South African Chris Bertish Becomes 1st to Cross Atlantic Ocean on Paddleboard

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 11, 2017

Beachgoers enjoy an evening by the Atlantic ocean on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in, Rabat, Morocco. Rabat beach is a hub for families, couples and fitness enthusiasts especially on temperate days. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Mosa'ab Elshamy/Associated Press

Chris Bertish from South Africa has made history by becoming the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a solo stand-up paddleboard. 

Bertish posted about his accomplishment on his official Instagram account:

Bertish's journey took a total of 93 days and covered more than 4,000 miles. 

Per Jamie Grierson of the Guardian, Bertish was riding on a custom-made paddleboard that cost $120,000 and took six months to complete. 

"Bertish paddled an average of 43 miles a day, beating his plan for 30 miles daily," Grierson wrote. "He managed a gruelling 60 miles on the penultimate day to make the final push. He mostly travelled at night to avoid sun exposure and said he kept well-nourished with protein shakes, freeze-dried meals and salty jerky."

CNN noted Bertish, in addition to being the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a solo paddleboard, also made history for the "furthest distance traveled solo, unsupported and unassisted over open ocean in a day (71.96 miles)."

Bertish is a big-wave surfer and sailor who has set the standard for athletes in 2017 with the completion of his mission.

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