With three favorites for this years Chiemsee European Tow In Championship in one qualification, the show tonight promised to be one to remember.
We had some very experienced riders in the fleet, including the likes of; Max Matissek (Fanatic) from Austria, reigning European tow-in champion Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP/Neilpryde) and French pro Adrien Bosson (North/Fanatic) who is training a lot of tow-in freestyle and already convinced the judges at the EFPT event in Six Fours les Plages, in France, last November. Yet we had some tow-in rookies in the fleet where we didn't know what to expect. Balz Müller from Switzerland, Raimondo Gasperini (Starboard) from Italy and Valentin Böckler (Starboard) from Germany were competing in the EFPT tow-in for the first time.
Outstanding performances were seen, just as expected, from Steven Van Broeckhoven and local hero Max Matissek. Cheered on by the crowd that lined the beach, Max stuck a perfect double funnel in the first round and an amazing triple funnel in his second run, which scored 47.5 points! Steven went for a clean double funnel on his first run and for a sick air funnel into burner on his second run, which set a new high score of the day with 49.5 points.
We already knew that Adrien Bosson was somebody to look out for in the tow-in discipline but what he showed tonight in his first run was just incredible. A super clean and powerful burner 900 which put him in the lead for a while.
The best crash of the day we definitely saw from the Swiss rider Balz Müller. In his second run he gave the saying 'all or nothing' a completely new meaning, he was the only one to get towed in from the other direction (into the wind) and with a speed that you could hear some people's knees shaking on the beach. Riders assumed he was trying to go for a one handed shaka but he failed big time. Always protected with his white helmet, which almost has a trademark status, he claimed this crash and the crowd and the judges simply loved it.
We also saw an outstanding performance from Romain Pinocheau from France who also gained some recognition at the tow-in competition in Six Fours les Plages. He tried to show a flaka-shaka but couldn't quite make the second rotation.
After the first round the result favored Van Broeckhoven, Matissek and Bosson, which remained the same for the rest of the competition. Also in the second round they only managed to beat their own scores.
In the final we'll see:
The show starts at 8.00 pm tomorrow and the live ticker on our Facebook page will be hosted by UK freestyler Adam Sims who finished just behind Kiri in their qualification round.
(All pics by Martin Reiter)