Buenos Aires, August 2012. – On August 20th, Facundo Martin Diaz, Mistral’s Argentinean rider launched a combination of challenges within the amazing South
American scenery, using M1 Mistral’s Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Board series. These challenges are being recorded into a unique Stand-up Paddle documentary.
The first of these challenges was to link Argentina and Uruguay through the widest river in the World; the dangerous Rio de la Plata river which connects both countries.
An experienced team was brought together, which has been training for several months to offer all the support and security framework for these series of adventures. The team incluyes - Marcus Behrendt, Lucas Correa, Federico Ezcurra, Ramiro Mordcovich and Dario Rojo.
The first challenge began despite the changes in conditions foreseen in the original plan, this added risk to the athlete’s life, primarily because of the high winds of 25 knots/hr and strength in the river’s current. Diaz lost his board and stayed astray signaling with his paddle for 40 minutes, until the security team vessel found him and assisted him.
After being recovered by the team and beyond his enhanced challenge, Diaz decided to continue his journey and reach the Uruguayan coast of Colonia Sacramento after over 8 hours of straight paddling.
The next challenges consist on rafting 25 miles of the Iguazu Falls, cross the whale’s path in the southern Atlantic Ocean reaching Argentina’s Puerto Madryn and Puerto Pyramides, to cross the Antarctic continental ice.
It is expected that the first part of this documentary series will be launched in mid-October 2012.
About the athlete - Facundo Martin Diaz
Facundo is a "free surfer" lover of nature and extreme sports. He is considered one of the Stand-up Paddler pioneers in South America. He was also a member of the Argentinean national team in the last World Stand-up Paddle and Paddle-boarding Championship in Peru, obtaining the 6th position for Argentina.