Spanish man paddles 2,500 miles from California to Hawaii

A Spanish man spent his summer paddling his way from California across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

Antonio de la Rosa, who doesn’t take his vacations lightly took  76 days to paddle 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) while standing on a submarine-shaped craft he described as a paddleboat.

The 21-foot-long (6.4-meter-long) vessel endured rough weather, including when Hurricane Flossie passed within 60 miles (200 kilometers).

He ate dehydrated food, using heated water, and sometimes fished. He paddled eight-to-10 hours daily and slept every night. But he was always tired because he woke up hourly to check on his gear.

de la Rosa loves such kind of adventure because it is “hard”. He recorded every minute of his journey via tracking devices

His past adventure-vacations have included circumnavigating the 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) of the Iberian Peninsula coastline by paddle-surfing for 141 days and crossing Alaska’s Iditarod route for eight days on a bicycle with oversized tires made for snow and ice.

He celebrated his 50th birthday at sea.

By profession Antonio de la Rosa and his sister Vanesa de la Rosa run an adventure tourism business in Madrid and a small hotel for athletes.

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