Kitesurf kids complete the challenge and raise nearly $ 36,000


The trio who completed a 22 mile kitesurf marathon. From left to right, Zach Brooks, Jake Fagan and Ben Coak. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Thanks to a blustery afternoon of constant winds on Wednesday and a lot of endurance, three young kitesurfers who took part in the “Kite for COVID” challenge only a week ago, reached the goal of 22 miles. they had settled down.

The event was created to support the Acts of Random Kindness charity.

As of that same night, ARK had already received nearly US $ 36,000 in donations and more money was still coming. Considering the fact that the initial goal was $ 10,000, it is safe to say that the amount received exceeded expectations.

The boys each rode 22 miles, the equivalent of the length of Grand Cayman. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Jake Fagan, 12, Ben Coak, 11, and Zach Brooks, 12, all left for the waters off South Sound at 2 p.m. The boys moved back and forth from the coast to the reef, using GPS technology to track the number of miles they traveled. The 22 mile target was chosen because that is the length of Grand Cayman.

At 4:13 pm, Fagan finished first, followed by Coak and then Brooks. Fagan told the Cayman Compass afterwards, while his body was beaten, he was satisfied with the overall experience.

“It was a bit gusty, so it made it a bit more difficult, but I couldn’t [have asked] for better conditions, ”said Fagan. “We went straight there and back, [and repeated].

“There weren’t too many waves so it was pretty good, but the hardest part was my ankles because standing all the time was very difficult; so that was probably the hardest thing.

The boys raised almost US $ 36,000 for ARK.

All funds raised will benefit those who need help due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fagan expressed his gratitude to all who donated.

“I’m really happy knowing that we have completed the 22 miles,” he said. “I am also very happy with the amount of money we have raised… and we hope to get even more in the future.”

To donate to Kite for COVID, you have several options:
– Donate to ARK via Butterfield Bank (USD Acc # 01201039292 or CI $ Acc # 02201039292
– Write a check payable to Cayman’s ARK and mail it to PO Box 32045, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands KY1-1208
– Pay by credit or debit card at

Please indicate that the donation is for the Kite for COVID challenge.

For more information on ARK, visit

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