Man Paddles From Cuba to US ... Standing Up
First person to do the 110-mile journey on a paddleboard
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 3:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ben Friberg is far from the first person to paddle from Cuba to the US. He is, however, the first person to paddleboard from Cuba to the US, a feat he accomplished yesterday via a 28-hour, 110-mile journey. Friberg, a 35-year-old musician from Tennessee, stood up on his 14-foot-long paddleboard for almost the entire trip to Key West, though he sat down for quick snacks, Reuters reports. Friberg says he made the journey "to promote peace and understanding between Cuba and the United States and to promote a healthy lifestyle."

Friberg is not the only Tennessean to set a watery record this week: a Gate City man spent more than six days underwater to set a world record for the longest freshwater scuba dive. Jerry Hall, 49, went under South Holston Lake last Saturday, and emerged yesterday afternoon, reports the AP. Hall gained 15 lbs before the dive and subsisted only on liquids while underwater. "He's very, very cold, very wrinkled and gray," says his trainer. Hall says he now wants a hotdog, beer, and a shower.

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Aug 5, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
I'd like to see us invade Cuba. I'd love to see them build casinos and have wide open prostitution again. It would be beautiful.
Aug 4, 2013 10:57 PM CDT
What have these people really accomplished that means anything?
Aug 3, 2013 4:32 PM CDT
Somebody reconcile beer and hot dog with "healthy" [sic] lifestyle! The hot dog is one of the most sodium and fat laden foods and carcinogenic as well; just glance at the info on the label. Beer has an endomorphic abdomen named after it for goodness sake. Also, it is "healthful" lifestyle. Peace now, grammar later,