At exactly 7:00 Saturday morning, March 2, off the coast of Tampa Bay, Florida, 88 participants crossed the starting line of the Everglades Challenge. The event – a 300+-mile unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats –can most accurately be described as grueling. Five days, nine hours, 26 minutes, 330 miles and 62 participants later, Jim Czarnowski, Hobie's director of engineering, crossed the finish line in Key Largo. His boat was the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island. His result was first place in his class and, perhaps even more impressive, he posted the fastest overall time of any competitor in the most difficult route, the Everglades National Park Wilderness Waterway. Jim was also on the first Hobie to ever make the remote and challenging passage. Many thought the water would be too shallow and too narrow for an outrigger-equipped Hobie powered with their patented MirageDrive pedal system. Jim proved them wrong.