Kai Lenny: side by side with the Oracle Team USA

Can a kiteboarder outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA? Kai Lenny decided to give it a go, in San Francisco.


The challenge was simple. Pink slips were on the line when Lenny put his $1,500 kite board up against the $15 million boat.

Kai Lenny got a significant jump out of the starting gate, launching his kite and harnessing the power of the winds to propel himself at 20 knots across the water (23 mph).

This caught Oracle Team USA off guard at first, before they found their rhythm and cranked it up to 30 knots (34 mph) to blow by the kite board.

"He got a really good start, so we just put the hammer down. It's like bringing a knife to a gun fight", tells Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of Oracle Team USA.

Oracle Team USA will be looking to defend its America's Cup title when racing starts September 7, in San Francisco.