Tack on another world record for the bearded man on the Atlantic

When crossing an entire ocean via SUP, you may assume that paddler would only be focused on one thing – finishing. For transatlantic paddler Chris Bertish, that just isn’t quite enough apparently.

Already well past the three-quarter mark of his historic transatlantic SUP crossing, Bertish has just claimed a new world record for a 24-hour solo, unsupported and unassisted, open ocean distance of 71.96 miles. He surpassed fellow SUP expeditionary Bart de Zwart’s previous record of 46 miles, which was set during a 2014 crossing between the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora.

It was the third world record Bertish has set during his historic journey.

"I’m very happy with the new record,” Bertish said. “I’ve been searching for those perfect conditions, that perfect 24-hour weather window for the last 72 days, but I knew once I found it I could crack the mile mark."

It was Bertish’s third attempt at the world record in as many days, and was aided by favorable trade winds and a lighter craft. While this was not an official Guinness record, it is undoubtedly an impressive feat from the man who has already spent that past two and a half months in the middle of the ocean.

“I’m looking forward to taking a couple hours break before getting back out there and paddling again,” Bertish said. “I still have 750 nautical miles to go and millions of lives to change, that’s why I’m here.”


Part one of our exclusive mid-ocean interview with Chris Bertish.

More coverage of Bertish’s historic expedition.