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Old 11 July 2011, 07:42   #1
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I saw this today concerning a kite surfing channel crossing--
Two British kite surfers have become the first men to succeed in successfully kite surfing across the English Channel. The two intrepid kiters Wayne “Worsil” and Tom “Tiny tops” battled with extreme conditions to complete the epic journey.
The pair were supported by two rib boats. The intrepid kite boarders raised cash for Demelsea, a children’s charity institution as well as cracking the World Record.
Tom and Wayne had to battle against huge swells when they started the attempt. Gusty wind conditions also made the attempt a little harder for the adventurers. Amazingly the two managed to push forward on to the French coast even though conditions were so extreme that one rib capsized.
Instead of deterring them the decision was made that they had to complete the expedition.
Two hours and 30 minutes after setting off from Blighty, the two kite surfers made it to the Boulogne, France. The exhausted pair were delighted to have made it in one piece and despite the conditions everyone had made the trip successfully.
Congratulations to both Tom and Wayne, you guys deserve a rest and your spot in the Guinness Book of Records.


Does not tell us what happened to RIB
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Old 11 July 2011, 07:53   #2
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That must be an error as I was driving one rib and neither nearly capsized? There was a swell but nothing to drastic. The rib did a stuff nothing out of the ordinary it has just been exaggerated by the customers who had not stuffed before.... A great crossing though and well done to the guys
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Old 11 July 2011, 07:55   #3
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Excellent- just shows that Twitter entries need checking as that is how it was posted as a headline and then the info in the link. Glad it went well as there were some big seas

This is how it is being published-
"Kite Surfers crack record crossing the English Channel supported by RIB that flips in harsh conditions.....whoops! "
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I was driving one rib and neither nearly capsized
Cool. When was the crossing?
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A couple of weeks ago. We have taken 7 groups across in the last couple of years as well as myself doing it.
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A couple of weeks ago. We have taken 7 groups across in the last couple of years as well as myself doing it.
So not the first then?
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So not the first then?
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Redthunder,

Would you be up for taking two chaps on stand up jet skis?
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Nice one Redthunder!

Good to see a 6.5/650 doing her stuff (pun intended) in the lumps...



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I was driving the other rib, I must agree that there is a big mistake here, there were some nice swells out there but nothing special, my boat handled the 4 to 5m swell with ease, I was the lead boat and missed the ‘dramatic stuff’ that redthunder did but both boats and crew were fine. I think this might be some words from non ribsters talking!!
My respect to the guys for kiting across but they are not the first and not the fastest, I was privileged enough to escort Chris Bull, Rob Campbell, Andrew John, and Michel Carnet back on October 5th 2004 and they did a double crossing, from Dungerness to France and back to Folkstone in just over four hours! I have done numerous crossings since then, most of them with my good friend redthunder and all crossings worked out well. We are very professional about what we do and would not have done or even contemplated doing a crossing if the weather conditions weren’t favourable.
Again, well done to Wayne “Worsil” and Tom “Tiny tops” for their achieving their goal and raising the money for Demelsea!
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