- 17 May 2013 | Windsurfing
Taty Frans and Kiri Thode have claimed the Slalom and Freestyle titles at the Curacao Challenge 2013, in the Netherlands Antilles.
A total of 85 windsurfers from some of the world's best sailing countries like Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao competed in front of hundreds of spectators.
The 5th edition of the Curacao Challenge showcased an high level of competition mixed with a great atmosphere. The event held a Tow-In Freestyle contest, Slalom races and a SUP battle.
Wind wasn't strong enough for the Freestyle pros to perform their usual arsenal of tricks, so a special tow-in session was organized.
Remarkable were the efforts by local windsurfer Rafael de Windt, who went for extreme maneuvers and placed fourth. The podium got three riders from Bonaire: Kiri Thode, Björn Saragoza and Taty Frans.
Eleven Slalom races were disputed, with Taty Frans taking the trophy, in Director's Bay, one the most beautiful beaches of Curacao with its clear turquoise Caribbean water.
"In the last day, I won three out of the four races, with a total of 10 races won, out of 11. I am very proud of my own results, first in Slalom, first in SUP and third in Freestyle", says Taty Frans.
Frans, one of the greatest ambassadors and inspirations in the windsurfing world, had arrived at Curacao by surfing from Bonaire, in a world record time of 1h40m, as a fundraising initiative for his friend Jayson Muller.
Curacao Challenge 2013 Results:
1. Kiri Thode (Bonaire)
2. Bjorn Saragoza (Bonaire)
3. Taty Frans (Bonaire)
4. Rafael de Windt (Curacao)
5. Quincy Offringa (Aruba)
1. Taty Frans (Bonaire)
2. Kiri Thode (Bonaire)
3. Jean Patrick van der Wolde (Curacao)
4. Nick van de Eerenbeemd (Aruba)
5. Bjorn Saragoza (Bonaire)