Surf Satisfies Sailors As Winds Wane In The Sunshine

Monday April 21, 2003


The third day of the Mondial du Vent here in Leucate has still not brought

competition conditions to the patiently waiting competitors at La Franqui

beach. Thousands of spectators again flocked to the event and enjoyed warm

sunshine and a gentle breeze, which stopped just short of the required

wind strength.

The Mondial du Vent provides, not only an opportunity for fans to see

their favorite stars in action, but also a chance to check all the latest

gear from the big names in the sport. The trade show this year boasts

exhibits from all the major names, as well as having some of the top pros

to talk the public through all the latest design innovations.

Keeping a razor sharp edge on their skills is one of the hardest aspects

of a competition pro, and, after 1 - 2 days of relative inactivity the

pressure is obviously starting to mount. A few sailors did manage to take

to the water again, wallowing out and surfing the beach break back in. For

those without suitably large enough equipment, other means were necessary.

Holland's rubber man, Remko De Weerd (Gaastra, Fanatic), took to his

skateboard to help keep his phenomenal balance finely tuned, whilst

Fanatic team mate Rich Foster (Naish, Fanatic) was seen pounding the

streets with girlfriend Chrissie, in his running shoes, trying to stave of

the unavoidable effects of a week of partying.

Forecasts for the coming days do not predict any wind too early in the

morning so it is likely that the bars and restaurants will be packed until

late tonight.