World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

Since the 19th century Lüderitz has welcomed some extraordinary periods:
In the middle of this desert and with a pioneering spirit, the people living there have used the natural resources of this little corner of Namibia to make things happen. Frequently making do with absolutely nothing, but yet able to achieve their dreams and create something. Against the odds and in the face of adversity they have passed the last century discovering new resources and technologies, like finding and mining diamonds. Similarly, a new boundary is being broken, Lüderitz now being the only place in the world to witness those kite and windsurfing performances never reached before and on such a regular basis which really makes us believe that it won’t stop at these speeds.

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

The experience that organizers and riders have taken from this part of the Planet has created big international media awareness and a frenzy in speed circle. The little Lüderitz is once again on the “map”. The event has made history and has pushed development & research in the sailing industry since 2007. It is a proving ground for theories and idea. Improvements are made year after year, lots of TV shows as well as specialized magazines and international newspapers have given all the credibility to this community of sailors who have been able to show a brilliant and tenacious side of water sports.

The real “diamond” is the amazing man-made channel, which has been developed by the organizers, which consultation of the Ministry of environment & Tourism, is the fastest water speed-strip in the World, and is regarded as” the center of speed” regarding the results since the beginning of the speed challenge and the historical performances reached during the last 6 weeks.

The concept of the Lüderitz Speed challenge is to take all the best sailors in the World, to put them on a perfect speed strip with the best wind conditions and then let them loose to show what they are capable of. We have seen around 30-40 riders every year displaying great performances as a result of hard work made, persistence, perseverance and dedication, pushing the limits even further. 80% of the performance is from the concept and the efficiency of the channel. This is the place where 50 knots is now a really common achievement (reached by windsurfers and kitesurfers for the 1st time in history) and where the 100 km/h and then the 55 knots were also broken for the very first time in the sailing world: Namibia has the monopoly of the performance.
During November 2012, the windsurfers had 12 good sailing days with relatively light conditions of between 30 and 40 kts of wind (compare to what we can catch), breaking record after record in windsurfing, the Kite surfing World Record Attempt followed during the 2 first weeks of December:
13 Multi-discipline National Records, 3 National Records in Windsurfing and 2 World Records in Windsurfing were broken this year which reveals in total since 6 years:

• 13 Multi-discipline National Records
• 3 National Records in Windsurfing
• 9 Multi-discipline World Records (Male & Female)
• 2 World Records in Windsurfing (Male & Female)

One of the best examples of the the performance of the channel is the new German Multi-discipline Speed Record:
The kitesurfer Jochen Bock who came this year believing in the project, with his personal best speed of 42 knots before this event…
After immediately breaking the German kitesurfing record with 46.6 knots (the German speed record for all sailing disciplines was held by a Windsurfer with 46.75 kts at that time), Jochen Bock smashed it and reached 49.36 kts! 7 knots more than his old best performance!
And, even, if we compare previous speeds achieved, who were the best in the world and made here in strong wind, this year the channel has really revealed its’ magic! In 2010, Rob Douglas needed 45 knots of wind to achieve the world kitesurfing record. This year, Sébastien Cattelan did 53.27 kts in 30-35kts!

The Windsurfer Antoine Albeau broke the World Record in 2008 with 49.09 kts in 60 kts of wind in Saintes-Marie-de- la-mer (France) but did 52.05 kts in 40 kts of wind in Lüderitz.!
Windsurfers have caught up with the kitesurfers and the boats and share the front of the stage now. Everything for the future events looks really promising considering the fact that in Lüderitz everybody goes faster in less wind on those crafts represented here, compared to anywhere else on the planet.

The organizers and some riders have already identified improvements for the channel for next year. We can also anticipate the development of new gears and equipment and the valuable experience after participating in the channel. Should they also catch more wind in 2013, which is a really strong probability in this part of the African coast, we predict the fall of more records and the breaking of the 60 kts barrier quite possible for both disciplines.

The French Kitesurfer Sébastien Salerno has well explained the concept:


KSP 2012 KSP World Champions Crowned On Maui’s North Shore Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 8, 2012: The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro delivered classic Ho’okipa conditions and saw major upsets in the world title race. Event winners and overall KSP World Champions were crowned on Maui’s north shore today.

