Jari started his second attempt for the world’s longest unsupported swim this weekend. Swimming from Stockholm, Sweden 500 km to Helsinki, Finland. A 32-37 day long extreme adventure where he will be averaging 13,7 km swim day.
In order to complete his really impressive challenge he will need to bring one of our 100L bags. Packed with the most essential gear for his adventure that can not get wet during the month at sea.
Our bag float fully packed with Jari on top and can be used as a safety raft in case of an emergency.
Jari has spent all winter living down in Siciliy, Italy training hard daily by filling up big canister of water to add extra weight and resistance in the water.
This is not the first adventure for Jari as he two years ago swam 328km along the east coast of Sweden, Oaxen to Öregrund. A 32 day long adventure where Jari only had to take one day off due to back problems.
Plus last years attempt where he had to be rescued (2km from his intended destination Åland, Finland) as his navigation system shut down so he got off course and drifted south with winds and currents that pushed him further out on a stormy Baltic Sea.
Follow Jari’s 2nd attempt for the world’s longest unsupported swim across the Baltic Sea:
Anders also know as “Free Solo” has inspired us since Day 1 when we first saw his incredible video how he was exploring a hidden cave and had to crawl thru tunnels that were so tight he could hardly move and he just went deeper and deeper in to the completely black cave with half his body in freezing cold water without knowing what he would face next.
We checked in with Free solo and asked him some questions before his next thrilling adventure.
The following interview has been translated from Swedish.
– How did you get in to exploring these unknown places?
Since childhood, I have been interested in climbing and exploring. Already in primary school, it was the canteen ceiling and the school’s chimney that was the driving factor.
Mountains and natural formations have of course been there and attracted, but it is buildings and the urban environment that have always been the driving factor.
– Are you ever afraid when you for example lower yourself down 70 meters in to a old mine and dive deep inside the tunnels as rocks are falling down above your head?
In my opinion, fear is one of the most important ingredients in an adventure.
It is there and gets used when something is wrong and is thus your absolute best friend in a critical situation. But as inalienable as fear is in the form of a warning bell, it is just as devastating as an ever-present one.
Experience and knowledge are undoubtedly the best prerequisites when it comes to staying calm and balanced.
– What is your worst memory after your years of exploring unknown places?
There are of course some instances that could be seen as questionable. But perhaps one of the most critical is probably when I got stuck during a dive in an old underground test facility.
On the way out, a cable ladder collapsed and pinned me to the bottom.
Alone and with little visibility, a very clear battle against the clock began. Being entangled is one of the absolute worst situations a diver can find himself in.
15 long minutes of cutting and cutting and I managed to get free. Undeniably a very educational experience you won’t forget so easily. But definitely something I’d rather avoid in the future.
– You have a high engagement rate from the content you post, what is your key to success?
When it comes to succeeding with the social platforms, I think the answer is as simple as it is undramatic.
To be honest in what you do. Stick-on attitude quickly shines through.
Have fun and try to convey what you feel.
Feel free to take advice from others and humbly listen to their tips and ideas, but remember that you are you and no one else.
Above all, a platform has two sides. One is you, the other is your audience. Together you create a whole, a place to meet.
For me, it is unthinkable not to respond to the comments that are born from a post. If you want to experience a live forum, communication is what counts.
If someone writes, you simply reply.
Personally, I get so much joy and love from all the fantastic people who now follow and are part of the page.
– What are your initial thoughts about the SUBTECH bags that you have been using?
I spend a lot of time in old mines, caves, underground facilities and other stressful environments with water and dirt.
My bags from SUBTECH are now a given when adventure approaches. They give me the opportunity to take sensitive equipment with me in environments that were previously completely unthinkable and the fact that the bags themselves create fantastic buoyancy is a very good safety bonus for me.
Tag along Free solo as he explore more mind-blowing places we had no idea existed:
Hanna is an enthusiastic, easy going girl with a burning desire to explore the world. So one day, 6 years ago she decided to quit her 9-5 job, pack her necessities and hit the road on her motorbike. Since that day she has never looked back and she is now living out her dream and get the explore all the hidden gems on two wheels.
Solo Motorbike Traveller
Adventurer: Hanna Johansson
Solo riding: Since 2017
Countries explored: 76
Kilometres traveled: 90.000+ km
Currently: Just starting next bike adventure in Thailand
Hanna has just arrived in Thailand where she will pick up her Triumph bike to explore beautiful Thailand on two wheels.
We checked in with Hanna just a day before she left to do a quick interview.
– Tell us in short about your upcoming adventure and what you look forward to the most?
I’ll spend the upcoming weeks in Thailand, one of my favorite countries. I look forward to exploring this country to the fullest, everything from beautiful beaches to riding in the mountains of Chiang Mai.
– What would you say to others that dream about what you do so that they can dare to take the leap and follow their dream and passion in life?
Life’s too short to wonder, “what if?”.
The first step is the hardest, but when that’s done… The rest is like a dance!
No matter how hard it’ll be (because it will be challenging sometimes), the burning passion in your chest is a feeling you can’t beat.
No Teams Meeting will ever give that satisfaction.
– What gear will you bring with you on your coming adventure and how will you pack it on your Triumph?
I won’t camp on this trip, so my luggage will be small.
We are proud to have some of the world’s best athletes, adventurers and photographers on TEAM SUBTECH that keep pushing the boundaries with our gear. So that we can constantly improve to make sure we offer the best waterproof bags out there.
"Every wasted minute is a minute we'll never get back"
Life Lesson Learned by World Record Adventurer Diogo
When you have a few minutes to spare, take your time to watch this thoughtful film made by the Guinness World Record Adventurer Diogo Guerreiro and the life lesson he has learned throughout his memorable adventures in life.
