The best travel and adventure sport of all time

Last year, professional kite boarder Nick Jacobsen came to me with an idea: he wanted to launch himself, from 131 feet above sea level, off the roof of the Great House on Necker Island.

We all held our breath as he prepared to clear more than 300 feet of land – including a zip line and jungle. As you can see from the spectacular video above, he managed to travel 500 feet to land upright in the water on his board. A huge cheer broke out as he hit the water and kited on across the blue BVI sea.

The daring stunt was documented as part of a new film Chapter One – The Kiteboard Legacy Begins, which, due for release in October, is on a mission to inspire more people to get out on the water. We were thrilled to welcome the team to the BVI to film. Always up for an adventure, I joined Nick and Susi Mai and strapped into a kite too. Check out the trailer below to see yours truly gliding around Necker and Moskito Island.

It was exciting to be a part of such an inspiring project and feature alongside a long list of kitesurfing’s top athletes. I may not be at the level of most of the riders in the film, but watch this space!

Richard Branson kitesurfing Necker Island for Chapter One film

I absolutely love kitesurfing. Give me some wind and waves, and you won’t wipe the smile off my face. As Robby Naish says in the trailer, “Kitesurfing has to be one of the best travel and adventure sports of all time. It’s an incredible vehicle for experiencing the world, and finding places that you’d never experience any other way.”

I encourage everyone to give it a go. It offers a wonderful feeling of freedom, exhilaration, and oneness with nature – and an extraordinary rush of adrenaline. On top of that it’s great exercise, recreation, relaxation and stress management, and there’s something so spiritual about the experience. 

If you’re still not convinced, check out all the action from our wonderful Virgin Kitesurfing Armada 2016 events in the video below.  

Life is a hell of a lot more fun if you say yes rather than no – so, what are you waiting for? Get out there, grab a board and chase the wind. I can tell you, you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime.

If you can’t make it out on a kiteboard, I’d encourage you to get out on the water and #MakeASplash in whatever way suits you best – swimming, paddleboarding, surfing, paddling – and share it on social media. You can’t beat getting wet – and raising awareness for ocean causes at the same time.
 

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