22/05/2019, D2 – After a first day dedicated to the finalization of the inscriptions and without wind, on the second day of the EFPT Costa Brava light offshore winds Las Dunas, the flat water and the clear sky represented a perfect arena for the first qualification round tow-in. The ten riders of the first round have played some evidence of training in order to adapt the path and warm-up and competition was launched shortly after the 11.00. With the best score that counted on three run, the five riders with the highest points are advanced to the final of the day after.
It was nice to see some junior get into the tow-in addition to the big names. While Lennart Neubauer (Severne) You may already have some experience in this discipline, others went with rookie status just like Mathis Mollard (JP / Neilpryde) from France that showed some noteworthy maneuvers from finale as his last burner clean from 4,84 points. Mollard said that tried the towin only three times before and it was super super happy to have arrived in the final.
Valentin Böckler (Gunsails) from Germany finished fourth landing an air funnel funnel from 5,16 points. The Belgian Yentel Caers, they had some impressive evidence of heating, He closed the third with a double air funnel from 5,31 points. Davy Scheffers and’ finished second with the same maneuver of Caers but a little bit more’ clean. Sam Esteve (JP / Neilpryde) he secured the first place with an air funnel into burner super stylish 8,38 points. The winner of the race in towin in Austria in early may, Quit training tests and landed all three of his attempts completely effortless and dry.
The thermal wind began to increase in early afternoon, with some gusts that seemed promising enough for some riders to try their larger equipment, However remained too light to kick off the freestyle competition.
23/05/2019, D3 – On the third day of the Costa Brava EFPT Las Dunas kicked off the second qualifying fleet towin, to determine the five riders were that they would be challenged in the final. Under the agreement,, in the absence of wind, the official also would count would be in towin overall towin of 2019. With a decent forecast for the weekend not all riders have participated in, but the majority has provided a great show.
Antoine Albert (Goya / Goya) the New Caledonia has convinced the judges with a skopu from 6,84 points and first place. Second place and’ been taken over by Steven Van Broeckhoven win (Gunsails) with a double funnel from 6,66 points and Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft) you and’ secured the third position with a perfect spock from 5,72 points. Kevin Camia (RRD / RRD) from Italy has secured a place in the final with a spock 5,31 points and junior Nil Bacon jumped into fifth place and landed a nice burner from 5,28 points to delete Louis Fabiano (Patrik, Challenger Sails, Danilo Lai Fins, Techno Limits, ABC Chiropractic, SBT), Eliran Levi, Eugenio Marconi (99, Challenger) e Stefan de Bell.
To give younger competitors also have the opportunity to improve their skills towin and to compete against each other another towin race junior’ launched in early afternoon. And’ been extremely nice to see how young people motivated the race, rooting for each other, filming their maneuvers and helping each other. Mathis Mollard (JP / Neilpryde) from France, He participated in his first race EFPT here in Costa Brava, He reached the third place with a air funnel into funnel from 5,94 points. The second place was once again for Nil Bacon, He landed all his three attempts, but scored the highest with a burner into funnell from 7,22 points that could easily cause some disorders in the competition against the pros. Towin junior race victory was taken by Stefan de Bell (Patrik) from Curaçao, who landed a nice double air funnel stylish 7,28 points!
Because of the very rainy weather forecast the next day, towin final was moved to the evening of the third day. The format remained the same as in the qualification rounds: the riders got three runs with the best score for the final classification. And’ was clear from the beginning that had to be taken some risks to get to top positions. From the beginning the participants aimed at double maneuvers. The youth of the fleet made a good fight, but they couldn't overcome the tenth position (Bacon) and the ninth position (Mollard) finale.
Valentin Böckler from Germany maintained a good air funnel 360 by 5,41 points in his first heat, However could not match the other riders in their scores and had to settle for the 8th place. Adam Sims, that was definitely a contender for victory, failed to get the double ass pointed and he finished the 7th place. Steven Van Broeckhoven Win, they always try to bring new maneuvers in this discipline, He ended up crashing into both his attempts at barracuda, but in his last race has managed to get the sixth with a double funnel. Compatriot Yentel Caers has closed a huge air bob into ass, that could potentially win a place on the podium. However, Caers was unable to obtain a clean landing and had to settle for 5th place. Antoine Albert, who won the second qualifying round, He got 7,16 points for a clean skopu and ended up fourth. The showman Davy Scheffers performed all its maneuvers super close to the beach, He was honored by viewers. His last air funnel into burner brought 7,78 points and the 3° place. Kevin Camia, in the lead throughout the third round with a double ass 8,23 points was hoping for victory towin General in Costa Brava, However she knew that Sam Esteve was always one capable of pulling off a successful maneuver. Esteve is and’ lined with perfect speed and landed a burner into burner clean and classy winning and leaving Cappuzzo second place.
