The 500-mile kiteboarding journey along the East African coast

July 11, 2013 | Kiteboarding
Kirk Hollis: ready to sail from Mozambique to Tanzania

Seth Warren and Kirk Hollis are embarking on a 500-mile kiteboarding and SUP expedition up the coast of East Africa.

The Kuzi Project is a tough challenge designed by photographer-filmmaker Seth Warren and South African adventurer Kirk Hollis. They will sail from Pemba, in Mozambique to Zanzibar, in Tanzania.

The adventurers will be pulled by the Kuzi trade wind, a summertime force that pushes wind and swell from the Indian Ocean northward.

"We will have the wind at our backs using our bodies as a sail to gain speed in the direction of travel, plus, we will have the added advantage of wind swell; our boards are designed to surf swell for great distances", Seth Warren tells National Geographic.

"Additionally, one big logistic is that everything we are bringing with us has to fit on the board: food, water, kiteboarding equipment, camping gear, fishing gear, snorkeling and film/camera gear. All in all, the boards are designed to carry us plus 100 pounds of gear".

Kirk Hollis has already sailed 3,500 kilometers from South Africa to Kenya, over the course of eight months, with just a small backpack of his belongings.

The Kuzi Project will visit the Quirimbas Archipelago, a region that was part of the trade routes for the Arabs and Portuguese, more than five centuries ago. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.