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Mark Grinnel: The Rocket man – 3Rd Fastest Windsurfing Ever: 51.83KTs in 500 meters – World Record with Board Production!!!
Mark Grinnel (Panda for friends), is one Speed Knight South Africans (of English origin). It's an entrepreneur stated (has a security agency and multi service), was one of the pioneers of the spot of Walvis Bay to Namibia.
Maybe not more than 30 days a year ... but has muscles and passion! In 2012 to Luderitz, He had already filed 49, 6kts and in 2014 49,92kts.
In Luderitz Speed Challenge in a difficult day with more than 50kts of wind and chop (very deep corner) faced its ghosts and took the Holy Grail!
Principle (Andrea Baldini): Hey that speed in Luderitz ... much stuff!!!
Mark: … After so many years of frustration finally in 2012 I realized that i could be done easily with the right wind 50kts, the right equipment and the right "no fear" attitude "; so for doing almost 52 about 500 meters with a hint of 53,41 made me a happy man ... and it was a good reason to celebrate in Tequila!!!
P: What did you crossed my mind immediately before your Run?
M: While I was in the channel, Standing, smitten by gusts of sand, waiting to leave ... I thought: or do I 50kts or step 50 gioni to the bed ... This time I'm not going back home with another 49 ... even if the 49,92 the previous year however I had beat the Dutch boys (Hans Kreisel and Jacques Van der Hout) and I was there’ at the Summit.
P: Describe your Run and how did you feel in the run ... and after knowing the score.
M: It was crazy ... Patrik (Diethelm) had traced with orange markers on the edge of the Canal to mark how close to the edge you could pass ... I did everything I could to stay on that trajectory but the gusts I spat at the Center, in chop (30cm from the edge begins chop) ... things were so: a man versus nature ... and for once I have found the perfect balance of feel you're going to die and the desire to survive. And it wasn't until the finish ... where once unhitched from the Trapeze, knowing that there would be no "jibe" as possible to slow I threw myself into the water bouncing until the end of the Canal from here they nicknamed "cannonball" because I looked like a Human Cannonball.
After the run I could barely breathe, having broken her ribs last week ... then Alberto (Possati) It arrived and took away the life of the weights and I could breathe and I realized that in Bang I had lost GPS ... when Roger I reported and I read 53,41 I was happy as a pig in POO ...
P: What happened instead when Antoine Albeau did the record?
M: I had just arrived and got sick ... so I decided not to go ... but don't do it again this error ... The condition was perfect: strong wind and flat water ... amazing, ever seen the channel so flat and with that wind ... I think maybe I could do fine ... but it's no use crying over spilt milk.
P: How much you weigh and how tall you are?
M: Are 1, 78m then a short shit, But what I lack in height I compensate with the mental strength and if the wind blows in earnest I'll be quick. Weight 106kg. My technique sucks but with a couple of Tequila and strong wind I am fearless and I think the best that can happen is to die ... but I only 49 years so I still have a few years of speed.
P: Why do Speed?
M: It's a way of living on the edge ... the Slalom is different, sail with others ... it's strange ... Although it's fun every now and then go outside and stripping someone. The rush to go into the channel, at the edge of control, is the biggest emotion you could try and end of run you're almost disappointed because the race is over ...
P: What are your terms do you prefer and why?
M: Luderitz channel with Gale or a regular output but when you are overpowered by bad, If hit by a barrage of brutal can you get cross from this force, do you feel out of control but can you hold on!
P: What do you look for when you walk into run?
M: The gusts and be ready for them ... no i can't stand those lulls them.
P: What extent of sail, Table, fin you had in your best Run?
M: 5.0 Neil Pryde Roll, Mistral 41 of 2013, brilliant table, and fin Gasoil 20 and 10-12 kg of weights. At 51, 83kts you have to show who's boss.
P: What do you remember with pleasure of the adventure of Luderitz?
M: Sailing is wonderful … but the friendship that you create is the most important thing. The Speedsailor are a handful of men with the same passion.
And I enjoy a lot to raise the temperature of the machine making sandwiches so someone will burn and I feel in the morning: Dennis the menace
P: Where would you like to sail again?
M: Luderitz but also the South of France and Walvis bay which is an amazing place.
P: That atmosphere is breathed with others Speeed Knights?
M: It doesn't get any better ... We compete against ourselves but also secretly each other. There is, however, envy and jealousy only pure joy for those who made a great personal result.
P: How did you get the fever of speed?
M: Since I was a child ... and then driving the car, the bicycle, the gokarts or anything with a potential to go fast so I'm pushing the limits … But if we two ... then the problems begin.
