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Andres Bringdal along with Robby Naish and Bjorn Dunkerbeck Windsurfing history! Wave, Race, Slalom, Speed, Big Waves, 4 times World Champion, leader in Speed World Tour 2009, winner of the Mondial du Vent and in any case every year always on the podium (Pictured here to follow MDV 2012: first of the windsurfing second overall behind the flawless Kiter Rob Douglas who greet you with affection and we send all the strength and courage to his current battle)
We all remember his epic battles with Bjorn in slalom at Hookipa during fire of windsurfing! Had the honor of being the first to break the wall of 50kts in windsurfing: The Holy Grail of Speed! This happened during the Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012. THE 50 kts (nodes) Li had already passed in the autumn 2009 the French trimaran Hydropthere (now he owned). Did 51.36 KTs about 500 meters and 50.17 the nautical mile: Outright World Speed record! During the Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2010 conquered the world record "open water" with 44.7 kts. Always during the LSC 2012 with 51.45 KTs settled with its Mistral 41 the world record serial boards. In 2013 was the fastest rider of the Luderitz Sped Challenge ahead of Antoine Albeau. Every year, as for MDV, for the sake of windsurfing and its promotion, He took part in the Defi Wind, always with placings and victories!
And then a happy dad 3 fantastic blond children and faithful husband of Manu (former world-class windsurfer) ... now even propels you forward to move as far as possible its limits in the name of Speed!!!
Principe Andrea Baldini: Hey Anders, usually we talk in front of some good glass of wine or wetsuit at the beach. Now I'll be your interviewer.
Anders Bringdal: Hello Prince, I'm happy to be here.
P: We all know you're a legend; but we don't know what has crossed my mind just did run that opened the way for 50kts in windsurfing.
AB: Thank you, well to be honest I thought: how much more of this I can do before the wind run ends! The run was perfect, all trimmed to perfection, I couldn't do better if not wait more wind. Only later, When the adrenaline has gone down I realized. I was the one who took "The Run", Cool.
P: It was better this feeling or when a few days later did the World Speed Production records or when in Luderitz 2010 you have broken the record open water by Bjorn?
AB: I think a little outlining even from previous answer, the records are used to give a direction, yearn to something. But I'm not a simple thing to get. When you are in the situation that you're fighting for a record, now it's something for which you spent time, commitment, workout, hard work; only at the end of all this mud, make a note of everything you did. Certainly the conquest of 50 It was a big deal but the battle with Antoine that was growing stronger, Patrik and Cedric, even that was fire in his veins! In any case: first to break 50kts: the icing on the cake!!! Open Ocean records is not something that's so much about, is something you do when there is nothing better to say. What matters is what you do and who you do it. During these years in Luderitz we saw parading and we compared with the world's fastest speedsailor. The result is less important, for me it was an honor to be there, still standing to fight at Yes great personalities! All together somehow we pushed further the limits and Windsurfing Speed record. This remains in me more than any outcome that could ever do.
P: Big words my friend! What is your goal in speed for the following years?
AB: Today, for my new company "Sea Bubble" (Electric boats out of foil for transport of people), and with the commitment of three children do not have much time to surf.
In Speed for the time being I don't have goals. Expect to see how things evolve … With the material we have now can do 55 kts. Antoine went close last November! If you have a goal in speed, today would be 55 kts.
P: What do you think about the possibility of going strong with less wind? (I am almost sure that will happen in the coming 10 years) I mean above the wind into 30kts 50kts.
AB: I agree, Today we are in the midst of "foil generation". Erik Beale is working on supercavitazionali profiles. There is light at the end of the Tunnel, I think, As always, that true speed comes from control. There are things to find by searching in that direction.
P: What kind of tree would you use in Luderitz on a day of high winds and what in La Franqui and Slalom for example in Marignane (We say in conditions to be 5.4-5.0)?
AB: The choice of the tree is something not really easy. In the run of 50 KTs I had a tree too hard and I couldn't keep a straight trajectory and staying close to the edge of the channel. Same problem I had in La Franqui has the same set-up. So now I use a tree with softer base for Speed; helps close the leech, while giving the same opportunity at the rigs to breathe. For Slalom conditions are more varied, so I should dwell.
P: When did you start doing Speed?
AB: I was taken by the speed when I began the first World Cup race of Speed at Fuerte in half of 90 's.
P: What is for you the Speed?
AB: I love to hear the sail "full" and let the Board run away. Sometimes the material and navigate your way to reflect what you have in your head.
