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Kiteboard crossing England - Holland

Postby Lord of the Boards » Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:39 pm

Today, august 8 2005, 2 Dutch kiteboarders have attempted to cross the Englisch channel by kite. Stef de Jong and Gerhard van Geest started of at Lowestoft, England at about 10 am (Dutch time) for the 107 miles trip to Zandvoort, Holland.
Half way, Gerhard had problems with his gear and unfortunately the sea was too rough to give him a new kite,so he had to give up.
Stef continued on his own and at 6 pm he finally stepped ashore at Zandvoort.

This is a new world record for long distance kiting. Bad luck for Gerhard, but:
:thumb: Congratulations Stef! :thumb:

There will be more info on Stef's website soon I think: http://www.kitesite.nl (Dutch)

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ENGLISH CHANNEL X-ING

Postby trey3 » Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:49 pm

CONGRATS :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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Postby Toby » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:26 pm

cool stuff!

congrats, great job Stef!

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Postby Tom183 » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:37 pm

Wow - that's huge... 107miles, 8hrs!

Nice work! :thumb:

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Postby Sake » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:48 pm

Great achievement and perfect "kitesurfing news".
It was on the dutch National major TV and radio (and kidsnews TV)

http://www.planet.nl/upload_mm/c/4/b/im ... neBild.jpg

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Postby Lord of the Boards » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:19 pm

I just checked out the newsreport on TV. He has achieved 2 records now.

1 The longest distance on a kiteboard.
2 The fastest crossing of the Channel bij sailing craft.

Really, really cool.

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Postby RickI » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:19 pm

Well done Stef!!! Looking forward to hearing the blow by blow story.

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Postby TheRussian » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:46 am

well done guys... that must have been hard work

the return channel crossing we did last year (a mere 55 miles) was done in 3 1/2 hours...... and that was difficult enough with 12m & 25-28knots.

Those waves get big! and dodging the ships is "interesting".

We will start plotting to get the record (or one of them) back :D

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Postby Scribbler » Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:09 am

The Russian to Defend England's Honour...

Go on my son,

How about a downwinder to t'Reefer?

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Postby jasevinda » Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:16 am

No worries

Dreya is going for the record soon

Cornwal to Ireland


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