Damien LeRoy and the Epic Adventures crew set a new world record!

Florida to the Bahamas – The Gulf Stream challenge presented by Epic Adventures


On Saturday, December 16th, history was made as Nick Ziegler, Rich Gardner and Damien LeRoy were the first to kiteboard though the Gulf Stream, crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Pompano Beach in Florida to Bimini, in the Bahamas, by hydrofoil. It was an international adventure and a challenge never attempted before on a foil!

Images: David Daniels & Antonio Marques



Conditions that day were questionable, but the team was ready for action. A small cold front was passing through but the big question was when would it hit? The Florida marine forecast showed winds of 10 to 15 knots and a one to two foot swell and, at 12:24pm, Nick hit the water in winds of just 5mph! It was tricky, but not impossible, to keep a kite in the sky and so the challenge was on with Nick, Rich & Damo all riding 15 metre Cabrinha Contra kites and getting up on their foils. 



Everyone questioned whether they would make it one mile, let alone 63 miles to the Bahamas, and then during the four plus hour adventure they fought cramps, marginal winds, excessive winds, tankers, clumps of seaweed, and the nagging wonderment at what might be lurking below. After a tough slog, the three adventurers made landfall at 4:41pm on the beautiful beaches of Bimini Sands Resort. They covered the full 63 miles distance in 4 hrs 17 minutes, landing at Bimini Sands in the Bahamas all in one piece and fully stoked!



Rich Gardner – age 56

 “I am getting too old for breaking Guinness records! I started cramping on the first dive of the kite!” 


Nick Ziegler  – age 30

“I just wanted to prove that if you put your mind to something and accompanied that with pride, determination and hard work you can achieve anything.” 


Damien LeRoy – age 36

“Time is so precious, live now as tomorrow may never come! Believe in yourself and anything is possible.”



Find out more about the Epic Adventures posse at www.epicadventuresfl.com

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