SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – To the cheers of supporters, Cyril Derreumaux pushed into San Francisco Bay early Monday and began his attempt at paddling his kayak solo on a treacherous 2,400-nautical mile voyage to Hawaii.
It will likely take the Marin resident two months to reach the islands, and along the way will have to traverse the busy freight traffic and towering seas in his 23-foot carbon fiber kayak.
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“There are a lot of emotions,” he told KPIX 5 in the hours before dawn on Monday. “I love people, I love the support, I love human passions and it’s very raw right now and I love it. That’s what I live for. “
He said he was not afraid of what might lie ahead.
“There are no fears,” he said. “I’ve prepared, I feel relaxed, I feel ready. I’ve been waiting for this day and the conditions are perfect. The boat is ready and I am ready. “
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The 44-year-old Marin kayaker hopes it won’t take him more than 70 days to reach Hawaii.
Derreamaux, who moved to the Bay Area from France, runs several online retail websites from his Larkspur home, where he lives with longtime girlfriend Ashley Redmond.
She hugged him and kissed him just before he started his journey.
The kayak’s cabin is quite small – just big enough for Derreumaux to sit or sit next to his radio, water desalination system and electronics.
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For food, he has a mix of freeze-dried meals, high-calorie bars and smoothie powders with him.