Ricardo Campello: victory is in the air | Photo: Carter/PWA

Ricardo Campello has claimed the 2015 Siam Park Dunkerbeck Challenge, in Tenerife.

The Brazilian windsurfer riding for Venezuela performed spectacular aerial rotations and double pushloops to defeat nine opponents in the Canarian artificial wave pool.

The tow-in competition included a night session with hundreds of spectators surrounding the liquid arena. Camera flashes, wipeouts, flood lights and the world's best wave windsurfers completed the dream scenario.

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Windglider: Stephan van den Berg (left) won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics

The Windglider was a sailboard designed in 1976 by the German businessman Fred Ostermann.

In the late 1970s, Ostermann was one of the biggest windsurfing manufacturers in the world. Europe had fallen in love with the sport, and the German entrepreneur hoped he could fill an Olympic gap.

The Windglider was a simple windsurfing class. In fact, maybe too simple. It had a 6.5m2 sail, the daggerboard weighed four kilograms, and sailors could not use harnesses. The length of the board was of 3.9 meters, and it didn't have foot straps.

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Luderitz Speed Challenge: fast and fun | Photo: LSC

Up to 40 windsurfers and kiteboarders from 14 countries will compete for world records at the 2015 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The speed sailing event will be run in the Namib Desert, between October 5th and November 15th. Sébastien Cattelan, the founder of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, wants more world records to be broken.

The annual competition has already staged 12 world records and 75 national windsurfing and kiteboarding speed records. Antoine Albeau, the fastest windsurfer on planet Earth, will return to Namibia to try and beat his own record of 52.05 knots set on his 500-meter run in 2012.

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