KPWT Brazil 2008 

Three disciplines run on this last day of the Superkite Brasil 2008 : Course Racing, Kiteloop and Big Air.

The two course races of today confirmed the results of the former days and no surprise on the podium.
The two winners, Kristin Boese and Jesse Richman proved that they are really specialists in this discipline. They have power, strategy and style. The Course Racing is definitely a wonderful show. All these kites in the sky look like butterflies!


1. Kristin Boese (GER)   BEST KITEBOARDING
2. Ania Grzelinska (POL)   NORTH KITEBOARDING
3. Marine Sudre (AUS)   CABRINHA


1. Jesse Richman (US)   CABRINHA
2. Shawn Richman (US) Wainman Hawaii
3. Abel Lago (SPA) - RRD

We finished this amazing competition with two shows : Kiteloop and Big Air. The riders who participated really gave their outmost and closed the KPWT Superkite Brasil 2008 with a superb demonstration !


Sebastian Catellan

Subject to WSSRC ratification, Robert Douglas (USA, Black Dog, Cabrinha) set a new outright world record with 49.84 knots. Second became Sebastien Cattelan (FRA, Genetrix) with 49.59 knots, also well over the old record set by Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) in winter this year.

The womens outright record is now at a stunning 45.20 knots by Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RAS, Naish).

The chase for the holy gral of speed sailing, the elusive 50 knots mark, is still on at the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2008 in Namibia till the 13th of October.

For full results and details please check

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Rob Douglas

It was a phenomenal Day 1 – Kitesurfer Rob Douglas (US) goes smoking into the lead, and shatters the previous US speed sailing record with a 47.639kt run. Once teething troubles were sorted out with equipment on this first day of the Lüderitz Speed Challenge, and everyone had settled into the relentless blast of the wind, there was no end to the high speed runs.

Rob had a great result for a relative newcomer to the international speed sailing scene, although Frenchmen Alexandre Caizergues and Sebastien Cattelan are hot on his heels only .33 and .46 knots slower. Windsurfing great Bjorn Dunkerbeck set a personal best times of 44.78 knots, even in slightly broad conditions not perfectly suited to windsurfers.

Says Rob Douglas: “I started out slow, and things got better for me as the wind picked up and the water improved. It was rough in the beginning, so later when it got smooth it felt like I wasn’t going any faster.” He’s so far very happy with his equipment. “The Cabrinha kites were great,” Douglas comments, “And the Amundson boards keep pleasantly surprising me.” A key factor was fins, which the team had been struggling to working on. “We’ve now found the fins we like from Curtis – they’re fast with lots of grip.” He’s happy so far with his equipment, although the water conditions on the Lüderitz speed strip call for more rocker and a bit more flex on the board. “Not sure how we’re going to work it into the programme from here,” he says.