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Bruno Sroka Happy the Hostages Are Free

Back in May we were reporting that Bruno Sroka, one of the most experienced kiteboarders in the world, made a successful kite crossing of Pointe du Raz (that’s a promontory that extends into the Atlantic from western Brittany in France). To make the crossing, Bruno had to sail some 70 nautical miles (about 130KM) in choppy waters and winds that blew between 12 and 20 knots.

Bruno made the crossing (the first kite crossing of Pointe du Raz by the way) to draw attention to the fact that two French journalists were held hostages in Afghanistan. I used the past tense because the two hostages, Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier, have been freed. They were held hostages for a grand total of 547 days.

“I am extremely happy and relieved knowing that all our prayers have been heard,” said Bruno. “I am glad as well that I took a special part in supporting the reminder of the two kidnapped journalists for their 500 days  and kited from de Sein island to les Glénans via Pointe du Raz. They are free! Congratulations to all of us and my best greetings to their families.”