History LSC 2018

What an incredible year 2018 at the Lüderitz Speed Challenge

The LSC Team is thankful and grateful for all the help und support from Sponsors, Locals and all people involved to make this happen!

Thanks to all riders to have lived the spirit of friendship and support within each other and making this event a very special and fantastic Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2018!

Live Ranking:

Live ranking changed the access for all people around the world to follow instantly the results of each rider at real time on our website. This was only possible with the strong cooperation of Manfred Fuchs (legend in Timekeeping) since the 2017 LSC Event. We are improving day by day and season by season and are up to new challenges for the 2019 Event.

Channel:

These year again proved to be a challenge not only on behalf of Speed-Windsurfing and Kitesurfing but also to make the channel faster. Intense research and development on the outline, entry to the run and shape of the bottom of the channel changed again and improved the base speed from 1-2knots.

We achieved (the riders) much higher entry speed right away from the start with up to 2-3knots and registered several times on different days 51-53knots of speed at the starting camera.

This will change a lot on the set up of the gear for 2019 as the peak speeds are not that evident all over. It’s more about how to keep these high speeds over the run of 500m high and constant. This will result in new developments of the gear in general.

9 national records are the proof and the new 50knots is 52knots for the coming years.

Dutch National Record and fastest time 2018 – Hans Kreisel – 52.26knots

German National Record – Gunnar Asmussen – 51.91knots

Spanish National Record – Pep Bonnet – 50.48knots

Belgian National Record – Vincent Valkenaers – 51.71knots

Australian National Record – Steve Allen – 50.23knots

Irish National Record – Oisin van Gelderen – 47.97knots

Norwegian National Record – Morten Knutsen – 43.50knots

Canadian National Record – Pierre Pilon – 33.31knots

Norwegian Women’s National Record – Miriam Rasmussen – 43.05knots

South African Women’s National Record – Karo van Tonder – 41.25knots

We are proud and very happy about these achievements!!!

We also congratulate all riders for improving their personal bests on a high level with lots of runs over 50knots.

LSC 2018 Overall Ranking:

28 competitors started, 1322 runs

rank sail name [s] [km/h] [knots]

men

1 NED-85 Hans Kreisel 18.636 96.78 52.26

2 GER-2 Gunnar Asmussen 18.761 96.14 51.91

3 BEL-62 Vincent Valkenaers 18.834 95.76 51.71

4 NED-127 Twan Verseput 18.874 95.56 51.60

5 GER-93 Andy Laufer 18.976 95.05 51.32

6 K-81 Farrel OShea 19.226 93.81 50.65

7 NED-35 Jacques van der Hout 19.256 93.66 50.57

8 E-18 Pep Bonet 19.292 93.49 50.48

9 E-11 Bjoern Dunkerbeck 19.346 93.23 50.34

10 AUS-0 Steve Allen 19.387 93.03 50.23

11 K-33 Jim Crossley 19.621 91.92 49.63

12 SA-321 Mark Grinnell 19.752 91.31 49.30

13 K-5 Erik Beale 19.983 90.26 48.73

14 IRL-777 Oisin van Gelderen 20.303 88.83 47.97

15 A-297 Stefan Csaky 20.856 86.48 46.69

16 CZ-7 Martin Toth 21.175 85.18 45.99

17 FRA-500 Alain Montauzou 21.359 84.44 45.60

18 I-107 Alberto Possati 21.599 83.50 45.09

19 SA-999 Chris Bertish 22.368 80.63 43.54

20 NOR-30 Morten Knutsen 22.389 80.56 43.50

21 GER-119 Manfred Fuchs 23.574 76.51 41.31

22 NOR-72 Rudolf Fredriksen 23.776 75.86 40.96

23 CAN-1 Pierre Pilon 29.233 61.70 33.31

women

1 NOR-17 Miriam Rasmussen 22.620 79.73 43.05

2 SA-89 Karo von Tonder 23.610 76.39 41.25

men kite

1 F-69 Sebastien Cattelan 18.083 99.74 53.86

2 K-49 Martin Carter 21.368 84.41 45.58

3 SWE-51 Roger Oernvang 23.496 76.76 41.45

We are looking forward for the 2019 Event and even higher speeds and personal achievements.

Your LSC Team

Raffaello Gardelli & Mark Grinnell

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