With what was looking like a promising forecast, all the riders were buzzing with excitement on arrival at the first international event of the year. It was super cool to catch up with everyone and speak about each others winters, how training was going, where we had all been and what was in the pipeline. Of course it is also a great chance to meet fellow team riders and discuss the sails and how the new 2014 QUAD was working out. The general feeling on the 2014 QUAD was one of huge improvement. Particularly noticeable in the 4.8, 5.2 and the 5.6. In fact both Adi Beholz and Rasmus Oegelund were in agreement with me that the 5.6 was an exceptional sail right now. We never used a sail that gave so much power but felt so light and small when in use, so we were stoked to be able to have this one in our quiver at such a light wind event.
Talking of the event, the highlights came first from the tow-in where myself and Rasmus took part. I managed to qualify for the finals on the first day with what ended being the highest score of all the qualifiers with a funnel into air funnel 720, completing 3 full rotations before stepping off my sinking 90l Patrik freestyle. In the next qualifiers was Rasmus, who just missed out on the finals despite a very sick air funnel into air funnel one handed, actually the first ever seen in an international tow-in competition. Despite this, he earned a lot of respect from the riders and the crowd because it was his first ever attempt at an air funnel into air funnel in tow-in, he nailed it!
It wasn’t until a couple days later and a few sore heads from an epic evening entertainment schedule, that the official windsurfing competition got underway. The wind was unmistakably light. I mean I have windsurfed in some very marginal competitions before but this seemed to be a bit too far, even the all new 5.6 QUAD on my brand new 101 Patrik freestyle was not really enough and Rasmus even found himself on a 6.0 Cross! We were both sailing the same heat but against different opponents, he had Tonky Frans whilst I had the rather lightweight Antoine Albert. Whilst I was able to get planning two times each way and stick some good moves, it was my third move on each side that ruined it for me, pumping until my heart was about to explode didn’t really get me anywhere and desperately I tried to force moves to fill up the score sheet. Unfortunately, the gusts were not in my favour whilst Antoine got lucky and managed to get planing about 8 times instead of my 4/5 times. I’ll leave it up to the public to decide where the line on a fair and unfair heat should be drawn… I had been sailing before the heat for about an hour and was well in tune with the conditions we just got unlucky that it dropped 2/3 knots during our heat.
Further down on the draw and with slightly more wind Adi Beholz managed to pump his way into the next round and secured himself a finish that was one place better than myself and Rasmus. Obviously we were all hoping for a double and the wind that was forecast to fill in more again in the evening, so we held on to that for a while. As the evening came the wind filled in as predicted and the single was finished, however no double was started despite an hour of solid wind, adding to our frustrations. With the windsurfing final out the way, the tow-in took centre stage and I found myself with only one move on my mind, the double spock. With a clean spock diablo one handed on the first run, I wanted the double bad, but again I got caught up with my hands on take off and ended up with 9th overall. Still stoked to make the final especially with such a high qualifying run.
Text: Adam Sims, Images: Eftp, Sebastian Schöffel
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