Disabled kitesurfer Chris Ballois sets new speed sailing record

October 24, 2014 | Kiteboarding
Chris Ballois: disabled speed sailing champion

Chris Ballois has set a new world record for disabled speed sailing. The French kitesurfer hit 42.94 knots, at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

Ballois was motivated. He wanted to break the 40-knot barrier, and after an inaugural run at 39.14 knots, he was able to drive his kite at 79.52 km/h over 500 meters. Chris Ballois was able to do what many non-disabled kitesurfers can't.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge continues delivering excellent wind conditions. Several new windsurfers have arrived and had their go on Namibian speed channel for the first time.

Jacques van der Hout made 43.57 knots; Alain de Gendt hit 41.44 knots, and Erik Beale raced at 41.87 knots. Alain Moutauzou is already in the 40.61 knots, Jim Cloarec accelerated at 40.58 knots, and Christophe Richaud made 40.29 knots.

With stronger wind in the forecast, records will keep falling. Erik Beale, the first sailor to hit 40 knots, and Thierry Bielak, are ready to raise the 1990s sailing class flag.