Louis Tapper

Louis Tapper could not complete the 260 km kitesurfing trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands because wind dropped dramatically just 13 km from the finish line.

The 35-year-old Wellington kitesurfer spent 6 hours waiting for the wind to help him reach his goal, but the conditions were not by his side.

Tapper started his race in the 2009 Coastal Classic, just minutes before the other yachts, in order to raise funds for the people of Samoa which has been devastated by the recent tsunami and earthquakes.

Kiteboarders Louis Tapper and Alistair Quinn had already successfully crossed the Cook Strait, in New Zealand.

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