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Petition to save Vincent Soubiron Ski school

HortonHorton Posts: 27,606 Administrator
Dear friends of waterski, we do need your support for Vincent Soubiron’s ski school, aka Vinney, that is going through difficult times in Seysses. 

As you probably know, waterski is Vinney’s life and his team won more than 20 World medals, 80 European Medals and +250 national medals and many international records. It’s the home site of Pro skiers such as Sacha Descuns, Ambre Franc, Kate Adriaensen,…

Vincent’s ski school has been established 26 years ago on a former gravel pit in Seysses, near Toulouse (France). Till recently, the relationship with the landlord had always been good and constructive. In 2000, the landlord came with the idea to partially backfill the pit with rubble, which would both increase the value of the land at no cost for him and at the same time improve the quality of the lake and help meet the standards for organizing waterski tournaments. With other words: a true win-win.

Thanks to Vinney’s involvement and sponsorship, the township, although initially against it, eventually authorized the works under the following terms: maintain the waterski school’s activity on the lake and establish a green area. Eight years passed without any flaw and all parties were perfectly happy till early May when Vincent received a phone call from Malet – the compagny carrying out the backfilling works - asking him to cease all activities at once and leave … without notice and without any formal written notification. This was the starting point of daily intimidation till June 28 where things got even worse: Malet started to build a dike IN THE MIDDLE of the lake, obviously preventing any waterskiing. Vincent’s 73 years old father even got almost buried under a truck of rubble. On June 29, the security guard insulted Vincent and threatened to throw stones at him. This is simply not acceptable. We will undertake all possible legal and political actions to defend and safeguard the school but we need you to support us by signing this petition in order that political and legal stakeholders understand what this waterski school represents and what is at stake for waterski in France and beyond. Thank you in advance.

Vincent Soubiron

Twitter : @vinnysskischool

Instagram : @vinnysskischool

Facebook : Vincent Soubiron Ski school

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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,581 Mega Baller
    edited July 1
    Who owns the property? Malet?
  • marknmarkn Posts: 207 Solid Baller
    While loss of a storied ski site is unfortunate, I am a capitalist first. Is there a lease agreement or contract for the ski school? Who owns the property? Malet "asking him to leave" or told him to vacate the property legally? Also trying to understand the time line. The fill in idea came about in 2000 and "all was well for 8 years". There are a few years unaccounted for. Just want to be informed and certain I understand the circumstances prior to signing any petition. Thanks for the clarification.

  • gregygregy Posts: 2,581 Mega Baller
    @markn that's what I getting at. Is the landlord breaking a contract? Is the landLord the owner? 2000 to now. 19 yrs. Need more background.
  • LuzzLuzz Posts: 310 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited July 1
    @gregy or, just sign the petition and help out a ton of fellow skiers not losing their site…
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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,528 Mega Baller
    Vinnie is a really good guy. He coaches in Florida in the winter.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,107 Mega Baller
    Lawyer is what you need! Either you have a lease or you don't.
  • MillerTime38MillerTime38 Posts: 343 Crazy Baller
    Why do you need background to sign the petition? Just sign to support keeping another ski site running.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,581 Mega Baller
    If they need money for legal expenses start a go fund me account. I'll be happy to contribute.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,699 Mega Baller
    The story seems wild -

    Don't speak much french but if you google the subtitles you can google translate sites -

    "The mayor in front of the fait accompli
    The mayor of Seysses, Alain Pace, he also does not accept this situation. The elected representative has met several times the company carrying out these works, provided for in the Local Urban Plan, in order to perpetuate the nautical activity. "There was never any mention of this dike, it is done without authorization, the mayor gets carried away, I have never heard of it, they put me in front of the fait accompli. nautical will be able to exercise its activities and especially the dyke will be almost impossible to remove.It is incoherent and illegal.

    The water plan totally filled?
    One of the mayor's deputies went on site to ask the embankment company to stop building without success. The workers continued as if nothing had happened.

  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,107 Mega Baller
    Stand your ground! That crap wouldn't happen in FLA! I guaranteee they'd stop that work if you fire a couple rounds off! haha
  • marknmarkn Posts: 207 Solid Baller
    Because I believe in the rule of law and if there is no legal basis, there is no reason to sign the petition.
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