August 4 2020
Nearly forty world champion title holders will be present: THE event of the year!
A very high level line-up, with around forty world champion titles holders present, should be gathered on the weekend of the Grand Pavois La Rochelle, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October. All the best in France in windfoil will be present on the La Plage area to celebrate a return to competition after 8 months of abstinence!
Among the participants expected in La Rochelle, Antoine Albeau, (25 times world champion, most successful French sportsman), who has just won the nautical mile record (1852 meters) with an average of 43.04 knots (or 80km/hour in Windsurfing), and established the best performance in the world over the same distance in Windfoil with an average of 30.76 knots!
He is also the world speed record holder in Windsurfing with 53.27 knots (or 98.66 km/h). A performance that he wants to improve soon, and he is whispering that Antoine will exceptionally present, at the Grand Pavois La Rochelle, the speed equipment designed for this purpose. To be continued...
The organisers are also expecting the participation of his playmate, Julien Bontemps, who was present last year, Olympic medallist in Beijing and now Foil specialist.
The National Windfoil 2020 should see many young windsurfing athletes from the French poles of La Rochelle, Brest and Marseille currently on an IQ Foil course in Marseille. For information and reminder: IQfoil has become the Olympic support for Paris 2024.
La Rochelle being the homeland of Charline Picon (gold medalist in Rio at the last Olympiad and selected for Japan 2021), there is no doubt that she should be there. Thomas Goyard, a windsurfer who will represent France at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and just graduated from EIGSI (La Rochelle engineering school), should also be there, along with his brother Nicolas.
Note that this competition is organized with the Cercle Nautique d'Angoulins and the Grand Pavois La Rochelle, it is open to Wind Foil riders who have a FFVoile licence.