Défi Wind 2016: the short race had choppy waters | Photo: Souville/Défi Wind

The Tramontane played a trick on 1,300 windsurfers. They traveled all the way from 38 countries to taste the 40 knots of wind, but the French natural energy source didn't cooperate.

The Défi Wind 2016 hasn't crowned a champion. Philippe Bru and his team did everything they could do to run a successful event, but the main invitee decided to stay at home. The 40-kilometer windsurfing marathon was not given green light; instead, the organization held a short race with an inverted course.

The Tramontane blows 250 days a year in Gruissan but, this year, only kiteboarders had the classic windy conditions that make the event so special. Sailors were forced to compete in stand up paddle races and socialize on the beach.

The non-official race was held in tricky onshore winds. Despite the choppy waters and bumpy water surface, Pierre Mortefon crossed the finish line in first place. He was followed by Julien Quentel and Jordy Vonk.

Humans will never control the Tramontane. Hopefully, the cold northern wind will return in its grand force in 2017, when the 17th edition of the Défi Wind hits Gruissan.

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