The day "Pat & Mat" went windsurfing

Windsurf is where you find it. And sometimes the only thing you need is wind. Just ask "Pat & Mat," the two plasticine characters from Central Europe who gave windsurfing a new purpose.

"Pat & Mat" was a popular stop-motion animated series that debuted in Czechoslovakia in 1976. The two handymen quickly conquered the European spectators with their clumsy, yet funny behavior and the show spread across the world.

Each episode created by Lubomír Benes and Vladimir Jiránek involved challenges that Pat and Mat tried to overcome with several tools and innovative methods.

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Julien Bontemps foils to victory at the 2017 Défi Wind

The 2017 Défi Wind was saved by the bell. After three days of waiting, windsurfers were finally able to get their equipment in the water for a figure-eight race.

Although it was not the famous Tramontane wind, fifteen knots were enough to get the participants sailing in the open ocean.

The windsurfers on foils started strong right from the start, but Julien Bontemps was clearly the athlete to beat. He crossed the finish line ahead of Thomas Goyard and Ludo Jossin.

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Albeau conquers Catalunya and enters world title race

Antoine Albeau accelerated to victory at the 2017 Catalunya PWA World Cup, in Spain.

The French rocket, 44, proved he will not be distracted from his world title goals by putting out a commanding performance in the warm waters of the Mediterranea Sea.

This time, the winds allowed eight races, and Albeau won three. In the foil division, he took three out of five bullets.

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