EFPT Freestyle Grand Prix kicks off in Porto Liscia

May 31, 2009 | Windsurfing

EFPT Freestyle Grand Prix kicks of in Porto Liscia

The wind was still too light to start competition, so the fleet had to wait till noon that the wind picked up and the competition got started.

In Heat 1 Brazilian Souza de Pedro (RRD/Simmer) sailed against the local hero Lorioli (RRD/RRD) and Meir (Fanatic/Simmer) from Israel against Sardinian local Varrucciu (Naish/Naish). The Brazilian rider showed a solid heat and also the local Varrucciu (Naish/Naish) advanced over Meir (Fanatic/Simmer), who crashed a couple of his moves.

Heat 2 showed only 2 riders on the water, because Paskowski (Fanatic/North) had no opponent in the first round and advanced automatically. Brazilian Teixeira (RRD/RRD) was facing Slovenian newcomer Zan Sude and performed his samba show on the water. Teixeira (RRD/RRD) showed a bigger variety of moves and made in into the next round.

Heat 3 set the EFPT premiere for Team Estonia with Aava (Starboard) against Chico Bento (Fanatic/North) from Brazil and Greek rider Promponas (Fanatic/North) facing German young gun Lachauer (Starboard).

Unfortunately the wind started dropping during the heat which needed to get resailed. Also on the second try the wind was lacking and the heat got canceled. The fleet was kept on stand by for the rest of the afternoon, but the wind didn't increase to sufficient force to run any more heats.

So tomorrow skippers meeting is scheduled for 9.00. Locals say that anything can happen with the actual weather situation, so let's see what Sunday will bring for the competition.

Tonight there is a free riders dinner and party in the biggest disco of northern Sardinia. We are all curious about it, riders are getting dresses up and are ready to go, report will follow tomorrow.

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