Benji Brundin tells his story with brutal honesty at times and a passionate attention to detail. After losing his job and the hope of a promising career Benji thought he was a burden to everyone. Shortly after his marriage fell apart and his father passed away. Benji found himself on the dark side of the alley knowing that if he cotinued to travel the destructive path he was on he would surely be dead or bankrupt within 12 months. He bought a van, and an motorbike and went on a journey across australia that would change his life and finish with him setting a new Guinness World Record: Fastest man across all ten australian deserts.
About the author
Benjamen Augusto Roca Brundin (b. 12 June 1983) is the middle child of a Filipino mother and a Swedish immigrant father. Born in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, he spent his childhood exploring the vast desert that stretched for miles at the rear of his home.
His mother, a proud woman, kicked his father out when Benji was five, stating that she could simply do a better job without him. It was his mother who encouraged Benji to journal his thoughts and adventures from a young age.
In 1995 she bought a small zoo with her then partner, and Benji and his two siblings moved with them across the country to Victoria. It was here that Benji met the people who would one day become the guiding lights of his developmental years.
At age 19, after finishing a roofing apprenticeship and feeling a deep desire for an adventurous life, he embarked on a road trip around Australia. Just months into this trip, his mother died suddenly of cancer; Benji chose to curtail his travels to protect his younger brother from a life in the foster care system. Benji and his brother Nonoy are still close and are proud of their mother and their Filipino heritage.
So far, Benji has been a boxer, a sailor, a husband and a public servant. He has written two books and is a mentor to young people. Constantly looking for ways to challenge himself, he set a new Guinness World Record in 2019 when he became the first person to cross all ten Australian deserts, solo and unsupported, on a motorbike.