Archive | May, 2012

TESTING…

May 27

I am a home for 2 weeks before the Pwa in Costa Brava. But this doesn’t mean vacation, I have a lot of boards to test… It is interresting but means also a lot of work and hours on the water to try, compare, modified, reshaped… to be finally be sure that a new shape is really improving the board!!

There is 3 protos 84, 3 protos 71 and 2 protos 61.. + some waves board too…

Ross williams is coming tomorrow becaue we should also have some work for Gaastra to do…

 

KOREA PWA

May 14

What a long event! 6 days and half on competition + 2 days of trainning and 4 days of travelling ion total from France to Korea for the second Pwa slalom event of the year.

We had sailed  5 nice races after several days of no wind. This year you can really feel the tension on the beach, level is really high and 20 riders can probably win a race this year! The ranking is really close after each race.

I love my combo 7,9 Vapor and 71 Manta. I am quite fast with it and confidant. I did 2 finals with that with 3 and 6 and be really surprised about this. Normaly at Jinha beach we had gusty wind (10 to 25 knots) from the right and flat water but this year we get also 20 knots from the left and some 1 meters wave. I like this conditions because it is more technical than flat water and you can jibe/accelerate because of the swell.

So I finished 11 at the end of the event! I am pretty happy about this even if I need to train and tune my equipement for light wind. Because technique is less important in wind below 15 knots than on choppy water and strong wind. A lot of guys are fliyng below 15 knots actually on the tour!

There is 3 weeks before the newt pwa stop in Costa brava.  I am actually 13 of the world ranking, this is quite good but doesn’t means so much because we have done only 2 events on a total of 6. I am now in transit in istanbul for 10 hours… Then I will have to try some news proto Mantas juste shaped by Fabien Vollewaider… and try to sail also a bit in wave for fun too!

 

LEUCATE SPEED CROSSING

May 08

It was a long time since I don’t post on my website. Sorry for this… I will update now my site with the last events that I just did. Actually I am in Korea for the second event of the Pwa slalom tour.

So Leucate was a great speed event. I mean that was a real great speed event!!! Kite against windsurfers on a 500 meters run.

So we had 4 races of 1h30 in total for each of them. I sailed 2 times in 7,1 meters, 1 time in 6,4 and 1 time in 5,7. I used my 54 and 49 Tabou gun. It is not often to do speed in 5,7 meters!! My best run was 41,5 knots on the finish screen. It was the second best run of the event.Antoine Albeau has got a better run by 0,3 knots and I finished 4 of the event, I am pretty happy about this.

Kitesurfers were still fast. Congratulations to Rob Douglas, the flying Kitesurfer who deserve to win this speed event. He is a great athlete.So there were 3 windsurfers on the top 4 ranking; it is a much better result than last year. All windsurfers worked to improve theirs results and this worked. I personnaly have a new gun from Fabien Vollenweider for light and medium wind who is sick. I tryed a lot of guns this winter to make the best one possible.

I also have some news Gasoil asymitrical fins designed specially for speed who are really nice and fast on the run. Have a look on them by googled them or going to this link –>http://ailerongasoil.free.fr/

After the speed event, we also have done some long distances in slalom gear time. I used my Gaastra Vapor 6,4 meters and 61 Tabou Manta board on 25 knots. There were me, A2 and Anders Bringdal against  100 kitesurfers. In this conditions the windsurfers are clear faster because they can keep the speed on the chop and going upwind or downwind. The Kitesurfers are flying in really flat water on a speed run but not yet on all conditions. I finished 2 in all of them even if i had a big crash with Rob on the first one!!

Next confrontations in one year!!


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