Interview with Erik Beale

Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge


Great Britain

Craft (wind/kite):

Where do you live?
Maui/St Tropez

Your Home spot:
Sprecklesville Maui / Le Rouet – La Franqui

Loftsails, Da Kine, Streamlined, Gasoil

Do you use new gear? Any innovation?
Testing ventilated / cavitational fins

Performances reached (please specify if it’s over 500m or top speed):
46.26 / 500M

Other notable achievements:
Outright speed record of 40.48 in 1988

How long for and the last time you have sailed in speed?
2 weeks ago at La Franqui

Your favourite spot for Speed Sailing? Why?
Luderitz canal, fastest water in the world. Insane wind in both pressure and steadiness.

Your biggest objective for 2015?
To break 50 knots

In your opinion, what speed can be achieved in windsurfing this year considering the best conditions and the 2015 riders list?
*male (currently 52.05 kts) = 55 kts
*female (currently 45.83 kts) = 47 kts

In kitesurfing?
*male (currently 56.62 kts) = 55kts

In your opinion, what are the most important criteria to achieve top performances?

Score: 1 – 5:
1 = very important & 5 = less important

  • Training 1
  • Equipment 2
  • Sailor 1
  • Wind conditions 1
  • Type of water / stretch of water 1

If you have sailed the Lüderitz channel before, in only 3 words, express your feelings when you sail it?
Power, Glide, Hyperplane

Erik Beale at the annual Kids Day, showing some tricks...

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