Frans Loving the Endless Summer

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Taty Frans, Steven Max and more bring out their best performances at the Curacaos Endless Summer Sports Festival.

Full results from the windsurf competition…

Have you ever been searching for reasons to fly to the Caribbean? Curacaos Endless Summer Sports Festival throws in a few nice arguments. How about some serious race and freestyle windsurfing, for one? Let’s throw in a bit of kiting across aqua-blue water and smooth mountain biking in the shadow of large cacti. Or maybe you are more of a fisherman?

From the 1st to the 3rd of August St. Joris Bay, on the north side of the beautiful Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, hosted the –what’s in the name- Endless Summer Sports Festival. Race and freestyle windsurfers from Aruba, Bonaire and the Netherlands where stoked to visit the island once more to help the local mountainbikers, kiters and sports fishermen to make this event one to remember for participants and spectators.

The always sunny, always windy island turned out to be the perfect décor for some fast racing. We saw some epic heats on every day of the event, with crowds favourite Taty Frans leading the pack in almost every run. The smiling Bonairian constantly rigs the smallest sail of the fleet but undoubtedly has the biggest board speed. Stubbornly clinching on to Taty’s tail we saw the tall Dutchman Jordy Vonk ending second overall. Jean Patrick van der Wolde used all his local knowledge and took third place.

On the second day of the event Steven Max, the long-haired freestyler from Aruba inspired Taty, and local talent Victor to rig up the small sails and pamper the crowds with a big and smooth freestyle show.

While both windsurfers and kiters where battling for first place on the warm Caribbean water, the sand and rock trails surrounding the bay tasted some bikers sweat. On the final day of the event, after an exiting fishing contest in the morning, local talents pedaled their way between huge cacti and scary pika-bushes. It’s no sport for the faint hearted!

Wondering about Curacao as your next windsurf holiday island?

Check: www.endlesssummersportsfestival.com or, www.bezoekcuracao.nl

Special thanks goes out to: www.papagayo-beach.com, for providing the int. riders with the most luxurious rooms.

 

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