Posts tagged “Rob Douglas

Sébastien SALERNO speaks about the Luderitz Speed Channel

A video From Eric Bellande


The fastest event – the fastest spot – the fastest riders

  • The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012

    Since 2007, records were smashed successively, performances have increased, the « Lüderitz Speed Challenge », World record Attempt in Speed Sailing has become a major event with a media impact which has developed the “speed” discipline and has well participated to the kitesurfing industry evolution. Nevertheless, its organizors, Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul have seen there the opportunity for the windsurfers to come back in front of the stage and find a location with the best conditions to express themselves. So, from 2009, after several tests, the report sets: the potential is there, let’s build a CANAL…

    2010 EDITION set a new record and all the nations know that Lüderitz is the fastest spot in the World!.


    Only two years after the 50 knots barrier was broken, the 55 Knots (103 km/h) barrier was smashed: 100km/h (54.10 knots) and “The Lüderitz Speed Challenge” have managed to get back the title from the multi-million boat “L’Hydroptère” (51.36 knots). Only 2 competitors in the world have reached the 55 knots so far:

    Sébastien Cattelan (55.49 kts-European Record) and Rob Douglas (55.65 kts-Ultimate World Record)

    2011 WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AREA from an historical project:

    Although the 2010 canal made the world of a difference, the conditions still need improvement for faster records to be set, especially to represent the windsurfing community which is huge in the World. Thus Sébastien Cattelan, Sophie Routaboul and his team have invested a lot of money and time to research the possibilities of widening and lengthening the canal, and creating even smoother water surfaces for faster speeds, deeper water but also improving the safety of the finish area.

    After 1 year battling to set up the project and get the authorizations, they manage to dig that canal with the support of the Namibian Ministry of Environment & Tourism,according to what they have learnt from performances, tests and experiences they made during their career.

    The legend Anders Bringdal took part of this new edition as a windsurfing consultant to be able to invite all the top sailors in the world.

    SUCCESS: never before a windsurfer have reached a top speed of 50,7 knots (94 km/h).

    0n 10 competitors of this testing-team, 5 records were broken.

    The test of this Team is a revelation: this new canal which was improved step by step until the end of the 2011 event is THE solution and will be the playground of many competitors next year as they all have realized its potential.

    LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE 2012 PROJECT: Old records are no news, however… Chase the unimaginable 60 knots barrier now: The Lüderitz Speed Challenge has this as its main goal and sole focus.

    No other event or place in the world would be more suitable to attempt this crazy record. Organizers have worked really hard to create the right environment conducive to making it happen. It’s the combination of all their experience from previous years and of course the location which gives them the criteria they need (strong and stable wind, good angle…) which will operate.

    All the arrangements have been made to manage to create a canal with all the skills that windsurfers need to join kitesurfers (record: 55,65 knots) and boats (record: 51,36 knots) in that real challenge. After obtaining the authorizations, an artificial canal was dug 300m from the bay: 1 month of hard tests and researches, making improvements, were realized during the 2011 edition to be able to present the big 2012 Challenge which will be even more watched and followed in all over the world, where the best top sailors will battle for the World title or their nation.

    The list of the selected competitors will be communicated in the beginning of July for an Attempt which will happen from the 5 November to 2 December for windsurfers (registrations number being more important) and from 3 to 16 December for kitesurfers, to avoid the comparison between 2 different crafts.

    Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 from ByAdrienFreville on Vimeo.

  • Orange Speed Crossing Pro award ceremony

    Congratulations to Rob and Charlotte for winning the Orange Speed Crossing Pro!

    Rob was untouchable on the runs and won 3 out of four heats. He broke the 1998 Leucate speed record of 42.25 knots held by the windsurfer Jose Bahadour from Guadeloupe with 43.32 knots.

    Rob Douglas, winner of the OSC Pro, in front of Anders Bringdal and Antoine Albeau (photo credit Jef Valet kite

    Charlotte Consorti, winner of the OSC Pro, in front of Sophie Routaboul (photo credit Jeff Valet kite

    Charlotte Consorti and Sophie Routaboul were the only two women competing in the OSC pro.
    Charlotte took the lead from the start and won all 4 heats.

    They will all be competing this weekend in the Orange Speed Crossing Pro AM in Leucate.

    As for Seb, it looks like his race boards got misplaced and didn’t make it on time to Leucate. He (scored?) a downwind race board from Xelerator to competed with an ankle injury on the fourth day and was the first kiter to cross the finish line.

    See the results here:

    Orange Speed Crossing 4th Heat

    Four innings were validated on the Orange Speed Crossing and Rob Douglas remains untouchable. Yet, behind him, windsurfers multiply the runs but that’s not good enough. The American is still the fastest. The day had started well for windsurfers.

    From the start, the wind angle is most favorable to the windsurfers and they score the first 6 spots. After an hour into the heat, Antoine Albeau displays a nice 33.5 knots on the clock. Rob Douglas with 29 knots is the first kiter to cross the finish line.

    Rob and Antoine (Photo credit Mondial du vent)

    The kiters were able to make a come back as the wind turned and got stronger for about 20 min.

    Sylvain Hoceini links run after run smoothly close behind Antoine. Rob Douglas finally cuts short any suspense by burying the competition with a remarkable time of 39.5 knots.

    The breach is open and the two Douglas brothers waste no time diving in and taking the second and third places. This Round is the most disputed, the wind is changing, forcing the organizers to add an additional fifteen minutes. Rob Douglas, still in the lead continues to smoke the run. Sylvain Hoceini disturbs the ranking as he sneaks by Jamie Douglas to take the second place. Anders Bringdal ranks second overall.

    The Tramontane wind was particularly erratic in the afternoon! The organizers attempted to initiate a fifth inning, but the wind was changing so much in strength and direction that it was impossible to confirm anything!

    Kiters finish well in front of windsurfers:

    1 Rob Douglas

    2 Sylvain Hoceini

    3 Jaime Douglas

    4 Antoine Albeau (1er windsurf)

    OSC overall results after 4 innings (57 participants):

    1 Rob Douglas

    2 Anders Bringdal

    3 Antoine Albeau

    5 Jaime Douglas

    9 Morgan Douglas

    10 Christophe Pringuenon

    16 Sylvain Hoceini

    17 Philippe Planas

    20 Alex Caizergues

    24 Benjamin Petit

    25 Geoffrey Mascarel

    26 Jean Yves Terrien

    28 Bruno Dandine

    29 Jochen Bock

    30 Wolfran Reiners

    31 Manu Taub

    34 Chris Harduin

    35 Jean Charles Paupardin

    36 Jernej Privsek

    37 Florent Gautier

    38 Renaud Romain

    40 Maxime Richard

    41 Emmanuel Mogicato

    42 Bill Lynch

    44 Anthony Chaffron

    45 Julien Taub

    46 Sebastien Cattelan

    47 Brock Collen

    48 Sylvain Moret

    Orange Speed Crossing Pro: Interim Results

    Here are the interim results after the first 3 races of the OSC.

    Long Distance

    Overall standings after 3 races – Men

    Overall standings after 3 races – women

    Vas y Sophie!!!  **** the team is cheering you on ****




    Could Seb be back in the race?

    On Tuesday, the organizer of the Mondial decided to make use of the light 20.25 knots of south east wind and put on the “Funny Race”.  The Long Distance Race is an 8 km and back to the start.  From the start, the windsurfers took the lead with Antoine Albeau and Cédric Bordes.  The strong south east choppy conditions are not favorable to kite surfers.

    Antoine Albeau crosses the finish line first leaving a gap between him, Ross Williams and Cédric Bordes

    SEB CATTELAN  with the Genetrix Origin and Xelerator board (photo Tisag)

    Sébastien Cattelan takes the lead and is the first kitesurfer to cross the finish line in front of Rob Douglass and Sylvain Hoceini.  He was riding a 12m Genetrix and the Xelerator 198×40 board.

    Until now, Seb had not been able to compete due to his missing boards.    We are glad to see him back in despite an injury to his ankle.

    You can find out more re the board he is using here:

    The strong Tramontane is announced again for tomorrow with a skipper’s meet at 8:00 am.

    Alex Caizergues et Geoffrey Mascarel are out!

    During the second heat, two of the top kite surfers got injured.  Alex Caizergues injured his right knee and Geoffrey Mascarel his wrist!  Rob Douglas is the only kitesurfer left facing the top windsurfers.

    For now, no news re Seb Cattelan …


    Orange Speed Crossing 3rd Heat

    Today, the best times had been recorded in the early part of the day due to a declining Tramontane as the day wore on. 4 windsurfers finished in the top five but Rob took the lead again with the fastest time over 42 knots. In the absence of Alex Caizergues it was Geoffrey Mascarell who was the second kiter to finish.

    Orange Speed Crossing 2nd Heat

    Rob Douglas (42.5) winner of the second heat of the Orange Speed Crossing in front of Antoine Albeau (41.5)

    We are sorry to hear that Sebastian Cattelan wasn’t able to take part in the last 2 races. “My racing gear is somewhere on an airport carousel between Maui airport and South Africa. I was able to borrow some equipment left and right, but it is not easy without my personal settings. Plus I’m cold, so for now I stay on the beach (smile).”

    Alex Caizergues also had no chance today. He fell hard in the second inning and had to be evacuated by firefighters, having apparently suffered a knee sprain. He was in fourth place in this heat! This might compromise his season.

    Charlotte Consorti consistently finished in the first half every time at the scratch, leaving behind about thirty men!

    Anders Bringdal, who won the first round is 7th in this second round and falls back overall.

    Heat 2 results:

    1 Rob Douglas Kite

    2 Antoine Albeau Wind

    3 Cedric Bordes Wind

    4 Alex Caizergues Kite

    5 Geoffrey Kite Mascarell

    Le mondial du vent 2012

    Leucate, France will host the Mondial du Vent from April 7th to 15th 2012. The worldwide event was created in 1996. 16 years later, Leucate is still the first kitesurf and windsurf meeting in France and one of the most important international events in these disciplines.

    see more here:

    ORANGE SPEED CROSSING Pro: 7 to 12 April

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Mondial du Vent et Orange have organized the Orange Speed Crossing in Leucate from 7 to 15 April for the 16th edition of the Mondial du Vent. A unique opportunity to watch the world’s best athletes of kiteboarding and windsurfing go head to head on speed runs.

    A total of 30 professional athletes including kitesurfer Rob Douglas (world speed record holder), Alexandre Caizergues (3 times world speed holder),  Sebastien Cattelan (50 and 55 knot recordbreaker) and windsurfers Antoine Albeau (speed and slalom windsurfer world champion)  and Anders Bringdal, will participate in this unique event. Charlotte Consorti and Sophie Routaboul will also compete to see who is the fastest woman on the water.

    In 2011, kitesurfers proved to be fastest. Will the windsurfers take the speed record back this year?

    As of now, here is the list of the riders in the Orange Speed Crossing.
    10 riders will compete using Genetrix kites
    Kitesurf Windsurf
    1- Anthony CHAFFRON France
    2- Wolfram REINERS Allemagne
    3- Alex CAIZERGUES France
    4- Rob DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
    5- Geoffrey MASCAREL France
    6- Jamie DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
    7- Morgan DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
    8- Manu TAUB France
    9- Damien LEROY France
    10- Brock CALLEN Etats-Unis
    11- Sébastien CATTELAN France
    12- Chris HARDUIN France
    13- Christophe PRIN-GUENON France
    14- Jean-Charles PAUPARDIN France
    15- Maxime RICHARD France
    16- Bill LYNCH Etats-Unis
    17- Sylvain HOCEINI France
    18- Florent GAUTIER France
    19- Romain RENAUD France
    20- Emmanuel MOGICATO France
    21- Sylvain MORET France
    22- Charlotte CONSORTI France
    23- Sophie ROUTABOUL France
    24- Julien TAUB France
    25- Jean-Yves TERRIEN France
    26- Bruno DANDINE France
    27- Jernej PRIVSEK Slovénie
    1- Thomas GAUDIOT France
    2- Nick VARDALACHOS Grèce
    3- Gauthier BOURGEOIS France
    4- Antoine ALBEAU France
    5- Cyril MOUSSILMANI France
    6- Benoit MOUSSILMANI France
    7- Sylvain MOUSSILMANI France
    8- Anders BRINGDAL Suède
    9- Olivier BERNARD France
    10- Cédric BORDES France
    11- Andrea BALDINI Italie
    12- Christophe RICHAUD France
    13- Xavier JOLY France
    14- Pascal BOULANGER France
    15- Cyril MICHEL France
    16- Christophe FIORENTINI France
    17- Gilles PAREDES France
    18- Valérie GHIBAUDO France
    19- Karin YAGGI Suisse
    20- Romain DONADA France
    21- Alain MONTAUZOU France
    22- Damien NICO France
    23- Jacques VAN DER HOUT Pays-Bas