Sri Lanka’s leading adventure company, Borderlands, will be marking its 10th year in the country by organizing the first ever planned circumnavigation of the island by kayak, with Mount Lavinia Hotel playing host to the inaugural paddle. This unprecedented challenge will be tackled by experienced sea kayakers, Ian Pexton and David Rowland, who will begin their paddle around Sri Lanka on the 15th of December. The two kayakers are planning on paddling approximately 50km a day and hope to complete the 1,200km circumnavigation of the island in about 3 weeks.
The journey by sea kayak will commence at Mount Lavinia and will proceed clockwise, with the two kayakers making landfall at locations including Jaffna, Trincomalee, Arugam Bay, Yala, Parrot Junction and Bentota. The entire voyage will be monitored from land by Borderlands, which has carried out an extensive assessment of all potential risks and will be providing comprehensive ground support. All gear, including modern kayaks, the most up-to-date safety gear, and the toughest communication equipment, will be provided by the Edge Outfitters, a Borderlands sister company.
Sea kayaking is a relatively new sport in Sri Lanka, but one that is quickly proving to be popular amongst those with an independent streak and a love of nature. Sea kayakers must be confident and capable of handling a variety of water and wind conditions; what begins as a leisurely paddle can quickly turn into a challenging contest against surging surf.
Based in Sri Lanka and Nepal, Borderlands is one of the premier adventure tourism and training companies in the region. The company organizes a wide range of adventure activities, ranging from canyoning and hiking to mountain biking and whale watching. It is also a leader in corporate team building, using a mix of adventure activities and problem solving tasks to strengthen organizational culture and confidence. Borderlands prides itself on having the most experienced guides and course facilitators in the country, a distinction that has helped the company win a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.