Archive for April, 2012

Antoine takes it all

Photo credit: mondial du vent

80 kiters on the starting line for the Orange Speed Crossing Pro Am but Antoine Albeau remains the man to beat. He takes all four heats in front of Bordes, Bringdal and Douglas.
More tomorrow…



Orange Speed Crossing Pro award ceremony

Congratulations to Rob and Charlotte for winning the Orange Speed Crossing Pro!

Rob was untouchable on the runs and won 3 out of four heats. He broke the 1998 Leucate speed record of 42.25 knots held by the windsurfer Jose Bahadour from Guadeloupe with 43.32 knots.

Rob Douglas, winner of the OSC Pro, in front of Anders Bringdal and Antoine Albeau (photo credit Jef Valet kite

Charlotte Consorti, winner of the OSC Pro, in front of Sophie Routaboul (photo credit Jeff Valet kite

Charlotte Consorti and Sophie Routaboul were the only two women competing in the OSC pro.
Charlotte took the lead from the start and won all 4 heats.

They will all be competing this weekend in the Orange Speed Crossing Pro AM in Leucate.

As for Seb, it looks like his race boards got misplaced and didn’t make it on time to Leucate. He (scored?) a downwind race board from Xelerator to competed with an ankle injury on the fourth day and was the first kiter to cross the finish line.

See the results here:

Orange Speed Crossing 4th Heat

Four innings were validated on the Orange Speed Crossing and Rob Douglas remains untouchable. Yet, behind him, windsurfers multiply the runs but that’s not good enough. The American is still the fastest. The day had started well for windsurfers.

From the start, the wind angle is most favorable to the windsurfers and they score the first 6 spots. After an hour into the heat, Antoine Albeau displays a nice 33.5 knots on the clock. Rob Douglas with 29 knots is the first kiter to cross the finish line.

Rob and Antoine (Photo credit Mondial du vent)

The kiters were able to make a come back as the wind turned and got stronger for about 20 min.

Sylvain Hoceini links run after run smoothly close behind Antoine. Rob Douglas finally cuts short any suspense by burying the competition with a remarkable time of 39.5 knots.

The breach is open and the two Douglas brothers waste no time diving in and taking the second and third places. This Round is the most disputed, the wind is changing, forcing the organizers to add an additional fifteen minutes. Rob Douglas, still in the lead continues to smoke the run. Sylvain Hoceini disturbs the ranking as he sneaks by Jamie Douglas to take the second place. Anders Bringdal ranks second overall.

The Tramontane wind was particularly erratic in the afternoon! The organizers attempted to initiate a fifth inning, but the wind was changing so much in strength and direction that it was impossible to confirm anything!

Kiters finish well in front of windsurfers:

1 Rob Douglas

2 Sylvain Hoceini

3 Jaime Douglas

4 Antoine Albeau (1er windsurf)

OSC overall results after 4 innings (57 participants):

1 Rob Douglas

2 Anders Bringdal

3 Antoine Albeau

5 Jaime Douglas

9 Morgan Douglas

10 Christophe Pringuenon

16 Sylvain Hoceini

17 Philippe Planas

20 Alex Caizergues

24 Benjamin Petit

25 Geoffrey Mascarel

26 Jean Yves Terrien

28 Bruno Dandine

29 Jochen Bock

30 Wolfran Reiners

31 Manu Taub

34 Chris Harduin

35 Jean Charles Paupardin

36 Jernej Privsek

37 Florent Gautier

38 Renaud Romain

40 Maxime Richard

41 Emmanuel Mogicato

42 Bill Lynch

44 Anthony Chaffron

45 Julien Taub

46 Sebastien Cattelan

47 Brock Collen

48 Sylvain Moret

Orange Speed Crossing Pro: Interim Results

Here are the interim results after the first 3 races of the OSC.

Long Distance

Overall standings after 3 races – Men

Overall standings after 3 races – women

Vas y Sophie!!!  **** the team is cheering you on ****




Could Seb be back in the race?

On Tuesday, the organizer of the Mondial decided to make use of the light 20.25 knots of south east wind and put on the “Funny Race”.  The Long Distance Race is an 8 km and back to the start.  From the start, the windsurfers took the lead with Antoine Albeau and Cédric Bordes.  The strong south east choppy conditions are not favorable to kite surfers.

Antoine Albeau crosses the finish line first leaving a gap between him, Ross Williams and Cédric Bordes

SEB CATTELAN  with the Genetrix Origin and Xelerator board (photo Tisag)

Sébastien Cattelan takes the lead and is the first kitesurfer to cross the finish line in front of Rob Douglass and Sylvain Hoceini.  He was riding a 12m Genetrix and the Xelerator 198×40 board.

Until now, Seb had not been able to compete due to his missing boards.    We are glad to see him back in despite an injury to his ankle.

