Kitesurfers to attempt transatlantic crossing from Canaries to TCI

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Friday November 8, 2013 – Legend holds that Christopher Columbus made first landfall in the New World on the shores of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Now, six riders of the Atlantic Kite Challenge plan to duplicate that alleged landmark in a style uniquely their own.

The six adventurers are scheduled to depart Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands between November 20 and 25 and embark on the first-ever, non-stop 6,000-km crossing of the Atlantic Ocean bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The gruelling South Atlantic crossing, which will feature social media posts with photos of all six participants, will see the kiteboarders taking over from each other every two hours as they surf around the clock.

Throughout this longest ever “downwinder,” they will be supported by a 50-foot catamaran, Lagoon 500 Double A, and its professional crew.  A television crew documenting the crossing will also be on board.

The boardsailors are expected to reach Turks and Caicos between December 7 and 15, and their arrival will coincide with the opening of Blue Haven Resort and Marina, the “official arrival destination” hotel for the Atlantic Kite Challenge. A three-day celebration is scheduled to welcome the kitesurfers.

The Atlantic Kite Challenge is the brainchild of Netherlands-based Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, founder of the Enable Passion Foundation.

Enable Passion is a non-profit foundation that strives to inspire people in realizing their passions by organizing and carrying out extraordinary and pioneering projects.

Hubar will be one of the six kitesurfers participating in the Challenge, along with Max Blom, also from the Netherlands; Camilla Ringvold of Norway, Bruno Sroka of France, Francisco Lufinha of Portugal and Eric Pequeno from the United States.

“We are so pleased to have found the perfect arrival destination for our venture. Turks and Caicos is a very well-known kiting destination with stunning clear water. After the long journey through the entire Atlantic Ocean, the warm waters around Blue Haven and its outstanding facilities will more than make up for the hardships of the crossing,” Hubar said. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)