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A big-wave surfer just crossed the Atlantic — on a SUP

(Image: Chris Bertish/Facebook) (Image: Chris Bertish/Facebook)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A big-wave surfer with Hawaii ties has become the first person in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle board. 

Chris Bertish crossed the Atlantic solo, unassisted and unsupported.

Bertish set off on his journey from Morocco on Dec. 6, and arrived at the English Harbor in Antigua on Thursday. He'd crossed 4,500 nautical miles.

One point worth noting: Bertish's stand-up paddleboard isn't like those SUPs you see at the beach. It's a custom-made, 1,360-pound, 20-foot long vessel. It's even got a tiny cabin and solar panels.

But don't think that Bertish's journey was easy: To set his record, he had to paddle the equivalent of a marathon a day — for 93 days.

Bertish is also a big-wave surfer who has competed all over the world, including here in the islands.

Writing on Facebook, he said he's excited to take on more record-breaking journeys.

"The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better," he said. "I'm a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It's where I truly feel alive, comfortable, content, happy and free."

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