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Kitesurfer crossing the English ChannelMenacing territoryBBC NEWS VIDEO: Click here to see the boys on the BBC news last night!
Five lads from Brighton hatched a plan last year to cross the Channel, from Dover, UK to Calais, France in aid of Motor Neurones Disease Association. They aren't the first to do it, and indeed others have gone there and back, but they are just regular riders from down the beach, who've never done anything like this before.
Jamie's dad was diagnosed with the disease seven months ago. An incredibly fit man who was still fell running at 75-years-old. "He sadly passed away on 14 of Feb 2009. The MND Association have been an amazing support throughout this difficult time. To raise some money and to show our appreciation for their help, we decided we would do this to try and give something back to them." says Jamie.
They completed the 30+ mile journey in just under three hours on Wednesday 6th May. Powered on 12 metre kites, most of
kitesurfing across the English Channl
Robby going for the Guiness record as the first strapless surfboard rider
the journey was a gruelling broad reach, working the kites a lot to keep on the plane. That and the rolling swells in the middle of the shipping lane, not to mention the occaisional mega tanker, made things even trickier.
Kiteworld were on board a support boat to catch all the action and, once the sea legs have gone and the room has stopped spinning after 9 hours in a small rib, we'll publish an online gallery and story in the newsletter that goes out next week.
The channel crusaders were: Jamie, Robby, Simon, Matt and Ian.
Visit their Just Giving fund raising page by clicking Kitesurfer crossing the Channel for Motor Neurones Disease AssociationOu est la plage?here
Watch their training video by clicking here
The boys would like to thanks their quiz night sponsors:
Bracklesham Boardriders
Neilson Active Holidays
Slack Hammock T Shirts
Surflines
Hove Lagoon
Banana Park
Fat Face
Ibex internet
USP Media
Sea France
RRD
Kitesurfers arriving in France
Land ahoy... finally!

The kitesurfing Channel crossers
The team in Hove

Added: 2009-05-07

Category: News

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