Markus will share stories, photos, and video from his recent attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean 5800km from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA. As a member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas Expedition, Markus joined forces with the Oar Northwest team with a mission to gather oceanographic, physiologic, and physical data and use the adventure as a means of educating and inspiring children. He spent 72 days at sea before capsizing in rough seas 650km north of Puerto Rico.

Markus Pukonen is more of a bushwhacker than he is a trailblazer. Over the years he has worked as a Puma Trainer in the Bolivian Amazon, a Silviculturist in British Columbia, a Wildfire Suppression professional across Canada, and in recent years as an Environmental Action and Adventure Documentary Filmmaker. Among other adventures, he has biked 2500km of the Pacific coast of the U.S. and in 2010 became the first person to Standup Paddleboard across the Georgia Strait, 55 km from Vancouver to Nanaimo. Markus believes in impossible things on a regular basis and is striving to create the world he wishes to live in. Born and raised in Toronto he now surfs and plays with his nieces in Tofino.