The OFC is such a unique event because it's one of the very rare contests where you find a great panel of extreme sports on both water and concrete. Thus you can see Skateboarding with a stop from the world cup circuit, BMX, Kitesurfing and Windsurfing. Thanks to the set up of Prado Beach ? Marseille, you have a perfect flat water spot with side shore wind behind a seawall and a well-know bowl which brought again this year the top skaters of the world.
For Kitesurfing and Windsurfing, the format is different to a normal competition and the focus here is way more on enjoying the ride, sharing good vibes and throwing an awesome show. So the ambiance is really nice, friendly and mellow. The judging format was windsurfers judged kitesurfers and vice-versa.
The event started really good on the evening of June 21st with a big music festival which celebrates the longest day of the year. There was a massive concert on the beach with famous DJs and some 10 thousands people pumping it up. It was all time! The second day, we had a bit of a light session but just enough to try the slider and kicker which were meant to be for windsurfers so the kicker was really steep but still good fun. The day after was filled with a lot of action as a solid 20-25 knots blew all day long. The beach was packed of people. We could jump really close to the beach and everyone was cheering big time! The music and speaker were firing it up and people were so stocked to watch kiteboarding bring to them in such a high level. We had a super final including Youri, Seb and I, and the three of us really enjoyed it! On the weekend even though the wind has gone it was still lots of activities to be done. We had a really nice SUP race through Marseille bay, half an hour of full on paddling was a big work out! Then, we checked out the skydivers coming in from the sky, the skateboarding finals and obviously celebrated big time on Saturday night on the beach with the Music Sunset Festival in our ears.
1 ? Youri Zoon
2 ? Seb Garat
3 ? Flo Daubos
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