HONOLULU (KHON2) – It’s been quite a trip for Cyril Derreumaux as he left San Francisco, California to paddle solo 2,400 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. He has been at sea since Junecompletely alone in his biggest life adventure yet which really started many years ago when he started training for it.
Almost three months later, Derreumaux is less than 150 miles from Hilo, Hawaii. Excitement is building for its arrival on Tuesday, September 20, and the public is invited to be part of this grand celebration.
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A paddle outing takes place in Hilo Bay near the tip of the pier wall. Organizers are asking paddlers to meet outside the canoe clubs at 10:45 a.m. Derreumaux is expected to arrive at Wailoa Sampan Basin and Boat Harbor at the Suisan Fish Market intersection. Click here for more details and to see the map.
A live stream on Facebook is expected to begin around 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time, depending on how quickly Derreumaux moves forward. Click here for the latest updates.
In an interview with KHON2 in MayDerreumaux shared that there’s nothing that can prepare you for tackling 14-foot waves in 35-knot winds on a 23-foot kayak, other than traversing it.
“When it comes to learning to cross an ocean solo, you can read all the books you want, you can talk to all the people who have done it before, you can listen to all the podcasts you want, you may even have done it before as a team, there’s nothing that will prepare you for what’s really to come other than living it,” Derreumaux said. “It’s called experience , and it’s as raw as it gets, believe me.”
Every day, the Derreumaux team posts updates on their social media pages, and if you’ve been following him on this journey, it’s a gift for him.
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If you have any questions about Tuesday’s paddle outing, email [email protected]