SURF WORLD CUP PODERSDORF
Saturday saw spectators arrive in their thousands, as they basked in the sun and absorbed the electric atmosphere of the PWA Surf World Cup. The morning started just as forecast, however it wasn’t until late afternoon that the first heats could be sailed. The majority of the fleet headed out onto the water earlier in the afternoon, but conditions remained too inconsistent for any heats to be completed at that point. By the end of the day four heats had been sailed.
Head judge Duncan Coombs made the decision to extend the heat length to ten minutes in an effort to start the single elimination. After two failed attempts, it was a case of third time lucky as heat one was eventually completed. Tony Mõttus (JP / NeilPryde) finally dispatched of Mattia Fabrizi (Fanatic North), after displaying a greater level of diversity. On the other side of heat one Italian Nicola Spadea (Starboard / Gun Sails) put an end to Rasmus Rahback Oegelund’s (JP / NeilPryde) hopes of advancing into the second round.
Into heat two and the wind dropped a little, but this didn’t phase 17 year old Youp Schmit (JP / NeilPryde) as he put together a confident performance to ensure his inclusion in the second round. Paul Boef (Fanatic / Gaastra) and Mauricio Alvarez (Patrik / Gaastra) enjoyed a tight heat. Alvarez was off to a fast start as he quickly racked up a spock and flaka to put his opponent on the backfoot, but Boef battled back with a sweet shaka and clinched the tie with a text-book funnel.
The third heat provided the closest battle of the day between Brazilian Danilo Da Silva (RRD / RRD) and Frenchman Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / North), after a delay it was announced that Bosson was the sailor advancing by way of a 2:1 decision in his favour. The B-side of heat three saw both Jacopo Testa (RRD / RRD) and Remko De Zeeuw (F2 / Gaastra) falling a lot as they pushed for big moves in the light winds. De Zeeuw’s best moment came when he pulled a super clean cana brava but it wasn’t enough, as Testa regained his composure to progress.
The sailor of the day was without doubt Adrian Beholz (The Sail Loft / Maui Ultra Fins), who was involved in heat four. The young German demonstrated his full repertoire of tricks as he let loose against Lorenz Forstenlechner. Beholz landed anything from burners to e-sliders, but his best was a breathtaking rocket kono. Beholz showed what he is capable of today and it is bound to make other sailors sit up and take note. Forstenlechner was unlucky to come up against the inform Beholz as he sailed a solid heat, landing a stylish switch flaka and a kono of his own. Quincy Offringa (Starboard) safely negotiated his way through to the second round with an efficient display against Matthias Kraschitzer.
Despite a couple of attempts it was not possible to finish heat 5 today as the wind became too fickle late in the evening. It will now be the first heat sailed tomorrow.
Sunday promises to be a day of action with a better forecast than today. At the very least we should see the exciting conclusion of the single elimination. The skippers meeting shall be be a 9:30 with the first possible action taking place from 10am.
Last night saw the opening round of the EFPT tow in event. The ten riders were vying for a place in Monday nights final, with the top three going through. First up in front of the lively crowd were British duo Adam Sims and Phil Richards (F2 / Severne). Sims flamed a burner, whilst Richards delivered a slick one handed flaka after a shaky start. Nicola Spadea (Starboard / Gun Sails) responded with a flaka into ponch attempt but he couldn’t pull it off. Adrian Beholz and Bryan Metcalf-Perez (JP / NeilPryde) both crashed their respective moves, whilst Yegor Popretinskiy (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) delivered the best move of the night so far with a sick one handed flaka, but he was instantly outdone by local boy Max Matissek (Fanatic / North) who landed a perfect double flaka. From here on the level continued to rise, Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard / Point-7 / Maui Ultra Fins) stole the show as he landed an outstanding Burner 180 and booked his place in the final. Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) added some variation by pulling a super smooth double flaka diablo. Whilst his brother Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra) finished up the first round with a powerful burner. Despite a second round the top three remained unchanged, resulting in Nicolas Akgazciyan, Max Matissek and Taty Frans all progressing into the final.
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