Pau Hana team rider Shane Perrin was the first person to paddle the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge on a stand-up paddleboard. And he did it on a 12’6″ Pau Hana Crossfit.
“LOS ANGELES, California – Shane Perrin, who was on dialysis just a short while ago, has undertaken one of the most remarkable stand up paddle journeys in the books to date. He paddled 170 miles along an Ancient Mayan Route, from the heart of Belize to the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Known as La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, this annual event had a special significance this year due to the Mayan Calendar prediction about the world coming to an end in 2012.”
“The toughest part of Shane’s journey was the day he arrived. The Pau Hana guys took him to a river with class 2-3 rapids for his first lesson. Shane said, “I have been on class 2-3 before in a canoe, but never on a board. Nick troutman (world champion kayaker) gave me a 5 minute brief on what to do. My first run I bit it. I fell weird off the board and my right leg came down first in the water and hit a rock. I sprained the back of my leg pretty bad.” It wasn’t enough to discourage him though; he even did 2 more runs on the rapid that day, but he was sore and strained for the next two days.”