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Now its official! GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ confirms Cape Town’s new Kitesurfing World Record

Guinness World Records™ have now confirmed that the record set by 415 kitesurfers in Cape Town on 30thJanuary has been approved as an official Guinness World Record – and details of the successful attempt have been added to their website: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-parade-of-kite-surfers

Saturday 30 January 2016 provided the perfect conditions for the world record attempt, with just a light breeze in the morning as hundreds of kitesurfers registered at the Dolphin Beach Hotel and continued onto the beach to set up for the start. The wind picked up in the afternoon and there was already a buzz as news broke that the total number of entries surpassed Spain’s record, giving early confidence the record could indeed be broken. The record is judged on a one mile course that was marked out between Dolphin Beach and Doodles along the Tableview stretch of coastline.

The wind then strengthened at the perfect moment for the forecasted start time of 1pm, and professional kitesurfer and Ambassador for the Kitesurfing Armada Lewis Crathern (UK) sounded the airhorn for the official start of the attempt. The sky was quickly filled with colour as kites were launched into the air and riders made their way onto the course.

431 kitesurfers registered for the event and after a three hour period, 415 kitesurfers had successfully completed the course and had been counted in by witnesses at the finish line – enough to make an announcement that Cape Town had broken the record, subject to verification by Guinness.

Sir Richard Branson, a keen kitesurfer and supporter of the event, was one of the first to congratulate everyone involved, saying: “Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada and achieved the Guinness World Record. I have participated in the event in previous years and experienced first hand the thrill of getting out there in the thick of the action, and riding together with a wonderful group of people. It’s a fantastic result and thousands have been raised for charity. There’s nothing better than doing good and having fun at the same time!”

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish said, “We always hoped the Kitesurfing Armada in Cape Town would be spectacular – and it didn’t let us down. It was an amazing day, the wind couldn’t have been better and the view of hundreds of kiters together in front of Table Mountain was awesome. A huge thank you to everyone who came down, got involved and made the event such a success!”

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the generous sponsorship of WeChat, and Brett Loubser, Head of WeChat said, “We believe that technology can enable everyone to achieve their goals. As an organisation committed to connecting friends and families, we are pleased that our technology can be used in this way to connect participants and sporting communities and to also support them in the achievement of their dreams!”

Local event organisor Tyrone Rawlins from One Movement Events said, “I have been a kitesurfer for many years and I have never seen that amount of kites laid out with such precision, the launch teams did a fantastic job to get everyone off the beach safely and the atmosphere was incredible, everyone seemed to be beaming and they hadn’t even got onto the water yet!”

Minister for Economic Opportunity for the Western Cape, Alan Winde, said that setting this record was hugely exciting for the region: “We took the record with 415 kitesurfers and I’d like to thank the Kitesurfing Armada for their support of our province. Cape Town is fast becoming a leading destination for the sport, attracting kiters from across the world. I am confident this event will raise our profile even further. Successes like this one are excellent for our economy, in particular for our tourism sector.”

As always, the Kitesurfing Armada’s aim is also to support local charities through the event, with all entry fees being donated to good causes and a range of other fundraising initiatives taking place during the day. – Carla Ferreira, Founder of SAVE Foundation said:

“SAVE Foundation was thrilled to take part in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa on 30 January 2016. As an official beneficiary non-profit organization, the outreach programs that SAVE runs will greatly benefit from the contributions of all of the kitesurfers who participated on the day. The youth who are a part of our Kite Outreach Project were excited to assist with the preparation and landing of the kites, and the volunteers and staff eagerly helped with the operation of the day; running the registration station, ushering crowds, and being stewards for the kiters on the water. SAVE Foundation couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the event, congratulations to everyone involved!”

If you would still like to make a donation to support the charities you can do so at http://www.armadaevents.co.uk/

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa was made possible by some great support of sponsors: WeChat, a free messaging and calling app that allows you to easily connect with family and friends across countries, The City of Cape Town, Dolphin Beach Hotel, VanHunks Boarding, the South African Kiteboarding Association and the entire local kiteboarding industry.

Local promoter Andre de Wet said, “For something like this to come together it requires everyone to pull together. And after eighteen months of planning and preparation, with an amazing team of sponsors and supporters, it’s a fantastic feeling to know that we did it!’

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish added: ‘The stunning images of the Cape Town Armada have now been beamed around the World and we have already had contact from organisations in Italy, Australia, USA, China and the Netherlands to discuss running events in their countries. It’s an exciting time for the event and we look forward to seeing where it all leads.’

