Christophe Ballois 46 knots made in Breizhistan
Who is Christophe Ballois? Here is a short biography for those who do not know this guy. Christophe Ballois is a windsurfer and kitesurfer from Brittany. Faith deprived him of a forearm at birth but he knew how to free himself from his handicap. This guy can give style and riding lessons to many other kiters in old-school freestyle, in waves and in speed. After a few years as a salesman at Naish then Cabrinha, Christophe set up his own company, Handi Consulting.
For the past three years, Chris has been dedicated himself to speed and has achieved the world speed record in the disabled category at the Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2014 with 42.94 knots. And on March 29, 2017, quietly and chillax, Mister Ballois speed up to 46 knots on his home spot flat as flat. In 2016, he finished 7th overall and from memory, there is little sport where the disabled can compete on equal terms with the able-bodied athletes!
Certainly, it is not an official record but the performance deserves to be emphasized at its true value. There aren’t much spots in Brittany potentially exploitable in speed and Christophe went to search on the side of the bay of Plouescat to find an exploitable run. With about 250 meters of run, including the momentum, 20 knots of wind and a 10 m2 kite, the speed reached is quite exceptional. Even though the 50 knots have become more accessible, few people on this planet can claim to see such speeds on their meter!
Christophe Ballois Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2014.
Photo de une : Christophe Ballois – ©Michel Petrikov/NASSI