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‘Salt Water and Spear Tips’: Danish adventurer recounts New Guinea expedition

Jackie Zhaojing Huang

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, August 27, 2019  /  04:32 pm
‘Salt Water and Spear Tips’: Danish adventurer recounts New Guinea expedition

Picture perfect: The 'Tawali Pasana' docks in the blue-green waters of the serene Triton Bay in Kaimana regency, West Papua. (Courtesy: Thor F. Jensen/-)

It was on his newspaper delivery route in Copenhagen that 12-year-old Thor F. Jensen saw the sign for the Adventurers’ Club of Denmark. He would have to wait 24 years to be inducted into the club for his world-record expedition: a 6,300-kilometer circumnavigation by traditional canoe around the island of New Guinea that took 13 months and 21 days. Half of this modern odyssey happened in Indonesian waters, a life-transforming experience he recounted to those gathered on Aug. 13 at the CoHive D.Lab in Menteng, Central Jakarta. All smiles: The proud crew of the 'Tawali Pasana' – (from left) Sanakoli John, Thor F. Jensen, Justin John and Job Siyae – poses upon completing the circumnavigation of New Guinea. (Courtesy: Thor F. Jensen/-) Now 37, Jensen is a filmmaker, illustrator and adventurer. The devilishly han...