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Last September Diets Don’t Work creator Adam Atkinson took part in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada – an attempt to set a world record for the largest armada of kite surfers on the water at the same time. The parade was led out by keen kitesurfer Richard Branson, and succeeded in setting a record with 318 kite surfers passing through the one mile course at Hayling Island. The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada was featured in all the main UK media outlets, from the BBC to the Telegraph.
This year the event will be repeated and we hope to break our own record.
The actual kitesurfing is no walk in the park; each kite is attached to a bar with 24m lines. The beach is not huge, so it is quite an organisational task to get everyone lined up and ready to go with no tangles! After passing through the marked course the kiters then have to sail a downwinder some 15 miles to Pagham. Proper packing is a must as you need clothes to get the transit back to Hayling, so a waterproof bag and rucksack are also attached to each kitesurfer. More likely than not the event will once again be in challenging conditions. Last year Adam also had a dislocated mid-foot to reckon with!
How can you help? It’s easy! Just visit Adam’s virgin giving page and sponsor him. Every pound helps.
by Adam Atkinson