Some of you may know that I’m a keen kitesurfer, and last weekend my wife and I, along with a friend, formed a team of three in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada charity fundraiser and world record attempt.
This two-day festival brought hundreds of like-minded people down to Hayling Island in Hampshire for a weekend of everything kitesurfing. Sponsored by Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, the key aim of the event was to raise money for the Snowcamp charity, helping under-privileged young people to participate in outdoor activities and develop life skills. The event also included a world-record attempt – the largest parade of kitesurfers – and promised to be an amazing visual spectacle.
After three possible weekends without wind, the event was scheduled for its last possible window of opportunity on 11th/12th October, and happily the wind came through at last minute, enabling the record attempt to go ahead. And we were so close! With 344 kitesurfers completing the course, last year’s record was beaten, but we were just a few people short of the world record. Next year then!
But we didn’t go home without a world record under our belts. On the Sunday, another record was attempted: the largest parade of Stand-up Paddle Boarders, and we did it! A representative from Guinness World Records was present, confirming that with 256 boarders completing a 1 mile curse, we were now world record holders!
As usual, I had cameras at the ready, this time using a GoPro video camera mounted on the underside of my kite to get some amazing aerial views, which I captured both as stills and video.
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My Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Video
This is a full HD video, so set to 1080p and full screen for best effect!