It was an impressive accomplishment, more so going in you expect to get messed up. Ideally not terminally but in something like this there is no guarantee of an intact outcome. I tried one of Paul Menta's speed boards years back in a wimpy 25 kts. with 4 inch chop in deep water down in Key West. Believe me this is a LOT harder than it looks, takes huge guts too to try this in 45 kts. sustained gusting higher. The wipeout segment provides a strong insight into the mechanics of some high velocity accidents, the speed and out of control nature of them too.
Here is what I put up on the local forum about it:
"IT'S OFFICIAL - Rob is the fastest sailor on earth!!!
Here is a great video Damien Leroy put together on the experience. I think Coach Gebhardt gave the interview.
Some screen captures from Damo's video of Rob in the thick of the action ...
Locking the kite down in 45 kts. + with a standard production 9 m Cabrinha Switchblade kite during the world record run.
The perspective from Rob's helmet GoPro
Coach Gebhardt shouting the news across the ditch, you have the record!
The high speed wipeout in Rob's next run that day trying for even higher speeds. He is being pulled feet first in this part. Gebi is just starting to sprint in to help.
Being pulled on to his head over the sand bar. Rob suffered a rib and wrist fracture. Despite that he sounded upbeat and so he should be. He survived and is now the fastest sailor on earth!
Way to go Rob, to your crew, coach and your supporters everywhere!"