Sonya Gankina - March 14, 2024

Norway 75 - Commando Spirit

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TThe British Royal Marines travelled 2,000 miles by bike and sea kayak along the coast of Norway to retell six brave Commando operations from the 1940s and raise awareness for mental health in support of charity.

The team completed their epic journey to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Telemark raids and the successful sabotage of the Nazi nuclear program, all while raising awareness and funds for The Royal Marines Charity.

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Image Credit: Norway 75 Challenge Official Facebook Page.

TThe team of British Royal Marines followed the same routes as the Marines 80 years ago, climbing cliffs, paddling in kayaks, traversing land by bike, and carrying heavy equipment, all in hard weather conditions.

They began in June in sub-zero temperatures, endured five out of seven weeks in the rain, and survived 100kph winds in Lofoten, Norway.

The team stopped at war monuments along their journey to pay respects to those lost on heroic WW2 operations. They connected with local guides who remembered the heroes of the war efforts.

Norway 75 took 18 months of planning.

The Norway 75 Commando Operations, 2018

The Norway 75 project recreated six impactful missions of WW2:

1) Operation Source - a mini-submarine raid on the Tirpitz, Lutzow, and Scharnhorst heavy German ships
2) Operation Martin - an epic escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jans Balsruud
3) Operation Claymore - Commando raid on Lofoten Peninsula
4) Operation Musketoon - Commando raid on Glomfjord plant
5) Operation Archery - UK-Norwegian Commando raid on German positions on the island of Vaagso
6) Operation Gunnerside - Norwegian Heavy Water plant raid - aka 'Heroes of Telemark'

Why Kayaks?

The military has been using foldable kayaks for decades since WW2 because they can be folded to save space, they can fit a lot of cargo, and they are compact to avoid detection by the enemy, allowing for silent paddling.

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The method to the madness: Giant UK bikes and Neris Kayaks

The Royal British Marines cycled and kayaked to traverse the entire Norwegian coast. While during the WW2 Commando Operations, the Marines relied on submarines and ships, in 2018 they chose lighter transportation.

Giant UK Bicycles: The team used Giant Toughroad bikes.

These bikes are made from the lightest grade of aluminum and a composite fork, perfect for any terrain and any weather. They have a flat-bar frame for comfort and stability, along with integrated rack mounts for cargo capacity.

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Neris Kayaks

To traverse the sea, the Marines chose the Neris Alu-2 folding kayak.

The kayak consists of an aluminum frame with stainless steel stringer supports and hard-wearing marine-grade PVC fabric.

The kayak is packed into a lightweight rucksack with shoulder straps and a hip belt. This model is 16 feet long, closely mimicking the WW2 kayaks used in other missions.

Alu-2 has a payload of 550 lbs, surpassing WW2 kayaks. It takes 25 minutes to assemble. Neris is a Ukrainian brand of folding kayaks, established in 1999.

It offers multiple kayak products, from transformer and collapsible kayak to rigid frame kayak.

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Neris Kayaks

Now, for the first time ever, Canadians can create their very own adventure with Neris kayaks because we are launching in North America!

A NERIS Smart Pro folding kayak for one person, outfitted with a blue top, offering a seamless blend of functionality and design for solo expeditions
A NERIS Smart Pro S folding kayak designed for one person, featuring a sleek red top, merging high performance with solo paddling flexibility
A NERIS Smart Pro S single-seater folding kayak with an eye-catching orange top, perfect for individual adventurers seeking a balance of performance and convenience
Neris Pro S Double Seater Kayak in White and Black
A NERIS Smart Pro folding kayak for one person, outfitted with a blue top, offering a seamless blend of functionality and design for solo expeditions
A NERIS Smart Pro S folding kayak designed for one person, featuring a sleek red top, merging high performance with solo paddling flexibility
A NERIS Smart Pro S single-seater folding kayak with an eye-catching orange top, perfect for individual adventurers seeking a balance of performance and convenience
Neris Pro S Double Seater Kayak in White and Black

Neris Smart Pro S | Singe Person Foldable Kayak | Expedition Edition

$2,455.38
This is a neris smart pro s kayak, which is a single seater. Blue top, black bottom.
Single person Neris Foldable kayak, Neris smart pro S. Red top, black bottom
This is a Neris Smart Pro S Single Person foldable kayak, orange top, black bottom.
Neris Tandem Pro is a two-seated foldable kayak. This one is available in white and black. The upper part is white, while the bottom one is black.
This is a neris smart pro s kayak, which is a single seater. Blue top, black bottom.
Single person Neris Foldable kayak, Neris smart pro S. Red top, black bottom
This is a Neris Smart Pro S Single Person foldable kayak, orange top, black bottom.
Neris Tandem Pro is a two-seated foldable kayak. This one is available in white and black. The upper part is white, while the bottom one is black.

Neris Smart Pro S Tandem | Foldable Kayak for Two People | Expedition Edition

$2,775.65
This is a three person folding kayak, red top, black bottom.
This is a neris smart, 3 person kayak, blue top and black bottom.
This seater folding kayak from Neris. Orange top, black bottom.
This is a three person folding kayak, red top, black bottom.
This is a neris smart, 3 person kayak, blue top and black bottom.
This seater folding kayak from Neris. Orange top, black bottom.

Neris Smart-3 | Foldable Kayak for Three People | Expedition Edition

$2,813.33

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