Relying on the forecast that predicted the wind to start around 9.00 am, and getting stronger during the day, race director Tom Hartmann scheduled the skippers meeting at that time with the first possible start at 9.30. Perfectly on time the green flag was pulled up and we saw the first heat of the day on the water.
In the double elimination that had to be finished we saw some great comebacks. UK freestyler Adam Sims, who was in the first heat of the day battled his way through taking down the Greek sailors Tsetsekos and Bathrelos to meet top German freestyler Tilo Eber (JP/Neilpryde) in heat number 29. Sims showed a very solid heat spinning through culos, burners, konos, shove-it spocks and shakas, whilst Tilo didn't get enough moves onto the judge sheets. Only Max Matissek (Fanatic) could stop the run of the British rider by landing his moves cleaner.
An amazing performance was also shown by the Russian JP/Neilpryde sailor Vladimir Yakovlev who impressed with double spocks, funnels, double punetas and a variety of other sliding moves on both tacks. With an amount of five sailed heats his 5th place after the double was very well deserved.
Also 18 year old Marco Lufen (JP/Neilpryde) proved once more that he is somebody to watch out for, taking down Nikos Athanasiou from Greece, as well as Stefanos Damianos. One more time Max Matissek from Austria was the one to show him the door.
In the losers final German rider Adrian Beholz (Fanatic) once again had to face the Slovenian freestyler Andraz Zan (F2). Both sailors showed a very strong heat with Adrian winning due to higher diversity and more maneuvers landed, including 'rocket-air' konos (as other riders like to call it) on both tacks, switch flakas as well as high air funnels and plenty more.
The winners final we had the same opponents like in the single, with Davy Scheffers defending his first place with a wide repertoire of double and triple moves once again taking down Youp Schmit (JP/Neilpryde) from Bonaire who made the audience go wild with his tweaked shove-it spocks and insanely high full planing konos.
As the wind was truly picking up during the afternoon, the next single elimination was announced shortly afterwards.
The competition went past really fast today when all the riders tried to show their best. We haven't seen many surprises here except the that some of the outstanding riders of the last double elimination got taken out in their first heats. So did Adam Sims, Max Matissek (Fanatic) and Marco Lufen (JP/Neilpryde) who were now all ready to strike back in the next double.
Some remarkable sailing was noticed, Adam Gavriel from Israel showing sick double moves properly popping out the board going for double flakas and shaka flakas as well as high culos. Also Stam Promponas (Fanatic) convinced with a solid run against Max Matissek taking the Austrian down.
Even though the wind got a bit lighter during the final heats the last four riders tried to show their best moves. The second single elimination ended therefor with the same result like in the previous round putting Davy Scheffers in first, Youp Schmit (JP/Neilpryde) in second and Adrian Beholz (Fanatic) into third position.
Although the second double elimination had been started right away, it had to be cancelled just a few heats in as the wind shifted a bit and delivered lighter conditions.
The wind forecast for tomorrow doesn't look as good as today so the skippers meeting was scheduled for 9.30am instead of 9.00am giving the riders a longer time to rest. First heat on the water will be Adam Sims from the UK against Teo Bathrelos (Fanatic) from Greece and Max Matissek (Fanatic) from Austria against Stefanos Damianos from Greece.