25/05/2019, D5 – After the long wait of the last days, the riders had the desire to finally start the freestyle competition. Wind prayers have been answered and the Costa Brava has sent amazing freestyle conditions from midday till late in the evening. In an action-packed day, deleting single juniors and’ completed with the only elimination of professionals. Riders of both divisions showed a phenomenal level with some amazing and exciting batteries with new high scores.
Juniors Single Elimination
What would have been a PWA freestyle final about ten years ago, now it seems to be the average level among the EFPT junior. Particularly impressive in the junior fleet were Lennart Neubauer (Severne), Nil Bacon, Stefan de Bell (Patrik) and Eugenio Marconi, the first four of this event.
The heat between Marconi and Bacon and’ been tightened, When both riders showed a wide variety of technical maneuvers. Both riders have filled their sheets with maneuvers like burners, ass, shakas, ponches and kono. In the end Marconi did wrong a maneuver and Bacon faced Neubauer in the fight for the first and second place.
In the final loser Marconi did not leave anything to chance and landed his three manocre counting for walls, to ship De Bell in fourth place and take the 3° place.
The final of junior winners was very tight, Neubauer scored more points due to better execution and style by winning the only elimination held so far for only 0,31 points.
The three best riders EFPT:
1 ° Lennart Neubauer
2 Nil Bacon
3 ° Eugenio Marconi
Due to the conditions that have slightly increased during the day, the duration of heat was extended from eight to ten minutes, with three maneuvers that were on each of the walls for the first three rounds.
Apart from the first four, There were some outstanding performances. The 16-year-old Mathis Mollard (JP / Neilpryde) cleared Adam Sims (Sailloft / Patrik) in the first round after their heat and’ been revived several times. The young Frenchman could move to the next round to face Sam Esteve (JP / Neilpryde). Stephen was the first today to beat the 40 points in his heat against his compatriot Mollard, with an incredible kabikuchi and pasko from respectively more than 8 points and 10.
Some of today's most impressive maneuvers were definitely the kabikuchi kono by Antoine Albert (Goya / Goya) who landed this maneuver for the first time in this competition. Albert could push up the local rider Ferran Recasens and Louis Fabiano (Patrik), but he was stopped by Yentel Caers in quarterfinals.
Valentin Böckler (Gunsails) from Germany raced on a solid battery against the Israeli Eilon Wilson (Patrik). Böckler had to let Scheffers passed to the next round with a difference of only 0,004 points.
From the quarter-finals onwards are counted four maneuvers on each tack. In his battle against Albert Caers landed a pasko, a bongka, a shifty and a shove-it spock on a wall and a burner 360, kabikuchi, Spock ass and butt on the other muraa un air bob. Although Albert responded with its biggest maneuvers, including the kabi-kono, could not stop the March of Caers.
On the other side of the Board former European Jacopo Head (RRD / RRD) è riuscito a battere Nil Bacon nel primo turno e i compagni di squadra Loick Spicher e Francesco Cappuzzo nel secondo turno e il quarto di finale in modo ripetitivo. Testa ha mostrato il suo livello di abilità in tutte le sue manche e ha potuto segnare punti particolarmente alti (50,53 points) nella heat contro Francesco Cappuzzo (46,44). In semifinale Testa ma non è riuscito a superare Steven Van Broeckhoven (Gunsails). Nella finale dei perdenti, l’italiano ha dovuto battersi contro Davy Scheffers, una heat che ha dominato con 43,23 punti contro 31,09 points.
Van Broeckhoven Win, che rimane un concorrente per il titolo anno dopo anno, ha superato Lennart Neubauer e Sam Esteve, per poi incontrare Testa in semifinale, dove il belga ha atterrato un shock-it spock, shaka 360, un bongka e un pasko su una mura e un culo spock, Double ass, burner 360 and kabikuchi on the other walls.
Eventually Van Broeckhoven win and Caers met in the grand final. Although Van Broeckhoven win has put together a solid heat, failed to overcome Caers. Both riders landed bongka, shove-spocks, combinations of double ass, combinations of air funnell burner and kabikuchis. With 52,69 punti contro 47,84 Caers points defeated Van Broeckhoven win.
The first three after deleting single:
1 ° Yentel Caers
2 Steven Van Broeckhoven Win 1st
3 ° Jacopo Head
photo: Job Vermeulen
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