In 2011 two young Dutchmen, Robert Versprui and Joost Bienenmann, set out to paddle their kayaks around the world’s 5th biggest island, the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They named it the Sumatra Challenge and it became an adventure of a lifetime…

Sumatra Challege, a kayaking adventure around the world's 5th largest island

The Sumatra Challenge

Goal of this 4250km kickass pedalling journey  was to inspire people and get more attention on biodiversity, in particular local indigenous communities and nature. For this they will visit different conservation and social projects around the coast, to help and get more attention for these initiatives.

Sumatra Challege, a kayaking adventure around the world's 5th largest island

The four month long trip consisted of a daily paddle between 40 and 60 kilometer. Being completely self sufficient definitely made this trip even more kickass. It did make the logistics upfront a lot harder though so the boys took a long time preparing both back home and in Indonesia.

Sumatra Challege, a kayaking adventure in Indonesia

Pure kickass respect for these paddle maniacs. More info can be found on http://sumatrachallenge.org