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No Retreat, No Surrender: The inspiring story of a world-champion sportsman and cancer warrior

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August 2022
About the book: 
Few athletes hold a record comparable to that of Oscar Chalupsky. He made history at the age of fifteen as the first person to win both the Junior and Senior Ironman titles on the same day at the South African National Lifesaving Championships, he was the country’s spokesman at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and he is a multiple-times global surfski champion, having won the internationally famous Molokai to Oahu World Surfski Marathon championships in Hawaii a record twelve times – his most recent victory being at the age of forty-nine.
Then, in 2019, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer and told he had six months to live. But as with everything else Oscar does, he is determined to emerge victorious. He continues to paddle kayaks, play golf, and with a combination of medical treatment, exercise, iron determination and unconquerable optimism, he has defied every doctor’s prediction to date.
How does he do it?
In this book, Oscar relives some of his most exhilarating and nail-biting races, and shares the lessons he has learnt from winning on the international surf lifesaving, kayak and surfski circuits as well as running several successful businesses. The final chapters recount his courageous battle against cancer, the vital support of his family and friends, and his refusal to let the deadly disease dictate his life.
No Retreat, No Surrender  is an uplifting account of grit, perseverance, talent and attitude, vividly capturing the determined mindset of an inspirational sporting legend.
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About the Author

Oscar Chalupsky was born in 1963 in South Africa. His long list of accomplishments includes twelve times World Molokai Surfski Champion; ten times winner of the Texan Challenge, considered the world’s toughest kayak race; triple winner of the big white-water Umkomaas River Marathon; Spain’s famous Sella Descent; as well as a multiple Surf Ironman champion. Currently living between Portugal and South Africa, Oscar is CEO of Nelo Surfski, a kayaking coach and co-founder of NuMobile in South Africa.

About the Author

Graham Spence is the co-author of the bestselling trilogy,  The Elephant WhisperBabylon’s Ark  and  The Last Rhinos,  which he wrote with conservationist Lawrence Anthony. A former journalist and editor from South Africa, he now lives in England.

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