Project Description

  • 2x Atlantic Ocean (Holder of World Record)
  • 1x Pacific Ocean
  • 2x Indian Ocean (not completed)
  • 2x North Sea
  • 12.600km from Vladivostok – Scheveningen
  • 12.000km from North to South Africa (World Record)
  • 3x across the Baikallake
  • The Greenland Icecap
  • Muztagh Ata, Tibetan plateau (7509 meter)
  • Aconcagua, Argentinia (6963 meter)
  • Pico de Orizaba (5700m)

Mister Rowing, Cycling, Climbing – Ralph Tuijn

Ralph Tuijn (43) belongs to the World Top Adventures he completed many challenging expeditions. Since the early nineties he has been hooked by the combination of endurance and nature in its most extreme form. He visited the hottest, coldest and most remote areas of the world with the core notions of non-motorized, durable and on its own. By bike and on foot he explored this way more than 100,000 kilometers around the world.

He cycled at temperatures of more than 50 degrees in the hottest deserts on earth, till -55 over frozen lakes and rivers in Arctic Siberia. Ralph accomplished to cross the Greenland ice sheet by bike without support. All by himself, Ralph crossed an entire continent nine times of which Africa in world record time. Regularly for a humanitarian purposes.
From 1992 to 1998 Ralph was a member of the sloop rowing team of the Hogeschool Holland in Amsterdam. Here, lie the roots for his ocean crossing. Ralph first successfully rowed across the North Sea. From 1999 to 2002 he was a member of the team “Dutch Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race” that successfully rowed across the Atlantic in 2001.

Ralph rowed in 2012 solely and nonstop across the Atlantic in 86 days in preparation for the Zeeman Ocean Challenge which he rowed across the Pacific Ocean. Starting in South America and finishing in Papua New guinnea in 281 days. This expedition of 19,500 kilometers was the longest solo rowing trip ever accomplished.
In 2012-2013 he made an attempt to row the Indian Ocean (TriFinance Ocean Challenge). After 98 days Ralph escaped death as he was run over twice(!) by a tanker. Ralph shipwrecked and had to be rescued. In 2015, Ralph was hired as a skipper for the ocean rowboat “Mrs. Nelson “(Tentoo Ocean Challenge), with a team of five he rowed across the Atlantic in 51 days and 17 hours. By doing so, he broke the old world record of 86 days, with an improvement of almost 35 days. Ralph has over 500 ocean-rowing days on his name and is part of the select group of six rowers who have achieved this. He is one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world.