12-year-old boy covers 68km on an SUP at kayaking river expedition

A 12-year-old boy in India recently covered an incredible 68km (42 miles) on an SUP during a kayaking river expedition held in the river Chaliyar.



Rayn Kodithodi covered the distance over three days and had to overcome a number of hurdles along the way, including strong currents and damage to his equipment.

But as the son of a renowned kayaking expert, Rayn was able to take all of the hiccups in his stride and put in a performance which has left many people talking about his incredible feat. Water sports run through Rayn’s veins, with his father starting him in kayaking at the age of four and had him paddling the vessel at the age of six.

The event was organised by Jellyfish Watersports and Clean River Trust which aims to make the Chaliyar river completely free from rubbish by organising awareness programmes in connection with watersport events.

Rayn was interviewed after his expedition, and had the following to say:

“After a few years [following the kayak], my dad got a SUP board and when I tried it first I knew that this would be one of my most favourite water sport activities.

“I don’t know whether it would be my career or not, but I have an aim to complete the next Chaliyar river expedition on a SUP and also do a long distance sailing on our sail boat.”

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