We are proud to have some of the world’s best athletes and adventurers on TEAM SUBTECH that keep pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible with our gear. So that we can always keep on improving to make sure we offer the best waterproof bags out there.
Jari will on 10th of June begin the world’s longest unsupported swim from Stockholm, Sweden 500 km to Helsinki, Finland. A 37 day long extreme adventure where he will be averaging 13,7 km day.
In order to complete his really impressive challenge he will need to bring two 55 Liter bags with a total weight of 46 kg. Packed with tent, watermaker, dry food to cover all meals, swim gear and other essential gear.
The bags will then be placed on top of a Ruckraft in order to glide as smooth as possible behind Jari while swimming where each raft is attached with a bungy cord with safe distance behind him in heavy seas.
The bag float fully packed with Jari on top by itself and could be attached to each other as a raft in case of an emergency.
Jari is currenlty living down in Allicante, Spain where he’s training daily be filling up big jugs of water to get proper weight in the bags.
This is not the first adventure for Jari as he last summer swam 328km along the east coast of Sweden, Oaxen to Öregrund. A 32 day long adventure where Jari had to take one day off due to back problems.
Follow Jari’s preparation for the world’s longest unsupported swim, 500km across the Baltic Sea:
The Swedish adventurers Sören Kjellkvist and Måns kämpe set out to row the Atlantic ocean from Lagos (Portugal) to Antigua (West Indies) on the 28th of December after having to wait over two weeks for weather conditions to stabilize.
When they were just one day from reaching their intermediate destination of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the wind changed drastically and started pushing them northwest out into the open Northern Atlantic, far away from the needed trade winds towards the Caribbean.
They struggled through difficult wind and waves and finally managed to land on Madeira.
By then they were delayed over a month and with all margins of time, budget and resources used up. Waiting for manageable conditions to continue south and towards Antigua, the risk of going into the hurricane season would be unacceptably high. The portuguese trade winds seem to have changed into a much less reliable behavior, it is unbelievable how a storm from the Atlantic could reach so far south and pull us all the way up to Madeira.
“Facing these circumstances we have no choice but to terminate the project, and declare Madeira the final destination.” /Sören & Måns
“Our involvement in life in the oceans remains unchanged, and we hope that we can still create enough attention for the Baltic harbour porpoise to help save them from extinction. We gave it our best shot, however we are humble towards the immense forces of nature. It has been an extraordinary experience, very different from what we expected, challenging, emotional and extremely tough. The Atlantic will still be there…” /Sören & Måns
The important message to save the Baltic whale from extinction still remains
You are true heroes in our eyes for getting the word out to the politicians to try and save the few hundred Baltic whales left in the world. Also for the vice decision to abort the mission and come home safe.
Check out what Sören & Måns have to say about our bags
Name: Francisco Lufinha Age: 38 World Records: 3 Previous Guiness World Record: Longest Journey kitesurfing 862 kms | 48 hours This Expedition: Solo sail across the Atlantic on a custom built kite boat Preparations: 1+ year including building the boat and custom made controller to control the kite.
Start/Finish: Cascais, Portugal / Finish Martinique, Caribbean Distance: 3600nm / 6700km Duration: 24 Days (Plus stop over in Canary Islands due to technical problems) Energy: 100% Renewable energy: Kite, Solar panels, Hydro generator. Bags used: 4x PRO DRYBAG 100L
Announcement after just crossing the Atlantic
Update from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
Huge congrats Francisco on your accomplishment and for setting an example to the world of the importance of ocean preservation, environmental awareness and renewable energies.
As Fancisco put it: ‘We are CHANGING TOMORROW NOW and this mission is a proof of that!’
About the Special Built Kite Boat
We are looking forward to follow Francisco Lufinha on his upcoming mind-blowing adventures.
Now our team adventurer, Rafa has done it again as he broke his second on Sunday 28th of November official Guinness World Record and third world record in total! Rafa walked between to hot air-balloons 1901 meters / 6235 feet above ground in Santa Catarina, Praia Grande, Brazil and by that secured yet another Guinness World Record for Highest highline 1901 meters above ground.
We are blown away to say the least about Rafa’s latest Official Guinness World Record and we can’t wait to see what he will up to next!
Rafael now holds two Guinness World Records and a number of Brazilian and Latin American Records. The first Guinness World Record was made in 2017, where he walked 670 meters across Wanfu Lake in China.
The second world record was done this time last year.
A mind blowing 260 meter long highline in the crater of an active volcano in Mount Yasur in Tanna Island, Vanuatu.
Here you can hear what Rafa has to say about SUBTECH and our bags:
We are stoked to have Rafabridi on our team and we can’t wait to see where he will bring our gear next. Click here to follow him on his epic adventures. For media inquiries, please contact us at: email@example.com.
The Swede, Joakim Brantingson is getting prepared to compete in one of the world’s most dangerous race according to Forbes Magazine, Mini-Transat. Joakim will be solo sailing his 6,5m/21ft boat from French west coast across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
Name: Joakim Brantingson
What: Solo sail across the Atlantic Race: Mini-Transat in 2023 Number of crew members: 1 Longest Sleep duration: 20 min Participants: 80 Sailors Start/Finish: West coast France – Stop in Las Palmas – Finish in the Caribbean Duration: 25 Days
We are stoked to introduce our new TEAM SUBTECH athlete, Rafael Bridi who’s a really impressive slackliner. Rafael currently holds two Guiness World Records and a number of Brazilian and Latin American Records.
The first Guiness World Record was made in 2017, where he walked 670 meters across Wanfu Lake in China.
The second world record was done just recently. A mind blowing 260 meter long highline in the crater of an active volcano in Mount Yasur in Tanna Island, Vanuatu.
