Days ago we informed you that Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf is Ben Wilson Surf’s Test Centre in Mexico and also that we loved the Australian rider’s philosophy of joining Surf and Kitesurf in a single modality. Today we talk about one of his greatest achievements: the largest kite surfed wave.
The spot was Cloudbreak in Namotu Island (Fiji) on May 20, 2011. An amazing place, a virgin island where the waves, like most waves in the South Pacific, breaks over a beautiful coral carpet.
It was an estimated 35 feet monster wave (about 11 meters), almost six times Ben Wilson’s height and incredibly wide. The wave threatened to shallow Ben Wilson but he holds on it, only helped by his kite and a side-shore wind he catched the largest wave kite surfed in the world. And the record continuous today so far. But it was not only the big wave, he did it “strapless”, with a conventional surfboard and without straps to tide his feet. Incredible!
Ben Wilson is one of the best waves kitesurfers in the world and not many people from kitesurfing world discuss that. He also has his own kite brand (Noise Kites), in which he applies his expertise as a rider and the latest technology. Those kites are the ones we use to teach kitesurf in our school in Tulum.
Ben Wilson was trying the feat for more than 5 years. When he finally got it he said that when he dropped into the wave seemed like it never let him get to the bottom. He felt that he was in a motion-less wave, and all he knew was that he had put so much effort into that moment that he needed to hold on the wave till the very end…
Well … he hold on till the end and record one of the most amazing kitesurf rides ever filmed in the world.
This video is just amazing and Ben Wilson’s passion for the sport is a great inspiration for us. Check the video!