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Press Releases from Speed:World:Cup (27 total)

12-08-2008 | Sports

France takes the 2008 ISWC World Cup Titles

Cyril Moussilmani (FRA, Fanatic, North) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) take the victory of the 2008 ISWC World Cup Ranking. The Board Manufacturers Ranking is won by Starboard, in the Sail Manufacturers category North Sails takes the crown. The most successful nation in 2008 was again France. After 12 events, three of them categorized as continental or world championship grade, the actual ISWC world ranking incorporates a total of
10-10-2008 | Sports

Sebastien Cattelan and Charlotte Consorti are the 2008 KiteSpeed World Champions

After the final leg of the 2008 PKRA Speed Tour, Sebastien Cattelan stays on top of Alex Caizergues and Chritophe Prin-Guenon (all France). The womens world title goes to Charlotte Consorti, FRA, ahead of Sjoukje Bredenkamp, RSA, and Katja Roose, NED. Caizergues started the season with a victory in his hometown Port St. Louis, but was beaten in Fuerteventura not only by Sebastien Cattelan but also by hotshot Rob Douglas
10-10-2008 | Sports

Luderitz PKRA Speed Tour Final: Results

The 2008 Luderitz Speed Challenge, the PKRA Speed Final event in the same time, came to an end today with the official closing ceremony at the Nest Hotel. Big thinks have been achieved in the last four weeks, with the first man going over 50 knots and the old outright sailing record smashed several times. Already from the beginning, everybody was on fire when American Rob Douglas broke Antoine Albeaus
09-22-2008 | Sports

New Speedsailing Outright World Records set in Luderitz, Namibia

Subject to WSSRC ratification, Robert Douglas (USA, Black Dog, Cabrinha) set a new outright world record today with 49.84 knots. Second became Sebastien Cattelan (FRA, Genetrix) with 49.59 knots, also well over the old record set by Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) in winter this year. The womens outright record is now at a stunning 45.20 knots by Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RAS, Naish). The chase for the holy gral of speed sailing,
08-27-2008 | Sports

The 2008 ISWC Speed Windsurfing European Championships: Final Results

Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Proof, North Sails) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) are the European Champions of Speed Windsurfing 2008 ! In a thrilling final gold fleet race Bjorn Dunkerbeck defeated Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) who was leading the competition until that final race. Both were tied in points, with the tie broken in favour of Antoine Albeau by the top speed of the season (43.68 knots), a new spot
08-25-2008 | Sports

The 2008 ISWC Speed Windsurfing European Championships: Day 5

The fight for the european champion title is still open between Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Proof, North Sails). They are tied in points, but Antoine leads due to the better top speed of the competition. In the womens fleet Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) is already through, with five bullets in five races. One more round was completed today in relatively light winds, leaving the decision
08-25-2008 | Sports

The 2008 ISWC Speed Windsurfing European Championships: Day 3

What a day! 3 complete rounds with two fleets today, with a new seasons top speed set by Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard)with 43.68 knots. He is leading the the competition now as well as Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) in the womens fleet. The skippersmeeting was set to 9:00 as the forecast was promising strong wind early, and the wind was strong. The gold fleet hit the water sharp at
08-22-2008 | Sports

The 2008 ISWC Speed Windsurfing European Championships: Day 2

The first day of competition kicked of with perfect sailing conditions. Man of the day was Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, T1/Prrof, North) with a new spot record of 41.73 knots. The women fleet was dominated one more time by Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) with two bullets on the first day. After the initial skippersmeeting at 10:00 the riders were put on short standby with the postponement flag, as the wind
08-12-2008 | Sports

The 2008 ISWC Speed Windsurfing European Championship - Press Kit

Karpathos prepares for thrilling action as the clock counts down to the 2008 Speed Windsurfing World Cup and the one-off European Championship. For the third time in a row, the small village Afiartis on the idyllic island of Karpathos is preparing to play host for the world‘s fastest men and women in the speed windsurfing scene. From August 20th till 26th all the big names of the sport will compete for
08-04-2008 | Sports

ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championship Fuerteventura 2008

Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are the speed windsurfing world champions 2008. After 7 rounds of speedsailing in challenging conditions, Albeau took the victory with a perfect score of 3.5 points. Vice world champion became Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North). Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, T1/Proof, North) took the last days race as a discard, as he was already well ahead of Finian Maynard (BVI) in fourth.
08-01-2008 | Sports

The 2008 ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championships: Day 6

Another two days of speed sailing have been completed today in epic conditions. Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are now leading the overall ranking after six rounds and one discard. The day started already windy, and all sailors were aware of what would follow. The first start was scheduled for 11:00 then, and the 63 competitors were off on the water. This time it
07-24-2008 | Sports

Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam 2008: Final Report

The 2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam came to an end today with another two exciting races in conditions from 25-35 knots. It was again a hard fight between Sebastien Cattelan, Robert Douglas and Alex Caizergues. Cattelan ended the event with two more bullets and clearly took the event win, but it was very close between the second and the third place. The better end was then for Robert Douglas, only
07-23-2008 | Sports

Fuerteventura Kitespeed day 6 - new GBR and USA records

Sotavento Beach saw another epic battle today, with the better end for Sebastien Cattelan. Two races were completed today, varying from 20 knots and flat water to 30 knots and killer chop. It was again Cattelan, Douglas and Roberts who fought for the event lead. Christophe Prin-Guenon is also still in reach of the podium. Cattelan managed two bullets today, and Prin-Guenon together with Robert Douglas short behind. The first
07-22-2008 | Sports

Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam 2008: Day 4 / new USA kitespeed record

