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: UPDATE: Estrada Fire Containment 35%; Evacuation Orders Downgraded as Crews Mop Up
“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: Hollywood Movie, TV Workers Reach Deal With Producers to Avert Strike
“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: COVID Vaccination Count in San Mateo County Revised Down Due to Data Error
The athlete reportedly celebrated his ocean-crossing feat with an ice-cold beer.