Anders Bringdal at 40.2 Knots breaks Maui Open Ocean Speed Sailing Record Again
Maui, HI -- With steady winds in the 30-35 knot range Anders Bringdal became the first to break 40 Knots in the 3rd session of the Maui GPS V-Max Challenge.
After setting a new mark of 39.6 kts the previous day Anders was perfectly tuned to take full advantage of the conditions.He used the same setup,5.2 Naish Stealth 08 pre-production sail, 54 cm wide AB+ board and 24 cm asymmetrical AB+ fin. Both board and fin are from Anders own company.
Anders:"I hit 40.00kts even on my 3rd run down the lower reef at around 2.30 pm". He then came in for a quick break and to log in the time then went back out and upped the speed to 40.2 kts.He and the Naish boys were totally stoked. With low tide at 1.30 p.m. there was barely enough water over the lower reef to sail.
Alex Aguera was 2nd at 38.7 kts upping his own personal best speed by .1 kts but not without some hairy moments , Alex:"I had to jump a small wave at full speed only to crash straight in face of the next one,I found myself standing on the reef with the water not even knee deep."Thankfully he was unhurt even though the plume of spray from his impact could be seen from Spreck\'s beach half a mile upwind.
Robby Naish was back for more speed, setting 3rd fastest speed of 37.7 again on the lower reef. Robby: " the Amateur wave guys are stoked", yes ,more than one took the photo - op to bring home their picture with Robby Naish. Mike Warmuth came in from his runs with a huge grin, his 37.2 kts good for 4th also a personal best .5th was challenge organizer Erik Beale at 37.1 kts."I am really happy for Anders and for the fact that we broke 40 in only our 3rd speed session.
The fastest Amateur wave rider was Patrick Bergeron at an impressive 32.7 hot on the heels of guys with slalom gear. True to his word,he had promised to break 30 kts the previous day. Fastest woman was Spreck,s massage guru, Twila Folden at 23.0 kts,her personal best,truly bitten by the speed bug she was off to dig her old slalom board out from under the house.
All in all the 3rd session was a great success with records broken, many personal bests and nobody hurt. The low tide at 1.30 P.M. was making it extremely risky to run the bottom end of the lower reef right where Anders cranked out his 40.2. We will take a break for 4-5 days to allow the low tide cycle to move through the afternoon and look to be running again towards the end of next week.