Melting Arctic Provides Path for Mike Horn (and ROAM Film Crew) to Achieve New Sailing Record to 85 Degrees North.
Under the rapidly waning light of the midnight sun, a ROAM team is at 85-degrees north onboard and following two adventurers – Mike Horn and Børge Ousland – are at the edge of the Arctic pack ice, ready to set out for the ever-elusive North Pole.
Ben Thouard, award winning photographer, let his journey take him all the way to Tahiti, where he quickly made Teahupo’o’s famous wave his backyard and his favorite place to shoot. He spends endless hours under water watching the waves come to life, living fully in the moment, as he trains his eye on the Surface.
Their goal was simple, at least on paper: paddle from Alaska to Mexico, only using their hands. No paddles, oars, or motors; they would lie prone on their boards and stroke with their arms, moving forward, slowly. Seven months and two thousand miles later they completed the journey, after a few close calls, a couple broken boards, and new sense of self. “As far as expeditions go, its got to be up there as one of the most difficult trips of any kind” – Jimmy Chin