HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Antonio De La Rosa’s first contact with another human being since he paddled away from San Francisco on June 9 came Friday off the coast of Molokai.
Fishing captain Kekoa Seward spotted him. “Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii!” Seward shouted.
“Thank you!” De La Rosa shot back.
The 42-year-old ultra endurance athlete from Spain paddled into the Waikiki Yacht Club at 8 a.m. Saturday, becoming the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean as a stand-up paddleboarder.
“This is record! For me and for everybody,” he said. De La Rosa covered 2,500 miles of open ocean solo, using wind, currents and elbow grease. Read on.