The Story begins in Kingston, Ontario with a love of water and the outdoors. A few years ago Brett Rogers and his first mate Cliff built a traditional 32 foot wooden York Boat named Annie. The York Boat was once the vessel of choice for fur the old american frontier. Starting in Bemidji Mn Brett and Cliff where joined by Kyle, Magnus and Sarah and set forth on a adventure of a lifetime. Travelling 2400 mile down the mighty Mississippi on a 110 day expedition to the gulf of mexico, where they will donate their boat Annie to Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper. Who’s goals is to protect, preserve and restore the Mississippi River Basin for future generations.
You’re probably thinking what the heck is this… Well the Red Bull Mississippi Grind is a floating barge going down the Mississippi River. The barge itself is 193 feet long with a custom skate park built right on top of it.
The barge will be floating down the Mississippi River for the next month, with multiple stop a long the river. At each stop there will be a skate comp. The top winners of each stop will receive “Ticket to Ride”. The “Ticket to Ride” will land you a spot at the end of the journey down in New Orleans, LA. The winner of the Red Bull Mississippi Grind will win $3,000 cash prize.
This past weekend The Red Bull Mississippi Grind kicked off their journey in St Paul, MN. The winners of the St Paul stop were Dan Coe and Kirian Stone. Congrats Guys! This weekend September 9th and 10th the barge will be in Davenport, IA. Other stops will be St. Louis, MO Sept 17th -18th and the final stop is in New Orleans, LA Oct 9th -11th. To Learn more visit Red Bull Mississippi Grind on Facebook!
Minnesota native Alex Linnell will soon be the first person to paddle board down the Mississippi river. Now closing in on New Orleans, he has been crowned…… “The dumbass of the week!” In lieu of this prestigious award Alex has prepared this speech.
Alex has been on the river for over 2 month, trying to raise money for the Red Cross to help people affected by natural disasters. If you can help please donate. To Learn more about Alex and his incredible journey visit his website @ www.alexlinnell.com.
Starting on June 1st, Minnesota native Alex Linnell departed Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the great Mississippi River, on a journey to the Gulf of Mexico via Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Alex is trying to raise money for people affected by natural disasters like the recent floods, tornadoes and wildfires. If you would like to donate click here!
To put his epic journey into perspective the average surface speed of the Mississippi water is near 1.2 mph – roughly 1/3 as fast as people walk. When the water reaches New Orleans the river increases its flow to that of 3 mph on average. This would mean that in optimal conditions Alex could travel at a top speed of around 5 mph.
Now put on your math caps. He is traveling 2,400 miles down river and is paddling for approximately eight hours a day and camping each night. How long will it take him to reach his Gulf of Mexico destination?
Wow! Middle School math class flashback…
Answer: It will take Alex, with optimal conditions, about 60 days to complete this adventure. If he were to chill and float south at the rivers natural flow of three mph it would take him nearly 100 days. So let’s give Alex some incentive for his paddling… donate if you can!
To keep up to date on Alex’s progress head over to his site and check on his progress.
Alex has the possibility of triumphing over a few records as he heads South. If he completes his task he will be the 1st person to Stand Up Paddle Board the entire length of the Mississippi River. As an added bonus, if Alex paddles 2,350 miles down the Mississippi he will surpass the World Record set by Tom Jones (1507 mile) for the longest Stand Up Paddle Board trip set in the summer of 2010 when Jones paddled from Key West, FL to New York City.
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