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Robbie Douglas: 55,65KTs in 500 meters and once Outright World Speed Record in Luderitz 2010, Kite World Champion. Now maybe it will try to bring home a nice record in Windsurfing!!!
Rob Douglas is the Rambo of Speed, one Speed Knight hard and pure: brave, big heart, great technique ... Takes his job very seriously. for him 60 knots mean "home".
He captured the Guinness world record for Speed before in 2008 then in 2010 with 55,65 nodes (with a run in a channel impossible in which he broke his arm in "fall obliged" to stop it will go), and the record was of heavy: Outright World Record (overall record, not by specialty). In 2012 The New York times produces a video 6 minutes devoted to his desire to recapture the Outright World Speed Sailing Record!
Kite world champion, countless victories at the Mondial du Vent with records of the Spot.
In addition to all of this is also a great Dad, husband and business man with the family brand Black Dog!!
When in France with her two brothers (Samples of Speed too) and his Makaweyah Coatch ( Mike Gerbhardt: former Olympic medal in Windsurfing), It is amazing to observe their professional approach, the care put by 5 in the morning, in the preparation of the material ... A Super Family!
"When publish ... Unfortunately The American Champion informed his friend Prince who is just becoming aware of the fact that he will have to fight with a bad bad ... We will pray for him, knowing that once again will win his battle!!! Force Robbie!!!
The interview so it was older than the baleful discovery ...
A tete a tete between two friends having a good time ... and who respect each other ... two Speed Knights for whom speed and anything bigger than "a sport" !!!
Principe Andrea Baldini: Hi Rob, What a pleasure to do this interview!!! Welcome to Italy ... through RIWmag!
Rob Douglas: With pleasure buddy ... thanks to you ... It is always a joy to talk to a "brother of speed". I'm drinking a Java right now as I type ... "chilling out ... big time".
P: What has been your biggest thrill in speed?
R: My biggest emotion I felt when I did the two Ouright World Speed Sailing Records ... and even when I lost them!! The emotion of my title of world champion Speed was also very important. The fierce battles with others strong participants!
P: How did you feel immediately after the run of record of 2010 (aside from the broken arm)?
R: In the second run I did felt he could beat my 55 just get the first run ... space to slow down after the run was very little and I crossed the line at 56-57kts ... I made the mistake of jumping off the Board, I fell down and my leg was taken from the external cable of kite ... This caused several kite loop in 40-50kts of wind ... And my pulse did not welcome too … especially when it blew walk forward to 45kts ... trying to get to my quick release!!!
P: How much wind there was that day and what equipment did you use?
R: The wind was 45kts than average with gusts over 50 sometimes; I used a Cabrinha 9m Swichblade with 24m of cables. The table I drew it myself with the help of my coach Mike Gebhardt and built the great Curtis Hasselgraves. Straps, pads and harness: Da Kine.
P: What is for you the Speed?
R: For me Speed means the rider against the wind ... Quick surf of slack ... nice full ... Compete in windy spots ... in the windiest part of the Earth ... I like that!!! See and hear 55kts of wind in the water ... Observe the gusts leave the beach carrying a two-meter high sand wall ... Then I close everything and go to the maximum!!! Heavy weather racing!!! That to me is the real surfing ... ample sails to estramo!!! I hate going to Windward with the breeze, listening to the birds singing!!! Lol!!!
P: And you ... How do you understand ... Back to us, How did you start doing Speed?
R: I used to make speed in windsurfing with my brother Jimmy: Speedsailing between two brothers on bump boards&jump ... Instead my official debut in the race dates back to July 2008: Fuerteventura PKRA Speed event.
P: Hey, There are rumours that you made some run with windsurfing after so many years ... Maybe we'll have some surprise one day? I think you better
R: I really liked that short speed session with you Prince, last April the Water Pump ...
the speed is speed, No matter what .... a memory that I will never forget. And then you never know ... I would love to fight to overcome American windsurfing Speed Record which belongs to Roddy Lewis: 44.42kts!
