Chica Libra – Victoria Burgess to paddle from Florida to Cuba in World Record attempt

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East Coast Sup Rock Star Victoria Burgess of South Florida will attempt the first ever female solo stand up paddle crossing of the Florida Straits, from Cuba to Key West, in a Guinness Book of World Record attempt this June.

Victoria Burgess Sunshine SUP Series M2O ocean
Victoria competed in the legendary Molokai to Oahu downwind challenge in 2016 and came in 3rd in her division.  She’s no stranger to open water crossings.

Victoria Burgess strikes out for dream of setting new World’s Record in Sup

“My goal is to strive for the top and push our limits to show the world what we women can do.” – Victoria Burgess

Victoria’s’ passage, aptly named the Chica Libre Sup Crossing will be the first attempt of its kind – a female solo standup paddler crossing the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West.  When she succeeds, Victoria will be recorded in the Guinness Book of World’s Records.

Victoria Burgess Sunshine SUP Series Florida ECS
Both a Floridian paddler and career fireman, Victoria Burgess has both grit & grace.

The Florida Straits:  her passage

The Florida Straits are 93 miles at its narrowest point and run to a depth of 6,000 feet.  Victoria’s journey will span a distance of  100–120 miles depending on her line as well as wind/weather conditions.  Victoria, an ECS Boards Australia team rider, hopes to complete it within 30 hours of endurance paddling.

Victoria competes nationally as a sup racer and sup surfer, placing high on the podium wherever she goes. Photo by: Marko Photo

Victoria’s Paddle for Equality

This paddle is to raise awareness on women in sports and equality.

“I want to show young girls and women that you are free to do whatever you desire. As long as you put your mind and heart into something you can do it, no matter what trials get in the way!” – Victoria Burgess

Her purpose?  Like so many paddlers, Victoria is using her bad ass strength and skill as a stand up paddler in order to stand for something greater than herself.  This young athlete, a strong advocate for women’s equality in sports, sets as her goal is the raising of money and awareness for the Women’s Sports Foundation through her efforts.

How YOU can support Victoria

Victoria’s crossing of the Florida Straits will be sponsored by her friends, family and supporters who wish to contribute to her cause and the incredible passage she’s chosen to attempt.  Victoria is also looking for sponsorship from brands or companies that want to ‘get on board’ and help her with her crossing.

In order to learn more about Victoria and donate to her Sup Crossing, visit her website at

OR give her a shout in the comments below to give strength and offer support! #StandupforWomen

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.