"Wave Vidmar is about to cross the Pacific from California to Hawaii — in a kayak, totally alone and unsupported — in what, if he succeeds, will likely be the longest voyage of its kind.
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Humans have been crossing oceans for centuries, of course, but what makes this excursion particularly challenging is the fact that Mr. Vidmar (yes, Wave is his real name) is traveling by kayak: a small vessel he propels himself with a double-ended paddle. And there’s also the worrisome issue that it could take days for a ship, helicopter or plane to reach him (to the tune of $35,000 an hour) if he needs emergency help.
In the coming days, Mr. Vidmar, 48, plans to leave Horseshoe Cove in Sausalito under the Golden Gate Bridge in his custom Seaward Passat G3. He expects the voyage to last 45 to 65 days."