2017 IFCA European Slalom Championships: Antoine Albeau adds another title to his trophy room

Antoine Albeau has been crowned the 2017 IFCA European Slalom champion, at La Tranche Sur Mer, in France.

After three days of waiting, the IFCA European Championships finally got underway in 11-to-14 knots of thermal wind, and the men's fleet was able to race for the title.

"I knew I had a good speed with on my big gear. But if you have a bad start or arrive late at the first mark, it just gets hard to fight back, even if you are faster," explained Albeau.

"It was not easy at all. I almost messed up one of my starts because I didn't want to go over early and Nicolas Warembourg and Loic Le Gallois were both pushing hard."

The women's fleet was competing for a world title, so you could feel the tension in the water. Delphine Cousin won both races, finishing ahead of Marion Mortefon and Maja Dziarnowska.

"We cannot control the weather and waiting for the wind is part of our sport. But I was very happy to get out and finally race. I knew I had good board speed compared to the others, so I just gave my best," said Cousin, who had already won the world title in 2011.

"It was all about the perfect starts. I am happy to have been competing here in La Tranche not only for the IFCA Women Worlds but also in the famous Raid La Tranche."

Damien Arnoux and Marine Marmey ended up winning the Youth divisions.

2017 IFCA European Championships | Men

1. Antoine Albeau (FRA)
2. Loic Le Gallois (FRA)
3. Nicolas Warembourg (FRA)

2017 IFCA World Championships | Women

1. Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA)
2. Marion Mortefon (FRA)
3. Maja Dziarnowska (POL)