2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge: kiteboarders have prevailed | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

The 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge is over. A total of 11 national records and one world record were broken in the Namibian speedway.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders from 17 countries gave all they had in the windy channel. Many were able to improve their personal best, and a few others have set new speed records for their flags.

The fastest sailor of the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge was Sébastien Cattelan, who took his kite at 53.90 knots. Patrik Diethelm was the fastest windsurfer with 51.18 knots. Disabled kitesurfer Chris Ballois established a new speed sailing world record.

 

2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge | World Record
Christophe Ballois (FRA), 42.94 knots, Disabled Kiteboarding

2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge | New National Records
Patrik Diethelm (ITA), 51.18 knots, Windsurfing
Mark Grinnell (ZAF) 49.92 knots, Windsurfing
Christian Bornemann (GER), 48.82 knots, Windsurfing
Remo Diethelm (SUI), 48.31 knots, Windsurfing
Franz Grabner (AUT), 47.88 knots, Windsurfing
Martin Tóth (CZE) 46.73 knots, Windsurfing
Alain de Gendt (BEL), 46.66 knots, Windsurfing
Roger Ornvang (SWE), 43.19 knots, Kiteboarding
Andrew Redfern (FIJ), 40.87 knots, Windsurfing
Zoran Jovanovic (SRB), 40.31 knots, Kiteboarding

2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge | New Personal Best
Hans Kreisel (NED), 49.66 knots, Windsurfing
Jacques van der Hout (NED), 49.06 knots, Windsurfing
Hennie Bredenkamp (ZAF), 48.77 knots, Windsurfing
Jim Cloarec (FRA), 48.33 knots, Windsurfing
Thierry Bielak (FRA), 48.02 knots, Windsurfing
Yann Coadic (FRA), 47.55 knots, Windsurfing
Alain de Gendt (BEL), 47.41 knots, Windsurfing
Raffaello Gardelli (SWE), 46.78 knots, Windsurfing
Christophe Richaud (FRA), 46.55 knots, Windsurfing
Erik Beale (UK), 46.29 knots, Windsurfing
Alain Montauzou (FRA), 45.51 knots, Windsurfing
Pierre Blasini (COR), 45.28 knots, Windsurfing
Andrea Baldini (ITA), 45.28 knots, Windsurfing
Chris Bertish (ZAF), 42.73 knots, Windsurfing

How is it that the entertainment machines, filmmakers, creatives, authors, and artists, which have churned out thousands upon thousands of stories, in seemingly every genre, topic and medium imaginable hasn't yet given wakeboarding a story? No movie? No book? No graphic novel?

+ Wakeboarding News