Day 3. Sunshine, 20 knots, a finished double elimination and the big night tow in show!
Starting the double at 9.30 am this morning it became obvious quite quickly who went into it with the intention to make a come back! F2 rider Nikos Athansiou from Greece won two of his heats against Will Rogers (Starboard) and Malte Hecht (Sailloft) to then be just stopped by Adrian Beholz (Sailloft). Nikos showed a strong repertoire on moves including power moves and very technical maneuvers like a switch flaka.
Pro freestyle windsurfer of Slovenia Andraz Zan (F2/F2) managed to climb up in the double elimination ladder after having a rather disappointing result in the single. He faced Adam Sims (Sailloft) and Julien Mas who he defeated with routine until young Rick Jendrusch (F2) dispatched him before he could step up into the top five. F2 team member Jendrusch showed a strong performance and sailed five heats in the double also taking out Jeremy Plüss from Switzerland, Adrian Beholz (Sailloft) from Germany and even UK top rider Andy Bubble Chambers (JP/Neilpryde). Only Adam Gavriel from Israel could stop the rookie with a sick style in all of his power moves and made Jendrusch end up in 4th place! The wind dropped a bit in the heat for the second and third place between Gavriel and Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard) but clearly favored Van der Eyken.
Davy Scheffers was already preparing on the beach, listening to music and being fully in the zone to be able to defend his first place of the single. The final battle of the Dutch rider against Dieter Van der Eyken was expected with excitement. Scheffers sailed a very strong heat again nailing a regular chachoo, a huge air funnell and massive culos while Van der Eyken sticked shakas and one handed shakas both ways, esliders both ways and also a switch flaka just to name a few moves from each rider. Still it seemed that Dieter lacked a bit of power and Davy won by a five to zero decision.
The results after the full double elimination are as follows:
1st Davy Scheffers from Holland
2nd Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard) from Belgium
3rd Adam Gavriel from Israel
The schedule for tonight is the tow in show at the town beach of Weymouth just before the annual 5th of November fireworks display and the bonfire night, which is a very popular custom in the UK. The organizers set up 500€ prize money for the top three and the entry list consists of 13 riders who all have a lot of tow in experience. Big names like Andy Bubble Chambers, Julien Mas, Davy Scheffers and Dieter Van der Eyken will circle their moves through the air, being watched by many thousand spectators. The show starts at 6.00 pm. We will give you a photo update afterwards!
Check out some action and chat of yesterday here: