Over 100km/h on a windsurfer
The 2021 Luderitz Speed Challenge has come to an end. Using the new Mach5 Luderitz Speed Special, Bjorn Dunkerbeck hit a top speed of 103,68km/h (55,98 knots). Many other 51+ knots runs over 500 meters were recorded by the team throughout this years’ event.
Photo/video by Jaco Wolmarans
Bjorn on form
Apart from his impressive top speed of 103,68km/h (55,98 knots) on the canal this year Bjorn, now 52, also came close to hitting 52 knots over 500 meters beating his own personal best multiple times throughout the event. The amount of days with conditions for record-breaking speeds were few this year leaving less time for preparation and tuning, but on the most windy days the team opted for new 5,2 Mach5 Luderitz Speed Special prototypes which also will be available for ordering throughout 2021 and 2022.
The final score; a third place overall on this years’ ranking for Bjorn and a fifth place for Gunnar.
Karo van Tonder injury update
After tearing her Achilles tendon during this years’ event, Karo had to retire for this years’ Luderitz Speed Challenge; undoubtedly a very frustrating experience. After undergoing treatment, Karo has since then released a vlog post reflecting on what happened:
“It has been an intense few weeks! In this video I am taking you guys behind the scenes on my journey, preparing for the greatest speed sailing event in the world, The Luderitz Speed Challenge. I am sharing all the details of what happened on the day of the injury, my emotions, mindset, and outlook.
Will I continue on this journey? Find out in this video…
A big thank you to the Photographers who took these amazing action photos: Victor Couto, Jaco Wolmarans, the RedBull videography team, and also my amazing mom and dad.“
More Severne news
From the 9 till the 12th of June the Freestyle scene was set by the Italian shores of the Adriatic sea. The town of Vieste was the host of the second EFPT tour stop of 2022.
With a good wind and wave forecast, high-end freestyle action was in the cards going into the event leading to high anticipation and expectations from all riders.
After years of no large scale events, the 2022 edition of the Defi Wind brought back all of the best elements of the past; lots of wind, lots of action, parties, and the reunion of 1200+ windsurfers from across the globe.
The 2022 freestyle season has officially started. The Freestyle Pro Tour (FTP) just finalised its first event at Lake Neuseedl in Austria, and the Severne team occupied podium positions in both the women’s and men’s fleets.
After the return of Defi Wind Superstars in 2021, the full scale Defi Wind we all know is back, and will happen from May 26 to May 29. The Severne crew and the majority of the Severne team will be present throughout the whole event.
Severne reaches yet another milestone by introducing the new “Hydro” foil racing board into its fleet. With the introduction of the Hydro, new team riders like Mateus Isaac and Luuc Vanopzeeland will be pushing this board to its maximum on the racecourse around the world.
Severne Team Rider and International coach Simon Bornhoft continues his Windwise series on how best to develop your windsurfing skills. In this part, Simon goes deeper into how to prepare for your next wave session, even though you might not have access to waves.
Five episodes of “Flight School” videos with Severne rider Sebastian Kördel are now online. These first episodes cover anything from your first steps to nailing those foiling gybes.
Ireland has been on Dieter Van der Eyken’s list of places to visit for years. This winter, he was able to make a visit with his van to explore new beaches and breaks with his van. Here is his video story.
Severne Team Rider and International coach Simon Bornhoft has helped thousands of recreational sailors to get into or improve their wave sailing skills on his Windwise courses. So if you’re on the cusp of venturing into any wave environment here are some skills that can be learnt on flat water and transferred into the rough stuff. Follow these wise words to increase your enjoyment and success rate in 2022!