This fall was a busy time for Saint Barth’s young wind surfing star, Antoine Questel, who continues to compete on an international basis.
On September 30, he took part in the long-distance race at Six Fours in the South of France. “There were 67 people in this race, which for me was good training for the world championships,” says Questel. “I ended in fourth place at the end of the four races.”
Next stop was the slalom world championships in Hyères (France), October 2-7. “I arrived in Hyères with the Funboard Team of Pôle France, and we stayed at the Hôtel du Casino des Palmiers, where we were invited by the Groupe Partouche,” Questel explains.
The first day of racing, the wind was very light and it was late in the afternoon when the committee decided to start the race. At the end of the day, only qualification matches for the finals were held, with the competitors divided into two groups. A fourth place in the qualifications earned Questel a place in the top group.
On the second day of racing, Questel finished in ninth place. “The committee then held another qualifying race for the finals, and I came in 12th,” says Questel. His overall rating at this point was 6th place.
On the third day, things got underway early in the morning to try and make the best of the wind conditions. After two additional races that day, Questel was in 9th place.
Day four, in one of the final races, Questel was in 6th place, but found himself disqualified for an action considered a bit too aggressive by the judges. “This incident moved me down to 13th place,” he says. The last day of racing was cancelled for lack of wind, so Questel was 13th in the overall standings.
“For my first slalom world championship, I am more or less satisfied with the results,” notes Questel. “My performance allows me to be on this list of senior races for the French Ministry of Sports in 2009!”
Next up on his agenda were the France Funboard championships in Wimereux, then two weeks of training with the team, before heading to Brazil for the world championship Formula Windsurfing in Fortaleza.
Special thanks to: Tabou, Gaastra, Sooruz, The Island of Saint-Barthélemy, Eden Rock Hotel, AGF St Barth Insurance, Partouche, Julbo, Overstims, and all those who encourage and support Questel.
For additional information: www.antoinequestel.com