Défi Wind 2013 - Final Report



One more race was completed on this Sunday 12th of May, final day of the Défi Wind 2013. Patrice Belbeoch and Estelle Barre are the winners of this 13th edition, which was blessed by strong winds and the presence of 805 boom addicts. The biggest gathering of windsurfers was, this time again, a success and everyone is already looking forward to next year. Because a few images are better than loads of words, here is the first video of the Défi Wind 2013:





Overall Final Rankings - Men's:

1.
Patrice Belbeoch (France)
2. Andrea Cucchi (Italy)
3. Sébastien Bonhomme (France)
4. Nicolas Warembourg (France)
5. Gérald Pelleau (France)
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16.Steven van Broeckoven (Belgium)
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20. Jules Denel (France)
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28. Philip Köster (Germany)
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35. Jurjen van der Noord (Netherlands)
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38. Justin Denel (France)



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Day 3: Saturday 11th of May 2013



Two perfect races were validated on this Saturday 11th of May 2013 with winds between 30 and 40 knots. When the competitors and crew woke this Saturday morning, they were faced with the prospect of a big day. The first race was launched at 11 AM with 600 racers on the starting line, aged between 13 and 72 years old. It was a stunning sight as the fleet raced towards the bow of the committee boat piloted by race director Philippe Bru which opened the starting line at more than 30 knots per hour.



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With the 40 km racecourse swept by 35 knots Tramontana, it became a dream run and a formidable physical challenge with many falls (but nothing serious). After 2 hours and 30 minutes of racing, everyone was back safely on the beach, with Patrice Belbeoch winning the race and taking the lead in the provisional rankings. In the woman fleet, Estelle Barre confirmed her domination by taking the bullet while Justin Denel winning the third round in the Youth fleet and getting ahead in the standings.

Conditions were almost identical in the afternoon for the fourth race. The general consensus was that the 520 competitors made the best start of this Défi so far with a perfect space management along the line. Nicolas Warembourg made the best start but was soon overtaken by the great Anders Bringdal and then by Andrea Cucchi, yesterday's winner. After a long duel, Anders Bringdal won the race by a few meters.

As for Philip, the 2 x PWA Waves World Champion had a nice third heat, arriving 20th. With his 6.2, he showed his limits, being completely overpowered on most of the way back. Philip Köster didn't have anything smaller than 6.2 and as a result, had to sit out the fourth race but will be there for tomorrow's races.



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The final round on Sunday promises an epic battle between these leaders, separated only by a few points.


Overall Provisional Standings after Race 4 - Men's:

1.
Andrea Cucchi (Italy)
2. Patrice Belbeoch (France)
3. Sébastien Bonhomme (France)
4. Nicolas Warembourg (France)
5. Tine Slabe
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19. Jules Denel (France)
20. Steven van Broeckoven (Belgium)
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31. Philip Köster (Germany)
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35. Justin Denel (France)
36. Jurjen van der Noord (Netherlands)



Day 2: Friday 10th of May 2013



On Day 2 of the Défi Wind 2013, a Tramontana wind sometimes exceeding 40 knots in the gusts swept the waters between Narbonne and Port-la-Nouvelle today and treated the 805 registered windsurfers for some amazing action.



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The race began with all the riders but less than 600 were able to finish the 40 km run, as the wind conditions got more challenging. It was an epic race for both the participants and the organizing and safety crew. Sébastien Bonhomme from France and Cécile Decourt from France as well, took the first wins in the Men's and Women's categories.

The second round was launched later in the afternoon, after everyone recharged their batteries. Less than 600 challengers were on the starting line this time, as many decided to preserve their energy for the next day. The Défi is indeed a race, but it is also a pleasurable experience which has to be lived during a couple of days. Endurance is key and pleasure is the only goal. After some more hardcore long-distance racing, Andrea Cucchi from Italy won the second round and is leading the provisional rankings:


Overall Provisional Standings after Race 2 - Men's:

1.
Andrea Cucchi (Italy)
2. Sébastien Bonhomme (France)
3. Patrice Belbeoch (France)
4. Nicolas Warembourg (France)
5. Tristan Algret (France)
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17.Steven van Broeckoven (Belgium)
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20. Jules Denel (France)
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30. Philip Köster (Germany)
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35. Jurjen van der Noord (Netherlands)
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45. Justin Denel (France)





Interview of Philip Köster after his first race... by Wind_Magazine


Event Preview



Three days before the official start of the Défi Wind 2013, 767 contestants had already signed up for some challenging long-distance racing in Gruissan, France. Also this isn't exceptional for Défi Wind (it holds the record for the largest gathering of windsurfers in the world), it foretells some exciting action! This year, from May 9th to May 12th, 29 countries and all 6 continents will be represented, with amateurs and pros like Philip Köster, Jurjen van der Noord and many others... Watch Philip Köster announcing he will be participating in Défi here!



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Text and pictures are courtesy of WIND Magazine and Défi Wind 2013