Sure, that is a type of surfboard-like contraptions you’ve got in all probability fallen off on trip. And sure, we imply the true, genuinely-ferocious ocean that is claimed sailors’ lives since man determined to strap picket planks collectively and take to the seas.
The large wave surfer and Guinness World Document-holder crossed four,500 nautical miles, setting off from Agadir Morocco on December 6 and arriving at English Harbour, Antigua on the morning of March 9, native time.
Bertish’s stand-up paddleboard (SUP) might not be an off-the shelf job — it is a custom-made, 1,360 lbs, 20-foot-long vessel fitted with a tiny cabin and photo voltaic panels — however that does not imply the journey was any much less daunting.
For 93 days Bertish has paddled the equal of a marathon a day, skirting the Canary Islands earlier than heading into the open ocean and aiming for the Caribbean. Alongside the best way he additionally set the report for the furthest distance traveled solo, unsupported and unassisted over open ocean (71.96 miles).
He celebrated Christmas aboard and rang within the New 12 months with a dram of scotch. Conserving a captain’s go online Fb, Bertish has posted his encounters with puffer fish and turtles, cargo ships and yachts — the latter dropping off a bag of treats for the paddler and cash for Bertish’s charitable causes.
Working with charities Signature of Hope Belief, the Lunchbox Basis and Operation Smile, Bertish goals to boost sufficient cash to construct a minimum of 5 faculties in South Africa, present month-to-month dividends to feed and educate 1000’s of kids and pay for surgeons to hold out life-changing cleft lip and palate operations. As of in the present day, Bertish has raised R5,460,030 ($412,000).
The trans-Atlantic crossing is barely the newest feat within the South African’s profession. Beforehand he is surfed a few of the largest waves ever recorded (he received the Maverick Large Wave Invitational, California 2010 on borrowed tools, no much less), set the world report for open ocean 12-hour continuous SUP in South Africa, 2013, and set the quickest time crossing the English Channel on an SUP in 2013 (5 hours, 26 minutes).
Writing on Fb, the South African’s inspirational perspective suggests there will likely be loads extra record-breaking escapades to come back:
“The extra time I can spend within the ocean, in any form or kind, the higher. I am a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It is the place I actually really feel alive, snug, content material, joyful and free,” he says.
“Nothing is not possible, except you imagine it to be.”