I arrived on Wednesday, November 11th to get ready quietly, discover the spot etc….
Friday: beginning of the competition, but no wind. We spend a whole day at the beach. I take advantage of it to meet people, make contacts etc…. I was also great to meet big North American windsurfers such as Diego Domenianni, Philip Muller and many more.
People asked me how I alternate with the school, how works the new Maui etc…. That really motivates me to continue even more hardly, every year repercussions increase.
I also thank the organization for this beautiful welcome. But also for this magnificent competition where everything was super well prepared .
Saturday : The wind gets up quite slowly but the day is marked by the rain and the thunderstorm. With a wind varying from 25 to 0 knots in thirty seconds and different orientations, it was impossible to throw a race. Finally by 1 pm, a fun long distance is raced. I finish second on the adult fleet. I used my biggest gears (8,4 Mauisails TR XI, 117 isonic, 43cm IFJU fins), little in mode survival at the beginning because I needed it to face the drop after the grain, and it paid. I spent the rest of the day making photos on the water before the thunderstorm does burst.
Sunday : last racing day, the skipper meeting is at 8 am, the wind blows between 25 and 30 knots (then 20-25 at the end of the day). It’s time to run!! I prepared my 7,0 and am going to test the conditions with Jesper. There is a tight and close chop r and buoys are wet on a reef to facilitate the thing. I thus return quickly to adjust the gears. We launched finally 8 races. I begin not so bad with a 4th place. But the lack of wind in October and thus the lack of training is felt. I made some errors which gives me some races of 8-9th.
I managed to win the race 3 in the adults. I am thus VERY irregular, in my big misfortune, it impacts on the result. Until the race 6, I was on the podium but a material break prevents me from finishing the race and I am thus DNF (do not finish). It removes me officially from the podium. Even if it passes the discard there, my races where I end 8 or 9th penalizes me. I finish the rest of the races between the 3th and 5th place.
In the end, I finish 5th overall and first in youth (U21).
I am very satisfied with this presentation, I scored a bullet, finish in front of an ancient overall pro, and finish first in youth !!!
This event also allowed me to meet Jesper Vesterstrøm who coached me well during the competition and even later. Thanks man !!
Little break between two races where I meet an old friend’s brother : Kevin Gleizes aka the new superstar #ss9 who tried himself on the TR XI.
Accompanied by the non-slightest second superstar Claudia Romani, it was a pleasure to spend a moment with these new friends before going back to the water.
After a flight a little longer than planned, I am in Montreal catching up my classes. The winter comes slowly and it becomes difficult to windsurf. This competition marks the end of my season. It’s time to take a maximum of mass before the beginning of 2016 to attack even more hardly!!;-)
All the others pics (and there are plenty) will be soon on the « photos pages ».
Photos : Tillo International, Osvaldo Zamora, Manuel Rosquete, Claudia Romani.