Youri Zoon, a two-time kitesurfing champion, leaped over a small island to another off the coast of New Caledonia. With the help of strong winds, he traveled at a speed of 22MPH, covering a total distance of more than 120 feet.
“Making the jump felt amazing – I got a rush of adrenaline as I took off. Once I got over half of the island, I knew I was going to make it and that is when it felt really great.”
Zoon’s impressive stint took place at the island of Mbuke, New Caledonia. While waiting for him, his fellow kitesurfers sat on the island.
Kitesurfing is a fun and extreme sport, which involves the use of wakeboards, controllable kites, and wind power.
Before he succeeded in his stunt, Zoon crashed on a tree during his third attempt. “I headed out onto the sea when I saw the wind was packing up. Someone made the suggestion that I should try and jump over the whole island,” he explained.
He also added, “I was constantly worried I would hit the beach or the shallow water on the other side – that would not have made for a soft landing. On my third attempt, I was pretty high up when I started to fall, but I was able to control the crash and landed fairly safely, despite hitting a tree.”