Björn Dunkerbeck wants to smash the 100 km/h barrier

October 29, 2015 | Windsurfing
Björn Dunkerbeck: ready to hit the 100km/h barrier (53.99 knots) | Photo: Kolesky/Red Bull

Björn Dunkerbeck is ready to break the windsurfing speed world record. But the Danish-Dutch sailor also wants to smash the 100 km/h barrier (53.99 knots), in the 2015 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

It's maybe now or never. Dunkerbeck believes it is possible to beat Antoine Albeau's world record of 52.05 knots (96.40 km/h) set in 2012. His best speed so far is 51.09 knots.

"100 km/h is next. I believe we can break that barrier, and that's why I'm going back to Namibia with 15 other competitors this year - Albeau included - to try and break this record and this barrier."

Björn Dunkerbeck's top speed ever stands at 53.50 knots for two seconds. That's 99 km/h. In Namibia, the champion plans to ride a 40cm wide, 130cm long windsurf board, with a 16 to 18cm long fin. The sail will be a 5.4 or 5.6 depending on the wind conditions.

"The water has to be very smooth in the channel, and the wind has to come from the right angle. You need the right wind strength - 45 to 50 knots of wind would be ideal. My equipment is good enough, and three or four of the competitors in Namibia can do it."

Dunkerbeck thinks that because windsurfing isn't using foils like the world speed sailing record holder Vestas Sailrocket 2, "we cannot reach sailcraft' speeds. It will be the situation until windsurfing finds out how to use foils." uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.