published Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Chattanoogan Ben Friberg attempting Cuba to Florida SUP record

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.

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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