Later this month, six kiteboarders will soar from the port of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands embarking on reportedly the first-ever, non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. They will be bound for the Blue Haven Resort and Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
Kiteboarding is a kite-powered means of transportation on snow, ice or water. It combines aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport.
Following a Southern Atlantic route, their arrival—two to three weeks later—is estimated between Dec. 7 and Dec. 15.
During the crossing—which will feature daily social media posts with photos of all six participants—the adventurers will take over from one another every two hours during the 3,728-mile-long journey, surfing both day and night. In this extreme long distance "downwinder" they will be supported by a 50-foot catamaran and its professional crew. A TV crew will also be on board documenting the crossing.
The Atlantic Kite Challenge is the brainchild of Netherlands-based Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, founder of the Enable Passion Foundation. Filippo will be one of the six kiteboarders partaking in the Challenge along with Max Blom, also from the Netherlands. The team also includes: Camilla Ringvold of Norway, Bruno Sroka of France and Francisco Lufinha of Portugal. American Eric Pequeno was chosen as the sixth kiteboarder through a social media competition on Facebook.
Sponsors include: Blue Haven Resort and Marina, Mystic, Urge, Slingshot and GoPro.
The Enable Passion Foundation is a non-profit foundation that strives to inspire people in realizing their passions, by organizing and carrying out extraordinary and pioneering projects.