New Kitesurfing World Record set in Tarifa on Sunday

    Yesterday, Sunday 31 August, kitesurfers in Tarifa broke the world record for the most kitesurfers sailing together at one time.
    A new Guinness World Record was set, of 352 kiters, breaking the previous one of 318 set in Hayling Island, UK, last year.
    A precursor to the PKRA World Kitesurfing Championship, which takes place in Andalucia's "Capital of Windsurfing" from 30 August to 7 September, the attempt was hosted by 10-times World Champion Gisela Pulido, who won the Masters of Kiteboarding in Tarifa in June. Sadly Sir Richard Branson, whose global company Virgin sponsors the PKRA and is himself a keen kiter and serial record-breaker, setting a world record for oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel in 2012, was unable to attend.
    The "parade" of kitesurfers sailed on their downwinder in a 3.5km-long area located 1km off Playa de los Lances, towards Valdevaqueros, starting from the Best Pro Center at km81.5 on the N340. All 352 of them had to be surfing at the same time within a stretch of one mile.
    Part of the proceeds from entry fees went to Virgin Unite, the company's charity arm.
    For more information about the event, see Virgin Kitesurfing Armada.

Watch a video about last year's Virgin Kitesurfing Armada event on Hayling Island, Hampshire. Branson himself took part in breaking the world record.
Blog published on 29 August 2014