Australian kitesurfers cross the Bass Strait for the first time

September 10, 2009 | Kiteboarding
Kitesurfers cross the Bass Strait for the first time

Australian kitesurfers Ben Morrison-Jack and James Weight have crossed the Bass Strait to set a new world record in the stormy waters of Tasmania.

They've just concluded a 12-hour trip across 259 kilometers of strong winds and currents.

Just one kilometer from the mainland, the wind dropped off and the two close friends had to swim to Apollo Bay - SE Australia - to reach their goal.

It was the first kitesurfing, non-stop, unassisted crossing of Bass Strait.

In March, windsurfer Alison Shreeve failed to complete a similar crossing, after suffering from mild hypothermia and cramps, just 80 kilometers of the Victorian coastline.

Ben Morrison-Jack and James Weight have made kiteboarding history.

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