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Meet the Alphas

Ben Gibson
KAYAKER

Ben is a competitive slalom kayaker, trail runner and mountain bike rider, who was part of Merrell's GODZone race team in April 2014.

Ben left his home of the Lake District in England to seek new adventures in New Zealand’s wilderness, in the process kayaking extreme white water and ticking off some of the country's highest peaks.

In 2010 Ben travelled to Uganda in Africa to kayak the white Niles warm and enormous rapids, it was this trip that sparked his passion for adventure and pushing his limits. With descents of some of NZ’s toughest rivers under his belt, not to mention the tougher walk ins with the kayak through NZ’s bush, he has begun to focus on NZ’s incredible climbing and mountain tops.

He's climbed some of NZ’s highest peaks including Mt Sefton via its North West ridge which included a 2000m free climb accent on rock and ice. He's completed the St James Alpine adventure race and placed 6th and in February 2014 completed the iconic New Zealand Coast to Coast multisport event.

Earlier this year I completed the Coast to Coast, New Zealand’s longest single-day multisport race. There was a time when I would have said this was the toughest challenge I had ever faced. More