12/10/2019 – After finishing an entire single and double elimination for both the men's and women's divisions, as well as several junior scoreboards, the program for the penultimate day of the DAM-X consisted of the tow-in.
16 athletes have signed up to compete in two qualifying rounds, for the eight places in the final. With € 3.000 in the prize pool, this event will also count for the tow-in ranking of the 2019. Leading the overall standings after the first official tow-in event of the season at the EFPT Engadinwind, there's the world and European champion 2019 Caers Yentel (99 / Point7), followed by Steven Van Broeckhoven (Gunsails / Starboard) and Balz Muller (MB / Severne) second and third place respectively.
To reach the final were Balz Muller, Sam Esteve (JP / Neilpryde), Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) and Louis Fabiano (Patrik / CHS) from qualifying to the first round. Riders were towed by a jetski, with a wave that crosses right in to the right corner to allow them to do an aerial maneuver and offer an incredible show. Mattia Fabrizi earned almost ten perfect points, 9,44 to pinpoint accuracy, for an air burner 900 perfectly executed.
In the second qualifying round it was the youth of the EFPT! Stefan De Bell, (D-Man) (Patrik) from Curacao got a perfect double air funnell by scoring 9,06 points. Yentel Caers opted for an air burner 360 and a double air ass in the second round (7,06), who unfortunately failed to land. It's amazing to see Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne) improve from race to race, after trying the tow-in for the first time at the EFPT in Silvaplana earlier this year. Completing the fleet of eight for the final was Antoine Albert (Goya / Goya) from New Caledonia.
In the grand final that was also streamed by AALVAA Media, riders had three attempts. Hard to say who the contenders would be on the podium. However, were Fabrizi, De Bell and Muller to participate in this final with the highest score in the qualifying rounds.
Every year this discipline develops more and more, but it's exploded in the last couple of years. Today we have mainly seen double rotations in the air with a lot of height and speed. After a solid qualification, Antoine Albert failed to find his rhythm in the finale and failed to close the manoeuvres cleanly. Amado Vrieswijk, who won the freestyle event yesterday, is definitely one to keep an eye on in any discipline and has carried on with an air burner 360. He even attempted one of the best double air ass in tow-in but failed to land it.
The two juniors, Lennart Neubauer and Stefan De Bell, who made it to the final, they didn't disappoint and they landed air funnell burner, burner 360 and double air funnell. Caers Yentel, who has won all the titles of the freestyle discipline in the 2019, narrowly missed the podium with his double air funnell in the third round. Balz Müller, who had some trouble with the timing in the first heat, did an amazing air funnell 540 with 360 diablo in his third heat, taking third place. Sam Esteve, which is always present on tow-in podiums, landed a huge air burner air funnell (9,00).
F.a.a, who made it to the final with the highest score, failed to repeat his air burner air funnell in his first round, but he closed a perfect one in the second round by scoring 9,25 points and claiming victory.
photo: Jan Krediet, Volker Klinger
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