By joining forces with Memphis-based Operation Broken Silence, a collection of abolitionists who are speaking and acting against the growing threats of mass atrocities and modern slavery in our world today, SUPAS (Standing Up Against Slavery) will be a paddle with a purpose.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a fast-growing water sport, gaining popularity across the globe. The international team of SUPAS paddlers will be standing up against the injustice of slavery, symbolically, as they stand atop their boards and brave the seven-day journey – focusing the eyes of the adventuring world upon what Memphis is doing against human trafficking as well as bringing awareness to the beautiful Wolf River. Challenging some of the South’s most treacherous and unknown swamps and reshaping the way we look at the Wolf River, Operation Broken Silence’s SUPAS event will invite participation and excitement from all corners of the Memphis community, raising awareness and bringing aid to victims of sex slavery in Memphis, Tennessee.
This expedition will mark the first time a team of paddlers has attempted to descend the entire length of the Wolf River from its true source. Adding to the uniqueness of the journey is the fact that this expedition will also mark the first attempt to travel the entire length of the Wolf River on stand up paddleboards (SUPs). SUPAS organizer Jonathan Brown, Canadian adventurer Rod Wellington will all be travelling on SUPs. This journey will also mark Rod’s first time on a stand up paddleboard. Other team members include John Henry, Keith Kirkland, Dale Sanders, Luke Short, Richard Sojourner and Mike Watson (logistics).
Beginning April 7, you can follow the SUPAS expedition at Zero Emissions Expeditions.
Visit the official SUPAS webpages at www.operationbrokensilence.org to find out more information about the expedition.