- 01 September 2014 | Windsurfing
Julien Quentel has won the first PWA World Tour stage of his windsurfing career, after a dramatic finish at the 2014 Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup, in Turkey.
The windsurfer from Saint Maarten had all the pressure on his side. After failing to advance from heat nine with a poor start, Quental was at the hands of Antoine Albeau, who only needed to finish fourth in the winners' final.
Surprisingly, the "French Bullet" missed the opportunity and failed to reach the semifinals. Julien Quentel was ready to celebrate a maiden victory in the pro windsurfing circuit.
"I'm really happy. I couldn't watch the heat with Antoine because I was just like is he or isn't he going to make the top four. But, thankfully it worked out for me. Today is a great day for me, after a week of brilliant racing here in Alacati," underlined Quentel.
Sarah-Quita Offringa repeated a robust performance in Turkish waters. The sailor from Aruba proved uncatchable yet again as she took her seventh victory out of a possible nine ahead of Delphine Cousin, who secured second place overall.
"Everything worked out this week. I don't know what the secret was, the sails that I borrowed from Jordy, a massive thanks to him, are really fast, and I also had nothing to lose at this event," explains Offringa.
"If I can keep the sails, then I'm planning on competing in France and New Caledonia, and hopefully with the discard I'll have a shot at the title."
2014 Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup | Men
1. Julien Quentel
2. Antoine Albeau
3. Pascal Toselli
4. Arnon Dagan
5. Ben Van Der Steen
2014 Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup | Women
1. Sarah-Quita Offringa
2. Delphine Cousin
3. Lena Erdil
4. Valerie Ghibaudo
5. Fulya Ünlü