Rimas Kinka breaks the long distance kitesurfing record

November 15, 2011 | Kiteboarding
Rimas Kinka: it's dark, go to bed

Rimas Kinka has broken the Guinness World Record for the "Longest Distance Kitesurfed". The kiteboarder rode 313.7 miles (504.8 kilometers) in Islamorada, Florida, USA.

He kicked off the multiple laps at 6h27am and made the first stop, after 100 miles, for a short rest, food, and coffee.

Sixty miles after, Kinka took a 20-minute rest and then again in the 200-mile mark. Light wind conditions halted Kinka at 227 miles, but he resumed sailing soon after.

Rimas Kinka reached the 313.7 miles (504.8 kilometers) and he had the will to continue, but the lack of wind and the end of the 24-hour window closed the deal.

In the end, the GPS device reported: 24 hours of sailing, the fastest speed of 36.2 miles/h, average riding speed of 16.7 miles/h, and a world record.

The previous achievement was registered by Phil Midler. The US kiteboarder rode 236.51 miles (380.6 kilometers) from South Padre Island to Sargent, in Texas, USA.