Expat from Hua Hin to attempt to cross Gulf of Thailand on a paddle board

Expat from Hua Hin to attempt to cross Gulf of Thailand on a paddle board




A Russian man aims to cross the Gulf of Thailand from Pattaya to Hua Hin using only a stand up paddle board (SUP).


Vladimir Kruchinin, 37, will attempt 110km journey on Monday 17th December, after bad weather last week forced him to reschedule.


Vladimir told Thaivisa how he has lived in Hua Hin with his wife and son since 2012.


Having only first tried paddle boarding in 2016 he became hooked after renting a board from a resort at Sam Roi Yot beach.


Despite it taking him “at least twenty times to get up on the board” he eventually managed to get the hang of it.


“At that moment, I fell in love with SUP completely and within a week I had my own first board”, Vladimir told Thaivisa.


“Since that time, the sport plays a major role in my life. Thanks to SUP, I have improved my physique, have discovered many interesting places and have found new friends”.


“With the SUP, I like to explore new places and I enjoy paddling long distance. I can literally paddle all day.


“Usually in the daytime, I travel around 20 to 40 kms. When you are surrounded by such beautiful scenery in Thailand, a long way doesn’t seem so far. The first time I paddled over 70 km in one day, I realised that much greater lengths were possible. I


“I had a dream of crossing the Gulf of Thailand from Pattaya to Hua Hin. At first, I was scared at the thought, but now I am determined to do it. The path will take me across about 110 km. I’m yet to achieve such distances in a day but I believe I am capable”.


Other long distances paddled by Vladimir include more than 70 kms around Kaeng Kachan and 80kms in nearby Cha Am.


But he believes the 110km crossing to Pattaya is possible and says he is inspired by his favourite explorer Fyodor Konyukhov.


“My plan is to  cross the Gulf of Thailand on my NSP 14'x26" Puma Carbon Pro - and I am sure that with it I will succeed!”, Vladimir said.


Everyone at Thaivisa wishes Vladimir good luck with his attempt, which we will bring you more news about on Monday.


** UDPATE: Bad weather forced Vladimir to postpone the planned crossing on Monday, we'll share details of when he attempts the crossing again when we get them.


-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-12-16
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