Vincent Langer: he's had luck on his side too | Photo: IFCA

Vincent Langer claimed the 2018 IFCA Slalom Windsurfing European Championships, in Westerland, Sylt, Germany.

The seven-day event had five eliminations and a broad range of wind and ocean conditions, from light breezes and flat waters to gusty winds and pumping swells.

In fact, on day three, competitors were greeted by three-meter waves and 30-knot plus winds. The good news is that Germans love windsurfing, and they are willing to sacrifice comfort for an exciting competition.

The event attracted windsurfers from all corners of the Old Continent, including Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ukraine, France, and Poland.

Things didn't start well for Langer, but the German kept his composure and sent the European title discussion to the last day of competition.

The final races had crashes, early crossings of the start line, and should-to-shoulder sailing, but in the end, it was Vincent Langer who eventually raised the trophy.

"I'm the 2018 European Slalom champion! We had five eliminations, winds from 9-30 knots, and sail sizes from 6.2 to 9.0. I am very happy and exhausted!" expressed the newly crowned 2018 IFCA Slalom Windsurfing European champion.

"Merci to France! Sometimes you have to be lucky! At the start, I had to take full risks and risk a jump start. Having to watch afterward was awful. Nico had everything in his hands, but the French are extremely strong in these conditions."

2018 IFCA Slalom Windsurfing European Championships | Top 5

1. Vincent Langer (GER)
2. Gunnar Asmussen (GER)
3. Nicolas Prien (GER)
4. Damien Cervera (FRA)
5. Francesco Scagliola (ITA)

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