Kite surfers make a charity splash

Geoff Brine helped raise �5,000 for charity.
Geoff Brine helped raise �5,000 for charity.
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KITE surfer Geoff Brine was part of a team which rode the waves from Hunstanton to Skegness to raise money more than £5,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The team kitesurfed some 22 miles in poor conditions and high winds, taking an hour and a half to complete the route.

Geoff, of Winchester Road, Grantham said: “Most of us were still feeling the aches and pains two days after the event but it was well worth it. We are the first kitesurfers ever to kite across the Wash and raising a little over £5,000 for the RNLI is an amazing achievement.

“I already have my eyes on my next event which will be a challenge - 45 miles across the Bristol Channel. Again as yet nobody has ever attempted to kitesurf this stretch of water.”

The team received support from family and friends, as well as four rescue boats, and they also donated 30 distress flares.

Geoff himself has memories of needing help from the RNLI as a biy when he was with his family off the coast of Scotland when they hit trouble.

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