Antoine Albeau has set a staggering new world record for speed windsurfing. In the purposeful built trench in Luderitz, Namibia, Albeau was reeling in the speed record as the latest forecast progressed. Being within touching distance more than a few times in the last days, Albeau showed immense determination and no fear as he powered through run after run after run, despite a fairly massive wipeout across the finish line (see below).
In the end his final speed came in at an incredible 53.27 knots, with some peak v-max speeds in excess of 55 knots! With this in mind it seems very much possible for Albeau to smash the 100km/h target he has set himself, which is only 0.73 knots away.
Being just over half a knot away from the 100km/h target may sound like a small step for Albeau but in actual fact this half knot is a gigantic hurdle to overcome as his equipment, body and mental state all try to stop him from pushing further. Nevertheless his GPS speed has already recorded more than 100km/h, but his true on course gate-to-gate speed is still that fraction away from his ultimate goal. Knowing Albeau like many of us do, this hurdle may not seem quite so large to him, which is very much still manageable in his time left in Namibia.
It's not only Albeau who is revelling from his success, other stars within the speed world have been taking to social media to congratulate the man himself, and of course Karin Jaggi who also tasted success today after she took the ladies speed record off Zara Davis, who's kept hold of it for a staggering three consecutive years.
We'll have more for you from Albeau himself shortly, in the meantime check out his response on facebook and that wipeout that would have slowed most of us mere mortals.
Ouchhhhhh this is what happening when you are trying to push the limits !!! This crash is on the finishing line of the 500m. I got deported to the downwind side of the canal at 50+kts. Wind was so strong 60kts. The run was hard and difficult. I was on my 5.6 Neilpryde and Rrd speed 40 at his moment. Got 51.66kts with Vmax over 52. I got few runs with Vmax over 53kts but average 50. Difficult and long days again. Hope tomorrow will be flatter. #antoinealbeau #chase100kmh #luderitzspeedchalenge #neilpryde #rrd #chrisbenz #quiksilver #charentemaritime #iledere #lacouarde
Posted by Antoine Albeau F192 on Saturday, 31 October 2015