KSP 2012 KSP World Champions Crowned On Maui's North Shore

KSP 2012 KSP World Champions Crowned On Maui's North Shore

The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro got underway in building surf and returning trade winds. The first major upset of the day came early this morning in the final heat of men’s round 2 between points leader Patri McLaughlin (HI, North) and world number 4 Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD). McGillewie crushed McLaughlin’s world title hopes with a narrow defeat in their early morning clash at Ho’okipa.

The upsets continued in the men’s elimination when world number 2 Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), world number 3 Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA, Best) and world number 4 Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD) all failed to advance to the semi-finals, effectively opening up the title race to riders Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best), Keahi De Aboititz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), all tied for 5th place in the world ranking.

In the men’s semi-finals, Monteiro advanced in a high-scoring affair over Brandao and De Aboitiz defeated Ferreira, setting the stage for a riveting final showdown. With the Ho’okpa Kite Surf Pro event title and the world championship crown on the line, Monteiro and De Aboitiz had the crowd on the edge of their seats, exchanging the lead several times throughout the final in exceptional conditions. De Aboitiz emerged victorious, taking home his first ever KSP World Championship title in an emotional victory.

In the women’s bracket, round 2 saw fierce matchups in world-class conditions. Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) and Jalou Langerees (NED, Naish) all advanced through to the semi-final round with stellar performances in the building northwest swell and increasing winds.

The womens’ semi-final saw Whyte post the highest two wave total of the entire event, a 17.67, against Brazillian powerhouse Ferreira. Ferreira’s defeat effectively secured the title for Langeree, putting her competitors out of points’ reach. Elated after winning her first ever KSP World Championship title, Langeree went on to advance in semi-final number 2 in a narrow victory over Schibevaag.

The women’s final hit the water in pulsing northwest swell and finely groomed over-head waves. Whyte, in her first ever KSP World Championship tour event, continued her charge to victory, posting big scores, displaying fluid style, and defeating points leader Langeree.

Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Men’s Final Results:

1st Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)

2nd Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)

3rd Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best)

4th Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One)


Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Women’s Final Results:

1st Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha)

2nd Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)

3rd Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)

4th Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)


2012 KSP Men’s World Championship Results:

World Champion – Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)

Vice World Champion – Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)

3rd Airton Cozzolino (CPV, North)


2012 KSP Women’s World Championship Results:

World Champion – Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)

Vice World Champion – Ines Correia (POR, RRD)

3rd Ninja Bichler (GER, North)


To see the pictures of the day click here!

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

Youri Zoon Neretva Croatia 2012 Demo Days

Youri Zoon, Dutch professional kiteboarder and current world champion in kiteboarding was in Croatia for Slingshot Slovenia Demo Days this summer. It was a pleasure to meet him at Neretva Kiteboarding Center on the Neretva river at the Adriatic sea, one of the best kiteboarding spots in the world.

Our first feature short movie is a tribute to Youri Zoon and kiteboarding culture in Croatia, Slovenia and the world. Featured are also Mija Lorbek and Soni Makarovic of Kaikala Kiteboarding and Daniel Therrien of . Let it take you straight into summer!!

Layday Called For Day 1 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland 2012

Achill Island, Ireland – October 19, 2012: The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland has been called off for the day due to small waves and light wind. Contest directors are optimistic for a first start this weekend.


Layday Called For Day 1 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland 2012

Layday Called For Day 1 Of The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland 2012

“The forecast was not looking great for wind or waves today,” said Brad Price, Head Judge for the KSP world championship tour. “We are working closely with our dedicated team of locals and monitoring the forecast charts carefully. Conditions are looking very promising at the moment for a possible start tomorrow afternoon or Sunday.”

Event organizers will reconvene at dawn tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a 10:00am first possible start for men’s heat one, which promises to be an explosive start to the competition.

Tune in live at 10am Ireland time on tomorrow morning for the morning show and a first possible start of Men’s Round 1.

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, sponsored by Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.



