Monday 30 March, 2020

Woman rides paddleboard from Cuba to Florida Keys

(Image: AP: Victoria Burgess paddles into Key West on 27 June 2018)

(Image: AP: Victoria Burgess paddles into Key West on 27 June 2018)

A Florida woman has completed a more than 100-mile (160km) voyage from Cuba to the Florida Keys on a stand-up paddleboard.

Victoria Burgess arrived in Key West on Wednesday, paddling across the Florida Straits in just under 28 hours.

Burgess is believed to be the first woman to make the trip from Cuba to the Keys on a stand-up paddleboard. The 34-year-old said that she wanted to set a record and serve to inspire others to accomplish their goals. She says she hopes to have the feat sanctioned by Guinness World Records.

Burgess is a Pompano Beach fire inspector, previously having served as a firefighter and paramedic.

Though her feat was impressive, it’s by no means the furthest someone has travelled on a paddleboard. Last year, South African watersport pro Chris Bertish crossed the Atlantic on a bespoke paddleboard that included a tiny sleeping cabin.

He set off from Agadir, Morocco, in December 2016 and arrived in English Harbour, Antigua, in March 2017.

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