Richard Branson: a passionate kiteboarder

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2013 will try to set a new world record for the largest parade of kitesurfers ever, in the United Kingdom.


Sir Richard Branson, a passionate kiteboarder himself, has decided to support The Big Charity Downwinder, which will take place in September.

The event takes place this September at Hayling Island, UK, where more than 300 kitesurfers will try to successfully complete a one-mile course to set the new world record.

Participants will then head off down the coast on their 46-mile journey towards Lancing, checking in at Pagham and Littlehampton along the way.

"I'm passionate about kitesurfing and I think this is going to be a fantastic and fun event in support of some great causes, certainly the first of its kind and incredibly positive for the sport", says Richard Branson.

"We are delighted to be involved and will be hoping to set a new Guinness World Record by bringing kitesurfers together from across the UK to raise money for three fantastic charities – Virgin Unite, Snow-Camp and the RNLI".

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2013 needs at least 250 riders to complete the goal, in order to set a new Guinness World record. Lewis Crathern, the British kite stuntman, will be sailing with the entire fleet.