London native sets off for world record attempt in Elvis costume - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

London native sets off for world record attempt in Elvis costume

(WMC-TV) - A London native trying to set a world record with a paddle board left Memphis Thursday morning channeling Elvis Presley.

Dave Cornthwaite, a graphic artist from London, is attempting to paddle board the length of the Mississippi River.

"So far, I've traveled 1,623 miles," said Cornthwaite.  "And I guess, in many ways, the journey is just about a little less conversation and a bit more action."

Cornthwaite left Memphis Thursday morning wearing a white jumpsuit and trying to channel The King.

Cornthwaite calls himself a British adventurer.  Right now, he is going for a Guinness World Record, but that is nothing new.  He has done everything from skateboarding across Australia to skiing the South Pole.

Cornthwaite said when he realized he had paddled through Elvis' hometown, he had to dress up like The King.

"It's been the best experience of my entire trip," he said.

Cornthwaite said his visit has been a blast.

"I've been looked after hook, line and sinker," said Cornthwaite.  "I'm going to come back here, sorry London."

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