• Kitefoiling Round The Isle of Wight

    The other day I got a call from Sam Light, early in the morning, so I knew something was up! The forecast was finally here for sending a kite foil rounding of The Isle of Wight . I cancelled the schedule and headed over to Cowes to launch and meet him in the Solent to start the round the island bid. We had a safety meeting at Hurst Castle before shooting the gap through The Needles and then on past St. Catherine's Point and a second boat meeting us at Bembridge to make sure safe passage around the island.

    It was an epic mission a a great day on the water! It took around 5.30 hours with an average speed of around 16mph on the Duotone Spirit 720 wing. I went for the cruise ride with no emphasis on speed to make it as comfortable as possible. As the 100 mile rounding was a big undertaking. Super happy to have done it, one more tick off the #bucketlist

    tom court
    Published on Aug 8, 2019

    Sam Light and Tom Court circumnavigate The Isle Of Wight kitesurfing on hydrofoils in just under 6 hours. Join us on one of the most epic days kiteboarding I have ever experienced. I grew up sailing around the Solent and always fancied kiting around the Isle Of Wight, hydro-foiling has made it way more achievable. It's been on my mind for many years and this week I knew there was solid south west wind all week, I woke up that morning and decided to go for it. I called my mate Tom Court who lives on the Isle Of Wight and he was up for the challenge, we figured out the tides, packed a bag and set off. I took my phone in a dry bag so my Dad could track me and potentially make a call if I got stuck. We took our time and made it round in just under 6 hours, it was an epic day with a few close calls around the needles and St Catherine's Point.

    Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory (who died on Mount Everest) was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, "Because it is there."

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