I contacted the guys after seeing the sails being used on the Long Treks Morocco trip, to see if they would be interested in supporting The Long Push and helping raise autism awareness. Check out the sails in use in this incredible episode from Long Treks Morocco.
Billy and Nick's response couldn't have been better...
"Hi Chris, Thank you for reaching out! We want to help this cause!! We think you are doing a very noble thing and would like to support you as best we can. We are very excited about your trip. You are an inspiration to all. Hope we can be a part of it."
Thank you so much guys. Your support means so much to me and families affected by autism.
Every action that helps draw attention to me while I'm out there training for The Long Push 2012 and on the two days of the ride itself, gives me an opportunity to explain what I'm doing, and about the daily struggles familes affected by autism have to deal with. My SPORTING SAIL will be another tool to draw attention to the cause. I feel a comedy video coming on of me learning how to use it! :o) Watch this space...
Find out more about SPORTING SAILS at http://www.sporting-sails.com/home or go visit them at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SPORTINGSAILS?ref=ts
I should just clarify that any opportunity to use the SPORTING SAIL will only be for a short period on the ride itself, and won't detract from the amount of manual pushing/pumping and I'm going to have to do over the full 100 miles. Knowing my luck, the wind will be blowing in the opposite direction on both days! But it will be in my bag, in case I get chance to deploy and take the pressure of my feet for a short while.
Finally, please support the companies who are showing support for The Long Push 2012. So far this is, BIG WOODY'S SKATEBOARD SHOP, DC SHOES and now SPORTING SAILS. These are the people who live and breathe skateboarding/longboarding and the people who give us the scene we have today. Thanks guys.
Days 8 and 9 training blog coming very soon,