Friday, October 12, 2007

Challenge Ends

The first attempt @ Breaking Records in Luderitz is over. A highly successful time for riders for sure. Everyone came back to CPT and heading home from there.

We will keep this updated as and when things happen and news arrives!


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Sjouke Bredenkamp - OUTRIGHT Women's Record!

Today, the last of the challenge, produced the goods for Sjoukje. Following Alex Caizergues down the strip she produced an epic 42.35kts over the 500m. Winds slamming through @ 40+ and with her 5m Helix she brushed Karin Jaggi's previous best aside with a stunning run.

Also today, her Dad, Hennie Bredenkamp flew down the course and took the African outright record back with a 44.62 kts run adding to his windsurfing record of 42.99kts.

Alex Caizergues pushes his WR to 47.92 kts just shy or the 48kts mark. An incredible feat!

Another fantastic speed from Cape Town based, Italian, Zeno Graziani produced an Italian Record (Kite) 40.93kts. Zeon has been speedsailing for a few months!

Jurgen Geigher produced a personal best and Namibian record of 44.03 making him Africa's 2nd fastest man!

Full results from the event below;

Topspeed Sail Name Nat Equipment Rank
47,920 521 Alex Caizergues FRA F-ONE, ION, OUEST Province, Grab, Placid 1
46,980 513 Manu Taub FRA Radical 1, Naish, EXA 2
46,710 509 Sebastien Cattelan FRA Xelerator, Genetrix, ProLimit, Diekens, Oc 3
44,620 517 Hennie Bredenkamp RSA Naish 4
44,411 508 Jerome Bila FRA Genetrix 5
44,030 511 Juergen Geiger NAM North Kites, Free Air, Ocean Spirit 6
43,370 501 Taro Niehaus RSA Xelerator, Best Kites, Hugo & hugo Toyota 7
42,440 532 Dirk Hanel GER PD, North Kites, Matador, Oakley, ION, Mil 8
42,350 505 Sjoukje Bredenkamp RSA Cape Doctor, Naish, ProLimit, USN, Oakle 9
41,436 9 Matthias Roettcher NAM Thommen, North Sails 10
40,978 17 Hennie Bredenkamp RSA Fanatic 11
40,930 504 Zeno Graziani ITA 12
38,066 507 Rob Munro GBR Naish, Cape Dr., Reef Wetsuits, Viagra 13
36,900 503 Chris Barret BEL 14

The event is winding up tonight, so it has been an incredible month! Many new records, personal bests and more!

Here is to the next challenge!


Monday report

Hi there

there was lighter wind conditons on Monday with speeds between 40-44kts over 500m. Conditions were similar to the previous day but never kicked into overdrive.

We already have strong winds of 30 kts @ 10.30am so are all on standby to hit the strip with super strong winds and flat water at medium tides.

Will report more news as and when it comes through.



Sunday, October 7, 2007


Sjoukje Bredenkamp pushed through the 40kt barrier for the first time! Her new record now stands at 40.23kts over 500m!

Alex Caizergues retakes his World Record with a blistering 47.77 less than 1knot off of the OUTRIGHT record.

Manu Taub moves into the 3rd fastest ALL TIME speeds with a 46.98kts.

Wind on the course was 40 kts.

Alex Caizergues 47.77 new world kite record

Manu Taub 46.98 new personal best

Sebastien Cattelan 46.71 new personal best

Jerome Bila 44.411 new personal best

Taro Niehaus 43.37 new rsa record

Juergen Geiger 43.22 new nam record

Hennie Bredenkamp 42.576 new personal best

Dirk Hanel 42.44 new german record

Matthias Roettcher 41.436 new nam ws record

Sjoukje Bredenkamp 40.23 new female kite world record

Rob Munro 38.066

Zeno Graziani 37.23 new ita kite record

Chris Barret 35.762

Big Sunday!

Early reports are in! Seb & Alex broke the 100km barrier on GPS! Alex appears to have a new World Record, Manu breaks 4 lines in one sandy moment and Taro's butt was almost redesigned.... Sjoukje possibly breaks through 40...

Official news shortly, plus GPS tracks. Winds were about 40kts and 54-56kts max speeds managed.

Sat 6th October

Results as follows:

Sebastien Cattelan 43.302
Alex Caizergues 42.996
Hennie Bredenkamp 42.676
Manu Taub 41.441
Taro Niehaus 41.091
Juergen Geiger 37.046
Zeno Graziani 36.111
Sjoukje Bredenkamp 34.931
Chris Barret 31.687

More wind is forecast for the next few days.


Friday, October 5, 2007

New National Records and PB's!

Sorry for the delay in writing. News has been slow, but winds yesterday presented us with some new PB's and National Records.

Dirk hanel grabs the German outright record
Alex Caizergues gets a new PB
Jerome Bila gets a new PB
Best scores and times as below.