-How did you get started with slackline?
At first slackline was a pleasure activity where I faced a big challenge trying to balance myself and get across of it’s full length. This moment happened at my friends backyard and this day has stuck with me forever.
I have a strong background as an athlete so I have a very challenging mentality where I need to accomplish the targets I set to myself.
So in the beginning with the slackline it was more about how I can’t manage to get across when I do good on so many others balance sports in general.
Paralell to get introduced to slackline I was starting my engineering studies. This combination brought me lot of deep learning from the dedication I channeled to my personal growth and slackline was a big part of that.
Right in the beginning of my practice I got introduced by a friend about the possibilities of practicing highline. I had to dedicate a lot of time practicing, studying and creating connections outside Brazil to make the first highline walk a reality.
Long story short, slackline combine with my previous years as athlete has brought me a new conscious about my goals in life.
This has given me a much more balanced relationship with the people around me, society in general, relationship with money and the general ability to make dreams reality. This is what SLACKLIFE represents to me, becoming a better person is rule number one.
-You are also running an adventure company, can you tell us about this?
Yes I do run an Adventure Company called Natural Extremo Brazil. This company is pretty much the combination of all the knowledge I gained building my professional carreer practicing a new sport that was not widely recognized nationally and internationally to being with.
The company launched when I gathered all my technical rigging skills to combine highline and rope work techniques to build a unique safety system for Rope Swings for the general public. The company is now is 2 years and has received huge presence Nationally and Internationally. We are changing the way adventure experiences are offered inside of tourism in Brazil.
Wedding at high altitude
We focus on the whole experience of the clients from the first message we receive until the clients receiving their media material days after the adventure.
But the company not only work in the front range of adventures we also have other strong elements that are part of our formal structure such as; merchandising, creating and production of marketing campaigns, we built technology for our internal and external use.
Special projects involving highline and slackline, we organize festivals and events, we do train our team and other non governmental and governmental institutions and many other areas of action. So the company is just the potencialization for lots passions and values we carry as partners.
-Which is your most spectacular walk you have ever made?
No doubt is the Active Volcano crossing I did this year in Vanuatu during the super restrict lock down spread all over the world because of Corona.
It was a project I got invited to take part a contribute and it was an honor. It was the first ever highline rigged inside the crater of and active volcano done in the Mount Yasur in Tanna Island, Vanuatu.
The line itself had 260 meters long and had super dangerous and tricky situations to make it happen. It was a huge team effort to pull this stunt of and by doing so it was recognized as Guinness World Record.
This is one of my freshest accomplishments and most important in my carreer
-You have been using the PRO DRYBAG for a while, how does it differ from other bags you have had?
I like the simplicity of the design and it’s powerful features.
The strong and flexible material gives me a extra sense of safety when I’m carrying delicate and expensive gear inside.
The combination of the waterproof and the air cushion [Shockproof Inflatable System] is a dream for adventures where you know you will have a variety of situations such as rain, sun, river crossings and rough terrain.
I’m loving the bag so much that even on average trips where I don’t need exactly this incredible features I use as my carry on bag due to its light weight and versatile handles and straps.
I can’t wait to push even further and bring the PRO DRYBAG to really extreme settings.
-What is your tip for beginners that want to get started with slackline?
Don’t give up and do not compare yourself to others. Slackline is for all ages, body types and skills. One might take longer to learn the first steps then others but this is just how we are.
Practicing slackline in any level is fun, safe, challenging and an amazing group activity. It has a really good relationship with nature and can be done in basically any place you can find solid anchors.
I love to hang and teach beginners because it brings me back the joy, the struggles and the wins on my first days in the sport.
We are stoked to have Rafabridi on our team and we can’t wait to see where he will bring our gear next. Click here to follow him on his epic adventures.
Forbes Magazine list Mini-Transat as one of the world’s most dangerous races to participate within.
Name: Joakim Brantingson What: Solo-sail across the Atlantic Race: Mini-Transat in 2023 Number of crew members: 1 Longest Sleep duration: 20 min Participants: 80 Sailors Start/Finish: West coast France – Stop in Las Palmas – Finish in the Caribbean Duration: 25 Days
The Swede, Joakim Brantingson is getting prepared to compete in one of the world’s toughest races, Mini-Transat in 2023. Joakim will be solo sailing his 6,5m/21ft boat from Les Sables-d’Olonne on the French west coast across the Atlantic to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
During their 25 day journey they will have a quick stopover in Las Palmas, Canary Island to restock food and water- which is both kept at a minimum as a result of the small boat size and the constant battle to save weight.
We checked in with Joakim to hear how he got in to the sport, his preparations for the race and how the current COVID-19 situation is affecting his plan.
– How did you get in to sailing competitively?
I’ve sailed for most of my life, but haven’t really been frequenting the competitive side. The sailing that’s available to you when you’re growing up in Sweden is dinghy sailing. In other words, small boats that you sail around a course made up by a number of buoys.
Don’t get me wrong – any form of sailing was way better than a day in school back then, but it really never motivated me enough to arrange my whole life around ultimately having the Olympics as the final pinnacle. Instead I sailed whatever boats I could find whenever I could. After an impulsive decision I bought a second hand mini 650 (the same type of boat that I now compete with), sailed it alone back home around the coast of Sweden and immediately knew that this was what I wanted to pursue.
– In what way has the current COVID-19 situation affected the actual race and your preparations leading up to it?
As of today, two out of the six races that we had in the calendar for 2020 have been cancelled and it wouldn’t surprise me if the remaining races are also going to get cancelled. Perhaps that’s for the best – being alone in a small boat and developing respiratory symptoms halfway to the Azores is far from ideal. I cant see how any race organizer would want to take responsibility for a situation like that, even a few months from now.
