A man who's just become the first New Zealander to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo says he's sad to be off the water.
Isaac Giesen had been on the water 70 days, 19 hours and 37 minutes when he pulled up in Antigua overnight on Thursday.
Mr Giesen also became the first Kiwi to have crossed the Atlantic twice within one year, rowing more than 12,000km alone.
Speaking from the island he said he'd loved it out on the ocean.
Mr Giesen had been rowing to raise awareness for mental health.
He'd lost an aunt and two friends to suicide.
"If you lose someone to suicide it's quite a horrible thing to actually deal with," he said.
"I'm just trying to change the attitudes that New Zealanders are facing, and Australians as well, as it's something that needs to change.
"It's sad people can't talk when they're in need."
Mr Giesen said he had prepared for the row by being open-minded and relaxed.
He found it hard to sum up what it was like out on the water for so long.
"For me, it's just perfect really - but you could say it's wet, salty, raw, beautiful," he said.
"I guess that's the best way of describing the ocean. It's unpredictable, always changing."
Mr Giesen said he never felt like he wanted to be somewhere else.
"The whole time was amazing."
He said he would continue to raise awareness - and his ideas to do so included climbing Mt Cook and snowboarding down, rowing across the Tasman Sea, and the Pacific and Southern oceans.
He planned to spend the next few days fishing, windsurfing, sleeping, and eating fried chicken.
Donations are still open for anyone wanting to donate to Isaac Giesen's cause, The Blue Rower.
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