Yesterday hundreds of people gathered on the beach to see the first ten riders compete for the three places in the final. We saw an international fleet of sailors with each one having the potential to advance. The atmosphere on the water and on the shore was amazing with riders cheering at each other and with the eyes of the spectators glued to the contest area.
Most impressive maneuvers were definitely shown by the French rider Nicolas Agkazciyan (Starboard) who landed the perfect Burner into Puneta and therefore scored 32 points, which was the highest score of the night. Furthermore we had Taty Frans (Starboard) from Bonaire showing an incredible double flaka diabolo. Outstanding also was the performance of Max Matissek (North/Fanatic). His tow in preparation paid off completely as he showed the cheering crowd a perfect funnell into funnel, which brought him a fixed starting place in the finals on Sunday. Funnells and burners seemed to be the a standard moves yesterday so most of the riders tried to double everything up. Even though some riders improved in their second run, the results stayed more or less the same and the following riders made their way into the final:
- Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard/Point 7)
-Taty Frans (Starboard/ MauiSails)
- Max Matissek (North/Fanatic)
The EFPT's live ticker which is hosted by different riders every day was a big success yesterday night when German Marco Wedele was doing the commentary. Loads of people followed us on Facebook and Twitter. This night's host will be local hotshot Max Matissek, who already secured his place for the finals. Make sure to follow us tonight, when the next round will be on at 8.30pm (Austrian time).
In the second qualification round we will see: Gollito Estredo from Venezuela, French rider Anthony Ruenes, Björn Saragoza and Kiri Thode from Bonaire, Italian sailor Mattia Fabrizi, UK's Max Rowe, Dutch riders Remko De Zeeuw, Rick Jendrusch, Quincy Offringa from Aruba and the host of yesterday's live ticker German sailor Marco Wedele.
Pics by: Walter Kölbl, Martin Reiter