It may seem surprising for a small island like Saint Barth to have a world championship windsurfer among its local athletes, but when it comes to Antoine Questel there is nothing surprising about his continued success. He is a very determined young man who, at the age of 25, took his first big win on the international circuit by placing third in the world slalom championships, which were held June 8-12 in Texel, Holland. Then on June 21, he was the first place winner in an event held in Quiberon, France.
"This was a great way to start the season on a national level,” says Questel about the slalom event. “I confirmed my progress with this first appearance on an international podium at the senior level. The change of affiliation–to Loft Mistral—combined with rigorous preparation has really paid off.”
Over two days of racing, Questel’s results varied but were strong enough to earn him the third place win. “My choice of equipment proved to be good, with Loft Sails Blade and Mistral boards. I am happy with my results, offering a world-class podium to my sponsors and to my island of Saint Barth.”
His other sponsors, besides Loft Sails and Mistral, include Sooruz, Jimmy Buffet, The Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy, and Hotel Eden Rock.
Less than two weeks later, Questel won the “Raid des Mégalithes,” in the Bay of Quiberon, France, before heading home to Saint Barth for a two-week break, then heading back to France for the second half of the season. And more intense training for our young champion!
Ellen Lampert-Greaux lives in Saint Barthélemy, where she is editor-in- chief of Harbour Magazine, and has been a regular contributor to All At Sea since 2000