Chris Bertish On Target to Make History Tomorrow With Transatlantic SUP Crossing

bertish-makes-history-mantleChris Bertish On Target to Make History Tomorrow With Transatlantic SUP Crossing

South African adventurer Chris Bertish is four days and about 250 miles into his attempt to become the first man to standup paddle across the Atlantic Ocean, and so far, so good.

Traveling from Morocco, he’s currently about 40 nautical miles and a little over a day away from his first and only land checkpoint planned for the expedition, a pit-stop in the Canary Islands to readjust for the long haul from there to the Caribbean, where he plans to land before making his way up to Florida for the final destination of the voyage. Upon reaching the Canaries—which we expect he’ll do tomorrow if conditions stay favorable and he’s able to continue his current trajectory—Bertish will have beaten the official record for longest distance traveled in a single SUP outing, originally set by Bart de Zwart with his precedent-setting five-day open water mission from Hawaii’s Big Island to Kauai in 2011. While de Zwart’s exact record was never officially logged, we know he traveled at least 250 miles—the shortest paddleable distance between the Big Island and Kauai. Given the extended course Bertish has had to take to cooperate with weather conditions since he left Morocco, the man’s on target to meet—if not beat—de Zwart’s record upon reaching the Canary Islands after 260+ miles at sea. And when he does, he will solidify himself in the record books, regardless what happens with the rest of his expedition. We’re hoping he breaks more records than one, though, and at this rate, it’s looking probable. Keep stroking, Chris, we’re rooting for you!

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This screenshot of the live tracker on Chris Bertish's website shows the progress he's made so far between the coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands. Upon landing in the Canaries, he will claim the new record for the longest distance ever standup paddled in one uninterrupted session.

This screenshot of the live tracker on Chris Bertish’s website shows the progress he’s made so far between the coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands. Upon landing in the Canaries, he will claim the new record for the longest distance ever standup paddled in one uninterrupted session.

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This is how far Chris Bertish has gone relative to how far he has to go. Yeah, it’s ambitious, but it’s not impossible.