In April of 2012 the WESH center opened up it's gates for the first time. The two passionate windsurfers, and married couple, Julien Taboulet and Caroline Barbeau had the idea of a windsurf center at a spot in France, which should deliver perfect conditions for beginners to experts.
They chose the 'Goulet' a lake in Leucate, in the South of France, to settle down and realize their dream. The spot benefits from the famous 'Tramontana', a wind that blows over 250 days a year. The main concept of the center is to offer high standard rental equipment and lessons for all levels in connection with a friendly and cool spirit. Both riders being sponsored by the legendary brand Naish, they decided to equip their center with the latest kit of the Hawaiian brand. At Julien's and Caroline's center you can find a big range of sails and boards for windsurfing, as well as SUPing.
Now the French riders Julien Taboulet, Nicolas Akgazciyan and Alan Arnaud decided to pass on their freestyle knowledge to the next generation of freestyle windsurfers and organized a camp. The freestyle camp for beginners and people who want to bring their moves to perfection, will take place from the 14th to the 21st of April, 2012. The camp includes a total of 15 hours coaching (5 sessions of 3 hours), an introduction to the world's first windsurf park, photos for each rider, a movie from the week, a final contest for the participating riders and a closing party. The alternative program for non-windy days consists of wake-boarding and SUPing. Matter of expense for the whole package (without rental kit though) will be 200€.
Julien Taboulet: 'As you might know Nicolas is from Leucate. When I was doing the first freestyle Worldcup in 1999, he was a kid and already had the right sense and the right style to become a huge freestyler one day. He is still competing on the tour right now and arranging this camp with both our experience (5th PWA overall ranking and French freestyle champion in 2001 for me; 7th PWA overall freestyle ranking and 2nd EFPT 2010 overall ranking for Nicolas) at a perfect place for freestyle. It will be a big success for the riders and for us, ourselves. In addition Alan Arnaud (9th place EFPT Tarifa 2006), my new teacher of the Wesh Center Crew, will give this camp the perfect dimension. We are aiming to share our passion and give the right advice for a perfect technical and stylish progression.'
If you are interested in getting trained by experienced freestyle riders, or if you just want to have fun on the water and try out a new spot, make sure to contact Julien and Caroline, as they will be happy to reply to every request.
Together with the Wesh Center Crew, the EFPT is looking to organize a tour stop for 2013.