Port St. Louis ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix - Day 1

Port St. Louis, France - 04.04.2005 The first day of the ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix in the South of France saw great conditions for the more than 100 competitors. Race Director Bruno de Wannemaeker sent the amateur fleet out to their first qualification round at 14:00 in moderate conditions and wind with force 5-6 Bft. The winners of this round and thus qualified for the professionals race are: Nr. 98 Cedric Burel Nr. 56 Thierry Alibelli Nr. 113 Dennis Little Nr. 971 Gwenael Beasse Nr. 93 Wolfgang Verlaeckt

The professional's race started at 15:45 with the wind picking up to constant 25 knots on the course. With a topspeed of 33,794 Antoine Albeau of France took the victory over Ben van der Steen (NED) and Finian Maynard (BVI). Place Name Nr. Average Speed1 Speed2 1 Antoine Albeau 192 33,655 33,794 33,515 2 Ben v.d. Steen 57 32,423 32,747 32,098 3 Finian Maynard 1 32,334 32,528 32,140 4 Dave MacInnes 67 32,184 32,397 31,971 5 Bieuzy Mauffret 112 32,141 32,311 31,971 6 Bjorn Dunkerbeck 11 31,722 31,929 31,515 7 Martin v. Meurs 62 31,314 31,556 31,072 8 Fabian Pendle 83 31,313 31,515 31,111 9 B. Moussilmani 721 31,296 31,638 30,953 10 Pascal Toselli 916 31,252 31,272 31,231

The weather forecast for the next days seems to give the competitors a little break. For mid of the week there is strong mistral wind forecasted that might give the event the chance to break some records.