By Ocean Minded Ambassador, Chuck Patterson
I’m so honored and stoked to have represented Team USA at The Rockyman Adventure Race here in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Through rigorous training and support from sponsors and Team USA, this competition was a huge success.
Traveling internationally always has its road blocks to overcome and this trip was no exception. Both my SUP race boards and paddles were lost, but with great help and support from Roberto Araujo and our Brazilian friends, Team USA got back on track. The race was 11 hours & 20 minutes of nonstop hammering and strategic battling against a solid International and Brazilian field of top athletes in sports including: surfing; mountain biking; 12’6 SUP racing; distance running; paragliding; outrigger canoe paddling; and ending with a crazy run through the jungles, beaches and the city of Rio.I have never experienced such an insane event where each teammate competed at a high level in their own specialized sport for time, then combined their efforts as a team to paddle 6 man outrigger 8 miles in super challenging rough seas (where 3 canoes sank), and finishing with a run through the mountainous jungles that filtered down through the “Favela” (slum neighborhood), emptied onto a white sand beach for another 3 miles, and ended at Ipanema Beach in the dark.
It was such an emotional experience to push each other so hard past our threshold of pain to continue and finish as a team. I’m so honored and grateful for our team captain, Paul Romero, my USA teammates, J Marshall and Kari Castle, all of my Brazilian friends, my sponsors and to Rockyman Brazil.
“I can’t wait till next year!!”
Much Aloha and thanks,