Sebastien Cattelan and Charlotte Consorti (both France) take the overall lead. New USA kitespeed record by Robert Douglas. Day four of the 2008 Fuerteventura Kitespeed Grand Slam saw one of the most thrilling kitespeed races of all times. The first leg brought some big surprises, but todays second heat outperformed everything looked at before. The first heat started in winds averaging 20 knots, gusting 25, but on a much broader angle
04-17-2008 | Sports

Interview with Speedsailing Hall of Fame member Thierry Bielak

An unmissable character from the windsurf world, specially where that concerns speed sailing, 3 times world speed record holder and Speedsailing Hall of Fame member Thierry Biélak is saying his farewells after years of appearing on the runs and roads for the RRD brand… New horizons, new projects ahead, he takes time out to talk to us about his long career as a speedboard addict !!! : From 1991
04-09-2008 | Sports

Interview with Pascal Maka about Speedsailing world record attempts

After Christophe Simian, now it’s time for Pascal Maka, Masters of Speed coordinator and race director, to tell his side of the 5 months spent on the canal at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. The net result, personal memories, regrets, his view of the future ! : The Masters of Speed has just closed down, what do you see as the result of these 5 months of record attempts ? Pascal Maka
04-08-2008 | Sports

The canal closes its doors: Interview with Christophe Simian

After 5 long months and 4 official speed record attempts, the Masters of Speed 2007/2008 paid its final respects on the 5th April, boasting a new world record for a production board, but also, and more importantly, a new all-category world water sail speed record … Official timekeeper but also the chief conductor of the infamous speed canal, Christophe Simian takes time out to talk about the net result of
04-08-2008 | Sports

WSSRC Ratifies ALBEAU's Outright Speed Record

The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the Outright World Speed Record of 49.09 knots set by Antoine ALBEAU of France. Antoine ALBEAU (FRA) set the new outright world speed record mark on the purpose built canal in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France. The Record Record: Outright World Speed Record Venue: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. France Name: Antoine ALBEAU (FRA) Equipment: Custom Starboard. 4.8 Neil Pryde Date: 5 March 2008 Course
04-04-2008 | Sports

Speed:World:Cup France: Day 3

What an incredible day: 60 knots of wind, amazing speeds, upside-down timing caravan. We have rarely seen such a windy race day during competition - an experience that not many can share. Alexandre Caizergues and Charlotte Consorti, both from France, are still dominating the PKRA Speed:World:Cup in Port St. Louis. The day started calm, not very windy, and the skippersmeeting was scheduled for 9:30, due to the official function yesterday evening.
04-03-2008 | Sports

Speed:World:Cup France: Day 2

Epic conditions today in Port St. Louis, with three legs held in 30-40 knots of wind the race committee tested all skills of the riders, technical as well as physical. Alex Caizergues was the man of the day, with three bullets clearly in the lead now. In the womens fleet, Charlotte Consorti has also a perfect score with 4 out of 5 victories. Skippersmeeting was held at 9:00 and
04-02-2008 | Sports

Speed:World:Cup France: Day 1

The kick off event for the 2008 Kitespeed season couln\'d have been better. Two races were held today in good speedsailing conditions, and a lot more is to come during the week. The best start into the new season had Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) with a first and a second place, and Charlotte Consorti (FRA) with two bullets. After a nice opening ceremony yesterday evening in the Port Saint
03-31-2008 | Sports

French Cup Speed Windsurfing Final Results

It was a good week for the first French Cup for Speed Windsurfing, held from 22.03.-28.03. in Port St. Louis du Rhone. Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North) won the event after 6 rounds, of which 5 were validated by the rules. The womens fleet was clearly dominated by Valerie Ghibaudo (Loft Sails). The event started windy from the first day, the race committee around organizer Jochen Krauth, former world champion, was
03-28-2008 | Sports

Speed:World:Cup kicks off in Port St. Louis du Rhone

For the crème de la crème of speed kiteboarding, the battle is on for the world championship titles and new records. The Kite Speed World Cup will again be held in Port St. Louis du Rhone this year, for the 3rd year running. The event starts on the 29th of March, running til 06th of April. When the Mediterranean sea beckons with its crystal clear and turquoise waters and guaranteed wind, the
03-18-2008 | Sports

Interview with Speedsailing World Record Holder Antoine Albeau

Double world champion in 2006, triple world champion in 2007, Antoine Albeau wrote himself into the history books on March 5th 2008 by setting a new world record for sail speed. With his 49.09 knots, the big Frenchie has set the bar very high indeed and establishes himself as the men closest to that 50 knot mark, and very much the man to beat. Here’s the WJ interview with a
03-12-2008 | Sports

Interview with Production Board Speedsailing World Record Holder Patrik Diethelm

Not content simply with being among the 6 fastest sail-powered people in the world with his 46.57 knots, Patrik Diethelm made his run on F2 manufactured production equipment. One of the 3 windsurfers to have really shown last Wednesday 5th March on the canal at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, ITA-120 tells us his story of the day, and how he’s started dreaming of the absolute record… : What is your feeling about
02-29-2008 | Sports

Hydroptere is getting ready

It is largely a challenge full of history that has gained interest and passion for several years now. This challenge takes us back in time, reminding us of the beginnings of aviation, where many inventors and “Gyro Gearlooses” competed with each other in furthering the progress of trying to make their wooden and canvas birds fly. The setbacks were many and often severe, but these early trials have led to the A380
02-18-2008 | Sports

FRA-909 full on

Slowly but surely, young French rider Thomas Gaudiot is in the process of making a name for himself in the windsurf world… Just 17 years old, he’s already a big boy physically at over 6’ and 190lbs ! A morphology that has not surprisingly seen him take an early interest in speed riding. And being talented, he hasn’t had long to wait to set a new French record for under

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