STORM force winds, treacherous seas, crippling tiredness and six hours at sea.

Daredevil windsurfer Guy Cribb had to overcome them all – and did so in style as he became the first windsurfer ever to sail across the English Channel between Cherbourg and Poole.

Cribb and fellow French windsurfer Antoine Albeau completed the epic 130km journey across one of the most notoriously inhospitable stretches of water in the world in aid of the Ellen MacArthur Trust.

The pair set sail from Cherbourg at 8.30am on Monday, tackling ferocious winds and huge swells as they crossed the Channel.

Just after 3pm, they surfed into Poole Bay and on to Sandbanks to become the first men ever to complete the route.

The 38-year-old punched the air as the p a i r dragged t h e i r boards up the beach to a round of applause from the crowd.

Guy, a 12- times British Champion, said: “Antoine and I sat on board the rescue boat for about 30 minutes feeling very sea sick.

“I was weak and uncomfortable having been stuck on port tack for so long – I genuinely thought I could not finish.

“But when we finally arrived on the shore at Sandbanks we were totally elated.”

On the Sandbanks shore, Guy, who is from Poole, was reunited with his wife Anna and children Rocco, two, and threeweek- old Diggory.

Guy and Antoine have so far raised more than £7,400 for the Ellen MacArthur Trust.