A year ago today, Spanish endurance athlete Antonio de la Rosa became the first person to paddleboard across the Pacific Ocean after completing an epic 2,950-mile odyssey from San Francisco to Hawaii. For 76 days, De La Rosa lived on his 24-foot-long custom-made paddleboard equipped with GPS and a computer, eating nothing but dehydrated food reserves. Naming his boat “The Ocean Defender”, the goal of De La Rosa’s journey was to raise awareness about protecting our oceans from human-made pollution. Paddling for an average of nine hours a day, De La Rosa faced extreme weather conditions and even came eye-to-eye with whales and other sea life.
"I saw the curve of the world. Every year I think, 'Okay. What I do next year?’. I love this kind of life.” —
Antonio De La Rosa