It’s a wrap. The 2019 Luderitz Speed Challenge is over.
Once again, some of the world’s fastest windsurfers raced for personal, national, and world records at the legendary Namibian speed strip.
This year, there were no world records, though. But the bar has definitely been raised, and Antoine Albeau’s 2015 mark – 53.27 knots – will sooner or later be broken.
Speed sailing is one of the most exciting disciplines in windsurfing.
There are not many places in the world where windsurfers can drive their gear at around 100 kilometers per hour (54 knots). Luderitz, in Namibia, is one of those places.
The most popular speed windsurfing division invites athletes to achieve the highest average speed over 500 meters. The current world record holder is Antoine Albeau, with 53.27 knots.
The 40th edition of the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships will be held in Pärnu, Estonia, from February 10-15, 2020.
The event is run by the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA).
Estonia, one of the countries where winter windsurfing was “invented,” hosts the iconic event for the sixth time.
Vincent Valkenaers nearly set a new windsurfing speed world record at the 2019 Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia.
Four years and 15 days later, Antoine Albeau’s long-lasting world record of 53.27 knots was nearly broken.
This time, the Belgian windsurfer reached 53.25 knots, which means he fell short of a historical record by 0.03 knots.
The iFoil has been selected as the official windsurfing equipment of the 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.
The new one-design equipment presented by Starboard is a light, compact, and highly competitive foiling option developed for men weighing between 65 and 85 kilograms, and for women weighing between 55 to 70 kilograms.
Most of the iFoil components are the same for both male and female athletes, except for the rig size – sail and mast.
World Sailing announced that Starboard’s iFoil has been recommended as the official windsurfing equipment for the Paris 2024.
In the early October water trials, the governing body for the sport of sailing analyzed five classes and equipment – Formula Foil, Glide, iFoil, RS:X, and Windfoil 1.
Later, the Paris 2024 Windsurfer Evaluation Working Party released a report with a recommendation to World Sailing’s Equipment Committee.