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James Castrission and Justin Jones Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. Most recently, on the 26th January 2012, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar...

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Funny, inspirational, motivational – an hour with Justin and James makes the spirit soar. They spent 62 days in a leaky boat and proved that with dedication, determination and two very brave hearts, it is possible to achieve the impossible dream, to stare down your greatest fears, to do the undoable and enjoy the pure rewards of achievement and triumph.

Sandra Lee, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Magazine

 

What an inspirational story. Justin and James seem like ordinary young men, until you hear their story and the journey they accomplished that you realise just how extraordinary they really are. The sheer passion they displayed is uplifting and inspirational.

CommInsure

 

"Their ability to describe their incredible adventure in a light-hearted and entertaining way was also balanced with clear messages of the importance of planning, teamwork and persistence, giving our clients and lawyers a lot to talk about after the presentation."

Melissa Lyon Business Development Manager, Financial Services Industry Group Minter Ellison Lawyers

 

"Justin and James gave us a timely reminder about digging in when times are tough and never giving up. By no means what we do goes even close to the what James and Justin have done but there are some general themes that we can take on board from their unbelievable journey. They are great guys with an inspirational story and they will always be welcome at the Waratahs."

Phil Waugh Captain - NSW WARATAHS Vice Captain - Australian Wallabies

 

"James and Justin have as good a story to tell as anyone on the planet. They had the room transfixed during their entire presentation. What an inspiration. Justin and James take their speaking engagements very seriously and do a very professional job of preparing and working with organisers. I would recommend them without hesitation"

Simon Trowell, Underwriting Agencies Council

 

“Excellent - James and Justin were amazing - a story that touched our audience and left a lasting impression.  You could hear a pin drop and standing applause at the end.  It was a pleasure to host them and the charity Project K”

Harcourts Marlborough Real Estate

 

“Excellent - amazing speakers and they really had a good feel of our company, didn't hesitate to hang around for questions. Great attitudes – (we’re) definitely using them again"

Dual Australia

Cass and Jonesy Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Cass and Jonesy's Biography

James Castrission and Justin Jones
Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance. Most recently, on the 26th January 2012, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time..


In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had EVER walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.
Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand, the adventurers were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, and physically and mentally wasted…but most of all happy to be alive.

The boys are highly regarded as two of Australia’s premier public speakers and are currently working on their second book and documentary about their Antarctic expedition- due for release July 2012.
What sort of young men would attempt such frightful feats?

Earlier in their lives, James and Justin paddled the infamous Bass Strait and became the first to kayak the length of the Murray River, all 2560km. They have run numerous ultra-marathons, attained their yachting crew qualifications and duelled with the open waters under sail. International climbing expeditions have been led in America (Mt McKinley, Alaska and The Nose, El Capitan), New Zealand (notable ascents: Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring) and Papua New Guinea.

The boys have now shared their incredible story with over 150,000 people around the world. Insights into leadership, teamwork, risk management and how to overcome adversity have captivated global audiences. In addition, James has authored a best-selling book (Harper Collins 2009), and Justin co-produced an award winning documentary.

James Castrission holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney, and has worked both as an Accountant and Management Consultant for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu. Justin Jones has completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours at the University of New South Wales. They became firm friends whilst at Knox Grammar School in Sydney.
This business and science foundation allows the duo to draw on relevant anecdotes to convey crucial business lessons in their keynote presentations.
No, they are not crazy. They are inspirational, successful and great motivating figures for us all.

Speaking Topics Include

Daring to dream then riding out the storm
On November 13 2007, James and Justin departed Forster, Australia to embark on a journey that no other had ever achieved...62 days later, they arrived in New Plymouth, New Zealand. James Castrission and Justin Jones kayaked 3318km, braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and were set off course
for over two weeks.

Why do two young successful Aussies sacrifice all to achieve a seemingly impossible dream?

How did they go about planning for such an expedition? This intriguing presentation examines the key lessons learnt from the boys’ four year journey and is the perfect after dinner presentation. In this mind-blowing account, the boys share with the audience what life on the Tasman was like. Plenty of laughter, banter and description of what it takes to become the first team to ever cross the Tasman by kayak. 

Global audiences are demanding to hear the story of how two Aussie mates have succeeded in completing two of the greatest adventures of all time. To date they have shared their story with over 150 000 people.


The boys’ presentation is the perfect compliment to open or close a conference, motivate staff or provide an inspirational after dinner speech. These two young and savvy adventurers have created two unforgettable presentations. Stunning footage and imagery have been craftily moulded to convey messages that all can learn from.

To hell and back: A journey across a frozen wasteland
After the crossing the Tasman the boys took on an even more audacious challenge - the first ever unsupported trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. Starting with very limited experience they spent months researching, consulting with experts from all round the globe, training in the Arctic and NZ, rehearsing the skills they would need to survive in the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place on Earth.


Pulling loads that started at 160kg and temperatures as cold as -40 C, they battled frostbite, injury, whiteouts, crevasses , gear failure and slow starvation. During the 89 days it took them to ski 2275km without any outside support or assistence they lost a combined 55kg of body weight. Their adventure set a new benchmark and raised the bar of polar exploration globally.

Cas and Jonesy craftily weave themes & lessons they have learnt through a life of extreme adventure into all their presentations.

 

These themes include:
Planning
Risk management
Overcoming adversity
Goal setting
Teamwork
Motivation


Depending on the client’s needs, they are able to subtly touch on them or make these themes more explicit.


The boys presentations are enhanced by jaw-dropping video clips and stunning photography from their adventures. The old saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ only partly explains the profound impact their multi-media has. Because much of it is unique and beautifully captured it sticks. People remember the imagery, and the inspiration long after the conference is over.


The length of presentation ranges from from 15 minutes (NSW Waratah’s) - 90 minute keynote addresses to multi-day workshops