With multiple records crushed at Lüderitz during the annual Speed Challenge, high-‐speed windsurfing is in the spotlight again, also thanks to websites like gps-‐speedsurfing.com and a very committed online community.
This year, Lüderitz featured an 8-‐meter wide, purpose-built installation that allowed riders to race down the channel at a 145-degree downwind angle. It was designed and built with one purpose in mind – to break the standing world record in windsurfing. Carlos Sosa and Björn Dunkerbeck took a similar, no-holds barred approach in designing a range of speed needles in three different widths; the W44, W49 and W54. With the addition of the Remi Vila designed W58, the Starboard iSonic Speed Specials represent the widest range of dedicated speed boards supplied by any of the major manufacturers. Starboard ensure their riders an optimum speed choice in any speed conditions from World Record challenges to local weekend GPS match racing.
Bjorn and Dutchman Jurjen van der Noord have both used the standard production iSonics with great effect in open competition this season: Bjorn making W44 his board of preference to break the 50 knot barrier, while Jurjen dominated 2012 GPSSS rankings on his production W44. In Luderitz, Jurjen gave the big guys a run for their money using both a production W44 and iSonic Speed proto. In a top five consisting of professional industry heavyweights, Jurjen was the highest placed non-pro rider, finishing a very credible 3rd outright in WSSRC rankings with 51.26 knots (94.9kmh), smashing the Netherlands speed record and upsetting the establishment along the way. For more information, go to www.star-‐board.com