NEW WORLD SPEED SAILING RECORD for the 1 nautical mile in Kitesurf: 39.04 knots in La Palme France by American sailor Robbie Douglas US-55 (Flysurfer kites and Temavento boards) June 10th 2019! (Subject to WSSRC ratification). Rob sailed his production 7 and 6 meter Flysurfer Souls and his prototype Temavanto board “V55” in the beautiful Tramontane winds of 30-45 knots in the Mediterranean Sea.
Many thanks to my team of sponsors….Flysurfer Kites (Benni Boelli and his team) Temavento (Enrico Casciani), The Black Dog, Cabrinha pump kites (Todd Greaux), Dakine (Bill Morrissey) NP Wetsuits , Ronstan and Volo Fins (Allesandro Aste). Congratulations to my good friend Sylvain Hoceini F53 for a great fight, to Vincent Valkenaers BEL62 for his open water record and to Christophe Ballois F99 who showed us the way. Special thanks to my friend and sponsor Bill Lynch for all the support since 2008 and to Nico Parlier F-01 coaching / logistics. Much love to my wife Jackie, son Rob III, Dazy dog and brothers, mom and pop back home….see you soon! ?
I would like to dedicate this world record to 2 people…. Nicole Lindbergh daughter of fellow kite surfer and my friend Tom Lindbergh RIP Nicole! ? and to my son RD3. I love you!