Kite surfers ready for flight across the Torres Strait

Posted: July 12, 2013 by kirisyko in Kitesurfing, Water
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Richard Hatherall is part of a team of kite surfers who will lug a giant pair of fibreglass breasts across Torres Strait.
A giant pair of fibreglass breasts will be part of a 280-kilometre voyage across the Torres Strait, in a bid to raise awareness for the McGrath Foundation breast cancer charity.

Sixteen kite-surfers with bright pink kites will tow the “boob sled” from the tip of Cape York to Saibai Island near Papua New Guinea from tomorrow morning.

Richard Hatherall says they have been training hard to prepare to kite surf for up to six hours a day for around a week.

“The most important thing we’ve been doing is squats and lunges,” he said.

“It’s really the muscles in your leg that’s going to take the pain.

“If someone does fall in – and it will happen – then we’ve got five boats with us. The boats will aim to pick up any stragglers within minutes of them going into the water.

“Hopefully that’ll be enough time to avoid them taking a nibble.”

He says the sled is designed to attract attention and raise awareness for the McGrath Foundation.

“Quite simply it’s a huge … pair of boobs that is going to float on the water and we’re actually going to take turns to tow it.

“For the kite-surfing expedition we thought it’d be a great thing to take across to go along with our pink kites.”

Good luck-what a great challenge for a great cause!


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