10/10/2019 – With sunny weather and excellent weather, the second day of the DAM-X event saw an early start for the remaining heats of the individual eliminations of the respective divisions. Brouwersdam showed excellent conditions all day and it went all the way to the double elimination.
The first heat in the water saw Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / Gunsails) face Balz Muller(MB/Severne) from Switzerland. Since yesterday the heat was cancelled twice, due to changing wind conditions, Muller decided to try turning the heat with the foil board. Although people like Balz have enormous value for the development of this sport and especially this discipline, he wasn't officially allowed to compete on his foil. However, he decided to stick to his decision, resulting in his manoeuvres not being marked. The Swiss rider made a great show, but Van Broeckhoven sailed with his excellent average as always advancing to the semi-finals alongside Amado Vrieswijk (Jp/Severne), Giovanni Passani (Tabou/GA) and Yentel Caers (99/Point7).
When Van Broeckhoven surfed in the semi-final against Vrieswijk, lighter conditions have definitely favored the Belgian rider who advanced on the Bonairiano. While many people expected yet another exciting final between the two Belgian athletes Caers and Van Broeckhoven, Italian Giovanni Passani held his nerve in the semi-final and advanced on Caers and then fought Van Broeckhoven to win the single elimination. Although the Italian has sailed well and intelligently, couldn't beat the multi-european champion.
In the losers' final, Vrieswijk overtook Caers, who has had an influence since the day he arrived, leaving him with the desire to improve in the single elimination. Winning here would be the icing on the cake of Caers' racing season.
Top3 after single deletion:
1 Steven Van Broeckhoven Win 1st
2 Giovanni Pal
3 ° Amado Vrieswijk
The talented young Slovenian Lina Erzen (Duotone) met Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone) in the semifinals. Although Erzen was sailing with incredible constant heats, failed to get past the Dutch professional. Aukes landed shakas, Konos and sleached manoeuvres and defeated the young Slovenian to advance to the final of the winners where she met the reigning European champion Maaike Huvermann (Starboard/Severne), who in turn overtook Salomé Fournier (MB/Sailloft) of 14 years. In the final the two Dutch ladies Aukes and Huvermann showed why they participated in this race, with the title contenders who closed flakas, shakas, konos and even powermoves like ass. In the end Huvermann, who is still struggling with a lung infection, decided the final in his favor and claimed victory in the single elimination.
Top 3 single deletion:
1 ° Maaike Huvermann
2 ° Arrianne Aukes
3 Lina Erzen
Tin Greguric from Croatia, who participated in his first international competition here, went up in the double elimination to take fifth place. However, couldn't get past Tim Gerdens, who in turn wanted to improve his ranking. Stefan De Bell from Curacao stopped the local boy to face Eugenio Marconi (Challenger / 99). Marconi was looking forward to defending his EFPT U18 title 2018 and eliminated Nil Bacon in the double elimination final, that led him to a superfinal. While Marconi was ahead in the technical difficulties, Bacon focused on diversity and style and took first place in the end.
Top3 after double elimination:
1 Nil Bacon Aubert
2 ° Eugenio Marconi
3 Stefan De Bell
Since there were three junior girls enrolled, the organization wanted to give them a chance to compete against each other. Lina Erzen, Sterre Meijer and Salomé Fournier fought each other in two heats, that Erzen won either way. The local girl Sterre Meijer, actually Tijmen Meijer's sister, who today finished second in the U16 division, got second place. There will be another chance for the other girls to take revenge, however, it will be difficult for them to overcome the Slovenian rider.
Double Elimination Pro Men
No time waswasted to begin the double elimination of men. Felix Volkhardt from Germany once again faced the heats, who overtook Bastian Grimm (Fanatic / Duotone) and Tim Ruyssenaars who will now face Mattia Fabrizi (Patrik/CHS).
Latvian competitor and Debutante EFPT Jevgenijs Gavrilovs (Fanatic / Duotone) eliminated local rider Sten Bremmers (Starboard), but failed to beat teammate Marco Lufen. The Latvian looked much more confident today and put together some solid heats.
The Athlete Duotone / Fanatic Adrien Bosson was very fit today in his battle against Aron Etmon (Starboard), where the French he landed an ass, shove-it spock and spock ass walls left and a burner, air funnell 360 and ass mure starboard.
Nick Van Ingen, Ingen (Duotone / Fanatic) passed EFPT debutant Omar El Haddadi and Lennart Neubauer (Starboard/Severne) and now he will face the winner between Jacopo Head (RRD / RRD) and Marco van der Merwe. Van Ingen sailed with a lot of style in both of his heats: it's a shame not to see him compete in multiple EFPT events, as it would be great to find out how far it could get in the annual rankings.
photo: Jan Krediet, Carlijn Pijl
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