Alex Caizergues in the 2009 Luderitz Speed Challenge

Frenchman Alex Caizergues (F One) has broken the world kiteboarding speed record with an incredible time of 50.98 knots, breaking his previous world record of 50.57.

Rob Douglas (Cabrinha) also set a new American outright speed sailing record with an equally impressive time of 50.95knots, just three one hundredths of a knot shy of Alex Caizergues.

Many other competitors also recorded noteworthy times including Sebastian Cattelan (Solid) who completed a run of 49.51before falling foul of equipment problems. Christophe Prin-Guenon (F One) got 48.44, Jerome Bila (Genetrix) came in with 47.73.

Charlotte Consorti (F One) again led the ladies with a speed of 44.27 knots -- smashing the French women’s record she set last year of 39.9. Fast, but still a full knot short of Sjoukje Bredenkamp’s outright record of 45.20 set last year.

Today the riders are heading again to the strip for another day of racing as the wind here in Lüderitz continues to be favorable. With two weeks still left in the competition, everything is still up for grabs, including the highly sought after world outright speed sailing record of 51.36 knots, set by the French Hydrofoil l’Hydoptère in September of this year.

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