Kumaran M (b March 2, 1981) of Chennai and Selvam R (b July 2, 1978) of Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu performed the first long distance stand-up paddling into the open sea, venturing 7 km into the deep waters of the Bay of Bengal off Kovalam (Covelong), south of Chennai on Feb 25, 2015. The duo paddled for 90 min from 9.00 am to 10.30 am.