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Spanish man crosses Pacific in 76 days by paddleboard

A Spanish man has crossed the Pacific ocean on a paddleboard in 76 days.

Antonio de la Rosa travelled from the west coast of the USA to Hawaii, a distance of 2,500 miles (4,023km), in a submarine-shaped craft, paddling for between eight to 10 hours every day.

Mr de la Rosa celebrated his 50th birthday at sea and arrived in Honolulu on Saturday.

He said he is feeling “a bit tired”.

Image: Antonio de la Rosa paddle boarded across the Pacific

He was able to sleep at night but had to wake up every hour to check his gear.


Mr de la Rosa, from Spain, runs an adventure tourism business and says he enjoys adventurous holidays.

He said he doesn’t think anyone has completed the trip before and said it was a record because “I certify it”.

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He left San Francisco on 9 June, with an original time estimate of 70 days for the trip, taking six longer than he thought.

Mr de la Rosa was knocked off course slightly by Hurricane Flossie, which was around in the Pacific in the early part of August, but moved across the islands as a tropical depression.

He completed the journey in a 24-foot (7.3m) vessel called Ocean Defender, which is a combination paddleboard and small boat with a sleeping cabin, storage bins, desalination unit and solar panels for powering electronics.

According to Hawaii News Now, he carried enough food for 90 days on his boat, and did the whole thing with his own strength.

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Me voy, espero ver la costa de enfrente en 70 dias…. Hawaii. #pacificsupchallenge2019 @leatherman @_ocean52 @seatosummitiberia @spsstanduppaddle

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He logged his progress on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. On the last day, he wrote: “No doubt last day I step in the water, what an emotion.

“Strong wind of the east and northeast almost all day, I barely slept for the concern of not staying short or passing long on the diagonal of #molokai to #Oahu.

“Only 20 km to the tip koko and 35 to the Waikiki Yacht Club, with a few last kilometers very difficult by the wind, fingers crossed.”

He told Hawaii News Now he saw plastic in the ocean as well as nets and discarded lines.

His feat follows another personal achievement, of rowing across the Atlantic. He estimates the Pacific trip cost $100,000 (£81,800) and was financed from sponsors and from his Madrid businesses.

He told the news site: “I saw the curve of the world. Every year I think, ‘Okay. What I do next year?’ I love this kind of life.”


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