Kiteboarders to Attempt Trans-Atlantic Crossing to Turks and Caicos caribbean

Christopher Columbus was alleged to have made first landfall in the Western world in 1492 on the shores of the Turks and Caicos Islands. While this fact has not been proven, the six riders of the Atlantic Kite Challenge will leave no doubt once they arrive at Blue Haven Resort and Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands over 500 years later.

Kiteboarders to Attempt Trans-Atlantic Crossing to Turks and Caicos caribbean

Kiteboarders to Attempt Trans-Atlantic Crossing to Turks and Caicos caribbean

Kiteboarders to Attempt Trans-Atlantic Crossing to Turks and CaicosIn late 2013, between November 20 and November 25, the six kiteboarders will soar from the port of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands embarking on the first-ever, non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean bound for their official arrival destination, Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.

Following a South Atlantic route, their arrival – two to three weeks later – (estimated between December 7 and December 15) coincides with the grand opening of the Blue Haven Resort and Marina. The new property is the ‘official arrival destination’ hotel for the Atlantic Kite Challenge. The kitesurfers will be welcomed and feted with a three day celebration that will include beach volleyball competitions, cultural exhibitions and fairs, the music of local bands, delicious cuisine and the enthusiasm of regional kiteboarding groups, resort guests and locals.

“Our Beautiful by Nature islands have long been an incredible destination for kitesurfing and other adventure sports” said Turks and Caicos’ Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing. “We have such incredibly clear waters around us, and our Tourism industry has grown to accommodate discerning travelers of all walks of life with leading hotels in the Caribbean. We are thrilled to be the final destination of the Atlantic Kite Challenge. We look forward to greeting the team soon and celebrating this milestone for the kitesurfing sport.”

Kiteboarders to Attempt Trans-Atlantic Crossing to Turks and Caicos“What a stunning example of adventure, we will have right on our doorstep” said Roland Rutjens, Corporate General Manager of Blue Haven Resort and Marina. “We share the same belief in passion that this team has: passion for the islands and their people, outstanding hospitality and for our guests. We wish all of the kitesurfers the very best on this epic journey and look forward to welcoming them at Blue Haven. Together with the Turks and Caicos community we will embrace them with a special celebration and provide them with much needed relaxation after their arrival.”

During the crossing – which will feature daily social media posts with photos of all six participants – the kitesurfers will take over from one another every two hours during the 6000-km long journey, surfing both day and night. In this longest ever ‘downwinder’ they will be supported by a 50-foot catamaran, Lagoon 500 Double A, and its professional crew. A TV crew will also be on board documenting the crossing.

The Atlantic Kite Challenge is the brainchild of Netherlands-based Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, founder of the Enable Passion Foundation. Filippo will be one of the six kiteboarders partaking in the Challenge along with Max Blom, also from the Netherlands. Camilla Ringvold of Norway, Bruno Sroka of France and Francisco Lufinha of Portugal. Eric Pequeno from the United States was chosen as the sixth kiteboarder through a social media competition on Facebook.

“The idea for the Atlantic Kite Challenge combined my passion for kitesurfing and business ventures” explains Hubar. “I wanted to find out whether something that initially looked so impossible could be achieved with the right motivation and dedication. The idea took form slowly and resulted in a team of committed people. All those involved are contributing in their own way to realize this joint goal.”

“We are so pleased to have found the perfect arrival destination for our venture. Turks and Caicos is a very well known kiting destination with stunning clear water. You can imagine that after such a long journey through the entire Atlantic Ocean, the warm waters around Blue Haven as well as its outstanding facilities will more than make up for the hardships of the actual crossing” Hubar said.

In addition to Blue Haven Resort and Marina, other sponsors include Mystic, Urge, Slingshot and GoPro who will provide equipment to the team.

The Enable Passion foundation is a non-profit foundation that strives to inspire people in realizing their passions, by organizing and carrying out extraordinary and pioneering projects.

About the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida and just below the Bahamas chain. The destination is fast becoming one of the most sought after vacation destinations in the Caribbean due to its award-winning beaches and exceptional outdoor adventures. The World’s third largest barrier reef parallels Turks and Caicos providing superior scuba diving, deep sea fishing and fly-fishing. Turks and Caicos is easily accessible via British Airways, which offers a non-stop, eight-hour flight from London to Providenciales International Airport. Numerous non-stop flights depart daily from New York City, which is just a three-hour flight to Providenciales.

Kiteboarders to Attempt Trans-Atlantic Crossing to Turks and CaicosAbout Blue Haven Resort and Marina:

Tucked away on the Leeward side of Providenciales, Blue Haven Resort and Marina (, the “Gateway to the True Turks and Caicos Islands,” provides a secluded and tranquil vacation destination away from the bustling resorts that line Grace Bay Beach. The Resort features 35 luxury suites and 16 premier guestrooms and three culinary venues that offer world-class, yet laid back dining experiences.

