The Ion Downwind Xperience Waiting Period in On

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LA CIOTAT-HYERES, South of France - Beginning from·March 1st, the long wait is on for 10 top riders, all stand up paddle downwind addicts.


During the whole month of March, the « ION Downwind Xperience » crew based around Toulon is tracking down the ideal forecast that will launch the 1st extreme SUP adventure on the Mediterranean sea! The journey will be a 30 mile run from la Ciotat to Hyères, a long downwinder that will push the riders at the end of their efforts.


The expected forecast for this unique and intense mission is a strong NNW wind (Mistral) of about 40 mph over a rough sea ! March often see this kind of wind conditions according to the statistics, but who knows?


The 10 athletes involved on this great adventure (see list underneath) are coming from all over France and Europe. During this waiting period, they will all be very vigilant and ready to take off to Six Fours as soon as the organization warns them with the pre-alert 4 to 5 days before the D-day.


Stay tuned by having a look from time to time the Ion Downwind Xperience Facebook Page so you know what’s going on.


These paddlers are looking forward to the storm!



Olivia Piana (la Ciotat - Var)2012- Vice-Championne du monde “Stand Up World Series”- Championne de France de “Beach Race”- Vice-Championne de France de Longue Distance- Vainqueur de la Coupe de Monde “Stand Up World Series” à La Torche


Didier Leneil (Six Fours - Var)2012- 1° en “Beach Race” sur les “Championnats de France” à Crozon- 2° de sa catégorie sur la “Battle of the Paddle” en Californie - 1° au scratch SUP et 1° en 14’ sur le "Défi des Goémoniers" - 1° sur la “SUP Race St Maxime” PACA


Yohan Cornelis (Lannion - Côtes d’Armor)2012- 2° en “Beach Race” aux “Championnats de France” à Crozon- 27° sur la “Battle of the Paddle” en Californie- 2° sur l’épreuve “EuroSupa” à Namur- Sélectionné en Equipe de France pour les “Championnats du Monde” au Pérou en 2013


Greg Closier (Brest - Finistère)2012- 3° en “Beach Race” sur les “Championnats de France” à Crozon- Vice-Champion de France de “Downwind”- 2° en “Beach race” sur les “Stand Up World Series” à La Torche- 3° au classement fédéral en 12’6


Rico Leroy (Biarritz - Pyrénées Atlantiques)2012- Champion de France de la discipline OC4- 3° aux “Championnats de France” de la discipline OC1 - 2° français en 14' SUP Race2011- Vice-Champion du Monde ISA


Amaury Dormet (Morgat - Finistère)2012- 1° en équipe de 2 sur la “San Sebastian/Capbreton” (course la + longue au monde) en paddle board- 3° en 14' sur la “Presqu'île Paddle Race” - 3° sur les “Swell Beach Race Series” en Bretagne


Lulu Langlois (Bandol - Var)2012- 3° sur le “Oléron Paddle Challenge”- 4° du “Championnat PACA”- 9° aux “Championnats de France” de Longue Distance


Alex Gregoire (Hyères - Var)2011- “La Porquerollaise” : 65 km de raid en autonomie en 10h15 sur un 14' 2010- 3° aux “Championnats de France” de Longue Distance à Biarritz- Précurseur des rivières en SUP dans les Gorges du Verdon.


Would you ever get out in a storm like this for a downwinder on SUP?


Last modified onSunday, 25 January 2015 18:13

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