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Victoria Burgess to Attempt Amazing SUP Crossing

On June 26, 2018, Victoria Burgess will attempt to make history on a paddleboard.

She will set out to become the first woman to cross the Florida Straits via SUP. Burgess will launch from Cuba and paddle the 100-120 miles to Key West, Florida. She's referring to her epic paddle as the "Chica Libre Crossing," which means "free girl" in Spanish.

"I wanted a name that would represent the strength in women who 'set themselves free' of anything that is holding them back and go out there and chase their dreams," says Burgess. "It won't be easy but having faith in yourself and pressing forward with persistence, patience and grace will get you to where you need to be."

Burgess is doing the paddle in an effort to raise awareness about women in sport. As a coach and nutritionist, she works with a number of female athletes and finds that oftentimes, they aren't aware of their own strength and are hesitant to push themselves to their limits for fear of failure.

"I want to show young girls that anything is possible, regardless of your situation," says Burgess. "You just have to go for it."