P: How do you train: Sea, Road, gym?
R: Normally 2-3 times a week in the gym ... free Corps, a little stretching, then I run 2-4 miles 2 times a week ... and when there are more than 25kts or waves are then in water.!
P: When you browse the workout you prefer linear trajectories or slingshot? What do you think about these two ways to browse?
R: I slingshot when my top speed was between 50 and 53 ... so I could increase the VMax with slingshot ... Now I only do it if I have to test out some material at top speed ... Usually I sail in a straight line now, I have already passed the 60kts at top speed ... But if you want to win a race you need to slingshot speed can't go straight to 500 meters ... The races are 500 meters ... and for this I train for 500 meters ... to win!!!
P: What a difference you see in your position in Windsurfing and Kite?
R: The position is different, windsurfers are more straight kiters follow the wind with the body ... the feeling is similar ... speed is speed and both boats are very fast!!
P: What do you think of the Franqui as a commercial for a great world championship Windsurfing and Kite ... I mean for you is a world-class spot?
R: La Franqui is a special place for the Speed ... For me it should host the largest event Speed Kite Windsurfing of history ... 2 weeks ... so you are sure to take the strong north wind ... Let's buddy!!!
I love the Franqui ... and I think that's why I was able to make the record of the spot and win every edition of the Mondial Du Vent (virtually all those that took part except 1 won by Bringdal If you want to win someplace ... you must first love!!!
When I die I want a brother of speed scatter my ashes over there while blowing more than 50kts of wind ... While the Sun is shining glittering in the sky ... A wind from hell ... and while you are in run ... Browsing over 50 knots ... and so will release my ashes to the wind and water ... That's how I want to go!!!
P: Hey Rob ... Did you call me a thrill ... But I'll be back on Earth ... You like mixed events Kite Windsurfing as the MDV (Mondial Du Vent)?
R: I think it's the best thing ... Is there more fun for both of you ... I love the MDV for this ... Too bad the event is only for windsurfing Dunkerbeck Speed and does not want to invite the Kites ... That would be great!!! Long live the Mondial du vent and thanks Pascal Maka for all their efforts to give us this amazing event!!!
P: You Pascal is a great ... What do you think about possibly going strong wind conditions (Kite and windsurfing)? Do you think it's possible soon? The Foil in your opinion can be helpful in this direction?
R: Certain, soon we will go faster with less wind ... With kites and giant table already now one can make 44-45 nodes on 250 metres in 20-25 knots of wind ... The foil is interesting … but to go over the 50 nodes the foils will need to start using a tree ... The foil mulytiple like AC boats are the future for speed windsurfing and kite that go with foil ... There is a lot of material to put in the water at the moment!!!
P: Interesting!!! What would you say to someone who is approaching the Speed (No matter if with Kite or Windsurfing)?
R: Desire ... love the setting of the equipment ... And hate to lose ... never give up!
P: What do you do apart from Sport?
R: When I'm not working I Surf, SUP, I'm going fishing … I also like to go to the range and participate in competitions with the gun ... and I just started to shoot a compound bow with my little brother Brooke and Nico Parlier ... is cool and helps relax the brain ...
P: I love your family ... This year I missed your wonderful mother ... the powerful Jamie and my dear friend and brother of SUP Morgan ... Give a hug to all of them for me. ..
Thank you for participating in this little debate on speed ... and ... Forever Speed!!!
R: Porterò i tuoi saluti a tutta la famiglia buddy … Ci vediamo l’anno prossimo a La Franqui per una “Massive Tramontana” … Tutta la famiglia in una grande casa dello speed! Io cucinerò per una grande festa American Style … e tu farai gli inviti Principe!!!
A bientot mon amis!!!
Robbie Douglas: 55,65kts on 500mt and one more time Outright World Speed Record at Luderitz 2010, KIte World Champion …
Now looking for a big achievement in Speed Windsurf as well!!!
