Spanish athlete, 50, becomes the first to stand-up paddleboard across Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii
- Antonio de la Rosa, 50, claimed to have paddled across the Pacific Ocean
- He believed he was the first to accomplish the feat from California to Hawaii
- The Spanish athlete took 76 days 5 hours and 22 mins to do nearly 3,000 miles
- He survived on dehydrated food and water and occasionally fished
- De la Rosa made the trip to raise awareness or man-made pollution in the ocean
A Spanish athlete has become the first person to stand up paddleboard across the Pacific Ocean after traveling from California to Hawaii.
Antonio de la Rosa, or Madrid, Spain, spent 76 days, 5 hours and 22 minutes at sea during a near 3,000 mile voyage, KHON TV reported.
He paddled on a custom-designed 24 foot-long stand-up board that he named the Ocean Defender. The 50-year-old paddled for an impressive ten hours a day and slept at night – waking every hour to check his gear.
De la Rosa sustained himself by eating dehydrated food with hot water and occasionally fished for some fresh food.
The voyage started on June 9 in San Francisco and concluded Saturday in Honolulu.
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Antonio de la Rosa, 50, reaching his final destination Honolulu, Hawaii (above), after a 76 day voyage from San Francisco, California
De la Rosa 36 days into the journey (above), where he would paddle for 10 hours a day on a custom made paddle boat
The Spanish athlete, or Madrid, Spain, traveled on is 24 foot-long vessel that he had designed himself. The started his journey in San Francisco on June 9
De la Rosa, who documented his journey in a series of videos online, claimed the undertook challenge to raise awareness or man-made pollution in the ocean.
He told KHON-TV: "Stand-up paddling is my favorite sport and I said," OK, I'm going to do the Pacific. "
From the impressive journey, De la Rosa explained the most challenging part was battling the current and winds while in coastal waters.
'It's so difficult to get out of the coast. I had 10 days with problems very close (to) the coast, 'he added.
De la Rosa even celebrated his 50th birthday at sea, his sister told The Associated Press in Spain, Fox News reported.
The athlete spent more than two years planning the challenge and believes he is the first person to accomplish the feat.
De la Rosa said he survived on dehydrated meals mixed with hot water and would occasionally fish
He believes he is the first person to stand up paddleboard across the Pacific Ocean after completing the journey from California to Hawaii
This was not De la Rosa's first challenge, he raced across the Atlantic Ocean in a solo rowing vessel in 2014, traveling from Senegal, Africa to French Guyana. Two years later he was also claimed to have completed a stand-up paddling challenge in the Arctic Circle between Ilulissat and Upernavik in Greenland, KHON-TV reported.
When the TV station asked what was on the horizon for the athlete, De la Rosa said: "I have nothing exactly in my head."
But he told them that he probably will have to avoid rowing or paddling for the next two to three years.
De la Rosa added: "Probably next year, I'm going on a mountain bike expedition with my girlfriend or (a) winter expedition."
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