Jet skier returns from Cuba trip

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MIAMI - Two thousand miles and 21 days later, a man who jet skied his way to Cuba is back on dry land.

"I would navigate from island to island all the way to Nassau," said Alvaro de Marichalar.

Marichalar just completed an incredible trip that began in Puerto Rico and made stops in Miami, Key West, and Havana, Cuba. Now 2,000 nautical miles and 21 days later, he's back on solid ground.

"Very bad conditions. The weather was bad. Big waves, big winds. It took me seven hours and a half to get to Havana," he said.

He says at points along the way the weather and waves were treacherous. Video he took of himself shows him being pelted by rain.

Alvaro is no Newbie when it comes to jet skiing across rough waters. He's traveled from Rome to New York, which was his longest trip to date.  

"You feel the ocean. You are with the water. I fell off a lot. It's dangerous, but it's fantastic," said Marichalar.

Now Alvaro plans to set a new record for himself. As he heads home to Spain, he's preparing for his longest and most daring trip.

"This year we will celebrate the fifth centennial of the Pacific discovery, as well. I will navigate all the way from the Philippines to Panama. Four months on this little boat,"  he said.

Alvaro plans to leave on that trip June 1st.

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