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
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.