Trans-tasman kayakers plan's for next attempt
FIVE months after abandoning his epic 2000km paddle across the Tasman Sea just 83km from New Zealand, kayaker Scott Donaldson's body still isn't 100%.
But that isn't stopping him from taking the first steps in plotting another attempt to be the first to make the journey with paddles.
The adventurer, who set out from Coffs Harbour, said the decision to stop the attempt was easy - he was simply following the protocols he and his team had decided on before the 84-day trip started.
After his rudder failed halfway across he battled on as best he could, but almost in sight of his target problems with his satellite phone made it too dangerous to stay out there.
"It was planned protocol and that's what kept me safe out there and will continue to," Mr Donaldson said.
"The trip essentially should have been over halfway when I lost the rudder - everything else that happened was a result of that."
Mr Donaldson took special training measures to ensure he would be able to walk after effectively sitting down for close to three months, but still he's not back to full fitness.
For the attempt, Mr Donaldson invested his own money in the massive amount of logistics that went into the planning and execution - he also had equipment donated by sponsors.
"Put it this way, I'm prepared to paddle the first 1900km just so I can have a go at the last 80," he said.
"This time I'm not doing it unless it's funded properly.
"Last time I pretty much funded it myself, with some help from product sponsors.
"It would be a great way for an Australian company to get exposure in the New Zealand market if they wanted to be on-board."
He is looking to have another crack at the massive journey early in 2016.