- 13 May 2013 | Windsurfing
Gunnar Asmussen has been crowned the 2013 IFCA Slalom world champion, in Westerland, Sylt, Germany.
Up to 63 Funboard windsurfers from 14 countries have sailed their best, with Southwestern wind ranging between 12 and 25 knots, in the last day of races.
Four eliminations rounds decided the best sailors. The situation before the fourth and final elimination couldn't be more exciting. Four riders were in striking distance for the World Championship title: Gunnar Asmussen, Vincent Langer, Jordy Vonk and Maciek Rutkowski.
Suddenly, waves picked up and the wind got stronger to over 20 knots, in the North Sea. It was time to get decisions from the IFCA windsurfers.
Gunnar Asmussen had a spectacular catapult crash, while leading the fleet to the first mark. In the last position, he started a spectacular chase and managed to qualify for the quarterfinal, in third place of this heat.
Stoked by this success, Asmussen blasted his way through the next rounds towards the final. In the final, the favorites proved that they rightly claimed their positions on the top of the fleet.
"I am stoked to be Slalom world champion! I knew that I am fast, but winning this great event after training and tuning for so many months means a lot to me!", expressed Gunnar Asmussen.
Ethan Westera, from Aruba, drew a lot of attention on himself. At the age of 15, he won the Junior (Under 17) and the Youth (Under 20) categories and scored an impressive 9th place in the overall fleet.
Andrea Rosati was the best Master, scoring a 6th place and Anissa Morath was the best in the Women's division.
2013 IFCA Slalom World Championships:
1. Gunnar Asmussen
2. Vincent Langer
3. Jordy Vonk
4. Sebastian Kornum
5. Maciek Rutkowski