Enduring for the Environment


Davey Du Plessis is a survivor.

While undertaking a solo navigation of the Amazon river from source to sea in 2012, he was ambushed and shot by two men, deep in the Peruvian jungle.

He miraculously survived the harrowing ordeal, and subsequently wrote a gripping, insightful account in his book ‘Choosing To Live’.

The intention of this ambitious 6700 km voyage was to raise individualized awareness of human impact on the natural world. A radical call to responsible awareness. In Davey’s words; “encouraging people to assess their own lifestyles and see what changes could be made to result in potential benefits through the natural world and climatic environment.” Having risked his life in the name of change, and bearing the battle scars of experience he became a motivational speaker.

Davey in action - motivating, awakening and inspiring. Photo © Davey Du Plessis

But the state of our earth and the underwhelming efforts to limit the negative impacts wrought by humanities hands meant he couldn’t sit still. So he designed and plotted for his next quest: Cross the Atlantic Ocean in a custom made, pedal-powered craft aptly named “Herbivore”. Ultimately the project stalled due to Davey’s mother, his brave pedal partner, sustaining chronic seasickness.

Constructing the shell of the "Herbivore" Photo © Davey Du Plessis

Davey & his mom Robyn in the pedal powered craft - Herbivore. Photo © Davey Du Plessis

Not one to let setbacks stop him, he decided to launch Project 1000. The plan is straightforward - run 1000 kilometers to highlight the plight of the many critically endangered species in South Africa.

The first run was a success, and Davey plans to continue doing these ultra marathons in many different countries.

theGREENERsurfer will be featuring his projects and adventures and hopefully collaborating too. If you’d like to join in or simply contact Davey please do so on info@daveyduplessis.com for a chat on how YOU can get involved in being a part of the solution.

Davey also absolutely shreds! Photo © Davey Du Plessis

Watch the awesome Project 1000 clip below.

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