March 18, 2018, Hirtshals, Denmark – Entering the icy waters at 1 AM with his Naish Maliko 14’0”, Casper Steinfath set off for redemption with the Viking Crossing 2.0.
After his first attempt in February 2017, completing the Viking Crossing is considered the greatest accomplishment for the four time ISA World Champion. He became the first in the world to paddle 147 kilometers (91.3 miles) across the Skagerrak Strait between Denmark and Norway. Three days after his body is still broken down..
Casper walks like an old man his arms are dead and his legs hurt. In fact his whole body hurts.
But the 24-year-old Danish Viking Casper Steinfath is happy, proud and powered up with long-lasting dopamine after he wrote history Sunday evening when he finally put his feet on Norwegian soil after 18 hours and 30 minutes of paddling from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand in Norway on his Naish Maliko.
“Crossing the wild Skagerrak as the first person ever on a SUP is something I am very proud of. It definitely took everything out of me to fulfill this dream of mine. But it feels really nice to be back home in Cold Hawaii again reflecting over the journey with family and friends,” said Casper, safely back in Cold Hawaii three days after the trip.
SUP Professional Casper Steinfath talks about his deep love for his home. As expected, day three of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup proved to be another lay day in Denmark, with light offshore winds and small waves on the event site keeping the competitors on hold as the waiting game continues. But just 30 kilometers down the coast in Agger, sizeable waves hit the Danish Coastline. The perfect playground for SUP Pro Casper Steinfath, a Klitmøller local and Belgian PWA sailor Dieter van der Eyken to share some waves. Tomorrow the latest weather forcast predicts strong sideshore winds for the PWA competitors. So for sure… more waves to share in Cold Hawaii!