2014 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada: Hayling Island gets invaded | Photo: VKS

The British edition of the 2014 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada has broken the national record for the largest parade of kitesurfers, with 344 in the water, at CBK Beach, Hayling Island.

Despite failing to break the Guinness World Record (352 kiteboarders) set in Tarifa, Spain, the British fleet improved last year's mark (318 participants).

"As a keen kitesurfer, I am fully behind the Kitesurfing Armada, at Virgin we are trying to support kitesurfing in a range of ways, and there are big plans for the future. I am sure the Kitesurfing Armada will be a big part of these plans, and it will go from strength to strength over the coming years," underlined Richard Branson, the Virgin founder.


Kiteboarding: what goes up must come down | Photo: Red Bull

Kiteboarding wipeouts and accidents are more frequent than you think. Although it is considered a relatively safe sport, you must follow all the rules and safety guidelines. Otherwise, there will be blood.

Would you love to learn how to kiteboard? The most important advice is to pay a qualified kite instructor to teach you the basic lessons: self-rescue, wind window, cloud formation, and wind scales.

Kiteboarding companies are developing new security systems so that riders can easily detach themselves from the kite when a problem occurs. Sudden wind gusts can throw you into the tarmac, in a couple of seconds. Therefore, no risks should be taken.


2014 Kiteboard North American Championships: challenging kelp and light winds | Photo: SDYC/Bob Betancourt

Oliver Bridge and Julien Kerneur have claimed the Formula Kite and KiteFoil divisions at the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships, held in the San Diego Yacht Club, in California.

European kiteboarders showed their dominance in American waters. Bridge and Kerneur managed to finish both categories in the podium, with a slight overall advantage for the French rider.

"It was great to win all four races in the formula class. It was good to end winning, it was good to end an event like that," expressed Oliver Bridge, 17, who will be competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014, in Abu Dhabi.