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Ben "Banga" Chalmers

I was born and raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and my love of water and water sports led me to now hold 25 years experience in the paddle industry across all craft including the newly found sport of SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding). I have always combined my love of travel and paddling by participating in various long distance paddle races around the world. This same love has been the inspiration for our ‘Firepaddle’ Challenge. Having driven the east coast of the U.S.A, I want to paddle the inter-coastal waterway to see and experience things you wouldn’t by driving the same distance. To time this paddle in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the World Police & Fire Games we felt very appropriate to honour our fellow fallen fire-fighters. I have been in the NSW Fire & Rescue Dept for 13 years, recently promoted to Station Officer and continue my role as a professional lifeguard on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  My love of water sports led me to start a kayak and SUP fitness and rental business which I’ve been running for 5 years.

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