The Quartier Dix30 in Brossard on Friday welcomed the first indoor surfing competition in Canada. Great champions, more accustomed to the beaches of Hawaii, were present.
Claude Coudry, passionate, opened there a year and a half Oasis Surf, an extraordinary complex where it is possible to surf three waves, thanks to technology developed by American Wave Machines.
"The idea was to propose an activity that many people dream of practice, but that is inaccessible to us in Quebec," he explained in an interview with Canoe.ca. Since then he stroked the vague hope of creating an international event.
"The center works well, it was the right time," said Claude Coudry, which seems to expect that spectators are very impressed.
Mission accomplished, then, thanks to the popularity of its center, where over 50 000 people come to surf the year, and that has attracted Jamie O'Brien, Keenan Flegel, Cheyne Magnusson and Sean McInerney. Apparently, none of the four surfers had set foot in Canada before.
"One of the advantages with us is that surfers can come with their surf board and in real conditions, although of course there will always be a difference with the fact of surfing in the ocean," said Quebec surfer.
Sixty participants will compete this Friday between 8 am and 22 pm. They will be judged on their technique, style and variety of their maneuvers.
"It will also be a very festive event," added Mr. Coudry.
Oasis Surf in fact has a wave pool, but also around the water a restaurant focusing on quality food. "It offers homemade dishes inspired by the world of surfing," says the owner of Oasis Surf.
Keenan Flegel a five-time world champion in wakesurf. Cheyne Magnusson and Sean McInerney are two professional surfers on the World Tour, while Jamie O'Brien was world champion in 2004 (Billabong Pipe Master) and winner of the Volcom Pipe Pro in 2010.
You can surf the St. Lawrence River, was in Montreal on one of the two standing waves, located behind Habitat 67 and on the waterfront in the borough of LaSalle.