Calculating the energy needed for the 25 days Atlantic crossing
Coming down to a more practical level, we’ve had massive delays due to COVID-19 in this project causing a lot of stress as we broke deadline after deadline due to missing parts.
Had we been better at keeping deadlines during the first months of the year, we would already had transported the boat down to La Trinite Sur Mer at the French west coast, but that would meant that we had a brand new boat to be stood ashore on its trailer behind locked gates, in a country on lockdown.
Instead we are days from launching the boat and beginning training on water here in Stockholm, which feels nothing but fantastic.
– Can you give us a better understanding of all the preparations and sacrifices that goes in to participating in one of the world’s most dangerous races?
Competing in a race like the Mini-Transat is a challenge on so many different levels. On the competitive side, you need to be able to sail the boat fast in every condition. On the mental side, you need to be stubborn enough to love the fatigue, the lack of sleep and the solitude. On the physical side, you want to have as much strength and endurance as possible to handle bad weather and stay fresh.
Also, you need to be able to understand the weather well to make predictions that will act as the base for your tactical choices during the race.
And on top of all that you have the commercial side of the sport to manage ashore. I am yet to find a title partner allowing competing in the next Mini-Transat at the level that both meets my ambition and the team that has been built behind me.
– How will you keep yourself and your gear dry when the storms and big swells hit your 6,5m/21ft boat out on the Atlantic Ocean?
These small boats are not just incredibly fast for their size – they are also really wet, even below deck. Keeping dry is not only a way of mitigating the fatigue, but it also ensures that you can complete the race.
Water will get everywhere and with the water follows the salt which acts as a abrasive that can really irritate your skin to the point of bleeding. Keeping underwear, socks and gear out of the water and the salt adds so much to the comfort on board.
Being able to trust the dryness of SUBTECH bags to the point where we can fill them up with gear, close the zipper and throw them overboard to see them float without any concerns is just fantastic.
– How can we follow you and your preparations for Mini-Transat 2021?
We have been slacking a bit behind on social media due to all the stress lately, but as soon as the new boat hits the water we are going to pick it up again. We are also planning the release of a new vlog on youtube, that will follow the project and see how the days are filled with everything from sailing, doing deadlifts and practicing suturing on a banana peel. In the meantime – follow me @joakimbrantingson
We are looking forward to follow Joakim Brantingson on his preparations for Mini-Transat 2023.
We are honored that the Airforce, Navy, Special Forces, Coustguard, marine police, sea rescue etc. have all chose to use our waterproof bags to keep their equipment dry and protected for the most challenging missions.
Below you can get a glimpse of how our bags are being thrown out of planes, dropped in the middle of the ocean and transported 25m/80ft below the surface, 365 days per year and still last a lifetime.
When it comes to their gear it is only Function, Quality & Durability that matters as it has to withstand the most extreme conditions you can possibly imagine.
U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot
U.S. Parescue Team The worlds most highly trained recovery specialists.
Final preparations for U.S. Parescue Team before launching the PRO DRYBAG 45L off a plane at 3000m/10.000 ft in to the freezing cold Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska.
In 73 Days the two Swedish adventurers Marcus and Lasse will begin their expedition of the their lifetime to attempt to row from New York across the North Atlantic thru storms and waves that will shower their 7m/21ft boat, all the way to Gothenburg in Sweden.
Adventurers: Marcus Aspsjö (28 years) & Lasse Jingfors (28 years) Expedition: Row across the Atlantic Distance: 7000km/4400mi/3800nm Duration: 3 Months
– Bicycled Sweden to Tanzania
– Hiked across Iceland
– Walked across India
– Rollerskies across Australia
– SUP paddled 3000km/1900mi on Yukon River, Alaska
– Horse riding expedition across Patagonia
– Expedition Bags used: PRO DRYBAG 45L & DRY TOTEBAG 90L
Climbing one of the world’s most active volcano, erupting every 5 min🌋
Name: Vernon Deck Profession: Professional Outdoor/Sports photographer Interests: Sailing, snowboarding, photography & film making Currently: 2 new videos out when Vernon climbs one of the world’s most active volcano Volcano: Dukono in Indoensia
This is our team photographer Vernon Deck. Vernon is a very talented photographer that currently spends 6 months of the year shooting in the alps and the rest on his sail boat, exploring the world.
Vernon is currently in Indoensia exploring the amazing remote islands this beautiful country has to offer.
To be able to share all these amazing experiences Vernon has a YouTube channel Learning By Doing where you get tag along on the most amazing adventures around the globe.
Right now Vernon has sailed to Indonesia (from Australia) and has set out on an adventure to climb an active vulcano.
Dukono is one of the worlds most active Volcanos, erupting every few minutes.
We checked in with him after the adventure to hear his thoughts on his gear.
– What are your thoughts before choosing bag on an adventurous hike like this?
Choosing between the 100l and 45l bags was sort of easy in this case as my 45L bag has shock protection as well as being waterproof. I’d never climbed an active volcano before so I just imagined the worst and prepared for that.
Apart form all my camera gear and drone I also had to carry food, water, and a change of clothes so the bag was pretty heavy. While the Subtech 45L is not a hardcore hiking backpack it proved comfortable enough for me to hike 4 hours up steep and slippery slopes and for my expensive camera equipment to survive.
– How did your Subech bag handle the river crossings and torrential rain?
The 45L Subtech bag handled everything thrown at it on this adventure. From hiking through rainforest in the middle of a tropical storm to being partial emersed during two river crossings my gear stayed protected and dry.
– How do you mainly use your 45 Liter, 100 Liter bag and the tote bag on your boat?
