Francisco Lufinha: Portuguese kite explorer

Francisco Lufinha will try to set a new world record for a non-stop kiteboarding journey of nearly 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers).


The kiteboarder, 30, aims to connect the Douro river mouth, in the city of Porto, and the city of Lagos, in Portugal. In other words, the wind rider will sail along almost all the Portuguese coastline.

"Officially, the record is 200 miles (370 kilometers). Cabo Espichel and Sines are the spots where I should beat it. That would be the first victory. Then, from that point on I'll be always extending the record," says Lufinha.

The intrepid kiteboarder estimates that he will be able to complete the adventure within 24-30 hours. He trained in a swimming pool with a cable so that he emulate time spent in the water.

Francisco Lufinha's major threat is shifting wind. He expected to set sail between 19th-21st September, and will be checking the wind forecast with the support of the Portuguese Navy.

The longest kiteboarding journey is 199.63 nautical miles (369.71 kilometers) and was achieved by Phillip McCoy Midler, who travelled from South Padre Island, Texas to Matagorda, Texas, USA.