Presenter Name: Tom Helbig
Presentation Title: Southern Tier Special Bike Trip Across America
Presentation Description: Hear tales of adventure and inspiration from Tom Helbig’s self-supported bicycle ride across America on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route from San Diego CA to Key West FL to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics through volunteer service and the love of traveling by bicycle. He traveled over 4,200 miles during 105 days with eleven Special Olympics service and awareness stops in San Diego(CA), Phoenix(AZ), Tucson (AZ), Las Cruces (NM), Elgin (TX), Kyle (TX), Hammond(LA), Ocean Springs (MS), Gainesville (FL), Miami (FL) and Key West (FL). Trip was from January – May 2016 raising over $9,000 for Special Olympics organizations on the route.
Presentation Title: SUP the Exumas
Presentation Description: Tom Helbig and British adventurer, Julia Wickham, stand up paddleboarded around the entire chain of Exumas in winter 2017 camping, fishing, swimming and soaking up the island life. They will share tales from the journey that showcase the hidden stories, places and culture of the Exumas. The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. They are divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. We faced significant challenges in cay crossings, access to fresh water and food re-supplies. During our five week journey living from a dry bag we camped on 17 different islands, paddled the length of 60 different islands and traveled almost 300 miles by inflatable SUP.
Presenter Biography: Tom has a relentless enthusiasm for getting people outside and being a positive influence in our community. With over 30 years of experience in the outdoors, Tom left a traditional career in May 2014 to launch Tomfoolery Outdoors. Tomfoolery Outdoors is a playful company that encourages people to Live Active, Laugh More, Inspire All. He is uses adventure and living simply as means to find ultimate happiness. In May 2016, Tom purchased a 1977 Tagalong camper that served as home for 16 months. Hand painted by a local artist with Tomfoolery Outdoors branding the camper now serves as a micro bar and merchandise shop. Currently, Tom is a full-time van lifer after outfitting a 2008 Dodge Sprinter during fall 2017. Follow all his tomfoolery on facebook, instagram and youtube or visit www.tomfooleryoutdoors.com