Kiting Records

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National Records (off the records)

- Farthest in 24 hours

GREENLAND 2010 LEGACY CROSSING. “On 5 June 2010, 25-year-old Eric McNair-Landry (Canada) and 46-year-old Sebastian Copeland (USA/France) kite-skied 595 km (369.72 miles) in 24 hours, covering the distance between on Greenland. The duo established the record speed on day 23 of a 43-day expedition to cross the 2,300-km-long (1429-mile) Greenland icecap from Narsarsuaq in the south to Qaanaaq in the north. They used 14-m (46-ft) Yakusa kites for most the 24-hr period, reaching speeds of 60 km/h (37 mi/h) and beating the previous record of 507.5 km (315.35 miles) by Hugo Rolf Hansen and Bjørn Einar Bjartnes (both Norway) set on 2 July 2009.”

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  • The longest distance kitesurfing in 24 hours is 645.6 km (401.2 miles) and was achieved by Rimas Kinka (Lithuania), off the coast of Islamorada, Florida, USA, on 26 February 2012.
  • The longest kite distance with buggy is 315 km.
  • The longest distance with buggy in a non A to B distance is 1050 km in the 24h SPO Kitebuggy race.

 

Kiting journeys

Wings over Greenland. The veteran polar explorers are the first ever to kite around the world’s largest island. Michael Charavin and Cornelius Strohm sailed 5067 kilometers (3148 miles), in 58 days. The whole expedition was 100% powered by snow kiteboarding. It is also longest kite ski journey of all time. “Wings Over Greenland” was a logistic challenge, so that everything went right.

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The longest Antarctic unsupported snow-kiting expedition was the 3,120 km (1,938.67 miles) straight line vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap achieved by UAE-based adventurer Adrian Hayes (UK) and adventurers Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe (both Canada), which took 67 days from 20 May to 25 July 2009.

The expedition was unsupported: the team travelled this distance carrying all their supplies with them, with no outside help or assistance for the entire duration of the expedition. The team used kites to travel the vast majority of the distance travelled, with approximately 10 days travel used by skiing and hauling sleds when there was no wind. The record is based on straight line distance, not time. Straight line distance is the normal method by which distances are calculated on polar expeditions. The team’s actual distance travelled (considering deviations and tacking whilst using kites) was 4,260 km (2,647.04). Expedition summary: Duration: 67 days 3120 km straight line distance 4160.2 kms total distance Start date: 20 May 2009 Start (Southern most, ie Atlantic Ocean) point : 610100 N, 464430W Midway date: 3 July 2009 Midway (Northern most, ie Arctic Ocean) point : 821348N, 395754W Finish date: 25 July 2009 Finish (Baffin Sea) point: 774205N, 692726W

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