- 27 July 2014 | Kiteboarding
Mario Rodwald and Paula Novotná have been crowned the 2014 European freestyle kiteboarding champions, in Italy.
In the final day of races, the majority of the fleet got overpowered by the big kites as the breeze reached over 18 knots.
With the wind blowing strong, there was no time to waste and the Freestyle competition quickly got underway. The double elimination round would give the riders a second chance to claim the European title and with today's gusty weather it wasn't an easy task.
Crashes and tight battles were on the menu today. In the Women's race, it was once again a final between Czech Republic's Paula Novotná and local rider Bagnoli. Novotna proved her superiority and defended her European title.
In the Men's race, things were not so easy for Gianmaria Coccoluto, as defending European champion Rodwald came back to win the second elimination round, giving him a second shot at the title in a super final that followed. Super Mario took the title, once again.