published Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Update: Chattanoogan Ben Friberg completes stand-up paddle board trip from Cuba to Florida

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Ben Friberg paddles the last few yards to arrive in Key West, Fla., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, after completing an 111-mile voyage from Cuba across the Florida Straits to the Florida Keys. Friberg, a Chattanooga, Tenn., musician, finished the trip from Marina Hemingway near Havana to Key West's Smathers Beach in 28 hours and 6 minutes.
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Ben Friberg paddles the last few yards to arrive in Key West, Fla., Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, after completing an 111-mile voyage from Cuba across the Florida Straits to the Florida Keys. Friberg, a Chattanooga, Tenn., musician, finished the trip from Marina Hemingway near Havana to Key West's Smathers Beach in 28 hours and 6 minutes.
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Chattanoogan Ben Friberg today completed his stand-up paddle board trip from Cuba to Florida in 28 hours, according to reports in social media. Friberg is believed to be the first person to have made the journey.

Earlier this afternoon Friberg was reported to be within 15 miles of Key West. Rough weather and a threat of a tropical storm delayed his adventure until just recently.

When only 15 miles away Sam Silvey, a local adventurer, who is documenting the trip, said, "He's hurting but it looks like he will make it."

about David Cook...

David Cook is the award-winning city columnist for the Times Free Press, working in the same building where he began his post-college career as a sportswriter for the Chattanooga Free Press. Cook, who graduated from Red Bank High, holds a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Prescott College and an English degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For 12 years, he was a teacher at the middle, high school and university ...

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