After the organizers of the European Freestyle Expression pulled out an amazing first EFPT stage in 2012, the tour is now returning to the beaches of the South of France with a lot of big names in the fleet and even more action (if that is possible at all).
The EFE (former European Funboard Expression) has been growing year by year by pushing freestyle windsurfing on a new level. Organised with a lot of dedication, last year's event saw a perfect freestyle show with wind over 40 knots, an amazing supporting program and a high number of international competitors.
In order to make this contest even more accessible for both riders and spectators the organisation team around Fred and Natach Bosson decided set everything up at the renowned and famous shores of 'Brutal Beach'.
The legend of this spot goes far back to 1986 when an epic worldcup took place and big names like Robby Naish and Björn Dunkerbeck were battling it out in the rough conditions that the strong Mistral wind delivered. Naish himself is still being cited by the locals when they tell the story of 'their' beach to curious strangers. Arriving in Six Fours les Plages the Hawaiian looked out onto the water at the rough conditions and stated: 'Wow! It's brutal!'
With a new spot and a new set-up the riders have been asked what they think about the new venue and after having quite a few big names in the fleet, here are some statements
Brutal beach in South France
Tom Hartmann (EFPT race director)
'After a great EFPT event last year in Six-Fours, we can’t wait for the 2013 tour stop at the end of October. This time the competition will take place at the famous 'Brutal Beach', which provides a great setup for the event. The spot has good sailing conditions and an improved infrastructure that makes it more convenient for spectators to watch the freestyle show.'
Dieter Van Der Eyken (Netherlands – EFE 2012 winner, actually world ranked fourth)
'I will join the EFPT at Six Fours again this year to defend my first place from last year. I have never sailed Brutal beach before, but it looks more wavy than le Brusc. For spectators, it will be much better as more people pass there but I think the sailing will be harder which will give us more air moves on the way out! It definitley will be different compared to last year!'
Antony Ruenes (France - world ranked fifth and best French)
'The fact that it's going to be organized at 'Brutal Beach' this year will bring more people to come and watch the show. As the spot is more wavy than Le Brusc, it will spice up the contest, which is cool! Every year, it looks like the EFE is growing bigger.'
Adrien Bosson (France - world ranked 13th and second French)
'Following the success of previous editions organized in Le Brusc, the fact that the event now takes place at 'Brutal Beach' is a very good thing for visibility, access, parties and especially the action! I do not often sail at this spot, I know it is not easy and that there are more waves than in Le Brusc, so you can be sure the maneuvres will reach another level with more height this year!'
We are looking forward to a spectacular event. To get into the mood you can watch the teaser for the 2013 edition of the EFE here: