40-knot winds expected at the Luderitz Speed Challenge

October 12, 2010 | Kiteboarding

Luderitz Speed Challenge: storm ahead

Today was another excellent day of training for competitors before the big winds forecast for tomorrow. 

We saw Sebastien Salerno from France improve on his best personal time ever with 44.5 knots. New Zealander Gavin Broadbent had an excellent day again with top speeds of 44.3 recorded over 500m average. Rob Douglas from USA had the 3rd top speed of 43.9.

Winds were light today - averaging between 20-30 knots. The digger was back again this morning to continue clearing the channel after last Thursday's Spring High Tide, which saw 4 weeks of preparations for the event destroyed as sand that had been excavated streamed back into the channel.

Tomorrow morning will see the finishing touches being done to the Channel.

With wind forecasts of 40 knots upwards tomorrow, Luderitz second Lagoon will not be a place for the faint-hearted. Those who are brave enough to venture onto the speed strip tomorrow stand a good chance of being cited in the Speed Hall of Fame by the end of the day.

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