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Bruno Sroka crosses English Channel in record time

Bruno Sroka  2012, May 17

6 a.m. Have left the house at about 6 a.m. this morning and headed to Saint Quay Portrieux (Bay of St. Brieuc) for the English channel crossing by kitesurf. At about 10 a.m. was in the water warming up my muscles and getting ready to go for a final destination at bay of Plymouth. Right after departure the helicopter joined us and we have got some great footages for you to offer later on.

Will post more news later on and will give you more detailed information.

18 p.m. I just broke the record for crossing the English Channel by kitesurf and became the first kiteboarder that reached the Olympic Games city!!  So excited and so happy at this moment!

The crossing was quite a tough one. Strong and gusty winds reaching up to 25-30 knots and 3 meter waves in the middle of the channel. The hardest part was to keep my speed and have a boat following me during that section. Unfortunately the currants were going against the wind which made me work even harder. I could see the pilot of the boat making its best to keep up with me but the waves were playing with the boat as a kid with its toy. And finally the shipping tankers. Got to cross those too. As for the kite equipment I was using 13m kite and had my race board. 100 nautical miles I made it in 5hours (still needs to be confirmed by the gps)! This is fascinating, I am very happy!

Never the less it feels so grateful to become a first kiteboarder that reaches the Olympic Games of 2012!! I am overwhelmed!

At the moment heading back to France…this time not by kite! Will post more news and explications tomorrow.

April 22, 2012


Bruno Sroka Kitesurf Champion is going to kitesurf across the 100 nautical miles of English Channel and attempt to beat the world record of 5 hours 20 minutes. To mark the occasion of Kitesurfing’s inclusion as an official Olympic sport in the Rio 2016 Games – Sroka will promote the sport doing what he does best – Undertaking a Serious Sporting Challenge!

About Bruno – Bruno Sroka is France’s number one kitesurfer. He has won the Course Racing World Cup 3 times, as well as winning the European Championship 3 times. He is the first and the only kitesurfer to cross the Cape Horn by kitesurf. He is also a philanthropist&actively promotes the Green Cross, Peace and Sport, l’UNSS, of which he is an ambassador.

Contact press release: pr.brunosroka@gmail.com Follow me: twitter – @brunosroka; facebook – fan athlete page bruno sroka.

Posted: May 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM
By: John Bryja

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