Man crosses Pacific Ocean on stand-up paddleboard in 76 days, sets record - GulfToday

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De La Rosa poses for a photograph. Photo: Antonio de la Rosa/ Facebook

A Spanish man claimed the title of the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard when he arrived in Hawaii.

De La Rosa arrives at the Waikiki Yacht Club.

The endurance athlete paddled away from San Francisco June 9 in his attempt for the record.

De La Rosa covered 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) of open ocean alone, using wind, currents and the power of his arms.

Antonia-Celebrate De La Rosa celebrates after arriving at the Waikiki Yacht Club. Photo: Antonio De La Rosa/ Facebook

His 24-foot (7.3-meter) vessel called Ocean Defender is a combination paddle board and small boat with a sleeping cabin, storage bins, desalination unit, and solar panels for powering electronics.

De La Rosa estimated the journey would take 70 days, but completed the trip in 76 days.