Heat 1: Patri McLaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Ryan Coote (IRL)

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Jakop Appel (DEN)

Heat 3: Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Lee Harvey (GBR, North), Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best)

Heat 4: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Gonzalo Gomes (POR), Keith McGeown (IRL)

Heat 5: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Cameron Biehl (USA)

Heat 6: Filippe Ferreira (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), Mark Moore (CAN)

Heat 7: Sky Solbach (USA, North), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD),

Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Mark Barry (IRL)



Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One), Celina Guardati (ARG)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), Jade O’Connor (IRL)

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)

Heat 4: Milla Ferreira (BRA), Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Lilian Malschaert (NED)

Racing world championship 2012 day 1

Four races in light winds kick-off the qualification races at the event in Cagliari.

Cagliari, October 4, 2012 – Good start in style for the Kiteboard Racing World Championship in Cagliari.

Racing world championship 2012 day 1

Racing world championship 2012 day 1

The light Scirocco breeze picked -up in the afternoon at Poetto beach , allowing three races in each of the four fleets the competitors were divided (three male fleets and one female).

All the favorites were right on top, like World Champion Johnny Heineken on red fleet and his sister Erika Heineken on the ladies. Great start also for the new European champion Slalom, Andrea Riccardo Leccese (Columbian guy riding under the Italian team) who won all the races on his fleet.

He is leading now the Overall ranking together with Heineken.

The first day of competition had appeared uncertain, in the eyes of the 195 competitors (including 42 women). Until noon, the weather kept everyone calm down, to finalize the preparation of their boards and kite and deal with the sailing instructions during the skippers meeting. A little later, the rise of a breeze from the south has was prompted by the committee to start competition. All competitors left the beach in a few minutes coloring the sky with hundreds kites and reaching the racing area, not far from the shoreline.

The show lasted until late afternoon.

Tomorrow the qualification rounds will continue in order to give the names of the 50 finalists in the man Gold Race and 20 in the women that will battle on Saturday to reach the medal race.

Declarations of today.

Riccardo Leccese. “After the three first places today I’ m convinced I can win the title. I can’t wait til Saturday, so I can compete against Heineken in the gold race: he is my only concern.”

Surprised to be among the first, Andrea Beverino,at his debut on the kite after a long career on windsurfing. “I am very pleased to be in sixth place, th

Cagliari kite course world race 2012

There will be 220 riders from 38 countries and all five continents. at the event, scheduled throughout the week at Poetto beach.

The World Championship was presented this morning at the village in Poetto .

Cagliari kite course world race 2012

Cagliari kite course world race 2012

To allow the largest number of competitors they were divided into Men, Women, Youth, Master and Grand Master, the latter reserved for veterans.

Today practice race.

The official races will begin tomorrow. All the four previous World Champions tested the race course this previous days: the Mexican Sean Farley, winner of the first World Cup race ever in San Francisco in 2009, Americans Adam Koch and Peter Lake, the winners of the next two years, until the defending champion Jonny Heineken, that in the waters of Sylt in Germany snatched the last world title overall.

But the favorites are many. Also among Americans, Damien Le Roy (slalom World Champion) and Alex Aguera, the French Julien and Olivier Kerneur Dansin on top of the World Ranking. Good chances for the Colombian Italian Riccardo Leccese Turconi, which runs with the colors of Italy and won just few days ago in La Baule the European title. The tricolor finds hope in Lorenzo Giovannelli, Italian champion race 2012 European champion slalom, and Andrea Beverino. Numerous Cagliari who will pack the sixth stop Poetto will cheer for Luca Marcis, unique Sardinian race and rider of the Italian firm RRD.

The headquarters of the event is, the sixth stop Poetto the race village: about 5000 square meters, which will host the technical moments as convivial post-race.

Famous journalist and local icon Pietro Porcella, is entertaining the public as official speaker.

For more information:

Course Racing Men World Ranking 2012

Course Racing Women World Ranking 2012

Cagliari Italia 197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

After two days of registration and equipment measurement, racing will finally get underway today with the first official races. 153 men and 42 women will battle on the water for the 2012 racing world title.

Cagliari Italia 197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

Cagliari Italia 197 entries at the 2012 Course Racing Worlds

In the mens fleet, racing will start with a qualifying series, with three groups of 51 sailors each which will be re-seeded then by the first racing days results before the fleet is split into Gold/Silver/Bronze for the final series day. In the womens fleet, a single opening series will be run over the first three days, followed by a medal race series on Sunday.

Yesterday saw four practice races, with up to 70 sailors on the line each, in perfect sailing conditions.