Largest parade of kitesurfers: South Africa broke Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- South Africa Virgin Kitesurfing Armada broke the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of kitesurfers; 415 successfully crossed the finish line, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: South Africa broke the Guinness world record for the largest parade of kitesurfers at an event when 415 kitesurfers took part in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2016 in Table View. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the most people to ride a kitesurf board simultaneously is four and was achieved by Richard Branson and Alice Galliers (both UK), Susi Mai (Germany) and Alison DiSpaltro (USA) at Necker Island, British Virgin Islands on 2 February 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest distance kitesurfing in 24 hours; it 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.
Hundreds of local and international kitesurfers gathered to complete the 2.7 kilometer [1.5 mile] stretch from Dolphin Beach to Doodles Beachfront in Blouberg, Cape Town on the country's south-west coast.
With 431 entries, only 415 successfully crossed the finish line to be officially included in the World Record.
Kitesurfing is still a new sport in South Africa. The windy beach conditions along the coast have led to a gradual growth of the sport in the region.
The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada supports three charities, including local Cape Town organisation the Save Foundation, which supports township children through education and sports development.