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Kite surfing world record broken for ski charity
Sunday September 15, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

Sir Richard Branson led the field as Virgin gave its backing to an event that was raising money for Snow-Camp. It is a charity that helps inner city children become involved in snowsports,

318 kitesurfers made the one mile journey from Hayling Island on Sunday. They broke the record and then many carried on further east raising money.

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada  was the 'Largest Parade of kitesurfers' ever assembled.

Sir Richard is the oldest person to have crossed the channel by kitesurf, so he's no stranger to the sport.

We previewed the event in this earlier story on PlaneSKI with details of Sir Richard's experience and also his love of skiing.

We have also raced against him in Verbier. Smile

The event was created and hosted by Snow-Camp, a UK charity working with young people through the medium of snow sports.

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Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief and official adjudicator from the Guinness World Records, witnessed and recorded this new achievement.

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Participants were required to complete a one-mile course in order to break the record and in the spirit of things, they then continued on 46 miles to Lancing.

"We are absolutely delighted to have set this new world record for the largest parade of kite surfers ever. It's been phenomenal to see the response of the kite surfing community coming together to support this first kite surfing Amada event," said Dan Charlish, Director of Snow-Camp.

"To be led by Sir Richard Branson was just fantastic". He continues; "We have raised about £60,000, which is an incredible platform to build on over the next 5 years. This allows us to offer the unique combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes to support inner-city young people".

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Sir Richard enthused about his day.

"I'm passionate about kite surfing and I think this was a fantastic and fun event in support of some great causes, certainly the first of its kind and incredibly positive for the sport.  We are delighted to be involved and we are so happy to have set a new Guinness World Record by bringing kite surfers together from across the UK," he said.

Some were also in fancy dress.

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As well as snow-camp the event raised money for Virgin Unite and the RNLI.

The participants paid £20 to enter the event and each had to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

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Also giving her support was Sir Richard's Mum.

"My mum Eve, who is enjoying her 90th year, was on the beach cheering us on. Having been on plenty of adventures herself, it was lovely to share another exciting challenge with her today," Sir Richard added.

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