Day 5 of the EFE/EFPT tour stop here in the South of France should have seen the 36 competitors on the water one more time as the forecast looked very promising for the morning. The new single elimination ladder had already been prepared and announced and one more day with great windsurf action could have been expected.
There was just one thing that couldn't have been calculated, crossing the plan: the red flags were put up along the whole coastline between Marseille and Nice with the strict announcement, that everybody who will enter either the beach or the water will be warned by the police. The council recommended to cancel the competition and gave us no authorization to send the riders out again.
After no further eliminations were possible, the result for the second EFPT stop is as follows:
1st Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard) from Belgium
2nd Tonky Frans from Bonaire
3rd Davy Scheffers from Holland
1st Antoine Albert (New Caledonia)
2nd Julien Mas (France)
3rd Romain Pinocheau (France)
The prize giving happened at 5.00 pm this afternoon and saw a big involvement of local politicians and press. Apart from the winners of the two competitions, Julien Mas was rewarded with a trophy in memory of Vincent Mellouet, who tragically passed away earlier this year. The organization wanted to honor a person who does a lot for windsurfing, which in that case has been Julien who himself is the organizer of the Wind Meet.
The team from the EFPT would like to congratulate the top three for their great performance and of course all the other riders, especially the ones who competed for the first time in an international event! You all did an amazing job and we hope to welcome you on further tour stops in the future!