SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam
The second day of the SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, presented by Greentech Festival, proved to be another lay day with winds remaining extremely light throughout.
After two quiet days, Sunday has some potential with moderate to fresh winds predicted, which could see all fleets involved depending how the day plays out!
Reigning Slalom World Champion - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) comes into the event in second place in the world rankings: “I can’t wait to be on the water. It’s going to be a tricky week as there are 3 disciplines at this event. Us racers already had an event this year, so we probably don’t have the priority this week. A few of the French team has been training here last week and I know it can be a special spot. It’s very different from the spot in Israel as Le Jäi becomes very choppy, very quickly. It makes gybing tricky, even on the foil, so I’m sure we could see some surprises.
For sure the world title is on the line, but it’s also a bit different with just having one event prior to this - and the discipline has changed a bit with foil and fin combining. Let’s see how it works, but I’m ready!”
Multiple-time World Champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui): “The forecast might not be the best at the moment, but I’m happy to have the final in France. I think even with the light forecast we should see some Slalom/Foil action in the week. I’m currently third in the slalom, so obviously I’ll try to do my best - either by moving into second or even better the top spot. In Israel the foiling didn’t go as well as what I would’ve liked, but I’ll try and improve there too.”
Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails), who comes into France 7th place: “Sunday looks promising on the forecast, but I guess the priority will go to the Freestyle as they didn’t have an event for two years. Monday looks cloudy and raining, but you can never rule out the Mistral. I know this place a little bit from one or two trips when I came on a trip to visit Pascal, but from memory it gets very choppy, very quickly. I think for the racing it’ll be predominately forcing, but it’s a long event and with autumn in Europe anything can happen.”
With Sunday potentially offering moderate to fresh winds the Freestyle & Wave fleets will meet at 8am (GMT+1) tomorrow morning - with the action commencing from 8:30am. Meanwhile, the racing fleet will meet at 10am with a first possible start at 11am.