The 2012 World Champions have now been crowned and Boardseeker catches up with some of them; finding out more about the title winners with a series of quick fire questions. First up men's slalom World Champion Antoine Albeau.
Name: Antoine Albeau
Date of birth: 17/06/72
Born in: La Rochelle
Currently living: ile de Ré, France
Sponosors: RRD, NeilPryde, Quiksilver, Ford Autovital, Sosh Orange
Top results: 20 x World champ, World Speed Record 49.09kts
Describe your style on the water: Free but very technical
Favourite spot: Maui, Caledonia, Guadeloupe, ile de Ré
Current favourite board and sail: Right now it will be my 4.8 and my little RRD custom 40cm for the speed !!
Best memory from 2012: My come back for the 1st place in Turkey and Sylt!!
What do you think helped you win the title? My concentration and focus on the race all year long.
How did you celebrate? Lots of champagne!
What are your plans for the winter? A big party again at the boat show on the 9th Dec; you are all welcome!!!
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Strengths I think are my competitiveness and concentration on events, and weaknesses....ask all the others.
What skills would you like to have from another competitor? Hummmmm I don't know, I think I am not too bad as I got the win !!!
All images: PWA / John Carter.