Guinnes World record in Necker Island
Sir Richard Branson was challenged by friend and champion kitesurfer Susi Mai to take kitesurfing to a whole new level.
From his home on Necker Island, the veteran kitesurfer and Mai set out to see how many people they could get up on a kite board at one time. After successfully equalling the current Guinnes World Records (GWR) title for three people riding a kitesurf board, Richard and Susi set their sights on adding a new GWR title to his extraordinary list of record achievements. These include leading 318 kitesurfers to break the GWR title for the largest parade of kite surfers.
Recruiting from the team on Necker Island, Richard and friends achieved four up on a kiteboard at the one time, setting a new GWR title for the Most people riding a kitesurf board.
Thoughts are already racing about getting a bigger board and going for five up.
GWR Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said “We enjoy working with Richard on his quests to add further records to his already growing list and we’re delighted to announce that he has achieved another one! His passion for kitesurfing as well as oceanic related records is truly inspiring and we eagerly await what he has planned for the future.”
Richard Branson record rreaking fast facts
- In 1987 Richard Branson set the record for the first hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic
- In 1991 Richard Branson was in the first balloon to cross the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada
- From 1995 to 1998, Sir Richard, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett made attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon
- In 2012 Branson was the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel
- In 2013, Branson led the largest number of kitesurfers ever to complete a one-mile course
- In 2014 Branson broke the record for the most people riding a kitesurf board
- Richard Branson has the most followers on Linkedin
(All photos by Christian Black)