The Bédès family, passions for rugby and sliding

The Bédès family, passions for rugby and sliding
The Bédès family, passions for rugby and sliding

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Wind Challenge. During the windsurfing competition which started yesterday, we went to meet riders who were not exactly like the others. Between oval ball and surfing, there is sometimes only one step.

As the Racing Club Narbonnais prepares to play one of the most important matches of its season, against Carcassonne on May 11 at the Parc in the National semi-final, we met a former RCN rugby player. under the beautiful Gruissan sun.

And if the wind was once again timid to launch the windsurfing competition, Bertrand Bédès as well as his sons Gabriel (13 years old) and Augustin (9 years old), spoke with us about their passion for surfing. “I started skiing at the age of 16, tsaid the 43-year-old former third row, a passion passed on by my big brother. Today is the first year where I can participate with my son Gabriel, it’s something extraordinary!”

A son with promising talent, as evidenced by his 5th place obtained at the French championships in Dunkirk, junior category, last October. “I started windsurfing when I was 8 years old, I immediately liked it. Today I will be able to try the Wind Challenge, it will allow me to test myself a little.” The young student at Sévigné college in Narbonne will soon join the Pôle Espoir. He hopes to be able to benefit from a suitable schedule. Born in Narbonne, Gabriel and Augustin also inherited their father’s competitive spirit. “It’s true that I passed this on to them but involuntarily, Bertrand Bédès joked. I have a problem with that, as soon as I start a race I absolutely want to win even though I know full well that I have no chance. Have I ever dumped a competitor? No, but I admit to having already thought about it (laughs)!”

Bertrand and Gabriel will therefore be at the start of the Défi Wind, when the weather permits, among hundreds of other participants. “Above all, we are here out of passion, it’s an incredible competition, on a magnificent spot. Honestly, I think we don’t necessarily realize how lucky we are to have this beautiful heritage within reach. We take advantage of it whenever we can.”

Indeed, with three weekly training sessions, Gabriel’s schedule is particularly busy, for someone who also plays guitar at the Narbonne Conservatory. School, music, sport, nothing to scare a young person full of energy and ambition: “No, it’s fine, I can keep up the pace. On the contrary, sport calms me down and as I love the sea, it’s not really tiring.” Thus, it is as a ship pilot that Gabriel sees himself for the moment in the distant future. His little brother Augustin preferred skateboarding to the sea for the moment. “It’s another form of sliding, but when I see my brother, I find him very, very strong, plus he has very good results.” Indeed, current first in the Occitanie championship, it is the next French championships, still in Dunkirk, that Gabriel will be targeting. And in this beautiful family of athletes, let’s not forget the mother, Anne-Sophie who fully contributes to this balance. “She supports us, in every sense of the word (laughs), concluded Bertrand, when we don’t talk about rugby at the table we talk about sliding, it has a lot of merit! I would also like to thank Dominique Lallemand from the Jansana garage who sponsors my son. Oh and I almost forgot for this weekend: go Racing!”

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