P: Why do Speed?
AB: It sports a magnificent, You can do this with simple series material. It's not complicated. Races have a nice format: I like it!
P: What goes through your mind when you're about to set off for a run?
AB: Do’ a look at the wind, control that the trimmers are perfect and I try to enter run in the manner and in the right place in accordance with the conditions of the moment.
P: What are the differences between the Speed and Slalom?
AB: The most significant difference is that Speed you're just. Compete against yourself. In Slalom you compete with others, then you should study even as others sail to beat. Even if you're faster if one goes more upwind, you can switch. You have to gybe; is very different than when browsing alone in search of the absolute performance.
P: Sometimes some rider does not understand why some other international riders criticize those who speed in slingshot. I agree that it's great fun but maybe not play ever the real condition, because it will be impossible to build a channel where we can throw ourselves right flurry slack when it comes to the. Then sometimes it would be good to learn how to keep a straight trajectory to simulate a real run from point A to point B, offline curve because 500mt officers are in a straight line, so many of 500mt of slingshotter are not true 500mt from point A to B. What do you think?
AB: We talk a lot about this, a storm in a teacup. Speed is Speed, then Kts or Km/h, the King is the fastest at comparable situation and rules. When I surf the free sailing I do like slingshot, steps from 44 at 50kts in an instant. Great, It helps me to trim the material.
P: It is said (but we've already mentioned before) you're making a mobility project for River very interesting. Electric boats out of foil for rivers. Can you tell us something more?
AB: SeaBubbles. It's an electric boat Hydrofoil, like a taxi from town without traffic and pollution now. With Alain (Thebault, Designer and pilot of Hydropthere) We decided to take what we've learned in our lives and create a modern means of transport: Sea Bubbles!!!
P: Really interesting!!! Great innovation and great modern concept of mobility! The advertising across Europe? In Italy: Here I am ready!!!
AB: And’ a super nice project and every day many people interested in this magic carpet ride on foil, We are currently experiencing a great success, After being on Huffpost and Bloomberg there really is a world concern, so we're working on a thousand!!!
P: When you surfed Jaws for the first time?
AB: JAWS in 1996 with Seeger and Naish, Big Swell from the North with 30 Distance and time 30 seconds. Very nice, but it was scary.
P: I remember a few years ago to Banzai and Capo Mannu. How do you see the wave riding in Italy?
AB: Both spots are magnificent. I surfed Capo Mannu "chunky" and Banzai with two meters and scirocco, Very funny.
P: Pity that from 2009 We no longer have the World Cup Speed, This year the ISWC did not give rights to MDV for its 20th anniversary would want to host the windsurfing World Championship Speed (and not just Kite). You participate each year at the Mondial du Vent (always with great results) and you even surfed a lot in La Franqui. Do you think it could be the perfect spot to host the World Championship Speed Windsurfing?
AB: Pascal organizes and directs a big event, There's been big rider over the years and have had time to 43-44 kts. Not bad for an event so! (offshore and kite-and windsurfing competition format – ndr).
P: In your life in windsurfing did many things, didn't you just sailed; did you develop equipment. For example the NeilPryde RS6: the mother of modern NeilPryde, the CHS Aero, then great Slalom boards with your brand AB , Mistral. Now there is this collaboration with Phil Carbon, tell us more.
AB: With PC2 is more a help from me to check files etc. There is not much room in today's market of windsurfing, yet not many riders know the feeling of surfing on a Board from 5 kg carbon because the series are always trade-offs. For PC2 is a starting point. Yet I have not invested in this project. I'm glad to see what Phil is doing and that its customers are satisfied. This is the most important thing: We need to bring back the passion for the sea in people.
Today there is the same joy of yesteryear in windsurfing, There are big brands that not even test what comes from production, There is no time, There are no money or other. The truth is that these people should not start at all, We need more "balls" and grit. Windsurfing is a great Sport, I support anyone who undertakes to prove it. Only this.
P: Well! To finish what would you say to that guy begin to make Speed?
AB: Go for it. When you have the chance to go into Spot frequented by other speed sailor go and ask for some help about the setting material etc … Knowledge is King! Figure out what you're doing is more than 50% of the battle.
P: Thanks to replenish and thank you for being on RIWmag!!! Congratulazioni e ti Auguro tutto quello che meriti per i tuoi nuovi progetti! Un bacio alla tua bella Manu e a tutta la truppa dei Vichinghi: Axel, Chris e Morgan. Ci vediamo presto a La Franqui. Forever Speed!!
