Twan Verseput, the current Speed Surfing World Champion, had a very windy week on the island of Karpathos with winds up to 40 knots. At the famous speed spot Twan was able to score excellent results in all our, five categories. With three first places and two in second place, he almost scored the optimum result!
By this he took the lead position from Eric and has a solid lead by 8 points. in third position is still Alex Petikidis, as the best listed greek speed surfer.
Now there just two weeks to go until the event ends on the 20th of September. Although it looks like a solid lead, with some good conditions the Greek speed elite might still be able to improve their scores!
Eric still leading – the World Champ is setting two marks!
Karpathos is still on fire and a couple of very good results have been posted. With Twan Verseput, the current Speed Surfing World Champion, we saw a very prominent entry joining the Odyssey! We are very happy and proud to see Twan competing in Greece and bringing our event to the next level!
Already on his first day he smashed two best scores, for the 1 Hour avg. (Cat.4) and the Alpha Racing 500 (Cat.5). With 25,96 Nm (48,08 km) for the 1 Hour, and 48,27 km/h for the Alpha he is now leading these two disciplines. Will be interesting to see what Twan will be able to score in the ‚classical‘ speed disciplines, when he will encounter real Karpathos conditions?!
However the overall scoreboard is unchanged for the top three: Eric Groot van Ederen is still keeping his solid lead now by 13,4 points ahead of Alex Petikidis and Tim Otte. Catching up are Vladan Desnica on 5th place, and of course Twan currently with just two sessions already on position ten.
The current world champion in speedsurfing Twan Verseput is currently showing his class on Karpathos. Scoring recently excellent results already in the more slalom-oriented disciplines, such as 1Hour and Alpha racing, today he achieved also very good results in the ‚classical‘ speed disciplines. In conditions typical for Karpathos with winds up to 40 knots Twan was using a 6.2 sail and a 63 wide slalom board.
Although no big changes in the Top Three, below within the Top Ten a lot of changes occurred. Christian Bornemann, one of the fastest wind surfers in Germany, climbing up the score board up to fifth place now with some nice results for the 1Hour and Alpha Racing.
Anyway the two categories for 1 Hour avg. (Cat.4) and Alpha Racing 500 (Cat.5) appear also this year to be the discriminators for the overall ranking. These two disciplines are making the difference for our event as such and for its participants. By this also days with average wind speed can be challenging to score good results for the overall ranking.
Nevertheless Eric Groot van Ederen is still keeping his solid lead by 8,6 points ahead of Alex Petikidis and Tim Otte.
At the famous spot in the Devils Bay in Karpathos, where several times the world championship in speed windsurfing took place, the new windsurfing station called Meltemi Windsurfing Karpathos is situated.
On the ground of the former Pro Center of Chris Schill the entire windsurf station has been rebuilt. Nice and spacious storage area are combined with chill out areas offering the nice view over the bay and the action on the water.
The station is equipped with 150 boards, from Fanatic and Tabou at various sizes and 300 sails ranging from 3.0 to 7.2 sqm. The sails are either from Gaastra (Manic HD, Matrix) or Duotone (Super Hero, Super Session). More details about the equipment can be found under the link.
Safety is at highest priority and a bay watch tower, which is permanently serviced and a station-owned rescue board are ensuring this.
For people, who are bringing their own equipment, a dedicated storage area exists offering space for boards and rigged sails. Locker and change rooms together with a number of showers are completing the perfect infrastructure.
For refreshments a small snack bar is offering cold drinks and little snacks.
All-in-all the perfect place for anyone’s windsurfing holidays at all skill levels.
We appreciate a lot that this year Meltemi Windsurfing Karpathos has become right away a sponsor of the Odyssey of Speed by offering very attractive prizes and is hosting a number of speed surfers competing on our event! Thanks a lot!
Eric Groot van Ederen dominates the Odyssey of Speed this year – so far! Thanks to the excellent conditions during his stay on Karpathos, his physical strength (‚Mister 7.0‘) and persistence he finally conquered the lead position.
Eric recently focussed on a good result for the 1hour average (43,76 km/h) and is now leading in three out of five categories. (2sec max.; 5x10sec avg and 1 Hour avg.)
Tim Otte, the organizer of the event, also took benefit from the great conditions in Devils Bay and managed to enter the Top Three.
Up to now we have 42 participants listed, who uploaded more than 400 sessions!
The event is definitely now in its decisive phase, with big wind forecasted for the weekend. Results are coming in every day and ranking will be updated now more regularly. Stay tuned!
The speed surfers arrived in Karpathos and with Anders Björkqvist from Sweden, Eric Groot van Ederen and Johan Huitema from the Netherlands and Christian Bornemann from Germany some top guys are participating in the Odyssey of Speed.
In particular Eric and Christian were pushing hard and scored some nice top results. Eric smashing out a 2 sec max. of 80,79 km/h and a 5x10sec. average of 74,13km/h and Christian to catch up with the top score on the 500m with 65,96 km/h (no ex equo with Alex Petikidis)
This year we see an incredibly high performance level in all categories. Also the greek speed elite is still in the game and Alex Petikidis, Philip Adamidis and Minos Efstathiadis had nice sessions, too.
The event is now in its decisive phase. Results are coming in every day and ranking will be updated now more regularly. Stay tuned!
The reason for this is, that these are the only GPS devices which provides the required accuracy due to the ‘Doppler-Speed‘-feature.
We noticed that this year even more speeders are using non-doppler GPS, such as Garmin Fenix. We acknowledge that this also caused by the fact that the Locosys devices are either out of stock or encounter reliability issues. Therefore it has been decided, like last year, not to exclude the non-doppler device sessions from the ranking, but apply to all of those a penalty of 1 knot in speed (1,852km/h). I think this a fair solution and I hope for your understanding.
By the way with the Motion GPS (www.onandon.be) an excellent new device is on the market – featuring Doppler-Speed correction! Highly recommended!