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Spaniard’s working holiday

Antonio de la Rosa doesn’t take it easy on his vacations. The Spaniard spent his summer paddling his way from California across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

It took de la Rosa, who is from Valladolid, 76 days to travel the 4,023 kilometers while standing on a submarine-shaped craft he described as a paddleboat. The 6.4-meter-long vessel endured rough weather, including when Hurricane Flossie passed within 200 kilometers.

He ate dehydrated food, using heated water, and sometimes fished. He paddled eight to 10 hours daily and slept every night. But he was always tired because he woke up hourly to check on his gear.

His past adventure-vacations have included circumnavigating the 3,500 kilometers of the Iberian Peninsula coastline by paddle-surfing for 141 days and crossing Alaska’s Iditarod route for eight days on a bicycle with oversized tires made for snow and ice.

He said he was disappointed to see fishing gear refuse every day of his voyage — including nets and lines.

He used a tracking device to record every minute of his journey and called it a record because he believes no one has ever done what he accomplished. It’s a record because “I certify it,” he said with a laugh.


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