2015 Techno 293 World Championships: drama and glory | Photo: Patrik Pollak

The 2015 Techno 293 World Championships have crowned six new kings and queens, in Cagliari, Italy.

The shores of Sardinia welcomed 336 windsurfers from 26 different countries. Sailors completed 11 races held in the south of the Italian island. The event was previously scheduled to take place in Argentina, but an unexpected turn of events sent it to the Mediterranean Sea.

The final day of competition had winds blowing between eight and ten knots, which made it difficult for everyone to fight for gold, silver and bronze medals.

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Antoine Albeau: windsurfing speed world record holder | Photo: Elisabeth Rançon

Antoine Albeau has broken the windsurfing speed world record, at the 2015 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The French sailor hit the 53.27 knots (98.65 km/h) and smashed the previous record set at 52.05 knots. Wind conditions improved dramatically in the last days of October, and windsurfers kept raising the bar in the iconic speed channel.

Albeau has never stopped trying to improve his own world record. In two days of speed attempts, he made 54 runs. Ten of them were over 50 knots, and six were over 51 knots. Breaking a new record was only a matter of time.

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Windsurfing: why do we sail? | Photo: Marko/Red Bull

Are the cold and unpredictable weather conditions, practical and financial issues of windsurfing affecting your will to sail? Is windsurfing fulfilling its promises?

Windsurfers, particularly in Scandinavia, cannot afford to hesitate a second if they want to windsurf more than 15 times each year. There are so many factors that hinder us from getting to sail.

Even if the weather conditions are perfect, we need a supportive partner, a flexible job, sufficient amount of time and money, adequate health and probably a car to go sailing.

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