PHOTO: Chris Bertish left Agadir on a paddle board and arrived on the other side of Atlantic 93 days later. (photo via Flickr/Valentina_pova)
If you thought International flight was an uncomfortable proposition, try paddle boarding across the Atlantic Ocean.
CNN reports South African Chris Bertish has become the first person to cross the mighty Atlantic on a paddle board (absolutely unassisted).
Obviously, Bertish wasn’t foolish enough to take out one of those boards you rent at resort areas. If that were the case, this story would assuredly be about an attempt.
Thanks to a tricked out paddle board that reportedly weighs 1,360-pounds and measures 20 feet in length while featuring a cabin and solar panels, Bertish instead conquered the seemingly insurmountable.
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Fans of the surfer, paddle boarder and author were able to keep up with the enormous endeavor via Bertish’s Facebook page, as he officially started paddling from Agadir, Morocco on Dec. 6.
As CNN states, Bertish left Morocco and paddled for 93 days. He finally arrived at English Harbour, Antigua, on March 9.
Paddling about 4,500 nautical miles wasn’t enough of a milestone for Bertish, because he has also helped to raise over $400,000 for Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Foundation and Operation Smile. CNN reports the money will not only help build schools in South Africa but also “feed and educate thousands of children and pay for surgeons to carry out life-changing cleft lip and palate operations.”
Via Facebook, Bertish expounded on his journey: “The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better. I'm a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It's where I truly feel alive, comfortable, content, happy and free ... Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be.”
If you are astounded at the kind of calories burned just moving that thing a few feet, consider that Bertish had to paddle the equivalent of a marathon a day in order to get to his destination.