Hua Hin expat begins attempt to cross Gulf Thailand on a paddle board
A Russian man who lives in Hua Hin has started his attempt to cross the Gulf of Thailand using only a paddle board.
According to a post on his Facebook page, Vladimir Kruchinin was due to begin the daring attempt at 4am on Wednesday morning from Pattaya beach.
The first of its kind voyage will see Vladimir, 37, travel the 110km across the Gulf of Thailand from Pattaya to Hua Hin using only a stand up paddle board (SUP).
Bad weather on Monday had scuppered Vladimir's previous attempt to cross the Gulf.
On Saturday, 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 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”.
You can follow Vladimir's progress here: https://aus-share.inreach.garmin.com/T3UGX
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