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Bellingham kayaker ‘unofficially’ paddles into world record books

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Bellingham kayaker ‘unofficially’ paddles into world record books

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curitss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A local kayaker may have paddled his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Forty-one year-old Brandon Nelson unofficially broke the record for most distance traveled on flat water in a canoe or kayak in a 24-hour period Yesterday morning.

Nelson was taken to the hospital due to exhaustion when he finished his final lap.

Nelson says he was determined to beat the record at all costs, and didn’t realize how hard he was pushing himself.

Play Brandon Nelson on world record paddle

Nelson paddled his kayak around Lake Padden a distance of 151.3 miles, beating the old record by about one mile.

He attempted to break the old record on Lake Whatcom in 2006, but discovered that the current record holder was able to paddle further three days earlier.

Play Brandon Nelson on unfinished business

Nelson expects to learn from Guinness if he officially broke the paddling record as soon as next week.