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Team Swoosh 2018


Name: Charles Werb

Age: 58
Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland
Occupation: Adventurer/innovator and publisher
Greatest Adventure Achievement: First person to ever snowsail in Antarctica
Favourite Travel Destination: Anywhere that has ice and snow plateaus
3 Things You Always Pack: Multitool; Headlamp; Music
What do You Bring To The Outer Edge SWOOSH Team: As the designer and innovator of the SWOOSH Snowsailer I have an intimate knowledge of the craft and its needs
Favourite Food: Rib Eye on the bone
Favourite Movie: The Godfather #1
Favourite Song: Beautiful Day by U2
What Are You Most Looking Forward To In Russia: The opportunity to race as a team and prove that we can compete with the Europeans and North Americans
What/Who Inspires You? Anyone who is prepared to make changes to their lives to get out there and do something unique
What Do You Do To Relax In You Spare Time? Head to the beach


Name: Adrian McCallum

Age: 46
Hometown: Maleny, Queensland
Occupation: Glaciologist
Greatest Adventure Achievement: Serving as field scientist on the 2011 Catlin Arctic Survey; a two-month ski traverse of the Arctic Ocean
Favourite Travel Destination: Patagonia
3 Things You Always Pack: Beanie; Notepad and Pencil; Water Bottle
What do You Bring To The Outer Edge SWOOSH Team: A sense of humour, dogged determination and some icy experience
Favourite Food: Bangers and mash, with a good pint
Favourite Movie: Mad Max
Favourite Song: Kosciusko by Midnight Oil
What Are You Most Looking Forward To In Russia: The people, the culture and the landscape, and working closely as a team in challenging conditions
What/Who Inspires You? Sir Ranulph Fiennes and anyone who believes, and then gets on with it…
What Do You Do To Relax In You Spare Time? Exercise, in the great outdoors


Name: John Ball

Age: 53
Hometown: Gum Flat, New South Wales
Occupation: Builder/farmer
Greatest Adventure Achievement: Retraced walks done by Dumpy and Miles, solo throughout the Kowmung/Blue Mountains
Favourite Travel Destination: Australia
3 Things You Always Pack: Wind/Raincoat; Compass and Maps; Sleeping Bag
What do You Bring To The Outer Edge SWOOSH Team: Camaraderie and tenacity
Favourite Food: Baked lamb and vegies
Favourite Movie: The Castle
Favourite Song: Flying With The King by Lee Kernigan
What Are You Most Looking Forward To In Russia: One hell of an adventure in an extreme environment


Name: Adrian Manikas

Name: Adrian Manikas
Age: 30 (31 3 days before the race!)
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Occupation: Expedition Operator/Leader
Greatest Adventure Achievement: Assisted in leading a world first expedition traversing Mount Giluwe (4365m) in Papua New Guinea
Favourite Travel Destination: Greece – an untapped adventure playground!
3 Things You Always Pack: head torch, GPS/emergency comms, some type of hot sauce!
What do You Bring To The Outer Edge SWOOSH Team: Youth and style. Someone needs to make these old guys look good!
Favourite Food: Grandma’s Moussaka
Favourite Movie: Kung Fu Panda. For some reason a big fat martial artist with a sense of humour who loved food resonated with me…
Favourite Song: So many! Currently “Brother” – The Rural Alberta Advantage
What Are You Most Looking Forward To In Russia: Everything. Stories, culture, learning, working with the team and seeing how hard and far we can push ourselves. Also, winning the race….
What/Who Inspires You? My parents. Also a long list of explorers who venture off into the unknown in search of something great.
What Do You Do To Relax In Your Spare Time? I don’t like to relax too much. Any spare time is filled with climbing, going to the gym or riding my bike!

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