Friday, May 30, 2014

Defi Wind 2014

Just a short post about Defi Wind in Gruisan.  I posted about this race last year - a drag race 20km in one direction, round a bouy and 20km back to the start.  One thousand racers participate and it must be one fantastic experience for those lucky enough to participate.  They had the first race yesterday and it was won by Nicholas Warembourg.  Nicholas is the guy behind those fancy fins I told you about a while ago.
The same guys seem to fill the top ten positions every year.  Clearly they know how to do this thing (as well as being peerless sailors of course)

The always slightly kamikaze start to this race.  

Windsurfing manufacturers often take the opportunity to showcase upcoming models at this event.  A good plan - where else can you get 1000 eager participants (and their followers) in your sport in one place.  Only at Defi Wind!

This is the upcoming Naish Noa - a camless race sail in sizes 5.8, 6.4, 7.0 and 7.8

North have done a really intelligent thing in my opinion with the development of their new S-type SL sail.  This is a combination of (and replacement for) their current Ram and S Type models.  They seem to have combined the best of both models creating a soft, fast sail with one removable cam for added ease. Right up my street!  Sizes will be 6.0, 6.6, 7.3, 7.8, 8.3, 8.8.

Sorry about the poor picture but this is all I can find right now.

OK that's all for now.  Talk to you soon


  1. Wow naish are bringing back the Noa! I had the Naish Noa 3 6.5 back around 2000 and loved it. Very powerful for it's size.

  2. I remember. Most old windsurfers have owned a Naish sail or two.

    Early Naish sails all had tribal sounding names (Noa, Koa, Nalu etc) and then they upgraded their labeling to evoke a more a more hi-tech feel. We were presented with labels like Stealth, GT, Bullet and Indy.

    What do we see now? A return to tribal themes!! What is going on?

    I must say, I preferred the tribal names so we'll see how they make out going forward