Spanish athlete sets 2,500-mile stand-up paddleboard record from San Francisco to Hawaii

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A Spanish man claimed the title of the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard when he arrived in Hawaii.

Hawaii News Now reported  that 42-year-old Antonio De La Rosa arrived at the Waikiki Yacht Club in Honolulu at 8 a.m. Saturday. His company provided photos and video after the record-setting event. 

The endurance athlete paddled away from San Francisco June 9 in his attempt for the record.

De La Rosa covered 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) of open ocean alone, using wind, currents and the power of his arms.

His 24-foot (7.3-meter) vessel called Ocean Defender is a combination paddle board and small boat with a sleeping cabin, storage bins, desalination unit, and solar panels for powering electronics.

De La Rosa estimated the journey would take 70 days, but completed the trip in 76 days.


Information from: KGMB-TV,