Anke Brandt and Francisco Lufinha set long distance record at 1,500km

Long distance kitesurfing record 2017

Anke Brandt and Francisco Lufinha have set a new long distance record, covering a staggering 1,500km.


Photos: Tillmans Communications


On the 4th September the duo left Ponta Delgada on the Azores island of Sao Miguel. After a promising start, the pair encountered a no wind zone west of the Azores, resulting in a long wait sat on their boards in the ocean talking turns every eight hours as one of them had to be on the water during the challenge. On the 7th September the wind had returned and the team progressed steadily on towards Lisbon.

Arriving in Oeiras on the 13th September, faces filled with exhaustion and pure joy, they’d set a new long distance record. A team of two kiters has never covered such a distance before!


Photos: Tillmans Communications

Anke Brandt and Francisco Lufinha have proven to be the right ones to conquer this kind of challenge as both are very experienced riders, holding world records in long distance kitesurfing. Anke covered 491km nonstop from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi in 30 hours. Francisco spent 47h 37min on the board when he completed the 874kmĀ  distance between Lisboa and the island of Madeira in 2015.

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