Louis Bird, 24, is an inexperienced rower, yet he completed a 2,400 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii in just 54 days. Bird didn’t have expertise to rely on, but he did have the powerful inspiration of his late father, who died at sea in 1996 while also rowing the North Pacific.
Bird only got five precious years with his father and he hoped this journey would bring him some closure on his passing. His father, Peter Bird, was also the first man to row the Pacific Ocean solo in 1983.
The journey was both mentally and physically challenging. Bird said it was filled with plenty of tears, drawbacks and dark times. “I had to take a stand, I thought, this is it.” he said.
“This is my one shot, I’ve got to enjoy it and relish it, and come back with a life changing experience. And that’s exactly what happened.”