If you were thinking that stand up paddle boarding is the antithesis of heart-pumping adventure, meet Nicolas Jarossay.
The French watersportsman's decidedly unrelaxing plan is to paddle across the Atlantic Ocean while standing in a custom watercraft.
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Jarossay describes himself online in French as an experienced firefighter and lifeguard. The 38-year-old started windsurfing at age 13 and later discovered stand up paddle boarding. The activity - essentially canoeing but using a specialized surfboard while standing upright - became his passion.
On the surface, Jarossay's plan sounds kind of insane. He's going to head out from the African coast in January, paddling on a custom watercraft in a cross-Atlantic journey expected to take something like 75 days. His goal is to become the first person to cross the ocean by stand up paddle board, SUP for short.
Granted, this isn't something he came up with yesterday. Jarossay's site describes two years of preparation for the attempt. He's got a custom paddle board craft that's 21 feet long, 3 feet wide, and weighs 132 pounds, Gear Junkie reported.
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A manual onboard desalinator will provide fresh water, he'll have plenty of freeze-dried food, and a team will be in daily contact with him. His Facebook page will show his progress.
Jarossay's site says that medical pros from his hometown are helping guide his preparation. And, worst comes to worst, he'll have a survival suit and beacon.
Learning to stand up paddle board at the Boulder Reservoir in Colorado was the first time I could see how an adult might actually like the summertime. After putrid NYC summers, paddling calmly in the warm air with the snowcapped Rockies rising in the distance felt like bliss. No big waves, no clouds, no worries.
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Can't say the same for Jarossay's plan. My arms hurt just thinking about it.
via The Adventure Blog