-- Last Updated: Mar-10-13 3:42 PM EST --
for the paddlers who never heard his story:
He had a kidney transplant, and decided to use this 300 mile event for a fund raiser for kids on dialysis.
No one has ever completed this event or even started it on a SUP, and I never thought he would complete it.
There is a six mile open water crossing across Tampa Bay, a eight or nine mile crossing of Sarasota Bay, and then another eight mile open water crossing of the mouth of Charlotte Harbor.
During the second half of the last two there were four and five foot breaking white caps and some capsizes(even the small sail boats). The night temperatures were in the forties and along with it one night was a cold rain. Ater the thirty mile stretch off Fort Myers and Naples beaches, he did the 10,000 Islands, and then the Everglades ninty nine mile wilderness waterway, including "Nightmare", follwed by crossing Florida Bay to Key Largo.
Along the way he pulled up on a beach for a snooze, and some SOB stole his gear, including his electrlonics, (Spot, GPS, and PLB). It got reported on the WaterTribe Forum, and the money started pouring in. I don't know if I have the whole story correct, but the way we heard it was he hitchiked to a West Marine, replaced his electronics and necessary gear, got back and started out again.
He finished the almost 300 miles in 6 days 14 hours.
The next day, yesterday, he took off from the finish line and headed to Key West.
And to his credit he is a humble guy.
PS: we are all hoping that the crook energizes the PLB or sends a SOS on the SPOT!