Francisco Lufinha ready for a 36-hour pool marathon

March 11, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Francisco Lufinha: always ready to beat his own record

Francisco Lufinha, the man who set the world record for the longest kitesurfing journey, will try to complete a 36-hour kiteboarding marathon in a pool.

The Portuguese kiteboarder is preparing for yet another kiteboarding challenge in open ocean, but he believes he must be physically and mentally fit for the upcoming test.

That is why he will embark on an unusual experience. Lufinha will alternate between a kite board and a stand up paddleboard for 36 hours, in the Oeiras Oceanic Swimming Pool, i.e. between 9am (20th March, 2015) and 9pm (21st March, 2015).

Recently, the training plan established by the physiotherapist Nuno Gameiro has been truly demanding. The day begins at 6am with three hours of workout: one hour of outdoor running, one hour of swimming and one hour of strength exercises, followed by stretching.

Throughout the day, Lufinha sets sail on his kite board; at the end of the day he visits the gym for an hour of proprioceptive exercises and 30 minutes of stretching exercises.

In the 36-hour test, Francisco will have the opportunity to test his gear, helmet, technical clothing and body reaction to the scheduled diet. The entire kiteboarding pool marathon will be open to the public.

In 2013, Lufinha sailed for 307.5 nautical miles (569 kilometers), along the Portuguese coastline, to set a new Guinness World Record. One year later, he Portuguese kiteboarder successfully kite crossed between the Savage Islands (Ilhas Selvagens) and Funchal, in Madeira.

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