Luderitz Speed Challenge

It’s time! Now! Well, in a few days. The forecasts are looking excellent for a huge blow this weekend, everyone is very excited about what looks like some record-setting conditions.

There are few days left to fix everything that the rain and a strong north wind broke on the run last weekend -- it was insane, most of the inhabitants of Luderitz have never seen weather like that! Unfortunately the north wind was good for destruction, not speed sailing. But it stopped, turned around, and is picking up again from the perfect southerly angle.

Apart from repairs to the chop killer, organisers are busy digging a section of channel with a bulldozer to maintain the correct depth.

Three more French riders have arrived: Stéphane Caous, Maxime Richard and Patrice Menossi arrived two days ago, guided by the smell of strong wind.

Also coming up for this weekend's action is the “Xelerator” captain, Fred Kloren representing Holland, as well as Marc Avella our Spanish Champion. Rob Munro is also on the way (most famous for being British and holding the nautical mile record in kiteboarding, along with fellow Langebaan resident, Hennie Brendenkamp.

But until the weekend, the riders are alternately tweaking and tuning their equipment, and hanging out like tourists seeing the sites. So for your amusement (until the racing action gets going, check out some pics from around the town, particularly the “ghost town” at an abandoned diamond mine.

Stay entertained... and stay tuned for this weekend.

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2009

The wind over the past weekend wasn’t as fierce as it it usually is, but competitors didn’t seem to mind, as they were too busy enjoying many of the other actives Lüderitz has to offer.

Blowing between 15 to 25 knots, at times the wind was strong enough for speed runs, but sometimes competitors were just doing freestyle. That’s not to say that they weren’t kept busy, though.

What better way to pass the time than be renting a catamaran and getting an up-close view of the amazing maritime wildlife that surround this quaint Namibian town.

The waters off the coast of Lüderitz are teaming with some of the cutest animals you’re ever going to see, and the competitors on the catamaran were amazed at the amount of seals and penguins they saw during their scenic catamaran tour.

They were also lucky enough to see a whale and play with the many dolphins who had come by to introduce themselves.

With much stronger winds forecasted to blow, excitement is once again starting to build around this coming weekend. With some good speed runs and practice under their belts, competitors are now ready to finally break some records!

KPWT Brazil

Welcome to the last day of the KPWT SuperKite Brasil 2009!

The KPWT Superkite Brasil has hosted 4 disciplines over the 6 days of competition and seen some superb action on the water.

This morning started early on the wave spot, Pico das Almas to finish the double elimination competition.

The wind insisted the riders go out on their 9meter kites and the waves were a little choppy.

This didn’t stop Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)! He looked pumped today and wanted to push hard for his overall ranking in this discipline and hopefully take the title for 2009.

He defeated three Brazilians, Bruno Bordovsky (BRA, RRD), Ian Owczarzaw (BRA, Mormaii) and took second place from Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH) to challenge Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) for the top spot on the podium. He fought all the way with smooth bottom turns, good airs and pushed hard at the lip to take Jan Marcos to another final.

Jan Marcos did not want to let his title go here in Brazil after winning this event in 2008 and took Jesse all the way. He looked to settle himself nicely and selected some good waves to gather enough score and edged Jesse back down to the second spot on the podium.

The ladies competition saw Jalou Langeree (HOL, NAISH) against Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) for the podium spot. Jalou rode well and edged Gisela off the podium to take on Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) for second position.

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