The 45L (1.0 version) I’ve had the longest and mainly use it to transport my camera gear when I’m going on an adventure. Most of my adventures involve water so this bag is just a must for me.
The 100L bag is huge but with the divider system I can pack efficiently and everything stays in its place. It has great shoulder straps and also a waist belt that helps to transfer the load.
The Tote bag I use for shopping missions to shore and easy beach adventures.
Below you can check out Part 1: Vernon’s preparations and first part of the hike up the active volcano Dukono.
Below is Part 2: The last remaining hike up to the top of the crater of the active volcano.
You can also check out Vernon’s Instagram where he blends his epic snowboard pics from the alps…
…with magical photos from secret tropical islands that he explores on his sailboat.
We are stoked to have Vernon on our team and look forward to follow him on his upcoming adventures.
A raft made of plastic waste sailed 4 days to help save our oceans
Name: Trash-Tiki What: Raft made of disposable plastic, ghost net and driftwood Purpose:Deliver a message to the politicians to put a global focus on our ocean and marine resources Where: From the city of Trosa to the island Gotland in Sweden. Distance: 90 Nautical miles Time: 4 Days (Start evening 29th of June. Finish Tuesday 11 am, 3rd of July) Speed: 0,5 knots Crew: Adventurers Sören Kjellqvist, Glenn Mattsing and Joakim Odelberg.
The Journey of Trash-Tiki
Trash-Tiki is made out of plastic waste, ghost net and driftwood found in the Baltic Sea. Trash-Tiki left the shores in the evening of Sweden on Friday 29th of June to sail 90 nm in rough conditions with winds of up to 20 knots (10m/s). Onboard there were the experienced adventurers Sören Kjellqvist, Glenn Mattsing and Joakim Odelberg.
Bringing awareness to the politicians
With a speed of only 0,5 knots, they made great progress, taking shifts sailing the raft with the wind for 4 days, heading in a southerly direction to the largest island off the coast of Sweden, Gotland where a big political meeting was taking place. The Norwegian investor, hotel magnate and environmentalist Petter Stordalen joined the guys on the raft off the coast of Visby to guide Trash-Tiki into port.
We are honored the Australian Special Forces are now equipped with our waterproof bags to keep their gear protected for the most challenging missions.
Here are some key features of the PRO DRYBAG Series:
Waterproof down to 50m/164ft below surface
Floats fully packed with a soldier on top
Air-tight zipper to keep electronic equipment protected from fluids and moisture
Shockproof Inflatable System to keep sensitive gear protected
Internal Pack System to keep gear organized with easy access
When it comes to their gear it’s only Function, Quality and Durability that matters as it has to withstand the most extreme conditions and we feel chosen that the Australian Special Forces selected our PRO DRYBAG 100L equipped with our Smart Pack System [Large].
Check out this Extreme Windsurf Expedition from the Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean- Video LINK
We are proud to have Diogo Guerreiro on TEAM SUBTECH and follow him as he keep pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible with our gear👊
Check out this Extreme 600km foil kite expedition across Lake Balkash- Video LINK
Diogo is a huge inspiration to us and we can’t wait to see where he will bring our gear next🌎
Check out this Extreme 150km SUP expedition on the Indian Ocean- Video LINK
If you would like to take part of an extreme adventure in the future just let us know as our team rider and adventurer Diogo Guerreiro in the movie has just launched a new company Red Wolf experience for people wanting to be part of an extreme adventure but with all the safety in place to make it an unforgettable memory.
Car: THE BEAST Mission: Attach our SUBTECH bags to get this 3000kg/6600lb offroad car to float, to be able to drive on water. Place: Stockholm, Sweden Bags used: 10x PRO DRYBAG 45L More Info 15x PRO DRYBAG 100L More Info
If you would like to take part of an extreme adventure in the future just let us know as our team rider and adventurer Diogo Guerreiro (in the movie that has 2 Guiness World Records) has just launched a new company Red Wolf experience for people wanting to be part of an extreme adventure but with all the safety in place to make it an unforgettable memory.
For more info on the bags used during this expedition check out the 2.0 version of our award-winning PRO DRYBAG 45L & PRO DRYBAG 100L that will be launched in 2019.
Expedition: Row Around Svalbard Crew: The Swedish Adventurers Sören Kjellkvist, Glenn Mattsing. Purpose: Enlighten the changes of the Arctic for children at school. Where: Tromsö in Norway around Svalbard and back. Distance: 3000 km Duration: 2 months (Finish: August 2018) Average distance: 70km/day
Imagine setting out on the mission to be the first boat that has ever crossed Barents Sea to row around Svalbard.
That is exaclty what the Swedish adventurers Sören Kjellkvist and Glenn Mattsing did.
A 3000km long expedition from Tromsö in the north of Norway across Barents Sea to then go around the one of the world’s northernmost inhabited area, Svalbard and back to Tromsö.
Svalbard that is positioned halfway between Norway and the North pole is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering whales, walrus….
but also polar bears which forced them to bring rifles if it was a matter of life and death situation.
This is something that has never been done before, mostly because it has never been possible earlier due to that everything has been covered with ice…
but considering this summer made it to the record books for being the warmest in a very long time- the timing was perfect!
After riding out several storms, close encounters with dangerous animals and a few injuries they finally made it back to Tromsö after rowing a total distance of 3000km around Svalbard.
We are really proud of Glenn and Sören for being the first boat that has rowed around Svalbard and happy we could keep their gear dry and safe with our PRO DRYBAG 45L on their amazing journey!
A message we can take with us from this amazing expedition by Sören and Glenn is the importance that we protect our world oceans by reducing the use of plastic and other waste that is ending up in the ocean and being washed up on shores in remote areas like this….
Let us all together try to make a difference to save our world oceans for coming generations!
