Crossing the Baltic Sea on a paddle board without sleep

Jonas Böhlmark experienced strong tailwinds and sunshine but also headwinds and big waves on his 43-hour paddle board journey to Åbo. (Photo: Courtesy)
Needing a goal to train for during the summer months, professional cross-country skier Jonas Böhlmark embarked on a nautical journey never before attempted: crossing the Baltic Sea non-stop on a stand-up paddle board.

The 29-year-old’s 280-kilometre voyage from Stockholm to Åbo in Finland took 43 hours and was achieved without sleep.

Böhlmark kept himself fueled on crisps and fizzy drinks every hour given by friends following by boat.

“I told myself to paddle, paddle, paddle, survive, survive, survive. It was a horrible trip, it was dark for five hours at night and you don’t see anything,” he tells Radio Sweden.

Click on the play button below to hear Böhlmark’s story.

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