AB: Grazie Prince e grazie RIWmag. Continuare a spingere la passione è quello che fa sognare tutti! Come dici tu “Forever Speed” !
Anders Bringdal, together with Robby Naish and Bjorn Dunkerbeck is the Windsurfing History: Wave, Race, Slalom, Speed, Big Waves, 4 times world champion, leader of Speed World Tour 2009, we all remind his epic “challenges” with Dunkerbeck in the hot period of windsurfing! Anders had the big honor to be the first who breaks the 50kts barrier on windsurf during the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012: The Holy Graal!
He did already during the autumn 2009, on the Hydropthere, the Outright World Speed Record: 500Mt 51.36 and Nauticale Mile record 50.17. He got the world speed sailing record open water in Luderitz 2010 with 44,7 kts and the Production World Speed Record in Luderitz 2012: 51,45kts; he won the Mondial du Vent 2011 and he was the fastest windsurfer at Luderitz Speed Challenge 2013 in front of Antoine Albeau.
Principle: Hey Anders, we are used to talk in front of some good food and wine or in wetsuit on the beach. Now I will be your interviewer.
Anders Bringdal: Hi Prince, happy to be here.
P: We all know you are a legend but we don’t know what was passing through your mind just after the run when you broke the 50kts barrier!
AB: Thanks, well tell you the truth what passed though my mind was what time is it. How many more runs can I do before the wind dies down! The run was great fully tuned so nothing much more to be done but look for more wind. It was later as the adrenaline slowed down where It sunk into my head. I was the one who got the run. Cool.
P: Was it better this or just after few run when you did the World Pruduction world record? Or when you have beaten the Bjorn open Water in Luderitz 2010?
AB: I think you see from my answer above. Records are there more to give direction. Aim at something. But they are also something that is not so easy to get. When you find yourself in the situation where you are chasing them. This moment is something you have spent time on, focused on. Trained and pushed for. It is only in the end as the dust settles you take notice of what you have done. For sure the 50 knot was great but to tell you the truth the day is what I will remember. The battle with Antoine escalating. Patrik and Cedric also on fire. For me personally this was what stays in my mind. First to 50 knots is the cherry on top of the cake. Open ocean record is not much to talk about … It is something you do when you have nothing else to say. What counts is what you do and with who you do it with. Through out the years at Luderitz we have been able to gather the top Speed riders in the world. Result is less important. To me it is an honor knowing I have been there, still standing tall fighting it out with such great personalities. Together we manage to push the windsurfing record quite some way. This remains with me more than any result I can ever do.
P: Great words my brother!!! What is your goal in Speed for the next years?
AB: Today due to my new company “Sea Bubbles” and my 3 kids, I have less time to sail. I have no goal for speed sailing. I wait to see what happened. I know what material we have today is good for 55 knots. Antoine came close last year! Anyway today if I am to aim at something in Speed sailing it would be this 55.
P: What do you think it twill be the next step to go faster in light wind (I’m pretty sure it will happen in the next 10 years). I mean over 50 in 30kts wind?
AB: I agree, today we are in the middle of the foiling generation. Eric Beale have been working on supercavitational foils. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I think as always the real speed comes from control. There are things to find looking in those directions.
P: Which kind of mast would you use (with the sail you have) in a strong wind day at Luderitz (stifness, curve etc.), which one in La Franqui (flat 115°) and which one for slalom in the Marignane chop (all I mean in 5.0-5.4 conditions)?
AB: Mast are tricky. For the 50 knots run I used a mast that was too stiff. It was hard to keep a straight line. Also hard to follow the beach at la Franqui with that set up so today I use softer bottom part of the mast. This helps to close the leach and give the rig a possibility to still bread. For slalom it is so depending on size of sail and conditions, it is a bit long to go into.
P: When did you start to do speedsailing?
AB: I got into it mid 90’s really with the FuerteVentura events.
P: Why do you do Speedsailing?
AB: It is a great sport. Everybody can do it and today you can still do it with material you can buy off the shelf. It is simple. Even in competition you take it at your own pace. I like the format.
P: What do you think when you are going to start the run?
AB: I look for the wind. Make sure that I have the right tune. Make sure I enter the run in the right place depending on the conditions.
P: What is the difference between Speed (Canal and Competition) and Slalom (technical, mental and about the equipment)?
