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Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Travel, Windsurfing News | 0 comments

Défi Wind 2019

Over the years, the French event has gained an almost legendary status for itself. Because of its reputation, Défi Wind 2019 has gathered nearly 1200 entries to participate in the mass race extravaganza, joining windsurfers from far and wide.

Highlights from Défi Wind 2019, Gruissan: by surfertoday.com.

Despite the temperamental nature of the Tramontana wind, the 25 knots have provided enough of a push to allow over 900 contestants to make it to the finish line. When compared to the past editions, this is the highest number in the history of the race!

International community, French winners….

2019 Defi Wind: the organization was able to run two races | Photo: Souville
2019 Defi Wind: the organization was able to run two races
| Photo credit: www.surfertoday.com |

The competitive scene was dominated by French riders, with Nicolas Warembourg taking the victory, making his way through the titanic race spanning over 50 miles of Gruissan’s coast. Warembourg is a recurring champion of the race and was committed to bringing the trophy home again. As he reported in an interview for Surfer Today:

“I did it again! It was six months of preparation, training, sweat, and questioning in order to achieve this result,” 

Nicolas Warembourg about his victory in Défi Wind 2019.

The first place among women was taken by a long time favourite of the crowds, Delphine Cousin.

The winner from Gruissan, Delphine Cousin!
| @delphinecousinfra775 |

For Cousin, the race was just a warm up! Following the race, Delphine has big plans for the rest of the season:

 I will now rest after two months of competition, and then focus on the preparation of the rest of the season!”

Delphine Cousin about her plans for the rest of the season.

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who completed this years race! Because of all the contestant’s passion for the sport and the community spirit, Gruissan remains the spot to be on this special, annual event.

See you there next year!


For more information on the winners, highlights from the event, and more first person accounts, please visit https://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/french-riders-dominate-2019-defi-wind.
Interested in taking part in the next year’s edition? Visit https://www.windmag.com/defi-wind and check regularity for information on the 2020 edition!

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