This is the raft Trash-Tiki made of plastic waste, ghost net and driftwood found in the Baltic Sea.
Trash-Tiki left the shores in the evening of Sweden on Friday 29th of June to sail 90 nm in rough conditions with winds of up to 20 knots (10m/s).
On board there were the experienced adventurers Sören Kjellqvist, Glenn Mattsing and Joakim Odelberg.
With a speed of only 0,5 knots they made great progress, taking shifts sailing the raft with the wind for 4 days, heading in southerly direction to the largest island off the coast of Sweden, Gotland where a big political meeting is currently taking place.
The Norwegian investor, hotel magnate and environmentalist Petter Stordalen joined the guys on the raft off the coast of Visby to guide Trash-Tiki in to port.
Trash-Tiki comes with a strong message to the politicians to put a global focus on our ocean and marine resources.
We are proud to support this great initiative and we hope the politicians will do their job to help raise awareness to reduce the use of disposable plastic…
…so we can together save our oceans for future generations.
This is an inside story of when our team photographer recently did the trip of his lifetime- an expedition to no man’s land in Greenland to hike the beautiful mountains, snowboard untouched powder and just be one with the nature with good friends.
This is Soren Rickards passionated story, told by Soren himself:
I was contacted by my friend Rowan from New Zealand who is working as a glacier guide in Iceland.
I met him in the French alps 5 years ago, I’ve never met someone so passionate about snowboarding, he was living in the back of his van and riding everyday and drinking every night..
We spent a lot of time shooting together, he really boosted my progression as a photographer and snowboarder when I was getting started.
We kept in contact and every winter we would fantasise about a big Campervan/snowboard trip but I could never find the time or money to do so.
Finally this year our dream came true ! One of his guiding colleagues in Iceland bought a house in Kulusuk, Greenland for €800 and said we could go check in out before he starts using it for summer guiding trips.
This was an opportunity not to miss, a Greenland snowboard trip is not your average one..
It’s a wild place and hard to access.
As a photographer this is a story I’ve been wanting to tell…
…A story of genuine passion for adventure snowboarding, a bunch of poor non professional snowboarders getting after the true meaning of unplanned adventure.
We made this trip up as we went along, the little organisation made the whole adventure a day to day mystery with beautiful surprises along the way.
We had a fishing cabin as base camp in Kulusuk and we headed out north for 3 weeks with polkas full of food, a tent and enough beers to deal with the probable bad weather..
We had a big mix of conditions from bullet hard ice, chalky spring snow and perfect powder!
Soren just got back from his trip and we are really happy he took the time to share this amazing story with us and we can’t wait to follow him on his upcoming epic adventures Link. More info to check out the bag used on the expedition Link
Do you have any upcoming exciting plans you can tell us about?
I’m going to Indonesia next month…
…and gonna spend 2 months there which is going to be wonderful!
We are proud to have Milla on our team and look forward to follow her on her upcoming epic adventures.
Follow Milla on her upcoming adventures on Instagram @millakferreira and feel free to subscribe to our new YouTube channel- @TEAM SUBTECH where we will go hang out with Milla and our other team riders in our upcoming episodes.
To get a glimpse of what it’s like competing on the world tour, hang out with our team riders partners and of course with some cool action shots LINK
We are stoked to introduce our latest team member, the Brazilian kitesurf talent, Sebastian Ribeiro.
We checked in to hear how he got in to kiting, the highlights in his career and future plans.
How did you get in to kitesurfing?
After being frustrated standing on the beach watching the waves being shit because it was too windy I saw a kiter for the first time and then instantly decided that this was something I had to try!
This was really a game changer for me as it meant that I could now be out on the water no matter what the weather conditions were.
What’s your best achievement in your career so far?
It must be a couple of 3rd places on the world tour ( 2013 and 2015) and the 2nd at One Eye last year.
You recently did a 600km downwind kite expedition during 6 days, can you tell us about it?
It was the most amazing experience! I really love expeditions like this were you pack your gear, kite for miles and reach places were no one is to be seen.
You have to be ready to solve problems on the way because problems will happen along the way and when it happens it’s up to you to make the best out of the situation.
On Day 4 I stepped on a poisoned fish so my foot and leg swollen really bad and I still had 70 miles to ride.
I really thrive for epic adventures like this!
Do you have any exciting future plans you can share with us?
We are planing to do a 1000 km downwind! More info on this is yet to come…
I’m also planning to do the RedBull Ragnarok one day which would be a cool experience.
We are proud to have Sebastian on our team and look forward to follow him on the World Tour.
Follow Sebastian on his upcoming adventures on Instagram and feel free to subscribe to our new YouTube channel- TEAM SUBTECH where we will go hang out with Sebastian and our other team riders in our upcoming episodes.
To get a glimpse of what it’s like competing on the world tour, hang out with our team riders partners and of course with some cool action shots.
Our team riders Diogo and Tiago will in a series of 4 Extreme Challenges push their selves beyond what no one thought was possible in order to fulfill their dream of completing something that no one has ever done before.
We are to say the least, very stoked to be part of this following them first hand and supplying them with our PRO DRYBAG to keep their safety equipment dry and protected on these mind-blowing adventures.
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Extreme Challenge #1: Check out this short teaser above when our team riders Tiago and Diogo attempt to cross lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan 600km/370mi/330NM with nothing but their kites, water strapped to their boards and gear packed in their PRO DRYBAG 45L.
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Extreme Challenge #2: Check out this short teaser above when Tiago and Diogo attempts to SUP paddle 150km/80NM unassisted from Sumatra to Mentawai on the stormy Indian Ocean.
They are forced to spend one night trying to sleep on top of the board out at open sea, while fighting extreme weather conditions and the danger that lurking under the surface with their sensitive gear packed in our PRO DRYBAG 45L.
