Seb & Genetrix in Ludritz 2011

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Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:32 am

Sébastien is confident he can reach 60 knots in kitesurfing, and is making it his goal. Windsurfing speeds currently trail that of kitesurfing, but Sebastian has made it his first priority to create optimal conditions in the canal for the windsurfers to push the limits.
Positive energy is needed to manage this adventure, and an interesting challenge lies ahead for us to discover how best to achieve this. We need to share ideas and opinions with people who have different experience with the sea so we can collaboratively create the ideal run.
13 November 2011:
Mother nature had the final say today, and it only blew 30 knots with occasional gusts. Seb clocked the best speed of the day with 51.36 knots. He was the only contender over 50 knots.
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Congratulations to Anders Bringdal (50.72 Vmax) and Taro Niehaus (51.64 knots) for their performance record, and to Seb, Sophie and the rest of the team and sponsors for making this event possible.



The new canal has proved to be more beneficial for windsurfers than for kitesurfers thus far, but some options still remain to improve this for both disciplines.

Although the organizers treated this year as a test for the new canal (which was dug just before the start), the results look very promising and windsurfing legend, Anders Bringdal, managed to reach truly impressive speeds on his first day. He had a 50.72 Vmax, which is a first in windsurfing history.
Kite surfing records and performances will follow – step by step the dream of this Team has been realized over the past 5 years, and the much improved run in the ideal location will usher in a new era in speed sailing and become the perfect platform for international and outright records.
Sponsors who choose to be part of this will play a pivotal role in shaping sailing history.

Taro Niehaus of team Genetrix has set a new South African record of 51.64 knots, and Seb had 51.2. I’m not sure what Anders’s 500m average was, but he had another 50+ peak today (50.3 kts).
This is a phenomenal effort and well deserved; Taro didn’t hold back, which takes a lot of guts and confidence in your equipment and ability. It was not easy going out there, and despite this he came out unscathed and clocked the best speed so far.
Well done Lighty, I salute your achievement !!!
Strong wind is forecast until Sunday, so I’m sure the speeds will climb further.
Seb took a break over the past week and I have not doubt that he will dial it in before Sunday, which is forecast to be the strongest day.

Lighty....
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:56 pm

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Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:20 pm

Fair Play to Anders they guy is awesome, long may he continue.

the funny thing about his result there is the conversation that i had with one of his team riders at Weymouth this year before the Luderitz event, lets just say that she wasn't exactly complementary about the event the people running it, how it was unfair, cheating etc, given Anders achievements i wonder if she will be going cap in hand to Seb and asking for a place next year haha!

i only he hope that he tells her where to go..
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:56 pm

Nice One ZD ?????? :lol:
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Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:11 pm

i couldn't confirm or deny such an assumption... :mrgreen:
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Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:04 pm

james wrote:Fair Play to Anders they guy is awesome, long may he continue.

the funny thing about his result there is the conversation that i had with one of his team riders at Weymouth this year before the Luderitz event, lets just say that she wasn't exactly complementary about the event the people running it, how it was unfair, cheating etc, given Anders achievements i wonder if she will be going cap in hand to Seb and asking for a place next year haha!

i only he hope that he tells her where to go..
First thing that comes into my head about them comments is "what goes round comes round" . I've never come away from an event as wound up as this year at Weymouth.
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