Christophe Ribot , Miamikiteboarding’s owner and organizer of this event, has certainly the most experience in this Bahamas crossing for having completed successfully the distance twice in the past.
He first sailed from Miami to bimini on his 20footer racing catamaran in 2004 along with Katie Petibone, an America’s cup sailor, to established a crossing time-reference in 3hours 15 min… and sailed back the same day !
He then crossed again in 2005 , during the Extreme Kitesurfing Race, organized by Neil Hutchinson, from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, to finish 4ht in about 4 hours.
He also made the distance several time on larger sailboats all the way to Nassau.
- Created in February 2001
- Successfully operating for 16 years
- The original kiteboarding venue in Miami, FL
- One of the largest schools nationwide
- 1st IKO Nationwide training Center
- Host of the annual kiteboarding masters competition, the longest recurring kiteboarding event in the USA since 2004
- Kiteboarding Vendor for Miami Dade County since 2008
- Operates the most professional kiteboarding concession in North Crandon Park, Key Biscayne
Why Miamikiteboarding decided to organize Extreme Crossing ?
Founder & owner of Miamikiteboarding Inc Examiner IKO
“It’s in our culture and mentality : from the very beginning , Miamikiteboarding has always been promoting the sport to the community and the media through unique events : Key West/ Cuba Crossing in 2002 ( the guinness record for the longest distance then ) – Kite For Girls in 2004 ( first women-only kiteboarding event in the USA ) – Miami Kite Masters since 2006 – ( largest gathering in Florida )
We are a small group of Miami Foilboarders totally passionate with this new technology in kiteboarding and all fond of watersports and anything related to the Ocean. When we met with MaximeNocher , and he asked us to help him finding a boat to cross the Gulf Stream, we naturally loved the idea and envisionned an opportunity to promote our sport and the environment we cherish and share all .
This Extreme Crossing was born with the intention to use it a great fundraiser for our foundation oceanvida.org which educate children about Ocean Conservation.
Crossing along with Max and Theo, 2 world class foil boarders, is a great honor and a stiff challenge, It gives an international dimension to this cause for which we hope many people will rally , not only within our kiteboarding community but also the local medias and authorities.
We recently just renewed our contract of kiteboarding operator in Crandon with Miami Dade Park department for the next 5 years , so this is event comes at a perfect timing to show our commitment to promote the sport not only for the community, but also with an educational and environmental purpose leading it.
We aim at raising enough funds to enroll 50 kids form 12 to 16 years in a 30-hr After-school program that would be run at various schools!
We are all really excited about it ! That’s going to be a huge and fun event and hopefully the first of many more crossing-for-a-cause to come ? ”