Launch of Virgin KiteSurfing Armada 2015!

Registrations now open for the 2015 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada!

Kitesurfers wanting to take part in the annual Virgin Kitesurfing Armada festival at Hayling Island can sign up from today. 500 places will be released for kitesurfers wishing to ride the 15 mile course from Hayling Island to Pagham, whilst also attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the ‘Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’ – currently held by the Spanish Kitesurfing Armada. Virgin are continuing their title sponsorship of the festival and Sir Richard Branson, who participated in the first ever Kitesurfing Armada, said in a video released to launch the event:

Our support for the fantastic Virgin Kitesurfing Armada initiative continues to grow – and we are delighted to see the event expanding internationally, inspiring thousands of recreational kiters like me to get involved! We will be bringing kitesurfers together from far and wide in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record and raise thousands for charity, and I am really hoping to be there myself this year - so I hope to see you on the beach!’ Once again fundraising for good causes will be central to the event. To date, the kitesurfing community has raised over £120,000 for charity through Armada events, and with the formation of the Armada Trust this year, even more youth and rescue charities will be supported.

Ambassador for the event, pro-kitesurfer Lewis Crathern, said, ‘It is such an amazing event to be part of. I love the fact that everyone involved in my sport – including kitesurfers from across the country, the industry and many pro riders – all want to join in and get together at the festival. It feels like a proper kitesurfing community and I’m sure this year will be the best yet, especially if we can take the Record back from the Spanish!’ The festival period has been extended this year to open from 11am on Friday through to Sunday late afternoon - in response to feedback from last year’s event.

Watch Richard Branson launching the VKSA!