- Created on Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00
South African watersport pro Chris Bertish has just achieved a world first: he crossed the Atlantic solo, unassisted and unsupported, on a stand-up paddle board. The big-wave surfer and Guinness World Record holder crossed 4,500 nautical miles, setting off from Agadir, Morocco, on December 6 and arriving at English Harbour, Antigua, on the morning of March 9. Bertish's stand-up paddleboard is a custom-made, 1,360-pound, 20-foot-long vessel fitted with a tiny cabin and solar panels. For 93 days Bertish has paddled the equivalent of a marathon a day. Along the way he also set the record for the furthest distance traveled solo, unsupported and unassisted over open ocean in a day (71.96 miles).