Finally some wind at Beauduc
Early in the morning we finally heard the sound we all missed the most the last couple of days. The sound of WIND outside our campers. We all had a quick bite to eat at a cafe in a little ghost town on the road to Beauduc. Later we had to hitch a ride on the Ferry boat. The funny thing is that the captain didn't want any money from us, but he really wanted a Wainman Hawaii t-shirt. We gave it to him, and even the whole Gang signed it for him. It's amazing how happy he was to receive this gift.
When we arrived at our destination we were greeted by the sight of hundreds of kites and a huge hard packed sandy beach you can drive on forever. At the water's edge we met Niklas Huntgeburth, national Rabbit rider from Germany and Pierre and Joseph our distributors here in France. We were all really excited about the conditions, so everyone quickly set-up the demo Rabbit kites and new boards and finally got it the water.
The wind was perfect 9 meter Smoke. The weather was also great and the Gang took to the flat water and surf. Niklas was throwing down some smooth tricks in the water ideal for skimboarding on the new Blunt 130. Niccolo and Bertrand headed out on new surfboards for a strapless air session downwinder to the kite spot where the demo gear was to be displayed.
"Swiss Charlie" a Maui Rabbit Gang member showed up early this morning and joined Lou and the rest of the crew at this spot. The demo kiters tasting the Rabbits were super stoked, and they kept yelling from the water if they could stay out longer. We didn't know how to say no to them, but at the same time we felt bad because there were lots of other people waiting in line to get a taste. Luckily, here in France, the sun doesn't set until around 10 pm so in the end there was plenty of time for everybody to try our world famous gear.
This day seemed to last forever and everybody got a little sun and wind burnt. Beauduc is a special spot with glassy water, sand-bar inlets and surf on the opposite side with a strong warm steady wind. The water is shallow so it's easy to walk and learn, however it's also dangerous. Most of us got little cuts from rocks and seashells. Ben, our energizer-bunny camera man, probably got the worst of it. His feet were all cut up after a whole day of filming us. Imagine all day walking on those sharp seashells, with sand grinding in every time you move. Ouch! He deserves a round of drinks tonight!
Once back on the camp spot we made a bonfire. Like hungry wolves we all waited as the coals formed and the sausages cooked. We gobbled them up as fast as they came off the fire. As usual, we had the music blasting as everybody huddled behind the campers that blocked the wind. We occasionally just stared at the black sky filled with stars and the random meteor. Slowly one by one we all headed to our sandy beds and fell asleep to the music that the last person awake forgot to shut off and the warm breeze that only increased through the night. We all fell asleep knowing that tomorrow might be even better.