The notorious Lancelin wind finally came through just after lunch time, with competitors anxious to get in the water at Ledge Point and compete for the title of fastest windsurfer, kitesurfer or paddler in the Lancelin Ocean Classic.
Windsurfers and kitesurfers entered the water at the same time, delivering an absolute spectacle on the horizon for onlookers on the beach. The competition was tooth and nail between Allen and kitesurfer Alty Frisby.
"The wind kicked in at noon, giving us plenty of time to check our gear before the start. I chose my 8.6-meter R8 Severne sail with my 115 Patrik Air Inside board which felt just perfect, so easy and fast," said Steve Allen.
"I am stoked to win here again with such a huge fleet of fast racers. I was also happy to pass all the kitesurfers after they started on the water 100 meters ahead of us and had a 200-meter shorter first reach. Just one caught me back at the finish when I slowed to check where to go through the last marks."
Frisby ended up finishing seven seconds ahead of the Australian windsurfer. Karin Jaggi proved she holds the women's title for a reason, being the first female sailor to cross the line on Lancelin Beach.
Another competitor to hold on to his title is Brendan Rice. The 26-year-old paddler won his second Lancelin Ocean Classic title. Julie Jenkinson took out the women's title.
2017 Lancelin Ocean Classic | Results
1. Steve Allen, 0:27:07
2. Patrik Diethelm, 0:28:47
3. Rowen Law, 0:29:15
4. Jesper Orth, 0:29:57
5. Daniel Engdahl, 0:30:13
1. Karin Jaggi, 0:31:47
2. Justyna Sniady, 0:42:25
3. Kirra Pallant, 0:43:20
4. Lok Yiu Wong, 0:44:06
5. Lina Erpenstein, 0:45:51