Mark Grinnel: The Rocket man – 3Rd Fastest Windsurfing Ever: 51.83KTs in 500 meters. – World Record with Board Production!!!
Mark Grinnel (Panda for the friends) is a South African / English Speed Knight. He owns a security Company, He was one of the pioneer of Walvis Bay to Namibia. He doesn't sail more than 30 days per years … but he gets muscle and passion.
In 2012 he already did 49.6, in 2014 49.92 and in the last Luderitz speed Challenge in a windy and choppy day (not the day in which the world record falls many times) he front his Ghosts and he got the Graal!!!
Prince Andrea Baldini: Hi Mark, awesone speed in Luderitz! Huge stuff!!!
Mark Grinnel: Been so frustrated for so many years as after 2012 i knew 50 knots was easily achievable with the right wind, the right equipment and the right no fear attitude so to achieve nearly 52 with a peak of 53,41 made me a very happy man and was a good reason to have a tequila to celebrate.
PAB: What did you have in the mind just before to start?
MG: I said before I started the run while standing in the canal and getting blasted by the sandstorm that i was either going to do 50 knots or spend 50 days in bed but i was not going home with 49 knots again although 49,92 last year allowed me to beat the dutch boys and be right up there.
PAB: Describe your run … and your feeling during and after you saw the score.
MG: The run was insane as Patrick had put orange markers along the side but in the water so that you could see how close to go so i made every effort to sail through them so that i remained close but the chop pushes you towards the middle of the canal so its man versus nature and for one i managed to find the perfect balance between feeling like you are going to die and the desire to survive. This was until the end as after i crossed the finish line and unhooked i knew no gybe was going to work so i jumped off and ended up rolling down the canal where i received the name ’cannonball’ as i really was like a human canonball. After the run i could hardly breathe as my ribs were broken from the week before but after Alberto undid my weight jacket and i could breathe I realised that my gps was missing and when Roger gave it me and it showed max 53.41 ib. I was as happy as a pig in shit.
PAB: What’s happened the day when Antoine did the record?
MG: I was there but we had just arrived and i had been sick decided not sail. This was one mistake i wont make again as the conditions were near perfect and the water really was flat so i do believe i could also have done well but cant cry over spilt milk.
PAB: Your “size” and age?
MG: I am 5.10 so a short shit but what i lack in height i make up for with mental strength and if the wind is blowing strong i will be fast. My technique sucks but with a couple of tequilas and strong wind im fearless and believe the worst that can happen is I die but i’m only 49 so got a few more speed years left in me still.
PAB: Why you do Speed?
MG: Its living life on the edge, as slalom racing is fun too but seeing someone else on the water while i’m out is strange, as i see a target on there back and its time to go fast and kick ass. The rush of going down the canal on the very edge of control is just the bestv feeling you can get and when you get to the end its sort of a disapointment as the ride is over.
PAB: What is the Speedsailing for you?
MG: Its a way of releasing all stress as if i dont think and concentrate on surviving i crash so i have no choice.
PAB: Which is your favorite sailing condition and why?
MG: Luderitz for sure with super strong wind or when sailing recreationally and you are comlpetely overpowered and you get hit by a gust and manage to drive that extra power through the board and you feel out of control but you hold it.
PAB: What are you looking for when you go in the run?
MG: Gusts and being ready for them – not lulls as i don’t handle those well.
PAB: Which sail size, Board and how many weight you had in your RUN?
MG: 5.0 NeilPryde but around four years old, Mistral 41- brilliant board although at 51.83 you have to show it who is boss and around 10 to 12 kg of lead. About fin: Gasoil 20.
PAB: What do you like to remember from all your Luderitz adventure?
MG: The sailing is fantastic but the frienships that you make are the most important as the speedsailors are generally a great bunch of guys. Also burning everyones toast in the morning really makes my morning – dennis the mennace
PAB: Where would you like to sail again? And which new spot do you want to sail?
MG: Luderitz but also South of France and Walvis Bay is an incredible speed spot too.
PAB: What about the atmosphere with the others Speed Knights?
MG: Cannot get better. We compete against ourselves but also secretly each other but there is no jealousy, just pure joy for the person who betters his time.
PAB: When and how did you get the speed fever?
MG: From a child whether its driving my car riding my bike, go carts or anything that has the potential to go fast i will push its limits and if there are two of us then it really becomes a problem.
interview: Andrea Baldini 4 www.RIWmag.com
photo courtesy: Mark Grinnel, Jonathan Tait, Eric Bellande, BeadlePhoto, Patterson, Challal
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