Francisco Lufinha sets new Guiness world record for the longest kitesurfing journey

Posted: September 19, 2013 by kirisyko in Kitesurfing, Water
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Portuguese wine center of Oporto along the Dou...

Portuguese wine center of Oporto along the Douro river. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Francisco Lufinha has successfully set a new Guinness World Record for the longest kiteboarding journey, after sailing for 307.5 nautical miles (569 kilometers), along the Portuguese coastline.

Lufinha left the Douro river mouth, in the city of Porto, on the 17th September, at 14h30, and reached Lagos, in the Algarve, on the 18th September, at 20h34.

The Portuguese kiteboarder, 30, sailed past Aveiro (17h) and Nazaré (20h) in the first day. The record was broken in the next morning, with Francisco Lufinha riding more than 199 nautical miles, 20 hours after leaving the Douro Marina.

The MINI Kitesurf Odyssey by Francisco Lufinha was completed without any stop. Food and water were delivered by the support boat.

The previous record for the longest kiteboarding journey was of 199.63 nautical miles (369.71 kilometers) and was achieved by Phillip McCoy Midler, who travelled from South Padre Island, Texas to Matagorda, Texas, USA.

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