Francisco Lufinha sets world record for the longest kitesurfing journey

September 18, 2013 | Kiteboarding
Francisco Lufinha: from Porto to Lagos with a kite | Photo: João Ferrand

Francisco Lufinha has successfully set a new Guinness World Record for the longest kiteboarding journey, after sailing for 307.5 nautical miles (569 kilometers), along the Portuguese coastline.

Lufinha left the Douro river mouth, in the city of Porto, on the 17th September, at 14h30, and reached Lagos, in the Algarve, on the 18th September, at 20h34.

The Portuguese kiteboarder, 30, sailed past Aveiro (17h) and Nazaré (20h) in the first day. The record was broken in the next morning, with Francisco Lufinha riding more than 199 nautical miles, 20 hours after leaving the Douro Marina.

"It was very difficult, but I'm glad I managed to beat the world record. When I was only two miles away from breaking the record, near Cape Espichel, wind died down. I thought it wouldn't be enough, but fortunately it picked up and it was enough to pass the mark," says Francisco Lufinha.

The MINI Kitesurf Odyssey by Francisco Lufinha was completed without any stop. Food and water were delivered by the support boat.

The previous record for the longest kiteboarding journey was of 199.63 nautical miles (369.71 kilometers) and was achieved by Phillip McCoy Midler, who travelled from South Padre Island, Texas to Matagorda, Texas, USA.

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