Camargue world speed championships blog.

.... for geezers who like to go way too fast!
gazxtreme
Posts: 1072
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:38 pm
Location: Cumbria
Contact:

Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:10 am

After 5 or so hours of sleep in the north of France after a couple of hours drive off the ferry we Freshened up and set off on the long drive to Camargure in the south. Roads were pretty empty most of the day and the toll roads were in top condition. Every 8 miles or so there are Aires which are resting spots with toilets and picnic tables and free overnight staying which is encouraged rather than banned as in the UK.
3 fill ups, 4 toll roads, a small river ferry and almost 11 hours later we arrived at Salin De Giraud where most of the other riders were. After registration we met up with some legends from the speed sailing scene including Rob Douglas current world record holder and his trainer/nutritionist Mike, the USA team looked like an Olympic squad rather than a few kiters. We chatted to many of the other riders including Alex Caizerguies ex world record holder and event organiser and people from all over Europe and the world. The temperature here is pretty gruesome for a Brit, it’s roasting and hard to sleep but I reckon I’ll get used to it. Mosquitos started chomping just before dark so I made back to the van for the night.
Many thanks to Tony at kiteboarder.co.uk, Sarge at kiteboardingUK.com, Core kites, the BKSA and Boughton Estates for support.
gazxtreme
Posts: 1072
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:38 pm
Location: Cumbria
Contact:

Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:16 am

DAY 2.
Long meeting and briefing today followed by packed lunch at the event location. Max depth of the course is 50cm but it has a lot of water downwind to fall into at least.
Due to light wind forecast most riders drove 5 miles to the coast to spend the day free riding in about 12-16 knots of wind. The beach seemed like 15 miles away due to the rough roads and occasional massive rock entrances that are just enough to get Daves van through with a couple of inches each side. We spent the day with Jochen Bock, Jessica and her caddy Richard who is an inspiration 63 year old who is as fit as a butchers dog and rides like a possessed teenager.
Event will... happen in wind 20 knots plus but the long range forecast is not good. When we get the 20+ there must be 25% of the fleet get 3 runs at over 30 knots to be a valid speed event, gonna be hard work with the forecast. Still struggling with picture upload, Flickr has changed.
We sat down to the 7.30 evening meal at 9.00 after aperitifs outside, great traditional meal of chunks stewed beef and rice followed by mini cheesecakes, chocolate mouse and expresso. I even had a glass of wine, probably my 3rd alcoholic drink this year. Drinking and bigger kites, Dave reckons he’ll make a speed rider of me yet.
User avatar
chipmunk
Posts: 2065
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: I have been sober for 24 hours. errr sorry.. wrong forum

Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:04 am

Thanks for the report :wink:
http://www.xcweather.co.uk/FR/observations" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
User avatar
chipmunk
Posts: 2065
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: I have been sober for 24 hours. errr sorry.. wrong forum

Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:56 pm

https://www.facebook.com/mike.pacey.73# ... powell.961" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
gazxtreme
Posts: 1072
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:38 pm
Location: Cumbria
Contact:

Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:44 pm

Not a lot been happening worth reporting. Yesterday after a 160 mile drive started the night before a few of us did get out neer Lecuate on an offshore location which kind of goes against your instincts but I decided to work on my 500m, paid off with a max 500m of just over 32 knots and a max of just over 34 knots peak so it shows I was using every bit of wind available. Still having trouble with photos but posting the odd one on the facebook page posted by chipmunk.
Spent the day at the beach in light winds again, bad drive on an 8 mile dirt track but better than sitting in town waiting. Took Davos course board out for my second try today due to not bringing my twin tip, I might just think about getting one.
It's looking like we may start the speed event on Thursday then some good wind forecast for weekend although the event ends on Sunday.
User avatar
chipmunk
Posts: 2065
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: I have been sober for 24 hours. errr sorry.. wrong forum

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:03 pm

http://www.gps-kitesurfing.com/?mnu=use ... 44&uid=198" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
davo
Team/Shop Rider
Posts: 1311
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:39 pm
Location: Cleethorpes

Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:52 pm

Well we finally got to race the strip but the wind was very light and not enough made the required speeds to count as a round. But Gary was going well on his 11m core kite getting up to 12th place, I had a bad day at the office with the wrong size kite and could only get to 20th which is a little dissapointing but we have some wind early doors with the shuttle to the spot starting at 5.30 in the morning.
lets pray for more wind.
User avatar
chipmunk
Posts: 2065
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: I have been sober for 24 hours. errr sorry.. wrong forum

Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:06 pm

Well-done Gaz :wink: Time too man up Davo :shock:
Image
davo
Team/Shop Rider
Posts: 1311
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:39 pm
Location: Cleethorpes

Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:20 pm

chipmunk wrote:Well-done Gaz :wink: Time too man up Davo :shock:
Image
I manned up :wink:
Image
User avatar
chipmunk
Posts: 2065
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: I have been sober for 24 hours. errr sorry.. wrong forum

Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:55 pm

2 legs Davo :shock: Well-done Guy's
Image
Image
davo
Team/Shop Rider
Posts: 1311
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:39 pm
Location: Cleethorpes

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:43 am

Image
User avatar
chipmunk
Posts: 2065
Joined: Sat Mar 26, 2005 4:24 pm
Location: I have been sober for 24 hours. errr sorry.. wrong forum

Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:43 pm

Brilliant shot Davo :wink:
Image
Top photo Gaz :wink:looks like a speed star now :wink:
davo
Team/Shop Rider
Posts: 1311
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:39 pm
Location: Cleethorpes

Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:18 pm

Sunrise over the speed strip
Image

its a tight squeeze getting to the beach
Image

Pumping up at sunrise isnt nice
Image

Flamingos in the next pond
Image

Then speed strip
Image

Gary changed alot over the week
Image

And finally a massive thank you to the people that helped make the trip possible
Image
gazxtreme
Posts: 1072
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:38 pm
Location: Cumbria
Contact:

Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:23 am

Full set of official event photos can be found here http://www.odyance.com/CKWC2012/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
gazxtreme
Posts: 1072
Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:38 pm
Location: Cumbria
Contact:

Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:02 pm

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/46380195" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/46380195">The Camargue Kitespeed World Championship 2012</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2736209">Odyance</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
Post Reply