Troy Henkels and Geza Sholtz to kite cross Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska

March 29, 2010 | Kiteboarding

Bering Strait: 56 miles of extreme conditions

This summer Troy Henkels (Alaska) and Geza Sholtz (Switzerland) will make an unprecedented attempt to kiteboard across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska.

Although only 56 miles (90km), this crossing comes with its own subset of difficulties: extremely strong currents, violent storms, strong winds, fog, cold water, and international politics, just to name a few.

Plans are currently underway for a mid-summer crossing when the Strait is ice free, winds are at their best, and storms somewhat less frequent. This is a very unique stretch of water that offers up some fairly serious hazards.

Ozone will be along as Troy’s kite of choice in making this unprecedented attempt. With any luck the Catalyst will go down in history as the first kite across the Bering Strait.

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