- 30 November 2012 | Windsurfing
Antoine Albeau has stormed the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia. The French speed sailor received the diamond of Luderitz, as a prize for the fastest mark in windsurfing.
Albeau has done it again. "La Balle" has set a new speed windsurfing record - 52.05 knots - during the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge. He is also the only windsurfer to reach 52 knots.
The Namibian speed strip was generous to all windsurfers. More than 10 world, national and personal records were smashed and everyone improved their previous best speed. The first ever windsurfing speed record was set by Pascal Maka, who clocked at 38.86 knots, in 1986.
At the same time, windsurfers proved that they can better their results, year by year. The distance to kiteboarders is narrower, although kiters will still have the chance to improve their marks.
The 50 knots speed windsurfing club has seven riders: Albeau, Bringdal, Van der Noord, Dunkerbeck, Diethelm, Vardalachos and Bordes.
List of Windsurfing Records at the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge:
Antoine Albeau | 52.05 knots | New World Speed Windsurfing Record
Anders Bringdal | 51.45 knots | New Swedish and Production Speed Record
Jurjen Van der Noord | 51.26 knots | New Dutch Speed Record
Bjorn Dunkerbeck | 51.09 knots | New Swiss Speed Record
Nikolaos Vardalachos | 50.56 knots | New Greek Speed Record
Patrick Diethelm | 50.49 knots | New Personal Speed Record
Cédric Bordes | 50.17 knots | New Personal Speed Record
Mark Grinnell | 49.66 knots | New South African Windsurfing Record
Farrell O'Shea | 48.82 knots | New British Speed Record
Matthias Rottcher | 47.51 knots | New Namibian Speed Record
Martin Van Meurs | 47.16 knots | New Personal Speed Windsurfing Record
Christian Bornemann | 46.75 knots | New German Speed Sailing Record
Zara Davis | 45.83 knots | New Women's Speed Windsurfing Record
Lena Erdil | 45.74 knots | New Women's Turkish Speed Record
Alberto Possati | 44.47 knots | New Italian Speed Record
Boris Vujasinovic | 44.47 knots | New Croatian Speed Record
Alexander Goncharov | 40.95 knots | New Ukrainian Speed Record