SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam

Day 4: A Bit of Tow-in Freestyle to Entertain the Crowds as the Wind Continues to Refuse to Play Ball

Monday always looked light on the forecast compared to yesterday and that’s how the day played out with almost zero wind throughout Day 4 of the 2021 SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam. With things remaining extremely calm it was left to a few members of the Freestyle fleet to entertain the crowds and TV crew with a tow-in display. 

2021 EFPT Tow-in Champion - Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins): “It was really fun to be able to get in the water for a bit today, although we didn’t have as much speed that I would like for tow-in. But just good to be in the wetsuit and I’m ready for whatever is thrown at us here. I still managed to land a few moves and just keep a bit of the stoke flowing with some water time. It was fun with Youp, Antony and Takuma.”

Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails), who finished 4th overall on the Freestyle PWA World Tour in 2019: “The tow-in was a bit different as we had almost no wind when we were doing it. But overall it was a lot of fun with the boat as you can a little wake to pop off.”

Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) - 7th overall in 2019: “The tow-in today was fun - we were a really small fleet with just me, Lennart, Youp & Takuma, we just wanted to try and give a show for the TV. We made the best of what we had. For me it was just fun because I haven’t done tow-in for about 3 years.”

Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) - who finished as the U20 Youth Vice-World Champion in both Wave & Freestyle: “It was so much fun to do some tow-in and I’m stoked from today. I did have a big crash though which was super scary. It was super shallow where I crashed, so it hurt, but I’m okay. I think in the end we all landed some good moves.”

The forecast looks light once again for Tuesday, so the Wave fleet have been given a lay day, whilst the Slalom & Freestyle fleets will both have their skippers’ meetings at 10am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10:30am onwards - if conditions are suitable. Whilst Tuesday may not look too bright on paper the good news is that Wednesday now offers a bit more promise than before. 

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