Kite flyers set to surf across The Wash from Skegness to Hunstanton

A group of kite surfers will attempt to ride across the mouth of The Wash for what is believed to be the first time ever on Saturday.

Adrian Mitchell and 20 fellow surfers will be making the crossing to raise money for the RNLI.

They plan to set off from Skegness at 10am on Saturday amnd hope to arrive in either Hunstanton or Old Hunstanton at 11.30.

Mr Mitchell, 39, a father-of-two from Dereham who works in construction, has been kite surfing for three years.

'I haven't done the crossing before,' he said. 'I don't think anyone's done it before.'


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As the crow - or should that be the seagull - flies, the distance is around 18 miles. But winds and currents mean the riders will be doing more like 25.

'We reckon it will take about an hour and a half but that's all very unpredictable, the crossing is obviously wind dependant,' Mr Mitchell said. 'We should have a SSW on Saturday also which could mean that we start the crossing from Hunstanton.

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'We hope to return to Hunstanton Sailing Club but if the tide or wind does not allow us to do than then we will probably finish our journey at Old Hunstanton. This will be called on the day we cross.

'We and our safety boats will be in contact with the land the whole time so all being well they can relay our arrival position.

'We have had a few riders drop out through work commitments but it will be around 20 crossing now.'

The team hopes to raise �5,000 for the RNLI. Yesterday, the total stood at �3882 - 78pc of the way there.

If you'd like to donate, follow the link above to their Just Giving page.

The attempt is being supported by Hunstanton Sailing Club, Hunstanton Jetski Club, Hunstanton Watersports and Northern Exposure.

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