Blue Haven’s premier location just minutes from the world’s third largest barrier reef makes it the ideal choice for outdoor adventure enthusiasts whose primary vacation goal is to partake in exciting adventures. Guests have access to PADI scuba diving, deep sea and fly-fishing excursions, Kiteboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding and exploration excursions to remote destinations throughout the Turks and Caicos archipelago.

The state-of-the-art Marina at Blue Haven houses 78 slips which can accommodate boats and yachts with drafts up to 8.5 feet (at mean low tide) and as long as 220 feet. Full concierge services are available to all yachts in port.

Blue Haven Resort and Marina also delights guests with premier amenities and services including a spa, conference center, a 24-hour fitness center, volleyball and horse shoe courts, oceanfront infinity pool with swim up bar and a stretch of fully-serviced white sand beach dotted with cozy chaise lounges and hammocks.

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Richard Branson & Virgin Team Kitesurfing Armada a world record breaking attempt

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Richard Branson and the Virgin team are set to take part in another world record breaking attempt in The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada.

250 kitesurfers will need to successfully complete a one mile course from Hayling Island in the UK to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Parade of Kitesurfers ever assembled.

More than 300 kitesurfers have already signed up to the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, which will raise money for Virgin Unite, Snow-Camp and the RNLI. However, if you would like to join the adventure, add your name to the waiting list.

Richard said: “I’m passionate about kite surfing and I think this is going to be a fantastic and fun event in support of some great causes, certainly the first of its kind and incredibly positive for the sport.

“Virgin are looking forward to entering a team and I am hoping to be there too!”

Dan Charlish, Director of Snow-Camp, added: “Since we launched this event with Lewis Crathern back in April, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the kitesurfing community. To now have the support of a global brand like Virgin is truly amazing and hugely positive for the event and the charities we are trying to support.”

The event takes place on either September 14,15,21,22,28 or 29th, depending on wind. Participants will start at Hayling Island before heading off down the coast on their 46 mile journey towards Lancing, checking in at Pagham and Littlehampton along the way.

To find out more about the event or make a donation go to the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada.

By Greg Rose. Content Manager. Tweets @greglrose and blogs at

World Kiteboarding Speed Record Attempt Salt and Speed 2

After some initial attempts at the Outright Sailing Speed Record late last year, Alexandre Caizergues and Rob Douglas will be back in action from 10 March to 18 April 2013 at the new speed spot in France’s Salin-de-Giraud.

World Kiteboarding Speed Record Attempt Salt and Speed 2

World Kiteboarding Speed Record Attempt Salt and Speed 2

With an average speed of 53.40 knots for the American and 52.45 knots for the Frenchman over 500 metres, the first “Salt and Speed” session proved to be a popular success, as well as enabling the kitesurfers to validate the Volkswagen Transporter Arena and rack up the year’s best world performance in kitesurfing. Since that time, Alex and Rob have put in a lot of training both on and off the water so as to continue to make technical and physical advances. Alex Caizergues has linked together a series of sessions in South Africa and Qatar, whilst Rob has been in Costa Rica. As such the two guys are honed and ready to boost their record haul, a bid which will initially involve trying to improve on the current World kitesurfing speed record held by Rob Douglas himself (55.65 knots). “We mustn’t let our imagination run away with us. It’s going to take a while to go faster than SailRocket 2 and her 65.45 knots, but at this particular speed spot, Rob’s world record is within our grasp and 60 knots is a reasonable target,” explains Alex Caizergues. “Weather conditions in early March are often excellent with a strong Mistral and we’re feeling motivated. We’ll be working with the same organisation team as you don’t change a winning team.
Alexandre Caizergues:

Born on 14 March 1979

3 x World Speed Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
2 x World Speed Record all categories combined in 2008 and 2010
2 x World Kite Speed Record in 2007 and 2009
2 x FFVL (French Free Flight Federation) French Speed Champion
European Long Distance Number Two 2008
World Speed Number Two 2006

1st man to break 100 km/hr on the water, propelled by the wind

Partners: Ouest Provence – AlpEnergie par GDF SUEZ – Volkswagen Véhicules Utilitaires (Commercial Vehicles) – Zenith – Sosh.

Rob Douglas Kiteboarding Speed Record

Rob Douglas:

Born on 16 June 1971

World Speed Record all categories combined in 2011 with 55.65 knots and 49.84 knots in 2008.

