Fastest crossing of the English Channel
on a wakeboard - Edward Bosso sets world record
RADLEY, England -- 17-year-old Edward
Bosson, from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, student at
England's Radley College, managed to 'wakeboard' 21 miles
across the English Channel, from Dover, England, to Cap Gris-Nez,
France, in slightly more than 2 hours - setting
the new world record for the Fastest
crossing of the English Channel on a wakeboard while
raising funds for the Hope and Homes for Children charity.
“I thought it would be a very good
thing to do, it was a challenge and I got to raise money for
charity,” said the teenager, who is also a cox for the Great
Britain junior men’s rowing team and has wakeboarded for about
“When we got about a mile off shore it
became quite rough and choppy and I fell off about 14 times.
Every time you fall off it makes it harder as you become tired.
“I had no breaks thought. If I had I don’t
think I would have been able to do it. I am really happy.”
The teenager, who fell off his board
14 times during his journey, said the feat raised more than
$1,500 for the Hope and Homes for Children charity.
While others have successfully water skied
across the Channel Edward, originally from Beaconsfield, Bucks,
said no one had achieved it in this form.
The Radley College student, who is
currently studying for his A-levels, achieved the feat from
Dover to Cap Gris-Nez in just over two hours.
His 48 year-old parents, Alison, a
doctor and Paul, a finance director, said on Monday they were
proud of his achievement.
“Like all teenagers he wanted a challenge
and he took it on and we are quite chuffed for him,” Mr Bosson
told The Daily Telegraph.
“My wife was saying she was concerned for
his health but in the end he was able to do it. He was not
collapsing on the beach but he was certainly tired. He was
also in very good spirits.”
Bosson said Guinness World records
officials told him no one has claimed a record for wakeboarding
across the channel.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010