Five hundred kiteboarders aim for new record at Hayling Island

May 7, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Virgin Kitesurfing Armada: 500 riders ready to break the Guinness World Record

The 2015 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada will try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of kitesurfers ever, in Hayling Island, England.

Five hundred kiteboarders will try to ride the 15-mile course from Hayling Island to Pagham in order to beat the record currently held by the Spanish Kitesurfing Armada.

"We are delighted to see the event expanding internationally, inspiring thousands of recreational kiters like me to get involved!" notes Richard Branson, the patron of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada.

"We will be bringing kitesurfers together from far and wide in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record and raise thousands for charity, and I am really hoping to be there myself this year. So I hope to see you on the beach!"

In 2013, the event had 40 knots of wind, but in 2014 there was no wind except for two hours of 15 knots in the last weekend of the waiting period. This year, there will be a proper festival with exhibition stands, kite gear, kitesurfing talks, kite films and camping and campervan options.

"I love the fact that everyone involved in my sport want to join in and get together at the festival. I'm sure this year will be the best yet, especially if we can take the Record back from the Spanish!" underlines Lewis Crathern, the event's ambassador.

The 2015 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada will run from 18th-20th September.

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