This Surfer Just Crossed The Atlantic Alone On A Paddleboard

It's a world-first

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When it comes to making epic journeys, this South African surfer has just secured his place in the history books.

Chris Bertish has become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after successfully completing a 4,050-mile voyage alone at sea.

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The 42-year-old arrived in Antigua at 8.32am local time (12.32pm GMT) on Thursday, 93 days after he started the journey in Agadir, Morocco, SUP the Mag reports. In his last "captain's log" posted on Facebook around an hour before his challenge was over, Bertish said: "It's my primal element of Courage, belief and strength for my purpose that has got me through to this exact moment, across more than 7500km, hazardous and treacherous open ocean.. Across the entire Atlantic Ocean and I am finally here, I am here & and I don't need to be strong and keep it together any longer, it's been 93 days and it's done and I let it all go... I am home!"

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It's estimated that Bertish made two million paddle strokes during the trip, which was accomplished on a custom-built 20ft-long board that cost $120,000 (£99,000) and took six months to build, reports The Guardian. He slept in a small cabin at the front of the craft, which also served as a storage space for his weather forecasting equipment and GPS systems. Still, the journey wasn't without its challenges. Bertish had to contend with storms, sharks and equipment failures, not to mention the sheer loneliness that comes with being solo at sea.

During a mid-ocean phone call in February, Bertish discussed how he learned to cope, one day at a time. "I don't consider this to be a SUP adventure anymore," he said. "It has become the ultimate waterman project, using all my knowledge from everything to do with my saving, my navigation, my surveying, my surfing and being comfortable in giant storms and big waves. Dealing with everything you could possibly imagine and more and still staying positive and proactive to get through it, one challenge at a time."

His outstanding achievement comes after Frenchman Nicolas Jarossay attempted an Atlantic crossing by paddleboard last year. He was rescued one night into the journey after his craft capsized.