- 15 January 2010 | Windsurfing
In South of France, we used to say the wind drives people mad... and it is obviously true as 1000 windsurfers will be there in Gruissan, from may the 13th to the 16th , to defy the local Tramontana and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Défi Wind, the most popular race in the world.
Gruissan showed up thanks to Luc Besson, who realized the movie « 37,2° le matin » in 1988 describing the amazing atmosphere on the « plage des chalets » (chalets beach). Surrounded by mountains and shores, this nice village is ready to welcome you on site and make you spend an unforgettable windsurfing moment.
In this quiet town we can find some quite strange people, completely mad about windsurfing. These riders, who still have long hair and their large pants on, – even though time is running out and they are not all that young anymore! - are members of a kind of sect called “Gruissan Windsurf” and play for ages with the famous Tramontana on the water.
They used to organize lots of important windsurfing events in Gruissan such as the French Windsurf Championships and now their life is regulated each year since 2001 by the Defi Wind, the biggest windsurfing meeting ever, organized by some few windsurfers... for lots of windsurfers!
- 14 January 2010 | Windsurfing
Following some great results on the French slalom circuit, and moments of excellence on the PWA Tour in 2009, Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic, North) has found some new sponsors to help him realise his dreams in 2010.
“I’m really happy to be joining the FANATIC / NORTH / ION team this year. I’ve already tested my new equipment and I’m very happy with it. To summarise, it’s extremely fast and easy to use! Moreover, the relationship with my team manager is excellent. They have put plenty of trust in me for this season, giving me the means to meet my ambitions. This year promises to be busy now with the PWA Tour and the FFA. I would like to thank both the JP and NeilPryde teams for the last 3 years. However, this change gives me a boost of motivation, and I'm going to invest 100% in myself and hope to not disappoint anyone!”
Fanatic Brand Manager Craig Gertenbach commented:
“We've been watching Pierre's progress the last few seasons and were very impressed with his fast progress, especially his 2009 season was very impressive! Pierre is the perfect addition to our slalom team and will re-enforce our continued support of slalom racing, in both the French Tour and the PWA World Tour. We look forward to Pierre's results this season on our Falcon slalom boards, and a bright future together!”
North Sails Product and Brand Manager Raoul Joa commented:
“We've been looking for a second young French Slalom rider besides Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North) during last year as France is still the biggest Slalom market in the world plus most of the top riders come from France. In the end we have chosen Pierre as we feel he is the newcomer with the greatest potential. During the PWA events that he entered this year he already showed really great results. We are convinced that with his new Warp F2010 sails he will show his full potential. So we are really happy to welcome Pierre to our team!”
- 13 January 2010 | Windsurfing
The Midwinters Festival will continue its tradition of bringing together World Cup Pros, Olympic Class Competitors, Beginner sailors and all other levels in between. We will have classes for all skill levels and type of equipment – A Fleet / Sport Fleet / Workshop Fleet (learn to Race) // and many Youth, Junior and Kids classes to choose from along with Masters and Seniors.
Whether you like racing a long, hybrid or short board, we have a class for you. The 2010 event will include the Kona North Americans and the Bic Techno 293 North Americans which will be a qualifier for the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in Summer of 2010.
Racing will be held in the Banana River with launching from Kelly Park in Merritt Island, FL.
The Midwinters will be governed by the ISAF Rules (2009-2012) and the rules of Formula Windsurfing (as of 1/1/10)– with regard to the Pro & A Formula Fleets – the specified sail size limitations and the listing of approved production equipment. New Weight Divisions will be used if more than 20 competitors in a division.