Time is drawing close for the start of the Lüderitz Speed Challenge which takes place from the 7th of October until the 17th of November 2013 in the coastal town which has become the undisputed adrenaline water sports capital in Namibia. More than 60 kite and windsurfers will take part in this years event which draws the attention of the world’s media as it has proven as the place where new records are achieved.
According to organisers of the event, this will be the most illustrious year so far in the event’s history, attracting the worlds best wind and kite surfers from as far away as Australia.
Some of the legends taking part in this year’s event, include Bjorn Dunkerbeck (41 x world windsurf champion), Antoine Albeau (21 x world windsurf champion and current world speed champion at 97,5 kph), Anders Bringdal (world windsurf champion) and Zara Davis (UK and world ladies windsurf champion).
Other champs taking part in this years speed challenge include Sebastien Cattelan who is the mens world kite surf champion and the first person ever to exceed the 50 knot barrier). Sophie Routaboul, who is one of the main event organisers, is the current ladies world kite surf champion.
At least 19 national champions from around the world will particpate, hailing from the UK, Greece, South Africa Namibia, Turkey, Spain, Holland and New Zealand.