Alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Antonio de la Rosa is headed for Hawaii. But he’s not using the conventional method of taking a plane – the Spanish endurance king is atop a 24-foot paddleboard. He’s plowing through the waves for nearly 3,000 miles, powering the Ocean Defender with his arms alone. But each day of his journey, he sees something that astonishes him.
De la Rosa paddled to Oahu, Hawaii, from San Francisco, California, in 2019, taking 76 days to make the trip. His paddleboard was designed for the purpose, and because he had no support vessel, he carried all his supplies along with him. He had everything from a system to take the salt out of seawater to make it potable to solar panels to power his communications equipment.