In April 2006, Jérôme and me had decided to go to the BeachVolleyCenter to prepare our season, the Smart Tour in Belgium. Unfortunately, 2 days before the start, Jérôme was sent to hospital because of a meningitis. The tickets was nominal, not refundable, I decided to travel alone.
A conclusion? A general impression? Quickly and shortly: I will return in 2007!
Julien COEMANS, Belgium, May 2006.
An amazing small village of Brazil, Cumuruxatiba stays at the sea cost in the state of Bahia, about 16 hours away by bus from Rio de Janeiro. The last 30 km take a road xxxxxx, we really believe we will arrive to the end of the world! A beach ground in the middle of coconuts trees, on one side the ocean, on the other the river, which serves as a municipal swimming pool, here we are at the BeachVolleyCenter, at Jef’s.
And here we met a group of young beach volleyball players, who surprised us by the quality of their game and their gentleness. Native people who play just for the fun, so cool, every body playing with ever body and accepting so nicely the level of our game. At the leading is Jef, who cares that the morning practice starts before 08.30, to avoid the hit of the sun, he is not Swiss for nothing! A touch of rigor for the practices, a touch of pedagogy to comfort us and let us progress quickly, a touch of competition to motivate us during the exercises very ludic and varies, a touch of joke to care of the spirit.The break for the lunch arrives, we all dive in the river which conquests us at once. In the afternoon, after a well deserved break used to sleep, to play cards, or to take a bike to visit the village at the around beaches, we meet our Brazilian partners and play on the 3 grounds until everybody gets broken. Jef is all around, correcting, explaining, encourageant, changing the teams to balance the games.
After the volley, we try to rest: we honour the delicious meals made by Isabel, and then play cards or billiard, with caipirinhas and frozen beer for the taste of those stars full nights.
We spent in a familial ambiance a tiring but exceptional week of intensive beach volley which let us all progress a lot and left a strong feeling in our head: let’s go on with the 2X2!
Jean-Pierre BOZONNAT, for the Air France Team of Nice, France, december 2007.