weather. Head back down using the inside or outside route to the Hobucken Marina. From there head to the Beaufort City Docks and then to the finish at Cedar Island. It will be a tough course no matter what choices you make.
Starts 9/14/2024

NC Ultra Marathon Challenge 2024
96-Mile Circuit Of Cedar Island and Beaufort
Start at Cedar Island and circumnavigate Beaufort and Core Sound in a counter clockwise direction.
Starts 9/17/2024

Everglades Challenge 2025
Tampa Bay to Key Largo,Florida, 300 miles in 8 days or less.
This Challenge is an expediton style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats. The time limit is 8 days but the winners will do it in 2 to 4 days. The distance is 260 to 300 miles depending on your course. This challenge is a qualifier for the Ultimate Florida Challenge.
Starts 3/7/2025

Ultra Marathon 2025
Tampa Bay to Cape Haze Marina
This ultra marathon starts at Fort Desoto as part of the Everglades Challenge. It finishes near Stump Pass at Cape Haze Marina in Englewood, Florida a distance of roughly 64 miles. There is a 35 hour time limit. Winners can usually finish within 24 hours, and most can finish on Sunday. Weekend Warriors - this is your challenge!
Starts 3/7/2025


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