AB: I would say the biggest difference is in Speed you are alone. You compete against yourself. Slalom you compete against the others. This means you need to know how they sail and set your self up to handle them. You may be faster but if they point higher they can take you out. Things like that. How to handle the jibes … Lots to know and in the end you sail very different than what you would do sailing alone.
P: Sometimes some riders don’t understand why some high level Speed Sailor critics the slingshot speedsailing … I agree that it’s very funny and exiting, but maybe will never reproduce a real situation, cause you cannot build a canal in which you bare off when the wind is perfect for it … So sometimes it could be good to learn to keep the straight line to simulate the real run, from point A to point B not in curve way … cause the 500mt should be from point A to B and sailing in slingshot 500mt it means not sailing linear 500mt. What is your opinion about it?
AB: There is a lot of talk about this; shall we call it a storm in a teacup! Speed sailing is speed sailing. Some guys say how fast they are in knots … others in KM/H as it sounds faster … The king is he who steps up to the plate and with the same rules and situation is faster. Simple. I love to slingshot. When free sailing. You go from 44 knots to 50+ in a hart beat. Great. It helps me tune my material at speed. Great.
P: Rumors tell you are doing a very interesting project (together with the Hydroptere Pilot and designer?) for boat electric on foil for the rivers. Could you say something more?
AB: SeaBubbles. It is a Hydrofoil boat that is Electrical driver aimed as a water taxi for Cities today stuck in pollution and with traffic jam. With Alain we decided to take what we know from our old life’s and create SeaBubbles as a public mode of transport.
P: Very interesting! Great innovation and modern conception of mobility! Will you promote it in all Europe? In Italy I’m ready
AB: It is a super nice project that gives every day people the chase to enjoy the “magic carpet ride of a foiling boat” on the way to work or what ever time of day he or she feels to go. After the Huffpost and Bloomberg story we have world wide interest so we are flat out creating at the moment.
P: When did you windsurf and tow in Jaws the first time?
AB: Jaws was in 1996 some time. First time with Seeger and Naish. Big swell from the North east, 30 foot and 30 seconds interval. Cool but intimidating.
P: Some years ago I remind you at Banzai and Capo Mannu. How did you see the wave riding in Italy?
AB: Yes, Both are great. I scored big Capu Manu and Banzaii in the south east wind with about 2m waves, good fun.
P: It’s pity that we don’t have anymore from 2009 the Speed World Tour, this year ISWC didn’t give the rights to MDV who wanted the Speed Worlds in Windsurf (not just world kite) for the Anniversary of the 20th MDV. You take part every year at the Mondial du Vent (with always great score ) and you sailed many times at La Franqui. Do you think it could be the perfect location for the Windsurfing Speed World Championship?
AB: Pascal runs a great event and most top riders have passed though. 500m run is around 43-44 knots. Not bad for a event like that.
P: In your Windsurf life you did not just sailing: you developed lot of equipment, for example the NeilPryde RS6 is the mother of the modern NeilPryde sails, the CHS Aero, good slalom board with your brand Anders Bringdal etc. etc.. Now there is this new collaboration with Phil Carbon … Can you say something more?
AB: With PC2 it is more a help from my side to check the files and so on. It is not an easy task today to get a Windsurfing brand up on its feet. But on the same time most riders do not know the feeling of riding on 5 kg full carbon boards. Due to the margin game production boards are mostly compromises. For PC2 it is a start. My involvement in it is not yet set. For now I am happy to see he is trying. Customers are happy and it is a great product. For now this is what is most important. We have to get the passion back into the water. The joy of windsurfing is today not as strong as it used to be. In place you find companies not even testing what they send out. No time, No money, what ever. Truth is maybe they should not be here to start with. We need more guts and grit. Windsurfing is a great sport. I support anybody who is trying to show just that.
P: Well, What would you say to a guy who would like to Start Speedsailing?
AB: Go for it. When you have the chance go to a place others speedsail and ask for help in setting up the material you got. Knowledge is king. Understanding what you do is more than half the battle.
P: Thank you Andersone to be in Riwmag!!! Congratulations and All the best for all you are doing … A grand bisou to Manu and to all the crew of the young Vikings: Axel, Chris and Morgan!!! See you soon at La Franqui!!! Forever Speed!!!
AB: Thanks Prince and Riwmag. Push the passion it is what make all dream! As you say “Forever Speed!!!”
interview: Andrea Baldini 4 www.RIWmag.com
Photo: Courtesy Anders Bringdal
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