277 meters: Nick Jacobsen breaks kite tow-up world record

December 7, 2017 | Kiteboarding
Nick Jacobsen: setting a new kite tow-up world record with Team Brunel | Photo: Team Brunel

Nick Jacobsen set a new kite tow-up world record in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Danish kiteboarder flew his kite 277 meters (908.8 feet) high in the sky with the help of Team Brunel, a sailing team who competes in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Jacobsen attached himself to nearly 500 meters of rope, which was dragged behind the 65-foot yacht. Kyle Langford, the trimmer for Team Brunel and a kitesurfer himself, managed the release of the line that got the stuntman up in the sky.

When Jacobsen, 30, reached the maximum length, he let go of the rope and started a slow descent down that lasted 66 seconds.

"We had different signs, and I could feel as I was going up that if I moved my hand, Kyle, who was in charge of the rope, would do exactly what we had planned," explained Nick Jacobsen.

The previous world record of 244 meters (800.5 feet) was set by Jesse Richman in 2013. Back then, the Hawaiian kiteboarder was towed up by a speedboat.

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