A kitesurfer has powered his way into the record books via the Isle of Wight. Despite strong wind warnings and adverse tide conditions, James Meaning completed what is believed to be the first circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight using a kitesurfing board.

The Yarmouth man set off from the town at 8.30am on Saturday and finished the 55-mile route on his 4ft board in six hours and 13 minutes, at speeds averaging more than 15 knots.

Conditions were favourable until he reached St Catherine’s Point, the southern tip of the Island. There, the wind increased to more than 25 knots, or Force 6, and James had to tack the kite directly upwind to reach Bembridge. It meant the 38-year-old covered 100 miles in total. James hung on upwind and on to the final turn downwind from Bembridge to Cowes and back to Yarmouth.

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Kite lines laid out on the beach perceived as an entanglement hazard, getting close to other users while traveling at high speeds, jumping over other users and disruption of fish, leading to poor fishing are the main problems often reported by Hawaiian users (swimmers, fishermen, sunbathers, vessel operators, etc), a State of Hawaii study has concluded.

Five ocean recreation sports were targeted in this study: kiteboarding, surfing, kayaking, scuba, and snorkeling. These were chosen based on the increasing popularity and use levels of these sports, based on community concerns received by the Department about ocean recreation use conflicts occurring within and among these sports, and because commercial tours and lessons are occurring for all of these sports.

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The inaugural Nelscott Kiteboard Rodeo Pro-Am is scheduled for Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, in Lincoln City. The rodeo is a combination of three disciplines to determine the overall winners.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each discipline in the respective pro and amateur divisions. The $5,000 purse will be divided up among the top three pros in each discipline and the final rodeo top three.

The Downwind 5-Mile Race starts at Roads End State Park and ends at Nelscott Beach. The Wave contest will is set for Roads End. The Freestyle Contest is at Siletz Bay.

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