The Frenchman blazed his way to another hydrofoil world title, landing two moves for the first time in competition along the way
Reflecting exactly why hydrofoiling is taking off around the world – the riders were sending big tricks in as little as 14 knots at times.
This is the fun of foiling and throughout the afternoon it felt like at times we were back in 2006, with double and triple front rolls, huge board-offs and handle-passes, but now mixed with kite loops and more foil-specific moves, like ‘around the worlds’.
In 14 – 18 knots riders were able to fly 10 – 15 metres high without needing such super strong wind as needed on a twin-tip. Mixing LEI kites for the kite loops and foil kites for the big floaty airs, this competition had all the technical thrill of freestyle or kite-surf contests, but with a more relaxed, fun atmosphere given the rapid evolution that the discipline is currently experiencing, fuelled by the riders at this event.
As a relatively new discipline, the fleet was kept tight at 13 of the best riders in the world who would compete for this single event, winner-takes-all World Championship.