|Three of kitesurfing's most high profile riders will set out on a challenge to kitesurf across the Atlantic Ocean. Lou Wainman, Ruben Lenten and Susi Mai will join the organiser of this crazy mission, Filippo Ven Helenburg Hubar, on a 6,000 mile crossing from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean.
Completing ocean crossings is all the rage in kiting at the moment, but the Atlantic remains understandably unsuccessfully challenged. Two more riders are yet to be confirmed. Several famous celebrities are super keen kiters, and there are rumours one of them could be involved, but we'll have to wait and see on that.
The actual crossing will be done in a relay format, with each rider kiting for four hours a day while the others follow on a boat. The Southern Route they have chosen has more favourable gulf streams and trade winds, making this the World's Longest Downwinder (a downwinder usually being a joy as you go with the wind, rather than holding your ground against it going backwards and forwards? more like freeriding down a nice powdery mountainside).
The departure date is set for the 21st December (according to the Enable Passion website, this is because it's the day the Maya's say a new world will start). We'll see about the new world, but if they make it, you can be sure there will be a helluva New Year's Eve party in the southern Caribbean!
Watch the promo video here to find out about how Filippo realised his dreams should come true.
And visit the website with more info here: www.enablepassion.com