James Castrission

Australia - Vic

Cas is an Aussie Explorer constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance.

Most recently, on the 26th January 2012, he made history by completing the longest unsupportedpolar expedition of all time, alongside his best mate, Jonesy. 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. Cas is highly regarded as one of Australia’s premier public speakers. He has written 2 bestselling books: Crossing the Ditch and Extreme South.

What sort of young man would attempt such frightful feats? Earlier in his life, James paddled the infamous Bass Strait and became the first to kayak the length of the Murray River, all 2560km. He have run numerous ultra-marathons, attained 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. Cas has now shared his incredible story with over 320,000 people around the world. Insights into leadership, teamwork, risk management and how to overcome adversity have captivated global audiences. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney, and has worked both as an Accountant and Management Consultant for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu. This business and consulting foundation allows James to draw on relevant anecdotes to convey crucial business lessons in his keynote presentations. No, he’s are not crazy. He is inspirational, successful and great motivating figures for us all.



In this lively keynote you’ll learn the critical steps that ensured I not only survived, but achieved two Guinness World Record adventures.

I’ve developed this six step model so that your organisation can apply my learnings to achieving any BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). Whether it’s a roadmap to achieving your 2020 vision or launching a new product. It’s a model that will help your team build clarity and alignment to organisational achieving the impossible.


Effective collaboration is the most important element of success, whether you’re striving to grow a company or you’re voyaging across an ocean or tundra. Without real collaboration both endeavours are bound to fail.

In this engaging keynote you’ll learn critical steps in creating a tribe that is aligned and working together, that supports each other, and that doesn’t put personal ambition and success over that of the organisation.

This is the perfect session on how to develop a “culture” that is geared towards collaboration, and ultimately: success.


My other two keynotes – Crossing the Ditch & Crossing the Ice – are highly motivating, story-based presentations perfect for motivating and inspiring an audience to open or close a conference or as an after dinner presentation.

You’ll be thrilled as I take you on an audio-visual journey through two of the greatest feats of adventuring in history.

Imagine facing white-capped ocean swells as tall as a four story building and struggling across blinding-white ice sheets as far as the eye can see. These international keynote presentations will stick with your audience for years to come.


"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. He’s a great bloke with an inspirational story and will always be welcome at the Waratahs."
Phil Waugh Captain - NSW WARATAHS Vice Captain - Australian Wallabies

"HIs 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

"Crossing The Ditch gave me the experience of hearing first hand what can be achieved through preparation, commitment, perseverance and a tough attitude. It also showed what special Australian Adventurer James really is. A truly great story which gets me excited as I feel this may only be the start for this Great Aussie Adventurer."
Ricky Stuart Australian Rugby League and Cronulla Sharks Head Coach

"What an inspirational story. James seem like an ordinary young man, until you hear his story and the journey they accomplished that you realise just how extraordinary he really is. The sheer passion he displayed is uplifting and inspirational."
Todd Kardash, Head of Adviser Distribution CommInsure

"Funny, inspirational, motivational – an hour with James makes the spirit soar. He 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. After spending 62 minutes listening to this can-do bloke from Sydney speak, I defy you to not be inspired and embrace your own challenge and reshape your own future."
Sandra Lee, best-selling author and journalist Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Magazine

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