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Hungarian Athlete Embarks on Transatlantic Journey

Tamás Vaski 2021.01.11.

Hungarian extreme athlete Gábor Rakonczay has begun his journey to become the first in the world to paddle across the Atlantic Ocean on a cabin-free Stand-Up Paddle, reports hvg.hu.

Early Sunday morning, Gábor Rakonczay left the Canary Islands on his cabinless SUP. He has been planning his journey since mid-December, and is only going to disembark once he has reached land on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

It will take the Hungarian athlete around two months to complete the 5,200-kilometer trip, the complete duration being spent alone on the deck of his paddle boat.

In the past 100 years, fewer than 200 people have been able to paddle across the Atlantic. Rakonczay will be the first to complete the trip on a cabinless Stand-Up Paddle that he himself built.

Rakonczay’s location is being followed through AIS and GPS trackers onboard his boat. Followers can check in for updates on his Facebook page here.

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In the featured photo, Gábor Rakonczay can be seen with the SUP he built to sail across the ocean. Photo via Tamás Kovács/MTI