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Marathon kite trip over for former surf star
Wednesday 1 September 2010, 7:52AM
By Surf Life Saving New Zealand
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New Zealand kite surfer Louis Tapper has completed an epic month-long marathon along Brazil's coastline.
The 2000km trip started in Salvador and finished in Sao Luis earlier today.

The former St Clair surf lifesaver from Dunedin has been kite surfing for the last three years, and has already completed several marathon sails, most notably a crossing of Cook Strait in 2008 and the 260km Coastal Classic sailing race last year from Auckland to the Bay of Islands.

A tired Tapper was delighted with his latest achievement.

"I am pleased to finish and somewhat relieved," Tapper said. "I'm looking forward to doing some stress-free kiting and waking up late - the last three days were not really stress-free, finishing with a 40km open water crossing today, and I've had some of the most epic kiting of the whole trip."
Tapper's trip took 30 days.

For more information, see Louis Tapper's blog on www.yakers.co.nz .






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