Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt


The scene is set around the gathering of various kinds of enthusiastic personalities from all over the world at a far-off spot. Surrounded by enchanting desert colors, the universe has created the best conditions to allow this group of privileged persons to push and expand the limits of the possible. Once again this very special place where the time stand still promises glory and the writing of new history… It is this timeless environment which will remain the favorite playground of the adrenalin fighters where the intoxicating “need for speed” and the taste of victory echoes with historic fulfillment …
An exciting and packed adventure where the characters on the fastest spot of the world will discover the power… not of ONE but of THE Canal …
Researched and designed to reach speeds never before imagined, this Canal is the master-feature of this incredible and action-packed story, on which the participants rely and trust, with promising potential.

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

Who knows, maybe it will be you next year or maybe there is even time for this year??

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 from ByAdrienFreville on Vimeo.


What you would need?? :
It’s simple: skills in windsurfing or kitesurfing + having the desire to go fast on the water, the drive to expand your limits and to reach your personal goals (a national record, a personal best time, or even the ultimate record) + stopping at nothing + a spirit to adapt to this context (share the passion with competitors who come to be part of a unique adventure taking place in the middle of a desert and knowing how to face the elements).

Since 2007 records have been smashed successively, performances have increased tremendously and the « Lüderitz Speed Challenge » has become a major event with major media impact. This has progressed the “speed” discipline and has significantly contributed to further development in the Kitesurfing industry. The event organizers, Sébastien Cattelan (European record holder and GPS world record) and Sophie Routaboul (second fastest woman in the world) have here also realized the opportunity for Windsurfing to come back to the main stage and utilize this special location with the best of conditions to express the speed aspects of this sport. After several tests, the report states: the potential is certainly there – THE FAMOUS CANAL FROM LUDERITZ HAS MADE IT’S ENTRANCE…

This next episode in the Namibian Saga will this year again enlarge its casting. Having raised the interest of the biggest names in the sailing world, our idols will be there andmany will join them! We shall meet there those who decide to raise the challenge.

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor


fastest sailors on Planet Earth in Lüderitz Speed Challenge Namibia’s Africa

Gets ready to crown the  fastest sailor

Sebastian catalan speed  world  record  in in  Lüderitz Speed Challenge Namibia's Africa

Sebastian catalan speed world record in in Lüderitz Speed Challenge Namibia's Africa

Fasten your seatbelts. The fastest sailors on Planet Earth are ready for the 2012 Lüderitz Speed Challenge, held in Namibia’s most famous speed strip.


The international speed sailing event has been taking place, since 2007, in the southern coast of the African country and, since then, many national and world records have fallen.

Interestingly, the Lüderitz Speed Challenge is a battle of two fierce and eternal rivals: kiteboarders and windsurfers. This year, it is expected a tougher side-by-side war, as kiteboarding got the Olympic free pass over windsurfing.

The 50-knot speed barrier was broken in Namibia, for the first time ever, by the French bullet Sébastien Cattelan, but the world speed sailing would be broken again.

Right now, the level is very high. The US kiteboarder Rob Douglas holds the title of “fastest sailor on Earth”, having clocked at 55.65 knots with his gear.

Meanwhile, Lüderitz has improved the speed sailing conditions. A new channel has been built to push the limits further improving the conditions of all contestants.

The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012 will be one of the most antecipated boardsport events of the year. More than 15 different nationalities will battle for both national records and the ultimate world speed record.

Also, women from England, France, New Zealand and Turkey will compete against each other for the title of “Fastest Female Speed Sailor”. Let the hurricanes blow Lüderitz.


Some quotable quotes and peak speeds:

Hennie Bredenkamp (58 knots): “electric, it’s my best speed ever!”
Alex Caizergues (59.5 knots)
Basil Cambanis (52.5): “I went maybe too late in the water”
Sebastien Cattelan (61.8 knots): “It was spectacular. We hope to push the limits further and maybe to break the outright record again. The dream gave me wings to run the event and motivated me to ride like never before.”
Sophie Routaboul (40 knots)
Charlotte Consorti (43 knots)