6 days at La Torche

The time runs quick! 6 days are over at the La Torche PWA Worldcup. During the first 6 days we saw a lot of swell breaking at the beach of Pors Carn next to the Pointe de la Torche. It’s my first time spending time in Brittany and it’s definitely worth to visit this place. Renting a little stone house around 12 km from the event site was definitely the right decision. It’s located in the middle of the green country side. No traffic, just a main building, a horse breeding and a nice green cultivated garden next to the little stone house. So relaxed. We bought fresh fish at a local market in Loctudy, one of our favourite places. The taste was delicious…

 

Chilling in front of the little house we rent.

Chilling in front of the little house we rent.

On the fourth day strong northwesterly wind kicked in the left bay and we followed the most radical wave competition of the 2014 season. The starboard tack conditions were challenging and the wind picked up over 30 knots. We saw crazy jumps in mast high waves. Wild double loops, massive Backloops and Pushloops and excellent wave riding. All top riders hit the lips quite vertical. The action happened quite close to the beach. Thousands of spectators stood on the rocks or on the beach next to the water watching their windsurfing heroes. Ricardo Campello won the single elimination. Congrats! Next time we will bring wave equipment. La Torche is definitely a great spot for wave sailing and surfing.

In the local creperie at La Torche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Having a coffee in the local creperie at La Torche in front of an old A.R.T. sail of Monty Spindler (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Not really sure how often the spot works for Slalom. It would have been possible to run Slalom eliminations two days ago, but it was definitely smart to give the wave discipline priority. Probably a lot of racing gear would have been destroyed by the huge white water walls and the strong current would have dragged the marks away from their origin spots.

 

Rigging in the green with a view to the event site and on the dunes (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Rigging in the green next to Ross Williams with a view to the event site and on the dunes (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

 

At the moment the wind is far too light from being suitable for any Slalom racing. The two biggest sail sizes, 8,6m and 9,0m are rigged and ready just next to the beach. I will race in heat 6 in the first elimination. Three days are left to start the Slalom competition. Looks like we are racing on the right hand side of the bay, if we will race. For the wavers the forecast doesn’t look so promising. They would need to sail 10 or 11 more heats to complete the double elimination.

Rigging for the first time at La Torche, the wind will kick in later (Pic: Kerstin Reiger).

Rigging for the first time at La Torche, the wind will kick in later, hopefully (Pic: Kerstin Reiger).

 

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Arrived well at La Torche and big Surf is up

The beach is beautiful and the scenery with over mast high breaking waves is just breathtaking. It’s so great to see breaking waves like on the first day here in Brittany. And Ricardo Campello had nuts and made it out  in just a few knots of wind. He was surfing the waves. Big respect.  I really hope we will see more wave action and get proper wind for a few races during the next 8 days. Most of the big names are here to compete in the 6th PWA Slalom tour stop of the 2014 season.

Here are a few shots from the trip to La Torche and the first day at the French land’s end with a lot of friendly people, tasty crepes and a really wild coast. Definitely like this area from the first day on!

 

Driving through the Champagne (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Driving through the Champagne on the way to La Torche  (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche, Marco Lang and  I at the opening Ceremony (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche, Marco Lang and I at the opening ceremony (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Huge waves at the right hand side of the Point of La Torche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Huge waves at the right hand side of the Point of La Torche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

At Penmarch (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

At Penmarch, checking the surf (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

A real Galette de saucisse, the local street food . Quite tasty! (Pic:Kerstin Reiger)

A real Galette de Saucisse, the local street food . A real revolution and quite tasty! (Pic:Kerstin Reiger)

Less space in the tiny gear tents, but better than nothing

Less space in the tiny gear tents, but better than nothing

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Off to new places

It’s time to leave Austria. It’s beautiful autumn weather here at the moment, but Finistere is calling. The rugged coast at the atlantic coast will welcome us with big swell and strong wind. We hopefully will see great wave action. Perhaps triple loop attempts. Robert Teriitheau is in the house! 64 riders will compete on the Slalom course with more than 40 % riders from France. Will we see a French winner or will Arnon score big again and climb up on top of the podium. I am really happy that I got a wild card again. This is my premiere in Brittany and it’s a great comeback of a place and a region on tour, which was a highlight venue in the past, in the 80ties and 90ties. Was not really sure to start the trip as my van made troubles. The local garage replaced a few tubes and thee battery. It should run smooth again.  Kerstin and I rent a sweet little stone house close to Le Point de la Torche. We are excited about to see something new and make new friends in Brittany. See you there! Everything is packed. We only have to drive 1800 km…

 

A rare selfie

A rare selfie

20 degrees during October, nice

20 degrees during October, nice

Beautiful autumn

Beautiful autumn

Beach park Weiden

Beach park Weiden

Boats and no wind

Boats and no wind

Lake view

Lake view

Silence in the autumn at Lake Neusiedl

Silence in the autumn at Lake Neusiedl

Racing in Austria, not windy enough (Pic: Zugsbratl/WSA

Racing in Austria, not windy enough (Pic: Zugsbratl/WSA)

Racing on Sylt, not easy (Pic_Carter/PWA)

Racing on Sylt, not easy (Pic_Carter/PWA)

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