8 of the Biggest Kitesurfing Records
Kitesurfing has become a very popular sport, with more and more people taking kites to the sea and giving it a go themselves. There are numerous competitions and events held around the world every year for professionals to showcase and test their skills. When kitesurfers aren’t practising at their local beach or competing in an event, they may attempt to break records and get their name in the books. In this blog, we take a look at an array of different kitesurfing records that have been set over the years.
The Most People Riding A Kitesurf Board
Back in 2014, on the 2nd of February, the record was broken for the most people riding a kitesurf board. Four people took the same board on the waves at Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. The four people were Alice Galliers, Susi Mai, Alison DiSpaltro and the founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson!
The Longest Journey Kitesurfing by A Female
Nika Ballus from Spain took to the waves in Brazil in June 2017 and achieved an incredible 1016.10km, which equals 631.38 miles! She travelled from Maxaranguape to Luis Correia, over the course of 18 days, with breaks.
The Youngest Female Kitesurfing World Champion
Gisela Pulido from Spain won her first Kiteboard Pro World Tour championship in November 2004 when she was just 10 years and 294 days old. Furthermore, in August 2007 at the age of 13 years and 224 days, she won her first Professional Kiteboard Riders Association title. To add to this success, Gisela Pulido became the youngest athlete to be nominated for the Laureus Award. Additionally, she was the youngest to become a four-time kitesurfing world champion and three-time champ in the Kiteboard Pro World Tour series.
Fastest Speed Kitesurfing by A Man
On the 11th of November 2013, the adrenaline junkie Alexandre Caizergues from France took to Port St Louis in his home country to try and achieve the world record for the fastest speed kitesurfing by a male. He set the record at an incredible 56.62 knots which equals 65.16mph!
The Oldest Person to Kiteboard the English Channel
Richard Branson has been known for setting world records, now with seven under his belt. Some of these include the richest presenter of reality television and for having the most followers on LinkedIn. He has also achieved a world record for being the oldest person to kiteboard the English Channel! 61 years old at the time of the world record attempt, Richard Branson started in Dymchurch, Kent and kitesurfed to Wimereux in northern France. He achieved this distance in an impressive three hours and 45 minutes.
The Longest Kitesurfing Journey by A Male
Francisco Lufinha from Portugal performed the longest male solo kitesurfing journey in July 2015. He kitesurfed from Lisbon, Portugal towards Madeira, a total distance of 862km! During this, he did not stop and travelled for a total of two days.
The Most Kitesurfing World Championships Achieved by A Female
Between the years of 2005 and 2008, Kristin Boese from Germany achieved the most kitesurfing world championship titles by a woman. She set the world record at nine and this consisted of both the PKRA and KPWT federations. Here is a list of her nine titles:
- 2005 PKRA Freestyle World Champion
- 2005 PKRA Wave World Champion
- 2006 PKRA Freestyle World Champion
- 2006 PKRA Slider & Kicker World Champion
- 2007 PKRA Boardercross World Champion
- 2007 KPWT Overall World Champion
- 2007 KPWT Wave World Champion
- 2007 KPWT Course Racing World Champion
- 2008 KPWT Course Racing World Champion
The Largest Parade of Kitesurfers
On the 22nd of September 2019, the Winds for Future Kite Parade took to Praia do Cumbuco, Brazil and set the record for the largest parade of kitesurfers. For one hour and 52 minutes, the parade consisted of 596 participants.
Here at F-One Kites, we specialise in a range of high-performance watersports equipment. If you are interested in kitesurfing in the UK, take a look at our range today and get your hands on some of your own gear. To ensure you buy the perfect board for you and your level of skill, take a look at our ultimate guide to buying a kiteboard. Once you have your equipment, what better place to start than taking to the waves at one of the best kitesurfing beaches in the UK?