Man Attempts World’s First Atlantic Crossing with Only a Stand-Up Paddleboard

Posted by Matthew Durian on Fri, Feb, 03, 2017 @ 13:02 PM


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South African-born Bertish set his sights on being the first person to cross the Atlantic, unassisted, on a stand-up paddleboard

While you were sitting back on the sofa, nursing a food baby after Christmas dinner, Chris Bertish was paddling across the Atlantic ocean on his stand-up paddleboard (SUP).

South African-born Bertish set his sights on being the first person to cross the Atlantic, unassisted, on a stand-up paddleboard. And he’s making an impressive stab at it.

According to his live tracker, Chris is nearing the halfway mark, with his GPS coordinates showing his location at somewhere to the west of Cabo Verde.

Having spent almost two months at sea with nothing other than his state-of-the-art paddle board and some basic provisions, it’s already an amazing achievement.

Starting out on December 6, 2016, from the northwest coast of Africa in Morocco, Chris began what he hoped would be a 120-day voyage.

That voyage would take him over 4,500 miles across the Atlantic, ending in the Caribbean Leeward Island of Antigua. Every day, Chris is forced to paddle the equivalent of a marathon in order to ensure his provisions don’t run out before he reaches that far-off Caribbean destination.

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