HONOLULU (CBS SF) – An endurance athlete from Spain who set out from San Francisco Bay more than two months ago has arrived in Hawaii after making the trip paddleboarding across the Pacific Ocean.
Antonio De La Rosa arrived in Honolulu early Saturday morning after setting sail from the Bay Area on June 9th, 76 days earlier.READ MORE: Bay Area Japanese Seafood Restaurant Owners Charged With Tax Evasion, Wage Theft
“This is record! For me and for everybody,” he told CBS affiliate KGMB-TV.
He becomes the first solo traveler to ever cross the Pacific on a stand-up paddleboard.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Will You Get A Fourth Relief Payment?
“No motor. This is the motor!” De La Rosa laughed, pointing at his bicep.
De La Rosa’s daring 2,900 mile trip was meant to raise awareness about ocean pollution. His highly-modified 24-foot paddleboard included sleeping quarters in the front and storage space in the back.MORE NEWS: State Parole Board Rejects San Francisco DA's Plea To Keep Notorious Killer Tare Beltranchuc Behind Bars
The athlete reportedly celebrated his ocean-crossing feat with an ice-cold beer.