Tuesday, 10 June 2014

4 day trip to South of France

Hello everybody

As I’m writing this I’m on my flight to Bonaire for the first PWA event of the year. I haven’t been updating my blog to much with travel story’s anymore but hey why not get started with it again! So during my last weekend at home the forecast was bad, super bad. I stayed home longer especially for the long weekend of my parents and could talk them in to repeat a trip we did 5 years ago during the same periode, a 4 day trip South of France in Leucate!!

The forecast was good and gues what, I wasn’t the only one who saw the forecast and decided to go. Pretty much the whole trip I sailed together with Yentel Cears who talked his parents into it as well after reading my update on facebook. We sailed 3 days on 3 different spots. The first day when we arrived late in the afternoon as we left in the morning we sailed at Porte la Nouvelle pretty much where the Defi wind had their course layed out. Lucky for me I just arrived when they where going to finish so straight on the water 4.4 weather and perfect flat water in perfect tempertiors! Balz Muller was also out there with his brother and Antoine Albert joined this session as well. Perfect first day ending with a nice pasta and a long sleep!

The next day was the best day out of the 3. Yentel showed me a spot inbetween Porte La nouvelle and La Franqui where all the speed sailors go. Flat water, strong wind and not to many people sailing! We almost sailed 5 hours that day and it was perfect to train double moves finally landing does first double burners, still some work to do but pretty stoked I could land some Airskopu’s both ways! Yentel was pushing at well and his airskopu’s where getting more and more consistent so its good to see another Belguim stepping it up, definatly one to watch in the future!

After this day I was so broken, pushing for those double moves run after run took a lot of my energy and the next day it was just howling! So time to go to the lake of Leucate and rig the smallest freestyle sail I have 3.6! It’s the first time I use the 2014 one and its sick! I’m not a favorite of super strong winds but with this sail I feel pretty comfortable (especially as I won my first EFPT event on this size!). Balz was also on the water and how much fun is to watch this guy, he doesn’t know fear and lands some moves I couldn’t think are possible, he knows how to handle the strong wind and pushes freestyle in another way than anyone else! Can’t wait to see his next clip cause I’m sure it will be another sick one again.

After 3 hours of sailing the wind dropped a bit and we decided to go back to the city have a nice pizza and pack everything for the next day. After a long day of driving home I could look back on a great weekend with my parents and my sister sailing everyday in some of the best conditions I ever had in Leucate! Lets hope now it doesn’t take another 3,5 years before I go back to this place defiantly going to make some more trips to there when I’m in Europe! Now wind is one in Bonaire so lets train even more and get ready for the worldcup in 2 weeks! Can’t wait! 

Cheers Dieter

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