Lufinha and Brandt plan to connect Azores to mainland Portugal

July 13, 2017 | Kiteboarding
Francisco Lufinha and Anke Brandt: they want to connect the Azores to mainland Porto

The world record holder for the longest non-stop kitesurfing journey, Francisco Lufinha, wants to connect the Azores to mainland Portugal.

The Portuguese kiteboarder plans to sail more than 809 nautical miles (1,500 kilometers) in between five to ten days.

Lufinha, 33, will try to complete the kite cross alongside Anke Brandt, a German kiteboarder who has already linked Bahrain and Abu Dhabi (303 miles or 489 kilometers) in 30 hours.

They will share miles in eight-hour shifts and hope to make history by successfully completing the longest ever journey by a kitesurfing duo.

In 2015, Francisco tried to sail from Lisbon to Madeira but was only able to set a new Guinness World Record. He rode his kite 472 nautical miles (874 kilometers) non-stop.

Francisco Lufinha and Anke Brandt: will they complete the kite cross between Azores and mainland Portugal?

For the "Kitesurf Odyssey Azores Mainland" challenge, Lufinha and Brandt know what to expect. There will be constant wind variations, huge swells, and oceanic storms.

"I hope to see and have the whales guiding me, find a lot of sea life and finish off without any injuries. I want to be able to share our sea, and to fulfill the dream of connecting Portugal," says Francisco Lufinha.

Both riders will be followed by a support boat with a crew of eight, including a doctor, a physiotherapist, four skippers, a photographer and a cameraman.

The waiting period kicks off August 1, 2017. Lufinha and Brandt will begin the adventure in Sao Miguel, and hopefully will conclude the attempt somewhere in Portugal, depending on the weather conditions. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.