Pointe de la Torche provided a spectacular amphitheater for today’s action as the Trials component of the 2014 La Torche Pro France got underway in beautiful conditions. Sunshine, waves and thousands of people lining the cliffs of the legendary Point here in the department of Finistere provided the backdrop for a full day of action on the water.
You can watch the highlights from today’s action by clicking here and stay tuned for the LIVE broadcast kicking off in the morning from 8am CET for the Main event of this all important final rankings event of the season at watermanleague.com
Yesterday saw a dramatic 20km ‘City Race’ take place up the River Odet from the coastal town of Ste Marine up to the beautiful town of Quimper.
With an international field of athletes in attendance, it was the French stars who came out on top, with the river paddling expert Gaeten Sene (Starboard) taking the win, ahead of the up and coming young Champion Arthur Arutkin (Fanatic) and local stand out Greg Closier.
The objective of the race was to take advantage of the magnificent and diverse region where we are holding the La Torche Pro France, but also to showcase the accessibility of the sport to all, with a short and long race coupled with demo opportunities in the City providing something for everyone.
You can check out the highlights from yesterday’s racing by clicking here.
A full field of international athletes stepped up to do battle today at Pointe de La Torche for the Trials component of the 2014 La Torche Pro France. With sunshine and beautiful conditions on tap that provided plenty of scoring potential, the creme de la creme of French athletes put on a solid showing today as the Top 8 earned their places in the Main event, to kick off at 8am tomorrow.
In the Finals, it was France’s Pierre Girardeau who stole the show, taking the Trials win, followed by Arthur Arutkin, making a double podium (Race and Surf) in 2nd, Israel’s Omri Hazor (Focus SUP) in 3rd and France’s Sebastien Maubourguet.
These 4 athletes, as well as Nicolas Walker, Arthur Daniel (F-One), Philippe Mesmeur and Alexandre Rouys from New Caledonia will advance onto the Main event, to kick off tomorrow morning at 8am CET.
So with the scene set for a dramatic finish to the 2014 season right here in NW France at the 2014 La Torche Pro, tension is mounting this evening as we prepare for what will be an epic day of action tomorrow for Round 1 and the Repechage of the Main event along with the Opening rounds of the Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge.