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Saturday 18 November 2017

Surfer makes waves

SURF’S UP: Bruno Sroka pictured during the crossing
SURF’S UP: Bruno Sroka pictured during the crossing

A KITE surfer has flown into the record books sailing from France to Ireland.

Bruno Sroka took off from the Penn Enez beach at l'Aber Wrac'h in Brittany at 6.25am on Friday and hit land in Co Cork later that night.

The 240 nautical-mile (444km) kite-surf challenge saw him reach Crosshaven at 10.02pm.

Sroka is the first man to complete the feat and did it in a time of 16 hours and 37 minutes.

"It was very difficult but I feel proud of what I have done. I had rather good wind during the biggest part of the crossing and the last part of it was the hardest one," he said.

"The wind was dying rapidly and I was obliged to change the boards that I was riding. No matter what, all that counts is to arrive to the finish line.

"I feel pain in most of the parts of my body but this is something temporary that I will forget about; meanwhile the glory of victory – never."

A dozen local boats were in Cork harbour as light faded to greet the kite surfer.

Irish Independent

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