It’s official. Remember this date. On November 13th 2012 both Antoine Albeau and Anders Bringdal broke the ‘Holy Grail’ half century threshold at the man-made channel in Luderitz, Namibia.
Sweden’s Bringdal was the first man over-the-line, smashing through with an average speed over 500m of 50.41 knots followed closely by a 50.46 knot run. Shortly afterwards France’s previous record-holder and 2012 PWA Slalom World Champ Antoine Albeau logged an astonishing 50.59 knots!
Tonnes of other national records and PBs followed, including Farrell O’Shea who achieved a new UK record of 48.21 knots. At this point it is unclear whether Bringdal’s top speed constitutes a Production board record or not. The speeds quoted here are as-quoted by the Luderitz Speed event organisers, but the GPS ‘Speed Surfing’ website is showing some even higher peaks and ,although no official WSSRC confirmation has been received, currently displays Anders Bringdal as holding a mammoth 50.62 knot (500m) run at the top of its all-time speeds ladder.
Here’s a run of Albeau’s from shortly before the records tumbled.