Chris Bertish who was attempting to break the 24hour Stand-Up Paddleboard World Record had to abort his paddle just before 1am this morning when weather and surf conditions became too dangerous for him to continue. Below is a comment from Chris:
“You can have all the planning, preparation and logistics perfect, but you are dealing with the only uncontrollable factor which is the weather and even more harsh, the sea state and waves at night and unfortunately, the weather changed dramatically for the worst and the conditions became too unsafe to ensure my safety and that of the team. The forecasted conditions changed dramatically late into the night, making tracking and following me and finding me in the severe sea state and darkness, unsafe.
It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, but it was the right call, as I wouldn’t have survived out there till the morning, or would have been lost at sea. I will take many valuable experiences and lessons from this to help us be better prepared for the next attempt, in time to come.
It was the most menacing & confused sea state I have ever experienced in my 5 years of open ocean paddling and it became too unsafe, to continue.
I would like to say a big thanks to everyone for their support, Cipla and Island Tribe for their support and to my amazing team for the backup on this extreme adventure. I hope we raised some great awareness and money for Miles for Smiles to help them face the challenges in their lives, which are major, compared to the challenges I faced last night. As I always say, there’s no such thing as failure in life, only a failure to try.”