Bay Area man becomes second ever to kayak from California to Hawaii

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After 3 months astatine sea, rationed meals and a brushwood with a tropical storm, a San Francisco Bay Area antheral became the 2nd idiosyncratic to successfully kayak from California to Hawaii.

Cyril Derreumaux reached Hilo aboriginal Tuesday greeting connected his 2nd effort to implicit the 2,400-mile journey, which helium documented connected societal media.

“It was a magnificent adventure, intelligibly besides a spiritual journey,” Derreumaux said successful a statement. “Before leaving I couldn’t truly explicate wherefore I wanted to instrumentality connected this challenge, but I yet recovered each the answers to my questions connected the water. I loved sharing my travel with each those who followed maine connected the representation oregon the societal networks.”

The 46-year-old has been moving connected the task for 4 years. He archetypal intended to embark successful 2020, but cancelled those plans owed to Covid. Last year, unsmooth seas and a damaged anchor derailed his archetypal effort aft little than a week. A US Coast Guard helicopter rescued him extracurricular Santa Cruz.

Derreumaux began this year’s travel successful Monterey successful June successful a 23ft agelong kayak outfitted with a h2o desalination strategy and an interior cabin. The voyage, which required astatine slightest 9 hours of rowing a day, brought nary shortage of challenges.

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People ticker arsenic Derreumaux paddles successful Sausalito past year. Photograph: Stephen Lam/AP

His kayak developed a leak that flooded a compartment, and helium was forced to structure wrong the vas for 2 days arsenic helium crossed paths with tropical tempest Estelle. Derreumaux, who is primitively from France, had to manually pump h2o for astir 2 hours a time aft a instrumentality broke down.

He was astatine oversea 3 weeks longer than archetypal estimates indicated and had to ration nutrient for the past limb of the 91-day-and-nine-hour trip, and disembark successful Hilo alternatively than Honolulu arsenic planned.

“I encountered each imaginable upwind conditions during these 3 months. Very unsmooth seas successful which I had to enactment locked wrong my cabin, without adjacent being capable to sleep, it was truthful moving, but besides an water that tin beryllium truthful calm that it transforms you profoundly truthful overmuch it fills you with tranquility,” Derreumaux said. “I experienced moments of axenic magic erstwhile each the elements came together: calm of the sea, calm of the currents, calm of the winds, and the sojourn successful the mediate of obscurity of a bird.”

Ed Gillet was the archetypal idiosyncratic to successfully implicit the travel from California to Hawaii utilizing a kayak successful 1987, aided by a kite. In 2020, Lia Ditton journeyed from San Francisco to Honolulu successful 86 days, successful a rowboat alternatively than a kayak.

Dozens much person attempted the trip. Last summer, 19 radical tried to transverse the Pacific successful tiny boats, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. At slightest 2 radical person died successful the effort since 2019, the newspaper reported.

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