The next Virgin Kitesurfing Armada takes place between 17-19 June on Hayling Island in the UK. For more info please see www.armadaevents.co.uk or go to the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kitesurfingarmada

Organisers have also just released the official film of the event which can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/_zFoYpgd0CI

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Notes for editors:

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada is a unique GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title breaking event, attempting to break the record for the “Largest Parade of Kitesurfers”. It brings together the kitesurfing community and industry for an action packed day of kitesurfing, entertainment and fundraising for local and international charities.
Launched in the United Kingdom in 2013, the first Virgin Kitesurfing Armada was lead off by Sir Richard Branson, setting a new Guinness World Record. In 2014 the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Spain broke the record with a huge 352 participants.
The main reason for running Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events is to raise valuable funds for some fantastic local and international charities. All proceeds from Cape Town entries, as well as funds raised through the Virgin Giving pages, raffle draws and the auction of an autographed board signed by all the professional kitesufers participating went to supporting three fantastic charities:
Virgin Unite who work internationally with entrepreneurs and communities in developing countries.
Snow-Camp that operate out of the UK who work with disadvantaged inner city young people.
Save Foundation – a local organisation based in Tableview. The SAVE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization that works to enrich, educate, and empower various township and settlement communities, as well as protect and rehabilitate wildlife in areas of Africa. In addition to the educational projects, SAVE has also developed numerous Sport and Youth Development programs as an incentive program for youth to continue with their education and become ambitious contributing members of society.

 

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Virgin Kitesurfing Armada sets new World Record in Cape Town

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada took place today in South Africa, bringing together hundreds of kitesurfers in an attempt to break the record for the ‘Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’ , currently held by Spain. In fantastic conditions, the kiting community came together to support the event, and the atmosphere on the beach was fantastic.

After 3 hours of kitesurfing the World Record was smashed – with a total of 415 kitesurfers completing the one mile course between Dolphin Beach and Doodles.

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish said, ‘ We always hoped the Kitesurfing Armada in Cape Town would be spectacular – and it didn’t let us down. It was an amazing day, the wind couldn’t have been better and the view of hundreds of kiters together in front of Table Mountain was awesome. A huge thank you to everyone who came down, got involved and made the event such a success!’

The  Virgin Kitesurfing Armada was supporting 3 charities including local Cape Town organisation the SAVE Foundation, who support township children through education and sports development – and many of the young people they work with were helping on the beach and landing kites.

Local promoter Andre de Wet said, ‘After eighteen months of planning and preparation, with an amazing team of sponsors and supporters, it’s a fantastic feeling to know that we did it! Now we just need to retain the Record every year!’

A full press release will be coming out in due course, giving all the details of the day. A huge thank you to sponsors Virgin, WeChat, Van Hunks, Dolphin Beach Hotel, Cape Town Council and the South African Kitesurfing Association.

If you would like to run a Kitesurfing Armada event in your country, please contact dan@kitesurfingarmada.com

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All Recent VKSA South Africa Press Releases:

Press Release 1 (15th January 2016)

Press Release 2 (25th January 2016)

Press Release 3 (28th January 2016)

Virgin Kitesurfing Armada aims to break Guinness World Record in Cape Town

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa is a unique GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title breaking attempt, bringing together the kitesurfing community and industry from around the world for an action packed day of kitesurfing, entertainment and fundraising for local and international charities.

Launched in the UK in 2013, the first Virgin Kitesurfing Armada was lead off by Sir Richard Branson, setting a new Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’ and raising £70,000 for charity. In 2014 the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Spain broke the record with a huge 352 participants – Spain are still the current World Record holders.

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa will now be hosted in Cape Town, one of the world’s most stunning and popular kitesurfing destinations with Table Mountain as a backdrop. The wind window for the attempt is between 29 and 31 January 2016, when professional and amateur kitesurfers from around the world will come together in an attempt to bring the Guinness World Record to South Africa.

The main reason for running Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events is to raise funds for some fantastic local and international charities. At the forthcoming event in Cape Town, all funds raised will be supporting three fantastic charities: In Cape Town, we will be supporting the work of innovative local Community Development Programme the Save Foundation. Internationally we will be supporting Virgin Unite’s work with entrepreneurs and communities in developing countries and in the UK we will be supporting youth charity Snow-Camp’s work with disadvantaged inner city young people. (The UK charity that had the idea for the first ever Kitesurfing Armada back in 2013!)

Kitesurfers participating in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events have previously raised over £150,000 for charity collectively through their donations and Virgin Giving pages.

Kitesurfing Armada events would not be possible without the backing of local and international brands. Virgin has given their support and encouragement and been hugely positive, their experience in delivering and promoting events has been invaluable. Naturally, having the personal support of Sir Richard Branson also adds a great deal to the event and we are looking forward to having Sir Richard’s backing for the Cape Town event this year.

WeChat are the major sponsor for the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa 2016. WeChat is a free messaging and calling app that allows you to easily connect with family and friends across countries. We will be using WeChat across the event to connect everyone and communicate updates! The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa also has a tremendous amount of support from the City of Cape Town, Dolphin Beach Hotel, Van Hunks Boarding and the South African Kitesurfing Association. The local kitesurfing industry have also all committed their support to the event.

Entries for the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada South Africa are now open and all kitesurfers can enter by either scanning the QR code on the event posters using WeChat, or online at: www.armadaevents.co.uk

We are looking forward to a great event with positive results, both in claiming a Guinness World Record for South Africa and raising valuable funds for the selected charities. So, to all kitesurfers: Sign up and support the event, join the kitesurfing community in doing something great AND become a Guinness World Record holder yourself! See you on beach!

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