Justin Jones (or otherwise affectionately known as Jonesy) is one of Australia’s premier motivational speakers and extreme adventurers. Constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance he has undertaken a number of large scale expeditions over the past 14 years. Two in particular have captured global acclaim and attention.
On the 26th January 2012, he and long time friend, James Castrission made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth. This expedition was named Crossing the Ice.
Four years earlier he Crossed the Ditch again with James Castrission – paddling 3318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand, the adventurers were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, and physically and mentally wasted…but most of all happy to be alive.
Not only was this expedition a huge physical challenge but a phenomenal logistical puzzle. Jonesy spent over 3.5 yrs putting together the plans and processes, designing and building the kayak, and training/upskilling for this expedition.
Jonesy is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier public speakers. He has shared his incredible stories with over 250,000 people around the world including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Vietnam, Fiji, Indonesia, China and Dubai. Insights into leadership, teamwork, risk management and how to overcome adversity have captivated global audiences.
He has also produced and directed two award winning documentaries about his expeditions and produced a one hour special for the National Geographic Channel in the US.
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Justin Jones, 31, aka Jonesy, is a laid back bloke that loves nothing more than going on an adventure. He loves the outdoor life and tries to cram as many experiences into the short time that we all have on this planet. Getting out and about gives him the means to live life to the fullest.
Jonesy has a meticulous eye for detail, a passion to develop robust expedition systems and strong risk management leadership. He is passionate about getting people out into the outdoors and having their own adventures
He possesses an uncanny ability to push through pain when things get nasty; once running 88km of an ultra-marathon with a broken leg!
Justin has completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours in Physiology at the University of New South Wales, after attending Knox Grammar School in Sydney, before deciding against a life of academia and opting for one of adventure! He has also attained further qualifications with Diplomas in Event Management and Outdoor Recreation.
Jonesy can also add documentary producer and director to his repertoire; having produced the Crossing the Ditch documentary and produced/directed the Crossing the Ice documentary. The two films have now won over a dozen international film awards – not bad for someone with no formal training in the film industry. He also starred and worked as an executive producer on the National Geographic Channel's "Surviving Wild America" special.
Apart from being an avid outdoorsman, he is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spearfishing fanatic.
He currently resides in Bondi with his wife, Lauren.
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