This last weekend was a busy one for contests and the WindMeet crew certainly did a good job in hosting their second event of their 2013 tour, read and watch on to find out more.
Two weeks after the opening of the 2013 Windmeet Freestyle Tour, the best French Windsurfers found themselves back in Le Brusc, south of France. Once again, they came from almost all parts of France for the unofficial French freestyle championship, a championships that plans to have six events this year, in order to train, emulate and compete in a friendly spirit.
Sadly the wind did not materialise on the (Saturday) first day of competition but the organisers were already prepared to give a big show for the crowds that were soaking up the sun on the beach. Individual paddle races, city crew paddle races, a light wind freestyle contest and a big Tow-In contest from 5 pm to sunset! Each rider had two possibilities to achieve their best tricks and to be able to qualify for the final. With just seven places up for grabs the plan was to make a big show very close to the beach.
Without surprise, the best French riders were present in the final, most of them are also competing on PWA, but there were also some good local riders. As the sun set and the show came to an end the crowd and competitors found themselves enjoying a well deserved party for the opening night of La Cahute, the windsurfing school that hosted the event.
Report: Benoit Crumeyrolle
Photos: Alexis Fernet
Light Wind Freestyle Contest:
4- Romain Pinocheau
5- Marc Lagarrigue
6- Alexandre Colin
4- Julien Mas
5- Adrien Bosson
6- Romain Pinocheau
Sunday morning and the wind still didn't show, but don’t worry, the Tow-in shows continued. Making the best of no wind the riders flew into their moves in utterly perfect conditions: glassy sea and no wind! Two ingredients to launch a free/open session.
Once more, the best French riders found themselves on top but some others showed a very interesting level. Some people might comment that this is no longer windsurfing, but we don’t care about the angry and jealous people: Tow-in allows a show despite the lack of wind, it is fast, exciting, explosive, powerful and entertaining.
This week end was then a perfect one, with good moves, big crashes and a very good atmosphere. All of this shared with people powered by the same passion: WINDSURFING!!! Top world riders (Julien Mas, Adrien Bosson) but also, new PWA competitors (Arthur Pollet, Romain Pinocheau) and some very good local riders were there to compete. Also a girl (Sonai Le Bouteiller) soon joined the action and two other young ladies were also there to observe for the coming years, finally a special mention to our youngest rider, Sam Esteve, aged 15. All these people will surely come back for the next events! Will you?