Strong Bura winds at night caused for an early day on the second competition day. After analyzing several forecasts yesterday evening the skippers meeting was set for 7:30am with winds still reaching up to 20 knots. The single eliminations for Youths were scheduled first followed by the Juniors who were all excited to get the battles started.
Youths Highlights: Italian Francesco Cappuzzo performed well with powerful new school tricks but was beaten by Belgian Mattijs Lasore in the battle for third. Mattijs performed a great routine with a nice variety of normal stance and switch stance manouvers.
Final heat was between Steven Max from Aruba and the Italian Giovanni Passani who was sailing really well today with moves such as one handed burners, switch kono's and high shakas but for Steven Max his move list was just a bit more including Punch, double flakas and a variation of technical moves which led to a solid overall impression score sheet.
Juniors Highlights: Mattijs Lasore from Belgium kept his routine and won against the Russian Kostya Smirnoff who unfortunately did not accomplish some of his high scoring manouvers in the battle for third. David Schiebel from Austria had a great day and made it to the final rounds facing the Arubian Steven Max who once again performed with a greater amount of tricks on each tack.
After both eliminations were sailed the wind started to drop down just like the local forecast predicted. The double elimination started but the wind was not strong enough to continue with an official competition. The Race director decided to run the double of the Pro Kids U15 age group category.
The rider of today was the local star Tvrtko Ljutic who propably had the most fun showing off his manouvers and advancing heat after heat with board and sail trick combinations, backwind sailing and a nose ride. Mats Moyson from Belgium managed to show more technical skills and advances to the final to meet with the Italian Nicolo Tagliafico.
The wind got even lighter and the final heat was cancelled, competitors were on standby throughout the afternoon but the wind did not return. It was a great day full of action followed by a roller skating show and a hockey game demonstration in the event tent with local kids from the region
The forecast for tomorrow looks light and the skippers meeting is set for 10am
Youth Results single 1:
1. Steven Max
2. Giovanni Passani
3. Mattijs Lasore
4. Francesco Cappuzzo
Junior Results single 1:
1. Steven Max
2. David Schiebel
3. Mattijs Lasore
4. Kostya Smirnoff
IFCA/ Class Rep Ruben Petrisie
Images: Hana Dutina / EFPKT
Premantura (Croatia) once again plays host to the IFCA Pro Kids, Junior and Youth Freestyle European Championships and takes place from October 29th to November 2nd. Premantura is the southernmost village of the Istrian peninsula and is therefore open to absolutely all the winds that blow in the northern Adriatic.
16 kids travelled to Premantura to take part in the event and we saw already the first result. Nicolo Tagliafico from Sardinia (Italy), won the U15 Single Elimination in front of Mats Moyson from Belgium and Jan Halej from Slowenia.
A light bura breeze welcomed the 16 registered competitors from 6 different countries on the first competition day with sunny skies. Later in the afternoon the wind started to pick up to 16 knots and the single elimination of the Pro kids under 15 age group category was scheduled to compete first.
The top 3 finalist of the U15 Single elimination #1
1. Nicolo Tagliafico / ITA
2. Mats Moyson / BEL
3. Jan Halej / SLO