Kai Lenny: Lake Michigan windsurf crosser

Kai Lenny has successfuly completed the cross of the Lake Michigan, in USA, in two hours and 30 minutes.


The 19-year old waterman windsurfed, from shore to shore, starting at Sturgeon Bay and landing in Frankfort.

Lenny is the first windsurfer to sail from the west to east coast of Lake Michigan. The challenge demands 56 miles of intense riding and the Hawaiian did it at an average speed of 25 knots.

"I was so pumped to come back to the Midwest and try to tackle this project again. For what I do it's all about preparation, I've traveled to some of the most remote places with a plan but the weather has its own idea. Last year the wind just didn't cooperate so we went back and looked at our data and we were really confident about this," says Kai Lenny.

The Hawaiian waterman - he is an avid surfer, windsurfer, kitesufer and stand-up paddleboarder - had to undergo a test of mental fitness and physical stamina against the whims of open water, in order to complete the journey. Watch the highlights of the Lake Michigan crossing.

Kai Lenny had already tried to cross Lake Michigan in 2010, but the overal sailing conditions halted his dream. Now, the young sailor wants to challenge new missions and the vast waters of the Midwest are his next target.