Francisco Lufinha: tired and happy

Portuguese kiteboarder Francisco Lufinha has successfully sailed between the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens) and Funchal, in Madeira.

Lufinha, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest kiteboarding journey, left the small Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic at 6am and touched firm land at 6pm.

The kiteboarder embarked on a 12-hour adventure for a total of 303 kilometers (163 nautical miles). The wind and swell were not always on his side, but that was not the main problem.


Olly Bridge: setting a new record time in Western Australia | Photo: Peta North

Olly Bridge set a new record time at the 5th Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboarding race, in Western Australia.

The 17-year-old kiteboarder stormed Southern Hemisphere's largest kiteboarding race with a total time of 22 minutes and seven seconds, a huge one minute 43 seconds ahead of the previous mark.

"It was pretty tough, it was nice and windy actually. So we went really fast, and I broke the record so that's really good. There was a bit of seaweed in the middle, but I managed to only crash once, and that helped me out," explained Bridge.


Lighthouse to Leighton: 19 kilometers of Indian Ocean | Photo: Red Bull

One hundred and ten kiteboarders will try to finish Southern Hemisphere's largest kiteboarding race, on the 6th December.

The 2014 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will kick off from Phillip Point at Rottnest Island. Riders will try to sail in less than 25 minutes before touching firm land in Leighton Beach, Fremantle.

The record is set at 23 minutes and 50 seconds by Marvin Baumeister. The fifth edition of the kiteboarding race will feature international champions, including Steph and Olly Bridge, as well as past winners of the event.