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School kids mingle with windsurfers

A child holds on for safety as he enjoys the ride on the surf board with a professional wind surfer at the Kids Fun Day sponsored by DHL.

A child holds on for safety as he enjoys the ride on the surf board with a professional wind surfer at the Kids Fun Day sponsored by DHL.

About 250 children from Luderitz had the pleasure to watch international windsurfers during the ongoing 2013 Luderitz Speed Challenge.
The Kids Fun Day, sponsored by DHL, saw children aged 5 to 15 years old mingle with the world’s top windsurfers at the event which started on 7 October and ends this Sunday, 17 November. After joining the “spot” by bus, the children attended the explanation of the Time Keeper on the technical equipment used to calculate world performances. The surfers also demonstrated the techniques of windsurfing to the children.

“The children were captivated and couldn’t keep their eyes away.Surfers shared the day (with the children) and their passion with them, spending time to build a link between this future generation and those water sports which keep the attention especially of Namibians since this is the place to be the fastest,” said international surfer, Sophie Rautaboul. After walking along the canal and watching the riders in action,the local children were then directed to the finish where competitions were held for them to win exciting prizes. “It was a great day for everyone! Riders are now preparing themselves for Saturday and Sunday because the forecast is announcing good conditions and it will close this 2013 edition after 6 weeks of records and performances with 18 different nationalities,” Rautaboul added. She added: “Those past few days, we didn’t get lucky with the weather and have only caught decent wind during 2 race days with 25-30 knots.
We still are really proud to see how fast we can go in such light wind.” The wind has provided surfers with impressive records so far in this 7th edition of the Luderitz Speed Challenge.

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