WWST 2011 / Ocean Spirit Festival 2011 / 3rd Report by Steve Farthing

Steve Farthing já em Portugal / 3º Report sobre o Mundial de Waveski

Steve Farthing in Super Tubos, Peniche, Portugal bt Melissa Hardy

Terceiro report de Steve Farthing para o kayaksurf.net. Já está em Portugal, andou por Peniche, já treina em Santa Cruz e faz-nos um relato pessoal sobre o poderoso team francês. Muito bom ;)

Third report from Steve Farthing! He's already in Portugal, went till Peniche, train a bit in Santa Cruz ans wrote for us hos view about the Freanch Team. Very good!


Ocean Spirit on my mind

Its day 3 and I’m still getting up early………JET LAG! Went down to Praia do Navio around 7:30am and no one was there, everyone sleeps in here also the mist had rolled in making it pretty hard to see the line up. Decided to venture up to Peniche, stopping at Lourinha for more coffee and tarts, might have to watch this Portugese habit. Super Tubos was glassy but flat, Baleal had waves but the wind was on it, so back to the comp site.

Praia do Navio was around 4ft, clean and peaky with heaps of power, I had lots of fun. With the talent coming to this event I think we’re going to see plenty of airtime.

So my thoughts on the French Team.

Firstly I think the absence of Mathieu Babarit, Caroline Angibaud and Lionel Angibaud opens up an opportunity for the young French riders attending the event. Renan LeLoutre has a history of success, as the current AWWP champion and 6th in the world, closely followed by Virgile Humbert , current world junior champion and French Open Champion. Both have a very good chance of taking out the Open Division.

Cyril Samson and Clement Guilbert also have a very strong aerial repertoire and can’t be underestimated. I’m not familiar with many of the other young riders, but I wouldn’t discount any of them bursting through the pack and making a name for themselves. On the Women’s side, in the absence of Caroline Angibaund, Coralie Jousset is one of the favourites to take out the title particularly after her earlier trip to Portugal with P10.

Anyway its time to try one of the local cerveja, maybe a "Sagres".

Until next time Ocean Spirit on my mind



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Thanks Steve!


Boas ondas,

luis pedro abreu

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