Kevin Biggar is a modern day adventurer, author and an award winning public speaker. Using hilarious stories and photos from his adventures Kevin talks passionately about goal setting, risk management, teamwork, breaking out of your comfort zone and achieving excellence.
Kevin Biggar was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group when an unusual pizza ordering experience triggered a quarter life crisis. Finding himself spending too much time sitting on the sofa he decided to take part in the trans-Atlantic Rowing Race, a 5000km epic between the Canary Islands and Barbados in a 7m plywood dinghy and one of the world’s toughest endurance events.
Kevin decided that he was going to win - an ambitious goal given that he had never rowed before! His secret weapon was his business skills which he used to great effect, identifying and innovating on the most critical elements of the preparations. In a desperate and thrilling race he not only went onto win but also set a new world record.
In 2007 he teamed up again with his rowing partner for another expedition – this time to Antarctica. Kevin battled temperatures as cold as minus forty degrees, frostbite, crevasses, whiteouts and gear failure. Finally, after fifty two days of hauling their sleds, they reached the South Pole unsupported.
Everyone can relate to sitting on the sofa wondering what to do next or being daunted by an enormous challenge. So audiences of all backgrounds are fascinated as Kevin relates his formula for transformation and illustrates his points with hilarious stories from his adventures - a combination that leaves them feeling entertained and empowered.
The story of Kevin’s transformation from couch potato to world record holder is told in ‘The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower’ and his Antarctic exploits in ‘Escape to the Pole’. He has worked as the CEO of a software startup and most recently as the host of the TVNZ series ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ’ recreating historic adventures in NZ.