09/10/2019 – 25 professional athletes, 16 juniors and 8 women professionals have signed up for the fifth DAM-X event at the Zeil- and Surfcentrum by Brouwersdam. Riders arrived in the Netherlands from 13 different countries. Brouwersdam is one of the strengths of freestyle in Europe and many world and European champions “have grown up”, where the final Title of the EFPT will be awarded this year.
With a decent forecast and 10.000, prize money up for grabs, some big names have signed up for the last international freestyle competition of the season. Caers Yentel (99/Point7), Steven Van Broeckhoven Win (Starboard / Gun), Giovanni Passani (Tabou/GA), Amado Vrieswijk (Jp/Severne), Sam Esteve (JP / Neilpryde), Antoine Albert (Goya / Goya), Jacopo Head (RRD / RRD), Adrien Bosson (Duotone / Fanatic), Davy Scheffers (Tabou/GA) and Taty Frans (Starboard/Point7) have signed up alongside ten other contenders like Mattia Fabrizi (Patrik/CHS), Balz Müller (MB/Severne) and Marco Lufen (Duotone / Fanatic) just to name a few. Completing the line-up 32 there have been seven junior EFPTs who have applied for wildcard cards and who have shown an excellent level in previous events.
The wind began to improve during the morning and the riders were able to change from the great sail to their 4.8. The heat duration was set to eight minutes with three manoeuvres for walls.
Adrien Bosson didn't make it to the quarter-finals after losing to Taty Frans who sailed an excellent heat.
Some riders were sick after Sylt's race week, such as Jacopo Testa who came out defeated by Balz Muller, opponent however fearsome.
Caers Yentel, new world champion, got to the quarter-finals quietly, thanks to the record score of the day with 38.80 points.
Other notable scores were scored by Amado Vrieswijk (38,37) against Bacon Aubert and Sam Esteve (36,74) against Mattia Fabrizi.
The first heat of Balz Muller's quarter-final against Steven Van Broeckhoven was cancelled and restarted twice due to the passage of some large storm fronts. The wind remained too erratic to guarantee a regular race and race director Mark Hosegood declared the day over at 18:00.
It's amazing to see nine competitors take part in the U16 division and seven competitors in the U18. Some riders have already raced in years past and it's amazing to see their progress. The Netherlands and the Dutch Antilles are well represented in the U16 division. Gilbert Clappers, Patrickson Coffie and Stomp Luka have come a long way for the Netherlands to compete in this official EFPT junior event.
From the Netherlands there are the local boys Bodhi Kempen (Starboard), Tigo Kort and Tijmen Meijer (JP). Current U16 leader Lennart Neubauer (Starboard/Severne), Still Sosa and Erzen Val (Duotone) Slovenia have completed their fleet. Neubauer had some impressive heats to advance on Luka Stomp and Val Erzen, to get rid of Tigo Kort in the final, claiming victory in his division. Bodhi Kempen recovered from the other side of the draw by defeating Patrickson Coffie and Val Erzen in the losing final for 3rd place. It was amazing to see the guys performing maneuvers like, burners and konos and slidate maneuvers. It seems that the level among the promised young.
The contenders for the U18 title 2019 Eugenio Marconi (Challenger / 99), Nil Bacon Aubert and Stefan de Bell all showed off an extraordinary performance on the first day of racing. All three juniors have made great improvements in the last two seasons in which they have competed in the pro and junior divisions. The scene was split by Raphael Bauer (JP / Neilpryde) from France, Tim Gerdes from the Netherlands and EFPT debutants Tin Greguric and Lauren Van Liempd (JP / Neilpryde). The Italian rider Marconi was ready to defend the title of champion from the 2018 and beat Lauren Van Liempd and Stefan De Bell to face Nil Bacon Aubert in the final of the winners. The losers' final will be a challenge between De Bell and local boy Tim Gerdes. The final batteries have been postponed until tomorrow.
Eight women have signed up for the battle for 3.000 prize pool and overall rankings of the European Freestyle Pro Tour. Slovenian Lina Erzen (Duotone) gave show, defeating local girl Sterre Meijer (Starboard). Erzen made variations of spock, flakas and a kono switch proving that it will be one of those that you will have to pay attention to in the next few years. In the next heat, Arrianne Aukes (Duotone / Fanatic) defeated Eva Wyss from Switzerland by landing shakas, flakas and ducking maneuvers. On the other side of the draw Salomé Fournier (MB/Sailloft) beat Margo Kurvink and Maaike Huvermann (Starboard/Severne) eliminated Lisa Kloster (Patrik / Sailloft) from Germany.
In the quarter-final Lina Erzen will face Arrianne Aukes and the girl French Salomé will face the vice world champion Maaike Huvermann.
Tomorrow's skipper meeting is scheduled for 09.00 with the first possible start to 09.30 for the pro and 09.30 / 10.00 juniors.
photo: Jan Krediet, Carlijn Pijl
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