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One of the most popular paddle boarding videos of this year is going to be something of a surprise to most people. Instead of the standard paddle boarding at the beach, we have a Chinese national using a paddle board as part of his daily commute across the Yangtze River.
Someone took a video of this commute and shared it on social media. Liu Fucao became an internet sensation overnight as this video went viral.
Why a Paddle Board?
When Fucao was asked why he chose this unusual means of transport, he replied that it was the quickest way for him to get to work across the river. There’s no ferry operating in the same area, so the only alternative is to use the roads.
The roads are in good order but definitely classify as the long way around. It would take Fucao at least an hour to make his way to work via this route.
Since the distance is less than a mile straight across the river, Fucao decided that he’d use a paddleboard instead. It was a success. Fucao has been getting to work on time every day in Chongqing since July of last year.
It’s Quite a Sight
Fucao doesn’t look like your typical paddleboarder. You’re not going to see him in shorts and a t-shirt on his board anytime soon. He’s on his way to work, so he wears his dress pants and a smart shirt. He carries his briefcase in his backpack. The backpack is waterproof.
On chillier days, you’ll see him wearing his suit jacket as well. So, if you’re ever in the area of Chongqing, get up early and go and check out this epic ride.
Does He Always Paddle?
Fucao is not a diehard. If it’s raining or he feels that the river is running too fast, he takes the long way around. After all, we’re not sure that your boss would accept, “I got swept off by the river” as an excuse for not making it to work on time.
Is He a Paddle Boarder Outside of His Commute?
His decision to make his paddleboard part of his daily commute was not taken lightly. He has been practicing the sport for about two years now and does compete professionally as well.
So, in fact, the daily commute performs a few different functions:
• It helps him get some practice in and stay in shape
• He gets to cut his commute time significantly
• He seldom has to worry about being caught in traffic on his way to work
• It’s made him one of the coolest people in China
Anyone who has had to put up with being stuck in rush-hour traffic or an overly long commute will be able to empathize with Fucao’s reasoning here. If you’re a paddle boarder, you’re probably green with envy as well.
After all, it’s just another reason to love paddle boarding. Now, if only there were some way to get some waterways going in San Diego, we’d all be golden.