Man in suit crosses Hudson River on SUP to make meeting on time

June 26, 2018 | Surfing
Scott Holt: he crossed the Hudson River in 30 minutes

A 32-year-old man paddled across the Hudson River, in New York. Scott Holt was trying to get to a meeting but "didn't want to pay for the toll."

Despite the gusty winds and choppy waters, Holt was able to make the connection between New Jersey and Manhattan in 30 minutes. He was wearing a business suit and carrying a briefcase.

"I was just trying to get to my meeting, and I didn't wanna pay for the toll. I am a starving artist, so I had the board and just kind of popped on and went," explained the comedian.

"I didn't think it was a bad idea until I was halfway out there. Then I got to the middle, and it got pretty choppy with the wakes coming out from all directions."

Commuters traveling in an NY Waterway ferry couldn't believe what they saw on a Thursday morning. Some people were laughing; others were shocked and confused.

"I didn't really know where I was going. I was aiming in that direction. I was trying to get towards a spot I could get on and off quickly, and then the current started to pick up," added Holt.

The intrepid paddleboarder said he made it to the meeting with a potential manager on time, and with just soaking wet shoes.

"I expected it to take a long time, but it only took like a half an hour. It gave my shoes a free shoe shine, and it was a free commute. I didn't want to splurge on a ferry."

When Scott Holt touched terra firma, the comedian had a run-in with the police.

The American comedian is not the first to use unconventional methods to get to work. In the 1980s, Alex Allan decided to get around a London train strike by windsurfing to work in a business suit.

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