Kiteboarding over 117km along the beautiful northern coastline of the island from Cabarete to Buen Hombre on August 16th, 2019, 12 kiteboarders took on a never before done Xtreme Challenge in the Dominican Republic!
It all started off as a joke between Charles Osterlund and Roberto Pereyra back in May of 2019. One night after work they were talking about possible downwinders that could be done in the Dominican Republic. After discussing a few options in the local area, a crazy idea came about to kiteboard from Cabarete to Buen Hombre which sounded basically impossible… The only way to make the journey would be if the weather was just right along the entire coast and the kiters would have to have the endurance to keep the speed required to make it on time before nightfall.
After doing some research they learned that the distance between Cabarete and Buen Hombre by sea is around 110km. That meant that if they maintained an average speed of 20kmph they would arrive in around 5 hours and 30 minutes. This calculation would work only if everything went perfectly – from the wind starting early in the morning around 10:00 am – to it maintaining its strength along the coastline – to having no equipment failures.