Last year, the South Coast of England saw the longest-long-distance windsurfing event. Guy Cribb had this crazy and challenging idea. He waited for the right forecast and motivated some friends to join him in the Challenge. The event (107 miles) was held in radical conditions, with gusts of 55 knots. Only three riders made it all the way from start to finish (John Skye, Matt Wemms and Guy Cribb), But they got the support of many other riders along the way (Chris Audsley, Jamie Hawkins, Simon Dawkins and many more). This achievement made them winners of the Andy Funnel Award last year (in the pic, Guy receives the award from Trevor and Linda Funnel).
This year, the event will take place around the longest day of the year at the end of June, and anyone can join the event in any stage of it and see how far they can sail to, as they do different stops at Bournemouth, Christchurch, Calshot, Hayling Island, Pagham, Felpham and Hove (all TBC) before hopefully making it into Brighton before dark!
There are no entry fees or registration. You just need to keep an eye on the weather and on Cribb’s website, where there will be alerts to the event day. They will run the event on the first windy day after June 24. Hopefully, as it is a bit more into summer than last year, the condition wont be as hectic!.
For the event, you need to put your phone in a waterproof bag, stay close to the beach and see how long can you windsurf for. There is no rescue or infrastructure, so you would join the challenge at your own risk. When you are tired, you just come ashore and phone up your friend that has been following you down the coast.
Come on! Test yourself, how far and for how long can you windsurf? Do you dare?