Mega thanks to ‘OverBoard’ for the product for our expedition! We are waterproofed to the max for the River Gambia journey!

Overboard - Adventure Duffle Bag

H tests out her new Overboard ‘Adventure Duffel Bag’ – post kayaking with the Surrey Canoe Club at Thameside, Laleham, Staines. Image © Jason Florio

Thursday 5th July 2012

We went to meet Joel Meadows, at OverBoard‘the leaders in waterproof bags and cases’, yesterday to pick up all the wet bags and accessories – which they very generously donated to our River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey, after we sent them our ‘Wish List’ 

It was a short hop over from our side of the picturesque county of Surrey to Thorpe, where OverBoard’s UK HQ is based. This is the description that got us hooked on OverBoard’s products in the first place:

‘OverBoard waterproof bags – keeping your gear dry!

For beach, boat, board and life; our super-sturdy waterproof bags and cases come in all different shapes and sizes and are designed to keep your gear dry and protected from sand, dirt and dust.

Whether you’re taking a trip to the beach with your latest gadget, embarking on a week-long boat trip, or taking gear on a kitesurfing downwinder; there’s an OverBoard waterproof case, bag or dry bag to suit every need. So browse away and …keep it dry!’

Perfect, we thought, for the West African, tropical terrain –  canoeing on the River Gambia or trekking through the bush – we’ll be traversing.

Just some of Overboards range of waterproof bags and cases: iPhone, iPad, document case, waist pack. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Joel and the OverBoard team have sponsored our expedition above and beyond what we could have hoped for.  A fantastic array of cleverly-designed products – including: Adventure Duffel BagsWaterproof Ninja Duffel Bags, waterproof cases, for iPhones, iPads, documents, maps, and waterproof waist packs – everything we need for the whole expedition team, to make sure that non of our precious cargo (i.e. cameras, GPS, Sat phone, journals, camping gear, personal gear) gets wet and/or rendered useless if it accidentally gets dunked in the river or soaked whilst we are trudging through the verdant rainy season bush – from the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea, to the hippo-abundant Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal, or in  The Republic of the Gambia

H thanks Joel Meadows for the waterproof products - Overboard HQ, Thorpe, Surrey

H thanks Joel Meadows for the waterproof products – OverBoard HQ, Thorpe, Surrey. Image © Jason Florio

Thanks OverBoard , for jumping on board. You guys rock!! We’ll be posting photos of your product being put to good use, as soon as we get on the River Gambia!

The Florios (H & Flo)

P.S. And, a BIG congrats to Joel who gets married in a couple of weeks! Enjoy the surf and diving in Hawaii!!

P.P.S. We still have quite a ‘Wish List’ of products that we’d really appreciate sponsorship for. So, if you can help in any way, please check out the link. Thanks!

About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) (under 'Projects') 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km
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