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Fifty Windsurfers In Fifty Knots
Posted On:  17/05/2010 07:05:50
Out of 1000, there were nearly 600 riders still ready to fight one last time on the water when the race director decided to cancel the sixth leg because of a north wind blowing at more than 50 knots. The danger was real given the problems already encountered before the expected start. "It is more reasonable," said one amateur. "Not everybody has the level required to sail over 50 knots and we already have nearly 200 km on board." Back to the beach for everyone. But the "defieurs" did not say their final word. The race committee decided to postpone the start but this time, only the top 50 of the provisional ranking was invited to this final race. "The conditions were really too extreme" explained Philippe Bru, the organizer of this wonderful event. "We still wanted to provide the public with an amazing show so we opted for a tiny run."

This VIP race has pleased all the spectators gathered along the beach with top speeds over 60km/hour. Pascal Toselli repeats his feat in winning this race crossing the finish line more than a minute ahead of the Slovakian Tine Slab. "I had a good equipment and good set-up on this leg. I'm really happy to win and to achieve the second place overall" explained Pascal.

Pierre Mortefon, on his side, has demonstrated a surprising regularity: winning two races, finishing second on another one and third today, "it's great to win at home. I still do not realize that I have managed to beat Anders (Bringdal)".

Fanny Aubet, 2009 funboard French champion and slalom world champion of 'less than 20 years' category, explains her disappointment of not having participated in today's race: "That's too bad, I would have liked to see my performance in these conditions. But I understand the decision of the race officer to limit the start to the top 50 riders as the Tramontane is really strong today".

General ranking:

1. Pierre Mortefon
2. Pascal Toselli
3. Bieuzy Mauffret
4. Julien Quentel
5. Anders Bringdal
6. Antoine Queste

Women ranking:

1. Valerie Ghibaudo
2. Lise Vidal
3. Olivia Piana

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