LE DEFI WIND is the biggest windsurf event in the world at Gruissan Beach located in the south of France with 1200 windsurfers from all around the world who took part to the 40 kilometers long distance race. After the last two editions without wind, in this edition the famous "Tramontana" winds have delivered some great racing conditions.
Nicolas Warembourg fulfilled his dream powered up with RS:Racing EVOX 5,6 & 6,4 sails. He and Cecile Decourt win the Defi Wind 2018 after three long distance races. By Winning all of the races; Nicolas Warembourg became the boss ahead of all the 1200 windsurfers. Nicolas Godard and Kevin Grosjean completed the podium. Both riders won all races in their division. After the first day with one race, two days without wind followed.
On the final day, Sunday, May 13th, a strong black Tramontana wind with 35 to 40 knots+ kicked in at Gruissan Plage in South of France. The conditions were rough. Temperatures below 10° and stormy wind conditions made it a real challenge for everybody. Finally, after two years without ideal wind conditions, the wind machine of Gruissan delivered. In total 1133 riders registered for the 2018 event and 881 windsurfers made it in the final ranking.
Text and photos adapted from DEFI WIND.