Nick Levi: the doctor-kitesurfer set a new Guinness World Record | Photo: Levi Archive

Nick Levi has officially been awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest distance ever kitesurfed in 24 hours.

On August 11, 2017, the rider from Sofia, Bulgaria, launched his kite at 4:17 am and rode it until 9:43 pm in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in California.

The total kite distance was 418.69 miles (673.83 kilometers).

Levi's average riding speed in the first 18 hours was 21.9 miles per hour (35.2 kilometers per hour), and his maximum speed was 19.2 mph (31 kph).

The new Guinness World Records title holder rode an Ozono Edge V9 kite, and when the night fell, Nick Levi turned the kite lights to lead the way.

The kiteboarder also wore a full set of GPS tracking devices - two Suunto Ambit watches, a Garmin Fenix watch, and two Velocitek SpeedPuck speedometers.

Doctor Nick Levi and seven more kiteboarders had already broken the world record for the longest kitesurfing journey.

In 2015, the group sailed a total of 768 miles (1,237 kilometers) along the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.

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