HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge celebrates halfway mark

December 9, 2013 | Kiteboarding
HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge: 3728 miles of sharks, dolphins, waves and lightning

The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge keeps adding miles to the Atlantic Ocean crossing.

They've had boat problems, they've sailed with dolphins, they've ridden through the night, and they've tasted the power of the elements.

The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge has reached the halfway mark, on its adventure crossing through the Atlantic Ocean.

The team is doing a good progress. They've already sailed more than 1865 miles (3000 kilometers), under blue skies and black squalls.

"There were a few times I went airborne and thought, shouldn't I have water under my feet right now. I guess it will get back there eventually", says Camilla Ringvold.

Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, Camilla Ringvold, Max Blom, Eric Pequeno, Dennis Gijsbers and Ike Frans are kiteboarding from the Canary Islands to the Tuks and Caicos, in the Caribbean.

Max has been a speed racer the entire crossing, and he has set a new record of over 50 miles (80 kilometers) nonstop. The six kiteboarders are expected to touch land around Christmas, 2013.

The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge is the world's longest downwind adventure. In 1998, the first ever TransAtlantic Windsurf Race (TAWR) connected St. John's Newfoundland, in Canada, to Weymouth, in England.

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