Chris Bertish: the first person to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean on a SUP

Chris Bertish has successfully completed the transatlantic stand-up paddle (SUP) crossing.

The South African reached the Caribbean island of Antigua at 8:32 am, on March 9, 2017, after more than two million strokes. Bertish kicked off his record-breaking paddling marathon in Agadir, Morocco, on December 6, 2016.

When the waterman entered Antigua's English Harbour, he found friends, family and media cheering for him. Chris Bertish has become the first-ever person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a SUP, solo and unassisted.

"It took everything I had for over five years. The last 72 hours have been the most testing of almost the entire crossing due to weather and the angles for the final approach," explained Chris Bertish.

Along the way, Bertish set a new 24-hour SUP open ocean world record for paddling 62.55 nautical miles (115.82 kilometers) in 24 hours. And he lost 20 pounds in the journey.

The big wave surfer paddled 4,050 nautical miles on his customized, high-tech, 20-foot long SUP craft equipped with GPS devices and multiple telecommunications systems.

Bertish was also able to raise R5,460,030 ($412,000) for charity.