Antonio De La Rosa, a 50-year-old Spaniard, has just made history by stand-up paddle boarding from San Francisco, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2,900-mile crossing took him 76 days of paddling 12 hours per day on his customized vessel.
De La Rosa described the journey as "4740km of absolute loneliness and self-sufficiency" on the Facebook page dedicated to covering his voyage. Unlike many long-distance ocean voyagers, De La Rosa eschewed a safety vessel, and was truly on his own throughout the entire journey.
De La Rosa named his vessel "The Ocean Defender" to raise awareness of marine pollution, and took photos of the various plastics, nets, and fishing lines which he encountered on the open ocean. Congratulations to De La Rosa on an epic journey done for the right reasons!