The 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge aims to break L'Hydroptère world record

April 5, 2010 | Kiteboarding
2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge: new innovations are being prepared

Many world records have fallen during the first three years of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, boosting kiteboarding to the top ranking in speed sailing.

Taking place October 4-31, the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge will continue to expand upon previous years’ innovations that have made the location the fastest kiteboarding spot in the world over the past three years.

A canal dug at last year’s challenge created a near-perfect water state that allowed kiters to go faster than ever before in less wind (40 knots max).

At just three meters wide, it was ten times narrower than the canal at “Les Saintes Marie de la Mer“ in France, where Antoine Albeau set the fastest time on a windsurfer (49.09 knots).

This year, plans include expanding the canal and improving the angle, making it completely straight in order to gain better averages of the course of 500 meters.

Competitors help develop the sport and grow kiteboarding internationally, so take this opportunity to push the limits of other national and world records, including “L’Hydroptère,” with the present 51.36-knot record.

As always, the World Sailing Speed Record Council ( will be present to sanction the event.

2007 Records

1st “Kiteboarding World Record Attempt” already reached success with amazing results:
> Outright Ladies World Record
> Kiteboarding World Record

2008 Records

> Kiteboarding became the fastest craft on water and 1st to break the 50-knot barrier.
> 18 national records were set.
> Every competitor improved their personal records.

2009 Records and achievements

Alexandre Caizergues : 50.98 knots (kiteboarding world Record)
Rob Douglas : 50.95 knots (USA outright Record)
Melissa Gil : 38 (USA Ladies Record)
Jernej Privsek : 44.59 (Slovenia Record)
Felipe Johannpeter : 42.14 (Brazil Record)
Tim Turner: 33.94 (Australian kiteboarding record)
Jamie Douglas : 48.67 (personal best)
Mike Hall : 46.71 (personal best)
Marc Antoine Martin : 46.46 (personal best)
Geoffrey Mascarell : 46.11 (personal best)
Stefane Caous : 45.89 (personal best)
Patrice Menossi : 45.8 (personal best)
Fred Kloren : 44.62 (personal best)
Marc Avella : 41.37(personal best)
Stefan Metzger : 40.21 (personal best)
Sophie Routaboul : 39.29 (personal best)
Wolfram Reiners : 38.52 (personal best)
Paul Railton : 38.19 (personal best)
Ronan Harvey: 36.02 (personal best)
Peter Bjarke Olsen : 33.77 (personal best)

The plan in 2010 is to build upon the success of last year and dig a canal the whole way. The width and angle will also be improved. It’ll be made dead straight to get better averages over 500 meters.

We were at Luderitz in February, and the canal was still there. So it’s definitely the best way to make a chop killer and attain records.

The event attracts many nationalities and has proven to be the fastest kiteboarding spot in the world over the past 3 years. Competitors who attend the event, help develop the sport and grow kiteboarding internationally.

Take this golden opportunity, together we can push the limits and beat some other national and world Records going faster than “L’Hydroptère” which currently holds the record with 51.36 knots.