Simon Osborne started kayaking when he was 7 years old. His introduction to the world of kayaking was through whitewater but after circumnavigating Great Britain in 2002 his passion turned to the sea. He began a career of teaching sea kayaking and guiding trips, while planning expeditions in his free time.
In 2002 Simon became the youngest person to circumnavigate Great Britain which took 112 days of kayaking. In 2004 he completed a solo circumnavigation of Ireland in 6 weeks. In 2011, Simon and Marin Medak became the first people to paddle the coastline of South Korea. His most recent expedition was to row across the Atlantic as part of a four man crew which took 45 days to complete.
“My biggest adventure to date was the circumnavigation of Great Britain, this was my first big expedition and I was pushed to my limit both physically and mentally. The expedition was in memory of my brother Mark, whom we lost to Leukemia when I was just 9 years old. The expedition raised over £22,000 for the Leukemia Research. Losing my brother taught me the importance to make the most of what you have as you never know when it will be taken away.”
From kayaking with alligators in Florida to rock hopping through Icelandic lava fields to surfing clean barreling waves in Cornwall, it’s the variety the sport offers that keeps Simon interested and coming back for more. With ambitions to complete more expeditions around the world and continue to develop the sport, he also aims to develop charity kayaking events for paddlers to enter and raise money for their chosen charity.