The 11th edition of the Defi Wind ended today under bright sunshine which allowed for a perfect closing ceremony.
This year more than 850 windsurfers from over 20 nations met in Gruissan for the world’s most popular windsurfing event, and although the weather allowed for only day of wind to do the traditional 40km route at full speed, everyone spent four unforgettable days, gathered together to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of this great watersport!
To see so many enthusiasts of all levels and all walks of life on the water at the same time and place always creates excitement at this event, even after eleven successful years!
With 27 countries represented this year on the spot at Gruissan the Defi Wind once again confirms its status as the most popular windsurfing event in the World.
The light wind days this year gave participants an opportunity to try out NeilPryde’s RS:One, a rig and board designed to perform in all kinds of conditions – from 3 to 30 knots. The RS:One enabled a race to be held and many people took part in the fun.
As well as the Windsurfing races, the musical program offered by Gruissan would satisfy a festival organizer. No other public windsurfing competition in the world offers such an event.
Good News – Didier Codorniou, Mayor of Gruissan has confirmed his support of the Defi Wind 2012.
Unlimited entries are welcome for the 2012 event, there will just be a cut off date for entries to allow for the event organisation.
DEFI WIND 2011 RESULTS
1/ Patrick Diethelm (Italie)
2/ Bieuzy Mauffret (France)
3/ Laurent Gaüzère (Nouvelle Calédonie)
1/ Karin Jaggi (Suisse) 79ème
2/ Marion Dusart (France) 82ème
3/ Sarah Hébert (Arménie) 120ème
1/ Sebastien Bonhomme-Allaire
2/ Antoine Huet
3/ Thomas Goyard
1/ Marion Dusart
2/ Alizée De Souza
3/ Emilie Lallement
1/ Michel Merceur
2/ Moana Guyot
3/ Jean Louis Tay
1/ Nadine Poncept
2/ Moeata Boosie
3/ Anne Louvet
1/ Thomas Goyard
2/ Steve Laubaney
3/ Gauthier Bourgeois
1/ Alizée de Souza
2/ Delphine Cousin
3/ Marion Mortefon
TO SEE THE IMAGES OF THE DEFI WIND ON NATIONAL FRENCH TV :
http://videos.tf1.fr/jt-we/les-titre-du-20-heures-du-5-juin-2011-6518142.html (Chapter 17 minute 30.01)