The world's fastest windsurfers and kiteboarder have once again returned to Namibia for the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge.
The event runs from October 16th and November 26th, and it is considered by many the most prestigious speed boardsailing competition on the planet.
For the first time since its creation, the Luderitz Speed Challenge will be organized by a new duo. Former event organizers Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul have passed the torch to Raffaello Gardelli and Mark Grinnell.
However, the spirit of the meeting remains the same: windsurfers and kiteboarders are in southern Namibia to beat personal, national and world records.
For 2017, the organizing team spent a few weeks improving the speed channel. There's a slightly wider starting area, and sandbags preventing the water from getting out of the canal.
The first week kicked off with a small number of riders, but the winds have been blowing in the 50-60-knot range. Hopefully, it will continue strong and steady for when more sailors hit the speed strip.
National Records at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge
Norio Asano (Japan): 44.20 knots (Men's Windsurfing)
Mio Anayama (Japan): 38.70 knots (Women's Windsurfing)
Personal Records at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge
Speed Sailing World Records at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge