Strong winds expected for the Luderitz Speed Challenge

November 10, 2009 | Kiteboarding

Luderitz Speed Challenge

It’s time! Now! Well, in a few days. The forecasts are looking excellent for a huge blow this weekend, everyone is very excited about what looks like some record-setting conditions.

There are few days left to fix everything that the rain and a strong north wind broke on the run last weekend -- it was insane, most of the inhabitants of Luderitz have never seen weather like that! Unfortunately the north wind was good for destruction, not speed sailing. But it stopped, turned around, and is picking up again from the perfect southerly angle.

Apart from repairs to the chop killer, organisers are busy digging a section of channel with a bulldozer to maintain the correct depth.

Three more French riders have arrived: Stéphane Caous, Maxime Richard and Patrice Menossi arrived two days ago, guided by the smell of strong wind.

Also coming up for this weekend's action is the “Xelerator” captain, Fred Kloren representing Holland, as well as Marc Avella our Spanish Champion. Rob Munro is also on the way (most famous for being British and holding the nautical mile record in kiteboarding, along with fellow Langebaan resident, Hennie Brendenkamp.

But until the weekend, the riders are alternately tweaking and tuning their equipment, and hanging out like tourists seeing the sites. So for your amusement (until the racing action gets going, check out some pics from around the town, particularly the “ghost town” at an abandoned diamond mine.

Stay entertained... and stay tuned for this weekend.

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