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AN ATTEMPT to break a kitesurfing world record with Sir Richard Branson will go ahead this weekend.

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada tomorrow is a bid to become the largest group of kitesurfers to ride together for one mile from Hayling. They will then try to go on to Pagham in West Sussex.

There were two previous windows in the past month but there was not enough wind. Organisers believe it will be strong enough to push them through this time.

A festival around the Inn on the Beach,on Hayling seafront will see question-and-answer sessions with professional kitesurfers, live music, bars and family areas.

Havant Borough Council provides the land required for the event.

Councillor Yvonne Weeks said: ‘It’s a pleasure for the council to support such an impressive and charitable endeavour.

‘The event not only provides Hayling Island with the recognition it deserves as a premier kitesurfing venue, but a chance to improve its standing in the record books.’

The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada provides fundraising support for three charities – Snow Camp, Virgin Unite and the RNLI. Snow Camp is a youth charity that uses a combination of skiing, snowboarding and life skills programmes to support inner-city young people.

For more information go to kitesurfingarmada.org.uk