"If 67 years young can do it, you can do it, too." —Aleksander Doba

The votes have been counted—a record-setting 521,000 of them. They're a testament to the inspiring quests of all our 2015 Adventurers of the Year. But there can only be one People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, and that award goes to Aleksander Doba.

At 67 years old, the Polish adventurer made the longest open-water kayak crossing of the Atlantic in history. Using just his arm strength and considerable willpower, Doba paddled 7,700 miles in his 23-foot kayak, OLO, departing in October 2013 from Lisbon and arriving six months later in Florida. The retired mechanical engineer, now 68, is the only person to kayak across the Atlantic, continent-to-continent, alone, unassisted, and under his own power. He battled 30-foot waves and got entangled in the Bermuda Triangle. His engineering skills were tested time and time again. Read his story, then view photos of Doba and all the Adventurers of the Year.

Doba is not hanging up his paddle yet. In spring 2016, at 70 years old, he plans to attempt crossing the Atlantic Ocean solo by kayak again, this time starting from New York and finishing in Europe.

Read Doba's ten life lessons learned from the hull of a kayak set on a course for big dreams.

The Year's Boldest Feats

  • Picture of Wasfia Nazreen

    Meet the Adventurers

    From a world-class ski mountaineer using her passion to better understand the planet to a 67-year-old kayaker proving that grit is more powerful than youth, these adventurers are dedicated to their dreams. Read the interviews.

  • Picture of Kit DesLauriers in the mountains

    Photos: Adventurers in Action

    A rock climber's visionary alpine traverse; a swimmer's plunge into the health of the world's seas; a mountaineer's lightning-fast solo ascent; and more. See photos of the honorees in action.

  • Picture of Ramon Navarro surfing

    Best and Brightest

    See photos and get updates on our previous Adventurers of the Year, from ultrarunner Kilian Jornet to climber Alex Honnold to hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis.