Kitesurfing champion Wolfram Reiners has broken the German Kitesurfing Speed Record and crept closer to being the fastest man on the water.
Adding 4 knots to the previous record, he hit almost 50 knots over the 500m section recording an average time of 46.26 (86km/h).
Wolfram is now the fastest German under sail after his recent performance at the 2011 Lüderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia also gave him the Outright Speed Sailing Record for Germany (that’s all classes of sailing crafts).
As Sport Director of the Kitekahunas Team he gets plenty of practice at his favoured training spots on Sunset beach, Cape Town.
The event at Lüderitz has a history of turning up top performances. Key to it all is a channel devised to suit kite surfers, wind surfers and hydrofoil boats.
It’s thanks to the town’s location on the edge of the Namib Desert and exposure to the Atlantic that the winds are so strong. It’s now a favoured spot for kitesurfing holidays as well as for the select few skilled enough to push their craft further towards 60 knots.
Now, just how fast could they go?
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