Richard Branson and friends set new kitesurfing record

September 17, 2013 | Kiteboarding
Richard Branson: Admiral of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada

The Virgin Kitesurf Armada has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of kitesurfers ever, at CBK Beach, Hayling Island, UK.

Richard Branson and his Virgin Kitesurf Armada of 318 kitesurfers broke the world record for the largest number of kitesurfers sailing a one-mile (1.6 kilometers) course, under sunny skies.

"Kiting is one of the best sports there is, if not the best sport. Kiters are always up for a challenge and so I suspect next year there will be 600 kiters, and the year after that 900, and so on", says Richard Branson, patron of the adventure.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. It was wonderful".

More than 250 riders were needed at Hayling Island to break the Guinness World Record. Funds were raised for Snow-Camp, the RNLI and Virgin Unite.

Lewis Crathern and Steph Bridge, probably some of the best kiteboarders in the UK, participated in the event. Bridge believes there's one man that can change the course of the sport.

"Sir Richard Branson is really crucial for kitesurfing, right now, because the sport itself is really growing, and he is really helping that push", underlines Bridge.

The Virgin Kitesurfing armada will return next year, and a weekend kitesurfing festival is being planned.

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