Sebastien Cattelan FRA 46.71 new world kite record
Alex Caizergues FRA 46.58 new personal best
Manu Taub FRA 46.08 new personal best
Jerome Bila FRA 44.411 new personal best
Juergen Geiger NAM 42.986 new nam kite record
Taro Niehaus RSA 42.853 new rsa kite record
Dirk Hanel GER 42.44 new german record
Matthias Roettcher NAM 41.436 new nam ws record
Hennie Bredenkamp RSA 40.978
Sjoukje Bredenkamp RSA 39.75 new female kite world record
Rob Munro GBR 38.066
Zeno Graziani ITA 37.23 new ita kite record
Chris Barret BEL 35.762

All of the guys and girls are there or on route for the blow this weekend. Keep your eyes here!


Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Good 40 kts saturday on the speed strip, however the tide was too high when wind picked up and the run was very chopy.

A lot of good results during this session with new riders coming in.
Alexandre Caizergues enters the "All time" WSSRC top 5 & few national kite records were broken again.

We are busy building a chop killer waiting for the next session, arriving maybe at the end on the week

Stay tuned, record attempt on untill 12th of october

RESULTS 29/09/2007
Men Kitesurf :
1/Alexandre Caizergues�(FR) : 46.22 kts -�Personnal best�
2/Sebastien Cattelan�(FR) : 45.87 kts-�
3/Manu Taub (FR)�: 44.35 kts-�
4/Jerome Bila (FR) : 43.41 kts -�Personnal best
5/Jurgen Geiger (NAM) : 42,99 kts - �NEW kite sailing Namibian & African Kite record
6/Taro Niehaus (RSA) : 42,85 kts -�NEW kite sailing South African record
7/Dirk Hanel (GER) : 40,96 kts -�NEW kite sailing German record
8/Rob Munro (GB) : 38,07 kts -
9/Christian Barret (BG) : 35,76 kts -�NEW kite sailing Belgium record
10/Zeno Graziani (IT) : 35,39 kts -�Personnal best�

Women Kitesurf :
1/ Sjoujke Bredenkamp (RSA) : 37,36 kts -

Men Windsurf :
1/ Mathias Roettcher (NAM) : 41,44 kts -
2/ Hennie Bredemkamp (NAM) : 40,98 kts -

All times WSSRC speed sailing :
1 / Finian Maynard 48,70 kts (windsurf) / OUTRIGHT RECORD
2 / Sebastien Cattelan 46,71 kts (kitesurf)
3 / Yellow Page 46,52 kts (boat)
4 / Alexandre Caizergues 46,22 kts (kitesurf)
5 /Manu Taub 46,08 kts (kitesurf)

I trashed my ankle before racing and am unable to continue, so results will come through as I get them from now on. The internet is terrible in Luderitz, so as and when the calls or SMS's come in, you will know.



Thursday, September 27, 2007

Riders have departed

Hi there

2 Vitos, A VW Caddy and an airplane from Germany are all on route to the sandless destination of Luderitz.

Forecast is excellent for Saturday & Sunday, plus the tides are spring high for Hennie on his windsurfer. A chop killer for the entry will be in place, so we should see some PB's and possible world records fall again.

Will be in touch soon.


PS - check out windguru for the new forecast for Luderitz Lagoon 2, Namibia.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wind for the Weekend and beyond

Hi there

the winds are looking great for this weekend. tides are high and the track should be smoking!

New people starting the challenge include;

Dirk hanel
Rob Munro
Christian Baret
Hennie Bredenkamp

Will be in touch with more information soon.


Langebaan, 29c and relaxing

Hi there

Everyone is back form Luderitz and spent the day relaxing in Langebaan. Wind forecast for Sat, Sun and possibly monday is looking VERY good.

Will upload photos and more shortly.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Lighter winds today

Winds got to about 30 knotsin the end.

Speeds to be confirmed, but for now....

Alex C - 44kts
Seb C - 43kts
jerome 41kts
Sjoukje - 38kts

All are on the way back to Langebaan and Cape Town. Wind forecast is light for the next few days.


Good Winds Set For Monday

The forecast is looking good for today.

Buoyweather is calling for 28kts so the localised weather should kick in to 40 knots or more. After this the period ahead looks light until next weekend.

Will Sjoukje push 40? Will Jerome sneak one in and take the record?

More later.....

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Latest Results SUNDAY

Seb Cattelan - NEW WR - 46.71 kts
Manu Taub - PB - 46.08 kts
Alex Caizergues - PB - 45.29
Jerome Billa - PB - 44.41 kts
Taro Neihuis - Not There

Sjoukje Bredenkamp NEW WR - 39.75 kts!

More news to follow all times require ratification.


More High Speeds

Just heard from Alex.

Seb & Alex 46 knots, Manu 45kts, Jerome 43. Sjoukje over 40kts! Times to be checked, will update soon. . . . . . . .

Could be 2 more World Records!


Friday, September 21, 2007

Welcome to the Site for the latest happenings @ the 2007 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

We will endeavour to keep this site as live as possible, but please bare with some delays due to the lack of COMS on the event site.

The waiting period is over and after the first 2 days of the Challenge, we are set to take on 2 new World Records in Kite Speed Sailing.

Alex manages a new Men's World Record 44.55kts and has set his eyes on the French Record (outright) next.

Sjoukje is set to push the 40 knot barrier and become only the 2nd women to do this. She recently increased her World Record to 38.44kts.

However, the rest of the fleet is ready to challenge these new records and the scene is set to create a fantastic oppertunity to push the records furter.