2 August 2013, 10:27

US surfer to cross Straits of Florida on paddleboard

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On Thursday American surfer Benjamin Schiller Friberg began a journey from Havana, Cuba, to Florida, USA, by stand-up rowing on a surfing paddleboard, mass media are reporting. The sportsman’s plan is to cover the distance of 170 kilometers that separate the coasts of Cuba and the United States for the next 24 hours.

The final destination point for the 35-year-old American is the Key West Island, in southern Florida, media note.

As Schiller Friberg explained to the press before the journey, “this trip is to promote peace, love and friendship between the peoples of Cuba and of United States, as well as a healthy lifestyle.”

Schiller Friberg has been practicing paddleboarding for over 20 years.

In 2012 he sailed 238 miles along the Yukon River in Canada for 24 hours. The fact was included in the Guinness Book of Records.

The surfer is being accompanied by a catamaran with his father Bob, a doctor and several sailors on board.

This is the first attempt to cross the Straits of Florida paddling on a board, mass media write.

In 1997 Susan Jean Maroney from Australia became the first person to swim across the waters of the shark-infested straits. She swam in a cage in order to be protected from cruel animals. As she ended her journey she was badly sunburned and covered with welts from jellyfish stings.

Voice of Russia, Xinhuanet.com, The New York Times

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