Sebastien Garat: home boy

The 2011 European Junior Kitesurf Cup is going to hit the town of Saint-Pierre-la-Mer, in France, from May 6th-8th.

Saint-Pierre-la-Mer has become the perfect spot for the organisation of international competitions. In fact, the local wind Tramontane that sweeps the skies clear of clouds and the wide natural beaches create the perfect backdrop for kitesurfing.

The local sailing and kitesurfing school, open almost all year, teaches 200 kitesurfers per year. Other watersports that are taught here are: catakite, boardercross, sailing, kayak, waterskiing, wakeboarding, etc.

There will be three event competitions: freestyle, catakite and boarder cross. Workshops on physical and sportive preparation will be held, in which Florian Daubos, Celine Rodenas and Sebastien Garat will talk about injuries, injury prevention and sport nutrition.

Who can show the best jumps, grabs, handle passes, or other extreme and spectacular manoeuvres? The youngest European riders are ready to show the world their talent.

The Catakite discipline is a spin-off from kitesurfing that allows anyone to start leaning traction watersports safely, on a catamaran. It is even accessible to people with disabilities, as there is no leg strength required to maintain the kite. The catakite planes away nicely at a wind speed of 10 knots.

In the boarder cross contest, four riders will start simultaneously from the beach and will race each other on a course with several obstacles to get to the finish line.