Video Shows a Guy Paddleboarding Across the Hudson River in a Suit so He Didn’t Miss a Meeting in NYC

Scott Holt was running late to a meeting when he decided to get on his paddle board and row across New York's Hudson river in a full suit. A commuter on a passing ferry captured the scene on video.

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  • Scott Holt was running late to a meeting when he decided to take his paddle board and travel across the Hudson river to New York City.
  • Video footage shows Holt rowing across the river in a full suit and a with a briefcase.
  • The journey took just 30 minutes, he got there on time.

A New York City commuter was caught on video paddle-boarding across the Hudson in his business suit because he didn’t want to be late for a meeting.

Jersey City resident Scott Holt was running behind schedule, and decided to hop onto his paddle board in his full suit and dress shoes in the hope that it would help get him there fast enough.

The journey took him just 30 minutes and he arrived in time, Holt told News 4, the NBC affiliate in New York.

Holt told the station: “Boats’ wakes were coming at me from different angles and the current was quick closer to Manhattan.” He said that he almost fell into the water several times.

A water taxi captain saw him arrive in Manhattan, and was taken aback, Holt said.

“The Waterway guy was straight out of a movie, screaming, ‘Are you trying to f—ing die out here?.’ He was being helpful but cursing me out at the same time.”

Holt welcomed the popularity of the video, which was captured by a commuter on a ferry: “If it’s making people laugh, it’s a good thing.”

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