Stand-Up Paddling 300 MilesBy Rocky Thompson on June 30th, 2011
A Hawaiian man completed what is believed to be the first ever crossing from the Big Island to Kauai on a stand-up paddleboard. It took five days alone at sea on his surfboard to cross the 300 miles of open ocean. He survived on dried foods and freshwater strapped to his board and slept on an inflatable mat that he’d tie to the top of it, occasionally getting awoken when a wave flipped his board and mat. He was treated for infected blisters on his feet, but was otherwise in remarkable condition. He wasn’t even sore – the hardest part, he said, was the mental anguish of spending five nights floating in the middle of the ocean on a surfboard.