The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 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 was hosted in Cape Town, one of the world’s most stunning and popular kitesurfing destinations with Table Mountain as a backdrop on Saturday 30 January 2016. 431 kitesurfers registered for the event and after a three hour period, 415 kitesurfers had successfully completed the course making Cape Town, South Africa the official new Guinness World Record holders for the “Largest Parade of Kitesurfers”.
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.
The main reason for running Virgin Kitesurfing Armada events is to raise valuable funds for some fantastic local and international charities. At the forthcoming event in Cape Town, all funds raised will be supporting three fantastic charities: Internationally it will be supporting Virgin Unite’s work with entrepreneurs and communities in developing countries and in the UK, the youth charity Snow-Camp’s work with disadvantaged inner city young people.
Congratulations to everyone who took part and became World Record holders – here is looking forward to setting the record even higher next year!
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