Notorious Triumphs Within Kiteboard Community
Published on September 30th, 2015
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
While the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) oversees the most coveted records in the sport, the more random achievements can find a home with Guinness World Records (GWR). While I am remiss for never submitting to GWR my conquest for Most People Sailing A Flying Scot (19), the kiteboard community has demonstrated more diligence to ratify their notorious triumphs.
Here are some of the current GWR marks you won’t find on the WSSRC website:
Most people riding a kitesurf board
The most people to ride a kitesurf board simultaneously is four and was achieved by Richard Branson and Alice Galliers (both UK), Susi Mai (Germany) and Alison DiSpaltro (USA) at Necker Island, British Virgin Islands on 2 February 2014. Click here for video.
Largest parade of kite surfers
The largest parade of kite surfers consists of 352 participants and was achieved by Virgin Kitesurfing Armada (UK) at the Best Pro Center in Tarifa, Spain, on 31 August 2014.
Longest journey kite surfing (male)
The longest kitesurfing journey is 446 nautical miles (826 km; 513 statute miles) and was achieved by Rimas Kinka (USA) who travelled from Jacksonville, Florida, USA to Key West, Florida, USA, from 5 to 8 February 2015.
Longest journey kite surfing (female)
The longest continuous kitesurfing journey by a woman is 135.16 nautical miles (250.32 km or 155.54 miles), achieved by Anke Brandt (Germany) between Amwaj Marina and Al Dar Island, Bahrain, on 1 March 2014.
Longest journey kite surfing (team)
The longest journey kite surfing by a team is 1184.86 km (736 miles, 639.36 nautical miles) and was achieved by team Kite The Reef: Phil Barton (UK), Nicolas Cole (Australia), Richard Hatherall (Australia), Nick Levi (Bulgaria), Jesse Richman (USA), Jason Rogers (UK),and Jessica Syne (Australia). The team surfed over the Great Barrier Reef from Vlasoff Cay to Cape York, Australia, on 13 – 21 August 2015.
Longest distance kite surfing in 24 hours
The longest distance kitesurfing in 24 hours is 645.6 km (401.2 miles) and was achieved by Rimas Kinka (Lithuania), off the coast of Islamorada, Florida, USA, on 26 February 2012. Kinka was also the previous holder for this category, he broke his own record.