Rob Douglas is the Rambo of the Speedsaling, a Speed Knight pure and tough: no fear, big heart, lot of skills … and take his job really seriously … For him 60kts means home!!!
World Record in 2008, after in 2010 with 55,65 (with a killer run in which he broke his arm) Outright World Speed Record … World Champion …
But also a good father, husband and business man with his Black Dog!!!
When he comes to France with the 2 brothers Jamie and Morgan (other 2 Speed Champions) and the coach Gebby (Michael Gerbhart), is amazing watching their professional approach, the cure they made from 5.am to prepare and tune the gear … Super family!!!
Unfortunately just before to go on line I hear from Rob that now he has to fight against something bad … orrible news … we all pray for the Great Rob and we trust he will win soon as he normally does!!! Go Rob Go!!!
The interviw was before … in an happy moment in which two friends were having fun talking about the passion of the Speed …
For the Speed Knights, The Speed is something more than “a Sport”!!!
PAB: Hi Rob, what a pleasure to make this interview!!! Welcome in Italy … trough RIWmag!!!
R.D.: You are welcome buddy … thank you … it’s always a pleasure to talk to a brother of speed! I am drinking a Java right now as I write this … chilling out big time.
P: Which was your bigger emotion in your speedsaling life?
RD: My biggest emotions in speed sailing came from setting my 2 outright world speed sailing records and also loosing them! The emotion of my world title in kite speed was pretty emotional for me as well … tough battles against strong competitors!
P: What did you fell after the run of the world record 2010 (a part the broken arm)?
RD: I fell on my second run trying to beat my 55.5kt that I got on the first run … the exit was very short and my speed across the finish was about 56 to 57 knots … I made a mistake getting off my board, crashed and got my leg caught in an outside line … this caused the kite to loop a few times in the 40-50kts of wind … and well the wrist didn’t like that too much when I dragged it across the beach at 45kts … feet first … trying to get to my quick release!!!
P: How much wind there was that day? And which equipment were you using?
R: The wind was about 45kts average … gusting a bit over 50kts sometimes. I was using a Cabrinha 9m Switchblade on 24m lines. I designed the speed board with help from my coach Mike Gebhardt. The speed board was built by Mike Zajicek and the V2 custom fin was built by the great late Curtis Hesselgraves. My straps, pads and harness were all built by Dakine.
P: What does speedsailing represent for you?
RD: Speed sailing for me is the rider vs. the wind. … sailing fast downwind, full power … Competitions in windy locations in the windiest parts of the world … I love this! Seeing and hearing 55kts of wind on the water … seeing the gusts leaving the beach with a 2 meter high wall of sand and dust … and then sheeting in!!! Heavy weather racing! For me its true sailing … extremely powered!!! I hate sailing upwind in light conditions listening to the birds singing!!! Lol
P: Hey Buddy, I fully understand you!!! Well, when did you start Speedsailing?
RD: I used to speed sail with my brother Jimmy on windsurfers all the time when we were young … speed sailing between 2 brothers on bump and jump gear … My first official speed event was at the PKRA speed event in July 2008 at Fuerteventura.
speed is speed no matter what the equipment is … a memory that I will never forget. You never know … I would love to go chase down the American windsurf speed sailing record held by Roddy Lewis at 44.42kts!
P: What about your work out … In the sea, road and gym?
RD: Usually it’s 2-3 days a week in the gym … with free weights, some exercise strength classes, running 2-4 miles 2 times a week … when it’s windy +25 kts or the waves are good then I’m in the water … always!
P: When you train speedsailing do you go straight or slingshot?
What do you think about this 2 way to do gps speedsailing?
RD: I used to slingshot when my best max was around 50 to 53 knots so I could get better Vmax speeds …. sometimes when I’m training and I need to feel or test some high Vmax speeds on the gear then I will slingshot. Usually I sail straight now because I have been above 60 kts Vmax and if you want to win a speed event you cannot slingshot … you must sail straight. For 500 meters during competitions sailing straight is faster, so that’s how I train! Train to win!
