2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge: kiteboarders have prevailed | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

The 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge is over. A total of 11 national records and one world record were broken in the Namibian speedway.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders from 17 countries gave all they had in the windy channel. Many were able to improve their personal best, and a few others have set new speed records for their flags.

The fastest sailor of the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge was Sébastien Cattelan, who took his kite at 53.90 knots. Patrik Diethelm was the fastest windsurfer with 51.18 knots. Disabled kitesurfer Chris Ballois established a new speed sailing world record.


Foil kites: controversy flies high | Photo: Team Bridge

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) is studying the ban of foil kites.

The world governing body for the sport of kiteboarding is analyzing whether it will keep foil kites in the competitive scene, due to safety concerns. The issue will be debated during IKA's general meeting scheduled for November 4th.

The majority of Formula Kite riders using Leading-Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites are being overthrown by the most efficient of the power kites, that is, the foil system.


Bryan Lake: a Slalom champion with Freestyle skills | Photo: PKRA/Bromwich

Bryan Lake and Katja Roose are the 2014 PKRA Slalom World Tour champions. The kiteboarders confirmed their titles at the Pingtan Kiteboarding World Cup, in China.

Athletes were greeted by 20-25 knot winds on the course, as wells as bumpy conditions and breaking waves at the finish line. It would be an intense day of races, for sure.

Roose and Annelous Lammerts were neck and neck coming into the day, and the Dutch riders' battle came down to the last race of the event.