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European Kiteboarders Cross The Bering Strait

Friday, August 19th, 2011
The Bering Strait Expedition: no fear

The Bering Strait Expedition: no fear

 

Constantin Bisanz, Geza and Andre Scholtz have successfuly kite crossed the Bering Strait, between Russia and Alaska, in record time.

 

The Austrian and the two Swiss brothers prepared the adventure in the last two years and completed the 70-kilometre journey in harsh cold conditions. The Bering Strait Expedition reached an average speed of 40 km/h.

 

Despite the currents, the gusty winds and the five-metre-high waves, the European kiteboarding team touched Alaska safely.

 

“When we started our third attempt the conditions worked perfectly for us, but as usual in the Bering Strait the weather changed from one extreme to the other just in seconds. To heavy fog, waves, super gusty winds and currents from three different directions”, they tell.

 

Bisanz, Geza and Andre Scholtz have had the support of a crew of seven men in two boats to ensure the kiteboarders’ safety.

 

“For sure we will never forget this trip”. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarders Cross Bering Strait

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Eugene Novožeev and Konstantin Aksyonov have successfuly kite crossed the Bering Strait. The Russians kiteboarders are the first riders to complete this mission, after several attempts from other wind challengers.

 

Konstantin Aksyonov: clearly not kiteboarding in the Bering Strait

Konstantin Aksyonov: clearly not kiteboarding in the Bering Strait

 

The cross of the Bering Strait is a 96-kilometre (56 miles) adventure. Novožeev, four-time Russian kiteboarding champion, and Aksyonov kicked off from Chukotka, in Russia and arrived in Alaska.

 

The kite mission is full of challenges. Winds, currents, tides, ships, cold temperatures and swell make it harder to get from one coast to the other.

 

Maurice Lacroix, a French kiteboarders, had already tried to complete the trip but he missed it. Troy Henkels and Geza Sholtz have plans to do it this summer.

 

In 1998, Russian adventurer Dmitry Shparo and his son Matvey made the first known modern crossing of the frozen Bering Strait on skis. Suggestions have been made for the construction of a bridge, the Bering Strait bridge, between Alaska and Siberia. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarders To Cross The Bristol Channel

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Will the wind cooperate for the Bristol Channel crossing?

Will the wind cooperate for the Bristol Channel crossing?

 

Eight students from the Cardiff University Kiteboarding Club are putting their kiteboarding skills and endurance levels to the test by kitesurfing across the Bristol Channel, in the United Kingdom.

 

The event will be held between the 1st-14th April, with the exact date to be confirmed when wind reports are released nearer the time.

 

The 9-mile trip, starting at Penarth, Cardiff, and finishing at Weston-Super-Mare, will see the group facing waves, ships, strong winds (hopefully nice 12m wind) and debris, while hopefully having the time to take in the view of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, two islands along the route.

 

The eight intrepid kiteboarders will be supported by the university’s own Sub-Aqua and Sailing clubs, who have kindly donated ribs and drivers for the support boats. The event is also supported by Cardiff University and its Union as well as the local RNLI boatmen.

 

Money raised from the event will be split between two charities: The MS Society and RNLI. You can support these institutions by donating here: http://justgiving.com/CHANNELCROSSING1 Source: SurferToday

SUP Adventurers Cross Strait Of Gibraltar

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
SUP - the only way to travel

SUP - the only way to travel

 

Like most great ideas, the idea to cross the Strait of Gibraltar came up while having a beer with some friends. Besides being the second most frequented shipping lane in the world, the strait hosts strong currents and rapidly changing wind conditions. Geographically, the Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and separates Spain from Morocco. This is roughly 7.7 nautical miles.

 

Chris Ziaja and Nik Benner began their SUP adventure on October 4th. They set out from Punta Canero, Spain, each riding a Naish Glide 14’0”. Besides the paddlers, there was a skipper, a photographer and a sailing yacht for backup.

 

What started out easy, turned into a major challenge as the wind and current pushed them into the Mediterranean. They powered on despite the obstacles. A bit of relief was offered by ferries that they passed, creating little swells for them to surf on. After much drifting, an almost constant paddle against the wind and many sore muscles, they made it across the Strait — ending just over four and a half hours later at the harbor of Ceuta in Morocco. Source: http://surfertoday.com

Richard Branson Postpones English Channel Kiteboard Crossing

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Branson must postpone his record kiteboarding attempt

Branson must postpone his record kiteboarding attempt

 

Richard Branson has been forced to postpone the kitesurf cross of the English Channel due to bad weather conditions.

 

The Virgin mogul had to abandon the trip because of rough seas and high winds. “I don’t think I’ve ever done an adventure where I’ve succeeded the first time. I’m looking forward to getting the job done tomorrow”, said Richard Branson.

 

Branson kicked off the challenge at Dungeness in Kent this morning, but had to turn back just five miles after.

 

The entrepreneur is hoping to mark his 60th birthday by becoming the oldest person to kitesurf across the Channel. Source: http://surfertoday.com

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