We are proud to introduce our latest team member, the 3x French kite champion, Paul Serin.
We checked in to hear how he got in to the sport and his road back to recovery after blowing up his knee after a big crash during the 2016 season finals.
How did you get in to kitesurfing?
I was born in a small city in the south of France near the sea, and when I was young I was going every weekend to the beach with my dad to watch him windsurf.
But when kitesurf came out he went to the shop and bought his first kite. After the first session he was totally hooked to this new sport!
I had to wait to the age of 10 to learn as well, first with a really small trainer kite and a huge board, and slowly I started riding a real kite with a real board.
And now I’ve been kitesurfing for 13 years with the same love for the sport with a little difference, that today this is my job as well!
What is it like travelling the world competing on the world tour?
It has always been my dream to be on the road all the time, jumping from one plane to another, and crossing the world all year.
I have to admit it’s sometimes hard to be away from home and the people you love, but at the end in every country I find my little home that’s the beauty of travelling.
But I’m really grateful to live this life and I’ll never forget that.
On the world tour we’re like a big family, meeting each other on different spots all year, but once we’re on the water we give our best.
You recently had a pretty bad injury, tell us about your road back to recovery and what has kept you motivated to get back to being one of the world’s best kitesurfers?
Yes, last year in December during the final of the 2016 season, I blew up my knee on a hard landing.
At first I couldn’t believe it and I kept saying to myself “you’re fine, you’re fine”. I changed all my flights and went home as fast as I could. On the MRI we saw a broken cross ligament and some damage on the meniscus…
At this point I knew that I was really injured, I went straight into surgery and started the rehab right after.
It was the worst Christmas ever, but I looked back on my season and all those years I’ve been riding, and I start thinking what I’ve done wrong.
I was mostly laying down on my bed the first weeks so I watched a lot of videos from Lindsey Vonn the famous ski racer who’s been through a lot of knee injuries, this helped me a lot to keep the motivation.
And of course my family and friends were also behind me. It was my first injury, and I’m sure it will help me a lot in my career. I’ll be back stronger I’m 100% sure.
For all our followers that want to learn how to kite but haven’t really got hooked yet. What would be your advice in order to get in to the sport?
This is the most amazing sport I’ve tried, when you’re riding you feel the freedom and the adrenaline at the same time this is so unique.
You can cruise, jump, spin, everything in one session and without any limit. The ocean is your playground and there isn’t any limit.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
It’s a bit different this year with my injury, but I’ll be back on the water full on beginning of June. Luckily I missed only one stop of the season, so I’ll be back on the second one in July.
I know that I won’t be ready at 100% but I’m doing my best every day to get one step closer at a time.
What’s your impression of our PRO DRYBAG 45L compared to other bags you have used?
When I’m training in Brazil or Sri lanka we’re always looking for the best freestyle spot, we have to take our camera gear on our back to bring back some film for the sponsor…
…and I was looking for a perfect bag to keep my camera gear and even my drone dry during those session, I guess I just found it.
I took my Pro Drybag on my SUP to shoot some drone footage the other day.
I wasn’t even worried if it would fall down in the water, it’s 100% waterproof 🙂
Follow Paul on his road back to recovery on his Instagram
We are stoked to introduce our latest team member, the IKA Kitesurfing World Champion, Pedro Matos.
We checked in to hear how he got in to the sport, what made him become the world champ, his favorite spots to kite on etc.
How did you get in to kitesurfing?
My grandpa was in to sailing so when kitesurfing emerged as a sport my whole family got in to it naturally.
Pedro’s father in action (former hang gliding World Champion)
Pedro’s sister (5x World Champion in Jiu-Jitsu)
I was 11 when I started kitesurfing with my dad and my sister who have both inspired me a lot.
Last year you became the World kite champion, tell us a what made you take home the world title?
Hahaha, so like I said my dad and my sister have been a huge inspiration since I was young and when I first started kitesurf I told my dad:
‘imagine if I someday win a world title just like you and Kyra (my sister), we will take power of the air (hang glider) , land (jiu-jitsu) and the ocean (kitesurf)’ and when that dream became reality, it was such an amazing feeling!!!
For sure one of the best days of my life!!!
Out of all the places you have visited, where is your favourite spot to kitesurf in the world?
I have been to many places to kitesurf, but the one that I like the most is my own backyard hahaha
postinho beach, barra da tijuca, rio de janeiro, brazil!!
Because this is where I grew up kitesurfing and this is where all my friends and family hang out.
What’s your impression of our PRO DRYBAG 45L compared to other bags you have used?
The PRODRY BAG is for sure the best bag I’ve ever used in my whole life!
It’s cool looking, easy to carry, 100% waterproof and can fit the things that I need to go for a trip and much more!
What’s your plans for the rest of the year, where will we be seeing you next?
Right now I’m going to stay in Australia until july, studying English and enjoying some good waves and wind.
Then I’m heading to Morocco to compete the first competition of this year’s World tour.
So I’m pretty excited and hoping for great results and in the end hopefully another title.
We are proud to have Pedro on our team and look forward to follow Pedro for another world title.
Follow Pedro on his upcoming adventures on Instagram and feel free to subscribe to our new YouTube channel- TEAM SUBTECHwhere we will go hang out with Pedro among other team riders in our upcoming episodes.
Some stories just amazes you. This unassisted solo charity paddle over 1000 miles/1600km is one of those….
We checked in with Caruso just after he completed his mind blowing expedition to hear what kept him going even though he was faced with extreme weather conditions, exhaustion, injuries etc.
What made you decide to paddle solo and unsupported from South Padre Island, Texas to Panama City Beach, Florida a distance of 1000+ miles?
