- 11 February 2011 | Windsurfing
In a time when surfers prepare to set up a GPS speed world title, windsurfers and kitesurfers keep improving their longtime records. Technology has evolved a lot and now wind riders are concentrating on getting the right conditions and make sure they are prepared to go for records.
Jacques van der Hout has just broken the Dutch GPS Speed national record, by reaching the incredible mark of 48,93 knots (90,61km/h). The speed windsurfer from secured the record in the Brace speed strip, in the North of Holland.
The forecast was not perfect, but van der Hout and Hans Kreisel drove 150 kilometers and to walked two kilometres, through the mud, to reach the speed strip. Fortunately, the wind angle was better than forecasted, tide was better than expected and the water was flat.
In a matter of 30 minutes, broke his country's speed record. Hans Kreisel also sailed very fast and improved his personal best by 2 km/h. Currently, they sit in the first and second place of the 2011 GPS worldwide rankings.
Also, this week, Oisin van Gelderen broke the Irish GPS Speed record, in Dungarvan.