AN EPIC EVENT
There is no event quite like the Defi Wind. This year, the challenge was back on for nearly 1300 windsurfers at Gruissan, France.
One of the biggest reunions in the history of windsurfing just happened in the month of May. After years of no large scale windsurfing events, the 2022 edition of the Defi Wind hit the nail on the head. Nearly 1300 windsurfers had signed up to participate in the race, and many more joined, just to enjoy the atmosphere and reconnect with friends from around the world.
Gruissan delivered the near-perfect wind forest we all associate with the iconic Defi Wind.
Across the four event days, we saw the breathtaking scenes of the enormous rabbit start, as well as, nervewracking racing action. Anywhere along the ten kilometer long stretch, that had to be covered four times, there were action and battles to be found. Whether you’ve had this experience before or not, the experience is equally thrilling; an absolute must for any windsurfer in the world to experience.
This year, all participants and visitors of the Defi Wind were able to check out the latest Severne gear and get a preview of what is to come in 2023. Furthermore, nearly the full Severne team was present. During all event dates, the Severne booth was the centre of activity for visitors wanting to meet the likes of Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Philip Köster, Matteo Iachino, and more.
The keen visitors were also able to see a presentation on the current and upcoming technologies, as well as, the latest board development projects by the Severne brand. Those who stuck it out until the end of the presentation also got a chance to get hold of the official Severne X Defi Wind t-shirt, and a Severne stubby holder.
Ultimately, after four days of hardcore competition with multiple races completed on the 40km long course daily, it was Delphine Cousin who took this year’s title in the women’s fleet while Nicolas Goyard won the men’s fleet.
The final results were the following;
1st Niclas Goyard
2nd Antoine Albeau
3rd Antoine Questel
1st Delphine Cousin
2nd Justine Lemeteyer
3rd Marion Mortefon
After a very successful event, the expectations are high for the 2023 version of the Defi Wind where the Severne brand also will be present to meet windsurfers from all across the world.
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