The 61 year old surfed from Kent, on the south England coast, to northern France on Sunday (01Jul12) in three hours, 45 minutes – setting a new world record.
His original attempt on Saturday (30Jun12) ended when Branson turned back, complaining the kite was too small.
He says, “The trip was far more challenging than I thought, with 40mph (miles per hour) winds in the middle of the Channel and major waves.
“I have to admit there were moments when I was tempted to abandon it. The wind direction was the opposite of what had been forecast.
“I expected to scream across but was greeted with a long, downstream kite that took considerably longer.”