Monday, 10 June 2013

Great minds inventing new toys

The sound track is in French, but you'll be able to enjoy the vision of these inventors. Put you boardshorts on, and let's go:

Great new watertoys!!!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Robby Naish turns 50

The champion that inspired me to start windsurfing back in 1977 turns 50, 2 months after I just did. Still an inspiration today as to how living successfully. Happy birthday to you, legend!


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Philip Koster, 2012 Wave World Champion PWA

Philip Koster won the first 2 events of the season, in July (Pozo and Tenerife).

The super-final of the KIA Cold Hawaii in Klitmoller PWA, the third event of the season,  is set to be sailed tomorrow. But in any case, having secured at least a second place in this event, if he loses to Thomas Traversa tomorrow, Philip Koster has already done enough to win a second world title, after the first he won last year.

And he is only 18! And he is perfectly capable to win the event tomorrow to celebrate his second title in style (his last defeat was... 2 years ago).

Congratulations to the Champion.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Short trip to Biarritz

I was lucky to be invited by some friends with a house near Biarritz, in August. I had a window of 3 days, so I loaded my SUP Gong Shake 7'4" and off I went. It was my first "true" experience of "real" ocean surfing, with much more powerful swells and clean faces than what I usually enjoy at my home spot in the Mediterranee. The Gong Shake 7'4" proved to be a fantastic toy to surf on those waves. I shot a quick on-board video with my GoPro:

I hope I can go back real soon!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Rescue tip

Please watch this short video, on how to "load" an unconscious surfer on top of your board. It isn't done the way you might have thought, so it's good to watch and have it in mind (better still: practice it next time you are at the beach, with a friend):

Thursday, 8 December 2011

the "other" flyingfrenchman

It turns out there is another flyingfrenchman out there, who enjoys surfing and related sports too. Please note that the "other" is in one word, while I spell my nickname like this: flying-frenchman

Although he can't possibly as good, as nice andas handsome as me, if he picked up such a nickname he has to be a nice person, so it is with great pleasure that I post this link to his site. Best wishes of success in business:

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Philip Koster, 2011 PWA Wave World Champion

A meteoric climb to the top of the world for this young and extremely talented windsurfer, congrats!

Tough luck for the rest of the world, Philip may stay on top for a long long time.

The event news, from PWA:[tt_news]=2147&tx_ttnews[backPid]=29&cHash=73aaa0834b

A video where the new champ' displays his talent:

Friday, 29 July 2011

Laird Hamilton's SUP board with PUMA

Laird Hamilton will be a crew member of the PUMA Volvo Ocean Race 70 foot boat. Laird extended his partnership with PUMA to include a special line of SUP boards. These limited edition boards, hand made in the USA, will be available at a PUMA store near you.

Click here for photo

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Get ready for lift off

My friend Casey Hauser jointly with the team, with the support of Red Bull, selected a group of 16 windsurfers, for a new form of event in Gran Canaria on June 24th. This is a jumping contest, where participants carried a very special kind of GPS to record and broadcast live the very details of their jump (flight would be a more appropriate word).

3 categories:
- highest jump
- best trick
- biggest wipe-out (ouch...)

A video summary of the event:

More info here:

Friday, 27 May 2011