Chris Ballois has set a new world record for disabled speed sailing. The French kitesurfer hit 42.94 knots, at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge.
Ballois was motivated. He wanted to break the 40-knot barrier, and after an inaugural run at 39.14 knots, he was able to drive his kite at 79.52 km/h over 500 meters. Chris Ballois was able to do what many non-disabled kitesurfers can't.
Meanwhile, the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge continues delivering excellent wind conditions. Several new windsurfers have arrived and had their go on Namibian speed channel for the first time.
Big wave surfers are storm chasers. They travel the world in search of the largest swells. But what exactly are hurricane-generated waves?
Science tells us that the barometric pressure in the eye of the hurricane is lower than the pressure some distance from the eye. Hurricanes are also known as tropical cyclones because they form primarily in the tropics. Asians call them typhoons.
High wind speeds associated with hurricanes are able to produce extreme waves. When water rises from the eye of the hurricane and gets influenced by winds, currents and tides, a storm surge is in the making.