It's been announced and it's official! Two-times PWA Wave World Champion Philip Köster will participate in this year's edition of the Défi Wind from the 8th to the 12th of May in Gruissan, France. The long distance race, now in its 13th edition, will get 1000 windsurfers together on the starting line for the most exciting race in windsurfing!
In case you've been hibernating for the past 12 years, here is what the Défi Wind is all about:
A thousand windsurfers will attend the Défi Wind in Gruissan this year. No matter if they are pros or amateurs, the goal of this unique 4-day event is to enable the largest number of windsurfers to compete and share their common passion for windsurfing! Be ready for this once in a lifetime experience!
An established concept
1000 windsurfers on the same starting line, at the same place and at the same time, sailing full-planing on a more than 20-mile course. And for 4 days! This concept, introduced in 2001 by Philippe Bru and Wind Magazine, has clearly evolved over 10 years. With a very windy, idyllic spot and an usual race format, Défi Wind has quickly become the most popular windsurfing event worldwide. Make sure you sign up quickly before registration ends!
This race is a true gathering of wind tamers. Windsurfers come first to battle with the famous Tramontana wind … but also to exchange and share their passion together.
An organization straining
The necessary framework for this marathon is worthy of the greatest sporting events worldwide. With such a large number of participants, the organization must face rigorous logistics to ensure the security and allow everyone to compete in the best conditions. Not less than 250 people stand ready to make this thirteenth edition that of all records! The rankings are a real headache for the organization. Technology comes to the rescue thanks to a partnership with Microsoft and MyGeoLive. On this edition, no less than 500 windsurfers will have the latest GPS system, to follow the race live and in real time on the website!
Opening of the registration February 8
The first windsurfers are expected from Wednesday, May 8th and the first race is scheduled for 12:00 the next day along the “Vieille Nouvelle” beach. We pray for wind and hoping for Tramontana to honor the “Défieurs”...