SPEED WORLD RECORD FOR NORTH KITEBOARDING

Olaf Marting sets a new record for Kiteboarding of 41, 67 Knots at the Walvis Bay Speed week in Namibia. | Olaf Marting sets a new record for Kiteboarding of 41, 67 Knots at the Walvis Bay Speed week in Namibia. After half a week of waiting at the Neo Paint Walvis Bay Speed week, the winds were finally gusting up from the south west to 40 knots on Thursday 21/10/2004. The day had two great surprises for us: The Namibian Olaf Marting (North Kiteboarding/Fanatic Kiteboards) had the run of the day and cracked the kiteboarding World Speed Record of Manu Taub of 40, 58 knots, by blasting down the 500m speed strip over the lagoon of Walvis Bay with an average speed of 41, 67 knots on his North Rhino05! Also during that day, Dirk Hanel from Germany had the 4th fastest run in the world with a 40.05 knots run with his 5th Element powered North Rhino 05 9sq kite and set a great new German record. This was also the base for his win at the 2004 Walvis Bay Speed Week, as he was the most consistent ride of the week in competition! Both riders were on special speed boards designed by the Fanatic Kiteboard shaper Harry Brehm from South Africa, who also finished in 2nd place overall in the Masters division with some great runs! Well done to the entire NKB and Fanatic kiteboarding Team!! Official Results: TopSpeed: 1. Olaf Marting / Namibia (NKB, F) 41,67 knots – World record 2. Sebastien Cattelan / France 41,37 – French record 3. Dirk Hanel / Germany (NKB, F) 40,05 knots – German record Overall: 1. Dirk Hanel / Germany (NKB, F) 2. Sebastien Cattelan / France 3. Olaf Marting / Namibia (NKB, F) Masters: 1. Tilmann Heinig / Germany 2. Harry Brehm / Germany (NKB, F) 3. Peter Petersen / Denmark

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