Hall of Fame

Here’s our “Hall of Fame” from the past years which features all the winners and the full rankings. Furthermore you’ll find the “all time best” Ranking at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations to all participants – hope to see you join the Odyssey of Speed 2019

Ranking Archive (PDF)

Winner 2011 – 2018

2011 – Markus Emanuelsson

2012 & 2014 – Vladan Desnica

„A „different speed event“ as once described by the German Surf magazine, which includes not only the pure speed categories, but puts emphasis on and valorises a number of other windsurfing aspects as well. Besides maximum speed, the GPS devices that are used in such events record also jibing (Alpha500 category), endurance (max km in 24h), consistency (top average speed in 1h)… so for lighter guys like me (under 80kg) it is definitely more fun. I’ve been windsurfing for more than 35 years (30 years of racing) and I still love the sport, but typical back and forth cruising, obviously, is not as thrilling as before. So a format such as this, which still pushes you every day you are out on the water, is excellent. Depending on the wind conditions and water state, you choose a different category and go for it. If it is really windy, you go for the max speeds, if it is lighter but still strong, you try to improve your jibing, if it is light and constant, you try to see how much stamina you have that day… And the best is, there are many others trying to do the same thing – so “peer pressure” is what motivates us all to improve and find our limits. The GPS data are uploaded on the web site which hosts the event and shows the ranking, so windsurfers from all over the world, as long as the session was sailed in the Greek waters, post there and become a part of the Odyssey. Needless to say, this adds to even more fun – one day you are in front, the next day it is your buddy’s turn. And after all, fun is what we are all here for!“ Vladan Desnica

2013 & 2016 & 2017 – Minos Efstathiadis

“Windsurfing seems to be more than a sport. Perhaps it’s a way of finding your (lost) balance. Or a trick for escaping reality. Something very important, in any case.

Over the last years in Greece we have a very special windsurfing event, called “Odyssey of speed”. Odysseus was… well, I think everyone has heard some rumours about that guy. One thing is for sure: He loved sailing.

“Odyssey of speed” follows his way. You can pick any place (in Greece), use any kind of equipment and… play. After 7 months and thousands of km’s on the water, there is a winner.  But the competitors from all around the world, by the end of this trip, already know the secret: Everyone who is sailing out there… is a winner.” 

2015 – Alexandros Petikidis

“Odyssey of Speed made our windsurfing sessions more interesting. Fighting with your GPS in every run, pushing your limits and your technique to the edge, even if you windsurf all alone in the sea.

Competition is in our blood, and this contest (thanks to Tim”s great idea), gave us the opportunity to have a great fun and develop our skills in our free time and not only in specific places and days as a normal competition.

Tim “Odysseus” Otte is the key holder of Karpathos speed city ! “

2018 – Konstantinos Papandrikopoulos

All time best:

2 sec Max SpeedDirk Jan Knol84,06 km/h2011
Max. Avg Speed (5×10 sec)
Twan Verseput77,44 km/h
Max. Speed 500mDirk Jan Knol67,16 km/h2011
Max. 1 hourTwan Verseput48,46 km/h2021
Max. Alpha 500Twan Verseput51,76 km/h2021