Maxime Nocher in St. Barth
We arrived to St. Barth the 4th of June in the evening, the next day, we were able to ride in "La Baie des Flamants" for training and to check the best wind direction to optimize our chances of record. Normally, we thought to have the best conditions (East orientation) for the next day, the 6th of June. We went to ride in a big lagoon to test the wind and I tried to choose the best material but unfortunately I wasn't able to ride with my 9 meter and Julien even with his 11m had lots of difficulty to go upwind... We realized that the east wind is too hot and not strong enough.
The 7th of June the weather was not the best, we had 15 knots NE, but we decided to lauch the crossing from St-Barth to St-Martin (34 kilometers). We called the security boat, which would come in 1 hour. During this hour, we prepared our material, analyzed the wind, it varied from 5 to 20 knots due to the cloudy weather. First big question, the size of the kite! I decided to take my 9m Dyno with 24 meter lines! Julien and Remi decided to use the same size. When we arrived at the start line, the wind was stronger than expected.
The start is done, and after 10 minutes of navigation I managed to get some distance to Remi and Julien, the problem was, I was alone, I didn't know the 100% correct direction. After a few minutes the boat opener joined me to help me for the cape and at this time we were able to finally see Julien and Remi. The speed of the opener boat side of me was around 30 knots. After 25 minutes of crossing, we saw the Saint-Martin coast line and I thought I'm late comparing to the last record! So we tried to go even faster. In the end my final time was 39 minutes and 8 seconds. I couldn´t believe it. This record is the new record for a crossing from St-Barth to St-Martin for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The old record was owned by Alexandre Caizergue since 2009 with a time of 44 minutes.
Thanks a lot to North Kiteboarding and ION to support me for this incredible experience! I'm very happy to have succeeded in this challenge.