World Speed Champion 2012

Partners: The Black Dog – Cabrinha – Lynch Associates – NPX – Dakine – Curtis Fins- Mike’s Lab custom boards

In figures:

65.45 knots: Sailrocket 2 November 2012

55.65 knots: Rob Douglas 28 October 2010 Namibia

55.49 knots: Seb Cattelan 28 October 2010 Namibia

54.10 knots: Alexandre Caizergues 12 October 2010 Luderitz, Namibia exceeding 100km/hr

51.36 knots: Hydroptère on 6 September 2009

50.57 knots: Alexandre Caizergues 4 October 2008 Luderitz, Namibia

50.26 knots: Seb Cattelan 3 October 2008 Luderitz, Namibia

49.84 knots: Rob Douglas 19 September 2008 Luderitz, Namibia

49.09 knots: World Speed Record Antoine Albeau 5 March 2008 in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

46.82 knots: Record set by windsurfer Finian Maynard in the autumn of 2004, bringing an end to the hegemony of the sailboat Yellow Pages in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

46.52 knots: Yellow Pages Endeavour in 1993 at the Sandy Point spot, Australia

38.86 knots: Pascal MAKA the first windsurfer to rack up a new official record with 38.86 knots in Sotavento

26.30 knots: Crossbow Catamaran in Portland in 1972

NB: the outright World Sailing Speed Record is the best average speed over 500m by a sail-powered contraption… As such it is different to a peak speed!

Partners to “Salt and Speed”: Volkswagen Véhicules Utilitaires (Commercial Vehicles), Groupe Salins, Zenith, Fédération Française de Vol Libre (French Free Flight Federation).

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

Since the 19th century Lüderitz has welcomed some extraordinary periods:
In the middle of this desert and with a pioneering spirit, the people living there have used the natural resources of this little corner of Namibia to make things happen. Frequently making do with absolutely nothing, but yet able to achieve their dreams and create something. Against the odds and in the face of adversity they have passed the last century discovering new resources and technologies, like finding and mining diamonds. Similarly, a new boundary is being broken, Lüderitz now being the only place in the world to witness those kite and windsurfing performances never reached before and on such a regular basis which really makes us believe that it won’t stop at these speeds.

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

The experience that organizers and riders have taken from this part of the Planet has created big international media awareness and a frenzy in speed circle. The little Lüderitz is once again on the “map”. The event has made history and has pushed development & research in the sailing industry since 2007. It is a proving ground for theories and idea. Improvements are made year after year, lots of TV shows as well as specialized magazines and international newspapers have given all the credibility to this community of sailors who have been able to show a brilliant and tenacious side of water sports.

The real “diamond” is the amazing man-made channel, which has been developed by the organizers, which consultation of the Ministry of environment & Tourism, is the fastest water speed-strip in the World, and is regarded as” the center of speed” regarding the results since the beginning of the speed challenge and the historical performances reached during the last 6 weeks.

The concept of the Lüderitz Speed challenge is to take all the best sailors in the World, to put them on a perfect speed strip with the best wind conditions and then let them loose to show what they are capable of. We have seen around 30-40 riders every year displaying great performances as a result of hard work made, persistence, perseverance and dedication, pushing the limits even further. 80% of the performance is from the concept and the efficiency of the channel. This is the place where 50 knots is now a really common achievement (reached by windsurfers and kitesurfers for the 1st time in history) and where the 100 km/h and then the 55 knots were also broken for the very first time in the sailing world: Namibia has the monopoly of the performance.
During November 2012, the windsurfers had 12 good sailing days with relatively light conditions of between 30 and 40 kts of wind (compare to what we can catch), breaking record after record in windsurfing, the Kite surfing World Record Attempt followed during the 2 first weeks of December:
13 Multi-discipline National Records, 3 National Records in Windsurfing and 2 World Records in Windsurfing were broken this year which reveals in total since 6 years:

• 13 Multi-discipline National Records
• 3 National Records in Windsurfing
• 9 Multi-discipline World Records (Male & Female)
• 2 World Records in Windsurfing (Male & Female)

One of the best examples of the the performance of the channel is the new German Multi-discipline Speed Record:
The kitesurfer Jochen Bock who came this year believing in the project, with his personal best speed of 42 knots before this event…
After immediately breaking the German kitesurfing record with 46.6 knots (the German speed record for all sailing disciplines was held by a Windsurfer with 46.75 kts at that time), Jochen Bock smashed it and reached 49.36 kts! 7 knots more than his old best performance!
And, even, if we compare previous speeds achieved, who were the best in the world and made here in strong wind, this year the channel has really revealed its’ magic! In 2010, Rob Douglas needed 45 knots of wind to achieve the world kitesurfing record. This year, Sébastien Cattelan did 53.27 kts in 30-35kts!

The Windsurfer Antoine Albeau broke the World Record in 2008 with 49.09 kts in 60 kts of wind in Saintes-Marie-de- la-mer (France) but did 52.05 kts in 40 kts of wind in Lüderitz.!
Windsurfers have caught up with the kitesurfers and the boats and share the front of the stage now. Everything for the future events looks really promising considering the fact that in Lüderitz everybody goes faster in less wind on those crafts represented here, compared to anywhere else on the planet.

The organizers and some riders have already identified improvements for the channel for next year. We can also anticipate the development of new gears and equipment and the valuable experience after participating in the channel. Should they also catch more wind in 2013, which is a really strong probability in this part of the African coast, we predict the fall of more records and the breaking of the 60 kts barrier quite possible for both disciplines.

The French Kitesurfer Sébastien Salerno has well explained the concept: