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The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2014

19 June 2014 | 11:58 pm

Richard Branson wants 500 GPS-tracked kitesurfers riding together.

Last year, Richard Branson made a plea for as many kitesurfers as possible to join him in creating the ‘Longest parade of kitesurfers’ ever. And he did it! Aiming for a World Record that required at least 250 kitesurfers to be eligible, the Virgin Founder saw a whopping 318 turn out in support.

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It was so much fun that they’re doing it all again. The countdown to the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2014 is on and is set to offer another World Record breaking weekend at Hayling Island, Hampshire, in the UK.

The event will take place on the first weekend of good wind on either September 13-14, 27-28 or October 11-12.

This year, the Armada itself has an ambitious target to get over 500 GPS tracked kitesurfers to ride together on a mass downwinder between Hayling Island to Pagham, 15 miles down the coast. It will combine World Record breaking kitesurfing on the water, alongside a festival including international kite brands, pro kitesurfers, kite films, music, bars, entertainment and fundraising.

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