26/05/2019, D6 – The last day at the Costa Brava EFPT Las Dunas has seen the Double knockout in howling winds with gusts to more than 40 nodes. Riders are left with their 4.4, but they were forced to take early sails under the 4.0. What seemed like a nice illusion at the beginning of the week, came true today and provided the perfect playground for the remaining freestyle competition.
There were some disturbances in the one deletion, and then a real tension in the air. Some riders were determined to make inroads in the Double knockout, others were able to compete in today's conditions and their eyes were fixed on the prize.
Juniors Double Elimination
The first round of the double-elimination of EFPT junior had already started yesterday and left only the fight for the three podium places in this epic day. The champion U18 EFPT of 2018, Eugenio Marconi (99, Challenger), eliminated Frenchie Nil Bacon to face Lennart Neubauer in a strong fight for the number one spot. Lennart landed an air flaka 360, a shaka 360 and a backloop tack and a burner, Kono and skopu on starboard. Marconi responded with a shaka, a forward and a port tack ponch and a burner, ass and skopu on starboard. The Italian and’ been in the lead up to the last minute when Neubauer has pulled out the backloop clean from 7,5 points that brought the end victory.
Amado Vrieswijk, who was traveling in Costa Brava for your next race PWA Foil, said after watching the actions of junior EFPT: “It seems that I will have another two years and then win them!”
One of the biggest surprises of today was once again Mathis Mollard (JP / Neilpryde) from France, He made his international debut in this event. Mollard, you are already gaining the nicknames, Mini-Sam Esteve and, Mini-Balz Müller was praying for such conditions and showed that the favored. Defeated burners in a hand, an impressive air skopus and several other power maneuvers to defeat Lennart Neubauer (Severne) in a very tight heat to tackle Giovanni Pal (Tabou Boards, GA Sails, AL360, Danilo Lai fins) in the following round. Giovanni Passani, This year's contender for the title, seems to have struggled a bit with strong conditions and could beat Mollard of 1,3 points. Mathis Mollard eventually finished in 9th place overall at this event, that is a very impressive for a beduttante of EFPT.
F.a.a (Patrik, Challenger Sails, Danilo Lai Fins, Techno Limits, ABC Chiropractic, SBT) and’ been a strength by winning four races in a row beating Nil Bacon, Yarden Meir (Goya / Goya), Kevin Camia (RRD / RRD) and Sam Esteve (JP / Neilpryde) only to be beaten by Antoine Albert (Goya / Goya). Albert got the perfect score of 10 for all the judges for his air kabikuchi mure left, thing that happens very rarely. Albert flew several meters into the air and landed this maneuver perfectly with ankle dry.
In his heat against Davy Scheffers, fourth in single elimination, Albert has kept his routine, but had to give way to Scheffers who had a burner, UN air skopu and a pushloop tack and a kabikuchi, Air spock and bongka 360 on starboard. Scheffers went ahead of 0,84 points to address Jacopo Head (RRD / RRD).
In the heat against Scheffers in meta’ battery Head had already’ earned 45 points. The Italian has landed a double forward, a burner in a hand, a bongka, a perfect pushloop and a perfect shifty outgoing and a spock ass, Spock kono, ass, Toad and shove-it spock to return – just to mention a few maonvra. Head eventually tried even one spock into air-kabikuchi at length, It has not’ Unable to complete the landing. With 55,20 Jacopo points has managed to get the highest score of the competition.
Steven van Broeckhoven (Gunsails) He had remained in second place after deleting single yesterday and faced Head. Van Broeckhoven win has put together a good heat beautiful to look at, It has not’ seemed confident as usual. While both riders landed some radical maneuvers like the shifties, the bongkas and double power moves, the score favoured the Italian at the end.
Jacopo Head, that was back in the EFPT after jumped last year because of restrictive rules, seemed to be on a mission. Caers Yentel, who loves strong winds, He was ready to defend the top spot with all he had. In this epic finale, Caers has landed a pasko, bongka, Shifty and ponch out and one skopu, Double ass, burner funnel, skopu and spock ass back. Head responded with big manoeuvres, However has lost some’ of points on diversity of mua on the left, While the and’ lacking another most important manoeuvre murea straight. Caers then got the victory after an impressive performance in difficult conditions. It's a great start for the Belgian, that will go on to the next competition of EFPT in Vieste, in Italy, starting next week.
photo: Job Vermeulen
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