U.S. man becomes first to paddleboard between Cuba and Florida
Published Saturday, August 3, 2013 2:45PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:09PM EDT
A U.S. man has become the first person to successful paddleboat his way between Cuba and Florida, completing the 179-kilometre journey in 28 hours.
Ben Friberg, of Tennessee, arrived in Key West, Fla., on Friday on his stand-up paddle board.
His support team said he had encountered rough waters for most of the journey, but he arrived to shore shortly after noon -- dehydrated but otherwise healthy.
Friberg set off from a marina in Cuba's capital of Havana on Aug. 1, accompanied by his team, which included a navigator and a medic.
Before setting off on the journey, Friberg, a musician, said he was attempting the feat to promote peace and understanding between Cuba and the U.S.
The journey across the Florida Straits wasn't Friberg's first long-distance paddleboard challenge. In June of 2012, he paddled 383-kilometres down the Yukon River, setting a new Guinness World Record for the most distance travelled on a stand-up paddleboat in a 24-hour period.