New Zealander Scott Donaldson has made history as the first person to kayak solo across the Tasman Sea.
He arrived on the shores of New Plymouth at about 8:40pm on Monday evening to fireworks and cheers from supporters gathered on Ngamotu Beach.
He left Coffs Harbour in New South Wales six weeks ago. The trip has been a gruelling task, and he was even forced to see out a storm near Lord Howe Island and after 61 days of blood, blisters and sunburn, Mr Donaldson has finally arrived home.
— Mitch McCann (@MitchMcCannNZ) July 2, 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford even briefly paused their parenting duties to commend Mr Donaldson’s history-making achievement.
There are some accomplishments that are difficult to fathom – like crossing the Tasman solo in a kayak. I’m pretty sure Scott Donaldson has stunned us all. Truly amazing.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) July 2, 2018
Remember back to May the 2nd & everything you've done between now and then?
Haircuts? New Car? New Job? Season change?
Now think of Scott Donaldson who has done nothing but paddle alone up to 20hrs a day from Australia to finally, finally land in NZ tonight.
First solo ever. Huge
— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) July 2, 2018