Chattanoogan Ben Friberg attempting Cuba to Florida SUP record

Chattanoogan Ben Friberg attempting Cuba to Florida SUP record

July 25th, 2013 by David Cook in Local - Breaking News

Ben Friberg paddleboards on the Yukon River in Canada.

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Ben Friberg and a crew of friends and filmmakers leave today for Key West to begin his latest adventure: becoming the first to stand-up paddle board from Cuba to Florida.

"Life is better on the water," he said Wednesday.

Friberg, a native Chattanoogan, is well-known throughout the outdoor world. Last summer, in a 24-hour window, he paddled farther on his stand-up paddle board then anyone prior: 238 miles down Canada's Yukon River.

In comparison, the 90-mile journey from Havana to Key West will seem like a sprint ... as long as Tropical Storm Dorian, already brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, keeps its distance.

For more on Friberg's adventure, read David Cook's column in Friday's Times Free Press.