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Students Will Cross the Bristol Channel for Charity

Extending from the lower estuary of the River Severn to the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bristol Channel is a major inlet that separates South Wales from Devon. In its widest point, Bristol Channel is 30 miles or 50km wide.

Several students from the Cardiff University Kitesurfing Club plan to cross the Bristol Channel this April, sometime between the 1st and the 14th of April, when the wind conditions are suitable for the crossing. The students are not going to kiteboard across the Bristol Channel in its widest, 30 miles long point. They are going to cross between Penarth, Cardiff and Weston-Super-Mare, which is a 9-mile long trip that takes them past Steep Holm and Flat Holm, two islands along the route.

It will not be an easy crossing; the students will have their kiteboarding skills put to some serious tests. They will have to negotiate strong winds, waves, ships, and debris.

Why are the students kiteboarding across the Bristol Channel? The answer is simple: for charity. Money raised from the event will be donated to the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. If you want to support the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society, you can donate here. If you would like to donate to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, you can donate here.

The Bristol Channel crossing is supported by the Cardiff University Kitesurfing Club and its Sub-Aqua and Sailing clubs and by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.