Antoine Albeau is one of the best windsurfers in the world. He has just broken two world speed records on the Rouet beach in La Palme, in Occitania.
À 48 years, Antoine Albeau holds 25 titles of windsurfing world champion, in slalom, Formula windsurfing, Overall, Freestyle, Super X and speed. He is also the holder of 10 French windsurfing championship titles. Antoine has also distinguished himself in long distance races such as the Défi Wind de Gruissan on three occasions. He set records for crossings. 6 hours 30 minutes were enough to connect Guadeloupe to Martinique. Crossing the Channel only required 5 hours 58 minutes. Antoine Albeau is a true living legend of windsurfing. And he continues to be talked about on the beaches and in the specialized press.
Two new records to his credit
Mid-July at La Palme, not far from Narbonne, under a strong tramontane, Antoine has once again pushed the limits. He set two new speed records during the event "Prince of speed". On July 17, he broke the record nautical mile in windsurfing with an average speed of 43 knots, or nearly 80 km / h. July 19 is for the nautical mile in windfoil that it has reached 30 knots, or nearly 57 km / h. A real feat for the almost fiftieth always in top form!
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A major role for the recognition of funboarding in France
Unlike Olympic windsurfing, funboarding is not an Olympic discipline. Antoine was therefore never able to shine at the Olympic Games, but the breathtaking prize list of the windsurfer from the Île de Ré, allowed the discipline to forge its way to a place of choice within the federation. Under his leadership, a national funboard team was set up in 2012. The title of "Sailor of the Year" obtained by Antoine in 2010 against sailors such as Franck Cammas and Armel Le Cléach, will certainly have played a major role in establishing the legitimacy of the funboard within the great family of sailing.
“I think that with this result, I further supported the image of funboarding within the federation […] I think that the sailing world saw that I was probably not bringing home a gold medal from the Olympics but world titles to France and that was taken into consideration this time. "
Featured image credit : Antoine Albeau, published with his kind permission