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Club Member to attempt solo windsurf 350 miles across Hawaii

In 1997, Steve Fisher MN ‘99 became the first person to windsurf solo from Los Angeles to Maui on a custom windsurfer named Da Slippa II, which he both designed and built himself. He was at sea for 47 days with no escort, traversing through part of the Pacific Garbage Patch along the way.

On May 25th, 2014, Steve’s newest adventure will start in Hilo, Hawaii – furthest East in the chain – and will finish 350 miles and 4 to 5 days later in Hanalei, Kauai – the furthest island West.  He will cross all four major open-ocean Hawaiian Channels, all while solo and unassisted. The motto of this adventure is “T.O.P.” which means Take One Piece. Every time someone goes to the beach, surf spot or ocean coast, they are encouraged to “Take One Piece” of garbage and dispose of it properly.

You can learn more about Steve’s journey by visiting his website here.

Steve Fisher and Da Slippa II greeting the USS Missouri in 1997, while she was towed to Hawaii. He was the first private vessel to greet her upon arrival in Hawaii. Photo taken by the US Coast Guard, and provided courtesy of Steve Fisher

Inset: Steve Fisher and Da Slippa II in front of the waterfalls on the north shore of Molokai, some of the highest sea cliffs in the world.

Published by : EC Staff

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