Through the fact of some school work and some time issues I couldn’t update my blog before I left to Sardinia where I’m for the moment. In the weekend before we left we really had some sick sailing days but I will write over that in my next blog which will hopefully come out just before I leave Thursday to Bonaire, but I can’t promise anything as I have an exam on Wednesday so I will spent most of my time studying at home.
Today it is the last day here at the EFPT in Sardinia and the only chance for wind before the event is over. So far it doesn’t look windy enough but will see if we still can start an elimination or that we go home with no result.
The day before the event we had a really good day of sailing to with all the guys together but unfortunately enough the wind stopped as the event started. The first day there was still a little bit of wind but in the end it was not enough to get planning, leaving a standby period till 8 O’clock in the evening windless with only a few planning pumping moves through the day in the few gusts there where.
The next day we started with the qualification runs for the tow in contest for the next day which was sponsored by Samsung as the wind forecast didn’t look any promising at all. After a 2,5 hours warm up with 22 riders it was time to get serious and get the qualifications runs going. Everybody had 2 tries to show their best move. My first run I crashed my funnel oh attempt as I let the sail come way to close to my body before jumping of which ended up in just getting pushed of in the air. So everything was focused on the second run but as the level of the tow in was pretty high I decided to go for something else than the other guys and wanted to go for shaka. In the end it ended up in a nice OH Flaka with some really good lift which was just enough to qualify myself in the top 8.
The next day the finals got started with again a nice warm up for the 8 qualifiers for about an hour, I got more into it and started to get much more comfortable with the tow in and managed to almost land a nice double funnel but crashed it in the end as I didn’t have enough speed to make the second rotation. So I felt comfortable for the final and felt that I could improve my 7th place from in the qualification to hopefully a top 3 place. Like in the qualification everybody had 2 runs to show their best. And of course I crashed my first attempt giving me much more pressure for my second but it went perfect. I landed a nice double funnel oh coming totally dry out putting me in first position leaving Julien Mas and Steven Van Broeckhoven under pressure to do better than my double funnel. Julien answered perfectly with making a nice airfunnel-funnel topping my double funnel so all pressure was on Steven as he was the last one to go out. He went for a nice clean burner leaving the judges with a very hard decision.
In the end of the evening it was price giving at 4 O’clock for the Samsung mobile tow in session on the stage. Everybody knew it was close between the top 3 but also between 4 and 5 it was close. Adam Sims who went for a burner which he landed in the end not totally dry or the full planning Funnel 540 from Kenny Janssen. In the end it was Kenny who made it putting him in 4th place. For the 3th place it was Steven, putting myself in second and making the winner Julien Mas winning the Samsung Galaxy tablet! For the other 3 riders in the top 4 there was a nice smartphone and of course a nice trophy!
In the evening there was still another special price giving for best Italian, youngest Competitor, best wipe-out and rider with most fairplay with nice prices from Samsung, Surf to live and a Go Pro camera. The price for best Italian went to Gigi Maddedu going home with a nice Galaxy tablet. Youngest Competitor was Nicolas Slijk going home with a camp from Ricardo Campello in El Yaque sponsored by Surf to live. Best Crash was for Rick Jendrusch. And the price for most fairplay went to myself for my help during the tow in warm up as I was going also on to the boat to give some advice how to go best for the tow in. I was totally surprised with the price but was super happy with the GoPro which I will for sure use a lot in my upcoming trips to make hopefully some more video out of more different angels!
If there would still come wind there will be another update about Sardinia but if not this was my event review. A great event, unlucky with the wind but that’s the thing with windsurfing events you can’t control wind yet but you can only make the best out of it, which they did here with a super organized event!!