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Seafaring Twin Brothers Are Paddling 2,200 Miles from Alaska to Mexico

Jim Nevill - The Press Democrat
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September 15, 2016

Ryan and Casey Higginbotham carry dehydrated meals, camping gear and navigational aids on their boards. (Jim Nevill/The Press Democrat)

On March 18, Ryan and Casey Higginbotham set out from Ketchikan, Alaska, on a 2,200-mile, prone paddle board journey to the Mexico-United States border. Lying down, using only their hands for propulsion and without the support of a boat, they aimed to be done by July.

They reached Point Reyes National Seashore Sept. 1, 167 days later and already 60 days behind schedule. They met up with Sonoma County Lifeguard Aaron Pendergraft for a rest day before continuing south to San Francisco. They will reach Big Sur this weekend, with 30 more days of paddling to reach Mexico.

“Right now it’s looking like we’ll finish by mid-late October, but you never know with weather/swell,” the pair wrote from their camp in Carmel. “We’ll see how we manage it with rest because the body is starting to break down.”

The twin brothers, who turned 24 during the trip, are California State Lifeguards from Pismo Beach, and have been surfing most of their lives. They have said they wanted an adventure after graduating from college, “a real experience in a rugged, pristine part of the world.”

Their website,, describes the trip as “not just a historical waterman’s journey, but a way to raise awareness for greater coastal conservation, an homage to all watermen.”

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