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.

Nevertheless, there were reasons for huge celebrations. Pro kitesurfer and Brighton Pier jumper Lewis Crathern led a group of stand up paddleboarders into the Guinness World Records.

A total of 256 SUP enthusiasts rode a mile and set a new mark in the famous record book. Finally, all water sports participants - ranging between 11 and 73 years - were able to raise £45,000 for three charities: Virgin Unite, the RNLI and youth charity Snow-Camp.

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