The 2012 Icelandic Challenge defies the Vatnajokull

August 2, 2011 | Kiteboarding
2012 Icelandic Challenge: 300km of cold kiteboarding

Three wheelchair-bound kiteboarders will attempt to cross the Vatnajokull, one of Europe's largest glaciers, located in cold Iceland. The 2012 Icelandic Challenge will be a tough challenge.

Sean Rose, two-time winter paralympian, world champion water skier and X Games bronze medallist, Tim Farr, Vancouver 2010 paralympian, and Ben Hooper, British member of the disabled ski team development squad will ride for 300 kilometres by snow kite.

In the next spring, the kiteboarders will pass through seven live volcanoes and wide expanses of crevasse fields, will experience arctic temperatures down to minus 40ºC and will be tackling wind speeds of up to 50km/h.

The athletes will be unable to use their wheelchairs for the duration of the expedition, so they will be joined by a team of three able bodied buddies, including Flexifoil team rider Rob Snuggs.

The 2012 Icelandic Challenge is one of the hardest sports attempt by disabled kiteboarders. Show them your support before and during the entire mission. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.