2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge: driven by wind | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

Patrik Diethelm has smashed the Italian speed windsurfing record at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The Swiss rider is now the fastest windsurfer in the event, after two days of competition. Diethelm raced at 51.09 knots to beat the previous record of 50.49 knots.

Wind is definitely picking up at Luderitz. It reached 35 knots with stronger gusts exceeding 40knots plus, and more records are expected to be broken in the upcoming speed sailing sessions.

Martin Toth, from Czech Republic, improved yesterday's national record with 44.63 knots. A splendid performance that only proves how committed Europeans are at the moment.

Franz Grabner broke the Austrian national record by driving its windsurfing sail and board at 47.88 knots. The previous mark - 42.78 knots - had been set in 1993 at 42.78 knots.

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