Reunion Island kite surfer takes on island-to-island challenge
With a favorable weather window for the end of this week, Sophie Bernier is preparing for her self-imposed "Feminine Kite Challenge." In May 2013, Sophie decided to launch her idea to be the first fem
With a favorable weather window for the end of this week, Sophie Bernier is preparing for her self-imposed “Feminine Kite Challenge.” In May 2013, Sophie decided to launch her idea to be the first female to kitesurf from Mauritius to Reunion Island. This weekend on Saturday, July 12, 2014, that challenge becomes a reality when Sophie Bernier will attempt to become the first woman to achieve a kitesurfing crossing between the two islands.
The vice-world champion skydiving and passionate kitesurfing Sophie Bernier will start from Morne in Mauritius and kitesurf a distance 174 kilometers in the heart of the Indian Ocean to reach the port of Saint Rose on Reunion Island.
After a year of training, Sophie is looking forward to the start of the challenge and said: “The technical challenge is, of course, important, but the big problem will especially be endurance. To be able kitesurf nonstop at a sustained speed is very rare!”
Sophie Bernier left today for Mauritius where she will finish her physical and mental preparations for Saturday.
The “Feminine Kite Challenge” team, consists of adviser and ambassador of Reunion Island Sebastien Coupy, fitness coach Stephane Jacquemin, mental trainer Thierry Bonnard, and Alexia Pinel for medical monitoring. The team will accompany Sophie throughout her voyage across the Indian Ocean aboard a boat that will ensure her safety and may assist if necessary.
In 2010, Sebastien Coupy made the crossing between Mauritius and Reunion Island while kitesurfing in 7 hours and 14 minutes. In 2014, Sophie Bernier will attempt to meet this exceptional sport and physical feat, to become the world’s first female to have joined these two Vanilla Islands by kitesurfing!
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