P: Which is the difference in stance and feeling when you kite or windsurfing speed?
RD: The stance is different … the windsurfers stand up more straight … the kiters need to lean more to windward … the feeling is similar … speed is speed and both boats are very fast.
P: What do you think about La Franqui as a spot for a big World Championship for windsurf and kite? I mean is it a great spot for you?
RD: La Franqui is a very special speed spot! Great wind … always challenging the rider … and the French people love speed sailing … la Franqui should host a huge world championship speed event for windsurfers and kiters … racing together … 2 week long event so we get a smoking Tram. Let’s organize it buddy!!! I love la Franqui and I think that’s why I was able to set some course records there and win some MDV’s … you need to love a place if you want to win there …
when I die I want a fellow speed brother to spread my ashes when it’s blowing 50kts + … with a bright sun shining … windy as hell … and while on the run and while sailing above 50kts boat speed release my ashes to the wind and water … that’s how I want to go out!!!
P: Hey Rob … I got a shake … Ok I’m back … Do you like speed events mix kite-windsurf like MDV?
RD: I think that’s the best way … it’s more fun with both. I love the Mondial for this … it’s too bad the Dunkerbeck windsurf speed events won’t invite kites. That would be great! Long live the Mondial du Vent and thanks for all of Pascal Maka’s effort with this great event!
P: I always see you working hard … you and all the USA Speed team!!! How much is important the Talent, the equipment, the heart and the physical preparation?
RD: Speed sailing for me has always been fun … so I think fun usually ends up being fast! I’m lucky to be 100kg’s for sure … the equipment is very important … the tuning should never end. I love designing the gear. For me what I love is being at the event site and seeing the conditions … knowing the weather reports and then making the good decisions!!! I love making good decisions to match the gear to the weather, to the water, to the wind, to the situation and to the competitors. Of course you have to be in good physical shape to perform so that when the time comes you are able to achieve the results … its different for each speed sailor … for me I love being with a team when I compete … brothers, coaches and friends make it better. Bill Lynch has been instrumental in my speed career … without his support and enthusiasm I would still be trying handle passes with my baggy shorts on!!! Lol
P: Yes Pascal is great!!! What do you think about going fast in lower wind (kite, windsurfing) … will it be possible soon? Can foil open some door in this direction?
RD: We will go faster in lighter conditions. With the kite and a giant speed boards we can average 44-45kts over 250 meters in 20-25 kts average wind speed right now! The foil is interesting but I think to go faster than 50kts the foils will need to depart from using 1 mast … multiple foils like the AC boats is the future for speed windsurfers and kitesurfing using foils. But we shall see … that’s a lot of material to push thru the water right now!
P: Really Interesting!!! What would you like to say to the guy who is going to approach the speedsailing ( doesn’t matter if kiter or windsurfer)?
RD: If you love going fast and you love sailing in strong winds then you are going to love speed sailing … I think it’s the purist form of sailboat racing … get a good GPS and start making runs!!! Rig big and sheet in buddy!
P: Which is the best quality a speedsailor should have?
RD: Desire! … love tuning … and hate to loose!!!
P: What do you do a part the Sport?
RD: Away from work I surf, SUP, go fishing … I also shoot pistols in IDPA competitions … and I just started shooting a compound bow with my younger brother Brooke and Nico Parlier … it’s awesome and helps slow the brain down a bit!
Thank you to be here … And … Forever Speed!!!
RD: I will say hi to all the family for you buddy … we will see you next year in la Franqui for a massive Tramontane … all the family in 1 big house of speed! I will cook for the big party American style and you invite the people Príncipe!!!
A bientot mon amis!
interview: Andrea Baldini 4 www.RIWmag.com
photo: Michael Petricov, courtesy Robbie Douglas
video: The New York Times, Damien Leroy
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