Cracknell smashes record surfboard crossing

Contributed by editor on Sep 11, 2005 - 04:35 PM


Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has today (11 September) set a new world record for crossing the English Channel on a surfboard.

The Oxfordshire rower, who won gold in the Sydney and Athens Olympics used a 16ft paddleboard and his own arms to help him to cross to France in four minutes under five and a half hours.

Cracknell, 33, who is a keen surfer, hopes to raise £60,000 from the crossing. The money will be split between Access Sport charity, which helps children take up sport, and subsidising surf lessons and equipment for disadvantaged children attending Craske's surf school in Polzeath.