Photographer's Note

Oui, le Mistral

The little Cote d'Azur bay formed by the west coast of the Presqu'il de Giens and the mainland is one of the choosiest wind surf spots of Europe. Because of the shape of the bay and of course the Mistral. The bay is 5 - 10 m deep. At some distance from the beach the bottom rises fast and the incoming surfers have to make a sharp turn and/or brake.....and some perform a spectacular jump in the process of lowering their speed. And most enter the surf with care, fully concentrated.

This is #3 of the Mistral triptych. After posting the first two I got distracted. They are here: Zut, le mistral and Ah, le mistral

The context of this triptych: In the summer of 2009 we rented a little beach villa in L’Almanarre (Hyères) and we had to walk just a few steps to go to the beach and/or capture this kind of scenes. In the sous-sol / garage of the villa we stayed in, lived former professional wind surfer Titou. And his love Celine Chat was there often to work on her art or prepare it for transport to an exhibition. The surroundings, the stories of Titou and Céline and her surf art (which was also in the beach villa) meant a delightful total immersion in the surfing world.

Check out the workshop for a bird (well actually it was B737-700)'s eye perspective of L’Almanarre and the bay.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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