Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The French Polynesian Crossing, Tahiti - Bora Bora 3-4 days/ nights non-stop

An exciting new crossing in the rich paddle culture of French Polynesia.

In the next weeks I will have regular updates with the  gear I am using. Below here are some details about this crossing.

WHEN : May 10-24,  2014, start will be depending on the  Weather conditions.

WHERE: Tahiti – Bora Bora, French Polynesia , +/- 180 miles 

Start of the trade wind season, May 2014

A first ever 3-4 day Crossing. This expedition will bring  many challenges; sleeping, eating navigating on the board in wet, windy and wavy conditions .

Again this French Polynesian  crossing will be:
  • Solo,
  • Non Stop, I will be sleeping, eating and navigate on Board for the entire time.
  • Unsupported, I will be doing this trip without any support from outside.
I have been planning this trip the last months. It will be in similar conditions as the 2011 Hawaiian Crossing but with a new expedition board from Starboard and  this time with a dry suit from SUPSKIN for the nights which were wet and very cold on the Hawaiian crossing.

For many years now, STARBOARD has been an amazing supporting sponsor. This year again they will supply me with a special board. A prototype for the 2015 Expedition, outfitted wit special adaptations you need on an expedition like this, extra safety lines, front steering system for side wind conditions , water compartments and many other details.

Dry suit
SUPSKIN developed a dry suit with the latest  materials. This suit is salt water proof and still breathes and specially developed for expeditions like this. This very valuable during the nights and essential to stay warm.

Is helping me out with their incredible clothing. Some warm layers under my Dry suit will be all the difference at night.

Sun glasses
Being in the sun for 4 full days it is extremely important to protect your eyes. MAUI JIM provides polarized sunglasses  with super clear view. I Love them

You can follow the whole crossing with a live tracker. This device made by Leodorme sends a signal every 3 hrs of my position and speed. I can even send text messages to send reports and receive weather up dates.

SAFETY on Board
Epirb, (personal Satellite beacon), VHF radio, GPS, back up GPS, maps, Tri color Navigation lights, Life vest, Water maker, 5 gallons of water, food for 7 days, 2nd paddle, solar panel


With 3 cameras I will be documenting this crossing on film and photo.


  1. Hi Bart sounds like a good adventure, I'll be following with interest.
    I'd especially love to see pictures and any other details on the front steering system you will be using.
    I'm training for a 80km ocean crossing (short by your standards) and I want to fit something similar in case I get side winds.
    Cheers, Dan

  2. Hidi Bart,
    You are a great inspiration for all paddelaars!!!
    Be safe & Njoy