You can find out more re the board he is using here:

The strong Tramontane is announced again for tomorrow with a skipper’s meet at 8:00 am.

Alex Caizergues et Geoffrey Mascarel are out!

During the second heat, two of the top kite surfers got injured.  Alex Caizergues injured his right knee and Geoffrey Mascarel his wrist!  Rob Douglas is the only kitesurfer left facing the top windsurfers.

For now, no news re Seb Cattelan …


Orange Speed Crossing 3rd Heat

Today, the best times had been recorded in the early part of the day due to a declining Tramontane as the day wore on. 4 windsurfers finished in the top five but Rob took the lead again with the fastest time over 42 knots. In the absence of Alex Caizergues it was Geoffrey Mascarell who was the second kiter to finish.

Orange Speed Crossing 2nd Heat

Rob Douglas (42.5) winner of the second heat of the Orange Speed Crossing in front of Antoine Albeau (41.5)

We are sorry to hear that Sebastian Cattelan wasn’t able to take part in the last 2 races. “My racing gear is somewhere on an airport carousel between Maui airport and South Africa. I was able to borrow some equipment left and right, but it is not easy without my personal settings. Plus I’m cold, so for now I stay on the beach (smile).”

Alex Caizergues also had no chance today. He fell hard in the second inning and had to be evacuated by firefighters, having apparently suffered a knee sprain. He was in fourth place in this heat! This might compromise his season.

Charlotte Consorti consistently finished in the first half every time at the scratch, leaving behind about thirty men!

Anders Bringdal, who won the first round is 7th in this second round and falls back overall.

Heat 2 results:

1 Rob Douglas Kite

2 Antoine Albeau Wind

3 Cedric Bordes Wind

4 Alex Caizergues Kite

5 Geoffrey Kite Mascarell

Le mondial du vent 2012

Leucate, France will host the Mondial du Vent from April 7th to 15th 2012. The worldwide event was created in 1996. 16 years later, Leucate is still the first kitesurf and windsurf meeting in France and one of the most important international events in these disciplines.

see more here:


For the fourth consecutive year, the Mondial du Vent et Orange have organized the Orange Speed Crossing in Leucate from 7 to 15 April for the 16th edition of the Mondial du Vent. A unique opportunity to watch the world’s best athletes of kiteboarding and windsurfing go head to head on speed runs.

A total of 30 professional athletes including kitesurfer Rob Douglas (world speed record holder), Alexandre Caizergues (3 times world speed holder),  Sebastien Cattelan (50 and 55 knot recordbreaker) and windsurfers Antoine Albeau (speed and slalom windsurfer world champion)  and Anders Bringdal, will participate in this unique event. Charlotte Consorti and Sophie Routaboul will also compete to see who is the fastest woman on the water.

In 2011, kitesurfers proved to be fastest. Will the windsurfers take the speed record back this year?

As of now, here is the list of the riders in the Orange Speed Crossing.
10 riders will compete using Genetrix kites
Kitesurf Windsurf
1- Anthony CHAFFRON France
2- Wolfram REINERS Allemagne
3- Alex CAIZERGUES France
4- Rob DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
5- Geoffrey MASCAREL France
6- Jamie DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
7- Morgan DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
8- Manu TAUB France
9- Damien LEROY France
10- Brock CALLEN Etats-Unis
11- Sébastien CATTELAN France
12- Chris HARDUIN France
13- Christophe PRIN-GUENON France
14- Jean-Charles PAUPARDIN France
15- Maxime RICHARD France
16- Bill LYNCH Etats-Unis
17- Sylvain HOCEINI France
18- Florent GAUTIER France
19- Romain RENAUD France
20- Emmanuel MOGICATO France
21- Sylvain MORET France
22- Charlotte CONSORTI France
23- Sophie ROUTABOUL France
24- Julien TAUB France
25- Jean-Yves TERRIEN France
26- Bruno DANDINE France
27- Jernej PRIVSEK Slovénie
1- Thomas GAUDIOT France
3- Gauthier BOURGEOIS France
4- Antoine ALBEAU France
5- Cyril MOUSSILMANI France
6- Benoit MOUSSILMANI France
7- Sylvain MOUSSILMANI France
8- Anders BRINGDAL Suède
9- Olivier BERNARD France
10- Cédric BORDES France
11- Andrea BALDINI Italie
12- Christophe RICHAUD France
13- Xavier JOLY France
14- Pascal BOULANGER France
15- Cyril MICHEL France
16- Christophe FIORENTINI France
17- Gilles PAREDES France
18- Valérie GHIBAUDO France
19- Karin YAGGI Suisse
20- Romain DONADA France
21- Alain MONTAUZOU France
22- Damien NICO France
23- Jacques VAN DER HOUT Pays-Bas