Francisco Lufinha: always ready to beat his own record

Francisco Lufinha, the man who set the world record for the longest kitesurfing journey, will try to complete a 36-hour kiteboarding marathon in a pool.

The Portuguese kiteboarder is preparing for yet another kiteboarding challenge in open ocean, but he believes he must be physically and mentally fit for the upcoming test.

That is why he will embark on an unusual experience. Lufinha will alternate between a kite board and a stand up paddleboard for 36 hours, in the Oeiras Oceanic Swimming Pool, i.e. between 9am (20th March, 2015) and 9pm (21st March, 2015).

Recently, the training plan established by the physiotherapist Nuno Gameiro has been truly demanding. The day begins at 6am with three hours of workout: one hour of outdoor running, one hour of swimming and one hour of strength exercises, followed by stretching.

Throughout the day, Lufinha sets sail on his kite board; at the end of the day he visits the gym for an hour of proprioceptive exercises and 30 minutes of stretching exercises.

In the 36-hour test, Francisco will have the opportunity to test his gear, helmet, technical clothing and body reaction to the scheduled diet. The entire kiteboarding pool marathon will be open to the public.

In 2013, Lufinha sailed for 307.5 nautical miles (569 kilometers), along the Portuguese coastline, to set a new Guinness World Record. One year later, he Portuguese kiteboarder successfully kite crossed between the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens) and Funchal, in Madeira.

Hunstanton: a popular kiteboarding spot in Norfolk | Photo: Martin Pettitt/Creative Commons

Sean Sands, member of the Hunstanton Sailing Club, has lost his life in a kiteboarding accident off Hunstanton, in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Reports say the kitesurfer was unable to trigger his emergency safety mechanism while riding in the North Sea, at 3:30pm. Sands was pulled unconscious from the water and airlifted to hospital in King's Lynn.

"Sean lost control of his kite and for reasons not known to us yet, was unable to trigger his emergency quick release. Hunstanton Sailing Club have lost a true brother, a friend to so many and one of life's genuinely effervescent characters," wrote the organization.

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Felix Pivec: strapless and unhooked

Felix Pivec is a kitesurfing legend. He started kiteboarding back in 1998, in the very early stages of the sport. Back then, there were no mobile phones with internet, apps and wind forecasts.

In the 20th century, Pivec kicked off his wind adventures with a classic Wipica kite. In those days, it was quite hard to evolve because there were almost no riders out in the water, and information about kiteboarding was scarce.

"Back then, there were no videos, no magazines. A little video came with the kite, but I didn't have my VCR then, so I was a little anxious to get on the kite. I thought of going to the beach and give it a stab," reveals Pivec.

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