Eric Bertin

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Eric Bertin

I took up outrigger canoeing almost by accident. I had been a kayaker since 1998, and I had taking part almost exclusively competing in sprint races. That being said, for about 5 to 6 years, I decided to invest my time in rugby, at the expense of my kayaking. When my wife and I moved to Cherbourg however, we noticed that there was a local kayaking club and we decided to sign up. The original idea was simply to do a bit of cruising, but that was to change.
David, a club regular and one of the trainers, was looking for rowers for the V6. Given that I had already done some competitive kayaking and that I missed it, my wife put my name down for it. I began to train, but it wasn’t enough, so I took up the V1, with little in mind in terms of goals, aside from having a good time.
Following the first national selection process, I began to realise that I was really enjoying it and I was making a good deal of progress. I had just 4 months to train and prepare myself for the French Championship, which was to take place in Cherbourg in 2014. To my great surprise, I finished 3rd. As I am of a competitive nature, I didn't want to stop there. Especially given the enjoyment I was deriving from winning. And win I did, in 2016.


PRIZE LIST

FRENCH CHAMPION, 2016
5TH OF THE FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP, 2015

3RD OF THE FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP - OCEAN RACING / CAT V1, 2014

My outrigger canoe

OC1 PUEO
Reference: BOPU1


COMPOSITION:
Carbon fiber, sandwich PVC Foam, epoxy resin
FITTINGS:  Aluminum pedals, stainless steel cables, aluminum iakos, iakos pins fixation, storage net on the back.
MANUFACTURING LEAD TIMES: 8 weeks