The Bristol Channel: go for it, boys

Eight students from the Cardiff University Kitesurfing Club are putting their kitesurfing skills and endurance levels to the test by kitesurfing across the Bristol Channel, in the United Kingdom.

The event will be held between the 1st-14th April, with the exact date to be confirmed when wind reports are released nearer the time.

The 9-mile trip, starting at Penarth, Cardiff, and finishing at Weston-Super-Mare, will see the group facing waves, ships, strong winds (hopefully nice 12m wind) and debris, while hopefully having the time to take in the view of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, two islands along the route.

The eight intrepid kitesurfers will be supported by the university’s own Sub-Aqua and Sailing clubs, who have kindly donated ribs and drivers for the support boats. The event is also supported by Cardiff University and its Union as well as the local RNLI boatmen.

Money raised from the event will be split between two charities: The MS Society and RNLI.

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