2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge: driven by wind | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

Patrik Diethelm has smashed the Italian speed windsurfing record at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The Swiss rider is now the fastest windsurfer in the event, after two days of competition. Diethelm raced at 51.09 knots to beat the previous record of 50.49 knots.

Wind is definitely picking up at Luderitz. It reached 35 knots with stronger gusts exceeding 40knots plus, and more records are expected to be broken in the upcoming speed sailing sessions.


WindPush: find wind when it blows

WindPush is a smartphone app that alerts you whenever the wind you're longing for is forecasted.

Daniel Hjertholm and Daniel Wold are two passionate windsurfers from Norway. Not knowing when and where the wind was blowing was a problem both shared for a long time.

"The idea for WindPush has been on our minds for a while. We've both spent hundreds of hours browsing through different wind sites and forecasts in desperate search for the perfect wind", explain Hjertholm and Wold.


Anders Bringdal: 45.47 knots at Luderitz | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

Records have started to fall in the first day of the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia as the world's best windsurfers and kiteboarders taste the power of the local wind in their sails.

The stakes are high. The harbour town of Luderitz greeted sailors with winds ranging between 20-25 knots and stronger gusts of up to 30-35 knots. After the initial tests and adjustments, the windsurfers hit the channel.

Anders Bringdal clocked at 45.47 knots to earn the highest windsurfing speed of the day. Patrik Diethelm came close with 45.15 knots on his last run. Not bad for the first day of competition.