We all seek adventure; for some of us that word adventure holds more weight. Since college I have loved the outdoors, finding new ways to push my mind and body to its extremes. Long distance expeditions do just that. I wanted a way to test my physical endurance in both open water as well as flat water and the Intracoastal Cannel offered just that.
The journey would be through 5 states with a verity of obstacles from wind and rain to heat and wildlife. Completing the trek solo and unsupported demands a verity of safety measures and is one of the many reasons the trek was completed on U.S. soil.
Every year I look for the next big adventure, this year it just happened to be a long distance kayaking voyage for charity.
What weather/medical challenges did you face?
Weather by far was the strongest obstacle for this expedition. In Texas, I battled giant 3-4 waves that were completely wind powered that on many days offered a strong head wind while turning the open water into a mad house. In Louisiana, every day was a life with lightning and thunderstorms with continued headwinds and currents from incoming rivers.
By the time, I arrived in Florida, the summer heat was in full effect with days averaging 106 Heat Index* (41 °C) and nights not getting below 90 degrees HI* (32 °C). The wind and heat beat me to exhaustion day in and day out with many nights that offered no comfort from one or the other.
*Heat Index- what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature
The only medical issues I faced were from the sun and heat. For the first week, my heat rash was so in cumbersome that everything my shirt touched was raw with red bumps. The joints in between my elbow and shoulders became so dreadful that I was applying ample amounts of sun screen to soothe the dry irritated skin from dry rubbing. At its worse it looked as if I had small pox covering half my body. The sun pounded down and 3 days before finishing, the sun tore away half of my lower lip. The nerves became exposed so that eating became a challenge in itself. The lip would bleed and made contact with anything a nightmare. However, there were no major medical challenges.
Tell us a bit more about the Charity- Operation Smile that you have been raising funds for?
I have been involved with Operation Smile for over 7 years ago in my Senior year of high school. Through college I have gone to China for one of their international student leadership conferences, been a founding OS club member as well as doing presentations to the nursing school about the charity.
Operation Smile has a global outreach, touching lives in more than 60 different countries around the world. To date they have offered over 200,000 surgeries domestically and internationally. However, this expedition had a focus on their newest campaign “Until We Heal.” Operation Smile is placing a heavy emphasis on safe surgical care in lower income countries. The goal is to hold surgical practices to a higher standard in lower income countries as compared to higher income countries. The voyage raised enough money to offer almost 16 children life alternating surgeries while also spreading the word about the “Until We Heal” campaign.
This is not your first extreme adventure; which challenges has been the toughest during your previous adventures?
That is true, this was my 3rd long distance trek but I have complete many other outdoor accomplishments. I’ve skateboarded 2000 km in Australia, kayaked 350 miles in the US, and climbed the mountain closest to the stars – Chimborazo.
With each of these, things didn’t always go according to plan. I got sick, had allergies, I’ve gone to the hospital, patched up injuries, broken boards, and had my water bottle freeze shut on me but nothing is worse than when you get tired and hungry and your mind tells you to stop. Just keep telling yourself at the end when you kick back and eat Chick-fil-a, it’ll all be worth it.
My toughest challenge is always quitting my mind. So many times it tells you to turn back, to call it quits, tells you that you aren’t good enough but you have to want it more than anything your mind can make up. Maybe this battle with my inner voice is unique to me, and if it is I wish I could swap it out for a more encouraging model.
How did your preparations look in short before departing on June 15th this year?
I had everything and more for the upcoming voyage. I researched what other expedition kayakers brought on multi-week treks like these as well as drawing from past personal experience.
However, I over packed. Most of the extra gear or equipment I brought was chucked in the first day or 2, lightening the kayak significantly. By the end, there were only a few items I hadn’t touched – one being my hammock set, there had been no trees that I could hang it.
Food levels were calculated so that I could consume in extra of 3500 calories a day and 6 days of conservative water amount was carried (4L per day, more liters = less days). I had many ideas of things I thought I would need that I didn’t use and many things I hadn’t thought of that I could have used.
Looking back, I am extremely pleased to have had the Subtech dry bag because it is the only one out of the 10 other 1, 2 or 3 liter dry bags that I had brought for day storage.
How did you use our waterproof bag on your adventure?
The Subtech bag was one of the most essential items on the trek. Due to the length and width of the boat, I had to use extra dry bags, however, only the subtech bag survived the journey without once failing me.
In big wave days the “dry” day and larger compartments all had water seep in, however no matter how long the subtech back sat in water it never once leaked. Many items were ruined that had to be placed in other dry bags to fill other compartments My food dry bags filled up with water once, when I forgot to latch down the front compartment completely and the day compartment continually filled with water submerging “dry” bags.
Due to the grade and quality of the bag it held my most valuable possessions. My sleeping bag and tent were both stored in it, religiously no matter the miles needed to complete that day. All electronics from the iPad used for blogging to my nook and extra batteries for headlamps were all stored in the 45L dry bag.
The bag also offered a great way of transplanting the essentials from the kayak to a better campsite that was a 5 minute walk away. The straps allowed me to have my hands free as I scrambled through the dense forests of Louisiana and up sand dunes in Florida.
Instead of having to buy extra bags at the end to transport gear home, I simply packed my subtech bag.
Due to its size, I was able to use it as my carry-on bag for all my flights! Having a dry bag that also acts as backpacking pack was a connivance. I hadn’t even considered for a trek like this but turned out to be an essential piece of gear.
How do we go about if we want to support your great cause?
First, you can follow this trek as well as future treks. The links are below for following this journey as well as making contributions to Operation Smile.
The charity link is directly through the Operation Smile page and has no expiration day so if in 2050 you want to donate you still can. It’s never too late.