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Kiteboarders Will Attempt Guinness World Record

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Another kiteboarding record to be attempted in Maui

Another kiteboarding record to be attempted in Maui


World kitesurfers have been called for a challenging record attempt. “Kitesurfers United Maui 2012″ will be trying to set a Guinness World Record. The idea is simple.


Maui is an ideal kitesurfing spot with steady winds, calm water and warm temperatures. The organization is aiming to setup the largest kiteboarding event ever held, in order to assist the IKA’s Olympic commission in their effort to get Kitesurfing into the Olympics.


The initial plan is to cross over to neighbouring island (Molokai, Oahu), but this will be finalized in December when registration closes. Other options include: going into the open ocean with each and every kiter to circle a large ship or vessel, possibly a marine or navy ship.


“Kitesurfers United Maui 2012″ will attempt the following Guinness World Records: largest kitesurfing event ever held, largest group of kiters out on the open ocean, most people attempting a kite-crossing and most kiters riding together in one spot.


The organization wants to gather 2000 or more participants for setting these world records, in April or May 2012. There will be satellite imagery, international news coverage, professional photographers and video productions. All participants might get access to flights discounts. Source: SurferToday

Surfing 26 Hours Straight

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Imagine being on a surfboard for 26 hours

Imagine being on a surfboard for 26 hours


The Guinness World Records has had thousands of unusual challenges. Bill Laity, 37, added another one to the list. He simply decided to break the record for the longest continuous surf session, in Huntington Beach, from Saturday to Sunday, in stormy sea conditions.


Laity kicked off his attempt at 5am and fought heavy rain, strong winds and choppy waves. For 26 hours, the passionate surfer took his 5′7” shortboard and defyed the weekend swell. “I was stressed. I knew everyone had my back and I didn’t want to let anyone down”, he said.


Bill is a surf-gear reviewer for the online surf retailer Swell, a San Clemente based company. During two months, he prepared the challenge to the detail. The entry form, the city authorization, the wave and wind forecast, the tides and the entire gear.


Wearing a 4/3 wetsuit, Laity surfed for 10 consecutive hours and had a small break. Another 12 hours, a sandwich, water and bananas. At the beach, the Guinness judges were filming and taking their notes.


The problems started to appear during night time. Bill says he had hallucinations imagining shark fins where there were only waves. At 9:26am, Bill Laity completed the 26th hour and got back to the beach. He was tired, but happy.


The Guinness men now will have to confirm the official breaking record. Lifeguard Thomas Cannon is still holding the best result. He surfed for 24 hours in North Carolina, on a longboard. Source: SurferToday

Louis Tapper Sets Longest Kiteboarding Journey

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Louis Tapper succeeds longest kiteboarding journey

Louis Tapper succeeds longest kiteboarding journey


Louis Tapper has successfully kitesurfed the 2000 kilometres of Brazil’s coast to set a new world record for the “longest kitesurfing journey”. Tapper concluded the adventure in 30 days, landing at Praia do Meio Beach. “I am pleased to finish and somewhat relived. I am looking forward to do some stress free kiting and waking up late”, said Tapper after finishing this tiring adventure.


In the last day, Louis Tapper sailed 40 kilometres in an open water relaxing cross.


Besides breaking the world record, the kitesurfer raised money for the Surf Aid charity, inspired people to try kitesurfing and pushed himself physically and mentally. Source:

Lack Of wind Halts Richard Branson Kiteboard Attempt

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Richard Branson can’t seem to catch a break in his record breaking kiteboarding attempt

Richard Branson can’t seem to catch a break in his record breaking kiteboarding attempt


Richard Branson tried again, but no luck. The Virgin boss could not kitesurf cross the English Channel in the second consecutive attempt. The weather conditions, again, did not help Branson and mates to break the records.


This time winds weren’t strong enough to help the entrepreneur become the oldest person to kitesurf the Channel, as he celebrated his 60th anniversary.


Richard Branson admitted that the biggest problem was simply to get off the beach. No wind, no glory. But the Virgin tycoon won’t certainly give up of writing his name in the Guinness World of Records. Source:

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:

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