New world kite surfing speed record

December 13, 2008

Superb sailing conditions in Namibia in October at the Laderitz Speed Challenge saw Sebastien Cattelan of France became the first human being to sail at more than 50 knots (93kph) – a world record he held for only 24 hours before compatriot Alexandre Caizergues snatched it away with not one but three runs over 50 knots – reaching a top speed of 50.57 knots (93.65kph).

The Lüderitz Speed Challenge saw new outright records in both the men’s and women’s divisions:

  • New outright world speed sailing record: Alexandre Caizergues (France) – of 50.57 knots (F-One, Ouest Provence, Volkswagen Utilitaires, ION, Placide)
  • New outright Netherlands speed sailing record: Rolf van der Vlugt 45.99 knots (Airush, Mystic, Protest, TUDelft, X-tremeboards)
  • New outright UK speed sailing record: David Williams 44.78 knots (Best Kiteboarding, Dead Man clothing, KMS)
  • New outright France women’s speed sailing record: Charlotte Consorti 43.53 knots (F-One, Nike, Maui Magic, Baracuda, Weleda)
  • New outright Slovenia speed sailing record: Jernej Privsek 41.97 knots (Jägermeister, Cocta, Kitesfera, Garmin)
  • New outright Belgium speed sailing record: Christian Baret 40.87 knots (Summerwood Guesthouse)
  • New outright Netherlands women’s speed sailing record: Katja Roose 37.18 knots (Protest, Maui Magic, Airush)
  • New UK women’s kitesurf record: Jemma Grobbelaar 35.61 knots (Flexifoil, Xelerator, Dakine, Arnette, Derevko, Cti, Lizzy, Island Tribe)

You will not be surprised to hear that winds were strong and sailing conditions great – but another great landmark and a big shout of respect to all those who have set new records – next target has got to be 100kph!

Below is a photo of Alexandre Caizergues of France after he had just set a new world speed record at the Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia.

And here is a video of his world speed record from LuderitzSpeed



  1. Incredible! For people just looking to get started with kite surfing, Canadian Tourism has a great intro video up at http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=aic7cbckxRA

    • Thanks for pointing me in that direction. You will see that I have done an article on kite surfing in Canada though I found it quite difficult to find any really useful information. I have spent most of the day going thru’ hundreds of websites! It’s by no means complete, but I hope it’s not too bad…

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