The Prince of Speed - ISWC World Speed Championship ended on Sunday 30th April in La Palme, near Leucate, France, in beautiful conditions. 50 riders took part in this competition, which saw the presence of some of the world's speed legends and PWA professionals. The competition was particularly intense on the final day, with heats of 45 to 60 minutes on 500m runs, with the average of the 2 best times on the run determining the ranking of the heat.
After the technical conditions at the start of the competition, then 5 long days of waiting, a Tramontane between 25 and 30 knots, with gusts up to 35 knots, finally arrived on Sunday 30th April for the final day of the competition. The competitors gathered at 8am for the briefing, with the presence of one competitor who was absent at the start of the event, Björn Dunkerbeck. After 5 hours of racing, often at a fast pace for those who sail both fin and foil, with sometimes only a ten minute break between races, the winners of this 2023 edition are finally crowned.
Antoine Albeau, the speed record holder in windsurfing, wins the 26th world title of his career in fin, with the best run of the week of 45.08 knots over 500 metres. Vincent Valkenaers and Matteo Iachino finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. William Huppert won his first foil world title with a speed of 35.86 knots ahead of Amado Vrieswijk (36.02 knots), winner of 2 of the 4 validated races, and Pierre Mortefon (34.95 knots). In the women's category, Heidi Ulrich of Switzerland, the reigning record holder, gave her opponents no chance and became world champion ahead of Melek Toraman and Blanca Alabau. Note the great performance of the same Alabau in foil with a run of 31.06 knots. In the junior category, Lucas Pierboni won the title ahead of Lohan Jules and Cyril Evrard. The Italian Anna Biagiolini won the youth category.
Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of Principe Baldini and his team, this first edition of the Prince of Speed - ISWC ends with a beautiful final day of racing, and the eyes are already on the 2024 edition.
Source : Prince of Speed - ISWC
Photos : Aurélien Toulan