HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge: the Ocean is not enough

A group of six kiteboarders plans to kite cross the Atlantic Ocean, between November and December, 2013.


Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, Camilla Ringvold, Max Blom, Eric Pequeno, Dennis Gijsbers and Ike Frans will take the Southern Route, from the Canary Islands to the Tuks and Caicos, in the Caribbean.

In a 24-hour non-stop relay session, every kiteboarder will be sailing four hours a day - two by day, two by night. The team will kite for 6,000 kilometers (3,200 nautical miles) to touch the other side of the Atlantic, 11 days later.

The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge is the world's longest downwind adventure. In 1998, the first ever TransAtlantic Windsurf Race (TAWR) connected St. John's Newfoundland, in Canada, to Weymouth, in England.

To cross the Atlantic Ocean by kite is what every kitesurfer dreams of and especially me! Therefore, I told Filippo I wanted to join him on this epic challenge. It will be hard at times but I am 100% sure we will overcome those moments", says Max Blom.