The EFPT join Boardseeker for another edition of their monthly round up. This time they share tales from the EFPT competition in Greece, information about the amateur video contest in France and big news from the UK!
EFPT monthly July/August
Whilst July was a fairly quiet month for the European Freestyle pro Tour in which we fully focused on the promotion and organisation of our scheduled events, August has been a busy one, all in the name of the EFPT ‘3 Style Area Cup’ taking place in beautiful Sigri on the island of Lesvos, Greece.
We took the office to the Sigri Surf Center, owned by Austrian Marcel Simon and his wife Martina, a week before the event to make sure everything would be sorted in time. Marcel who brought the EFPT to his spot for the first time impressed us with a great organisation on site including a decent judge tower, the Red Bull truck with a sound system and microphone for announcements, plus free drinks for the riders and crew. Red Bull buoys were provided for the heat area and every day there was a social programme including community meals for the participants, where the EFPT crew had the chance to discuss new ways in and the future for freestyle windsurfing with the riders.
After rather untypical low wind conditions in the first few days of August the wind started to fill in, just just as we had ordered, on the first day of the 3 Style Area Cup. Whilst the 20 riders were on sails between 4.5 and 5.3 to show their best moves in the glassy flat water of the freestyle corner at the Sigri Surf Center, the EFPT judges had some busy days taking the fleet through two single and one full double elimination. Unfortunately race officer Tom Hartmann had to cancel the second double elimination as the wind dropped on the third day of competition and didn’t deliver sufficient conditions.
Outstanding in his performance was Davy Scheffers from Holland who circled his way through all of his heats without losing a single one. He took victory in front of young Youp Schmit (JP/Neilpryde) from Bonaire and German freestyle weapon Adrian Beholz (Fanatic).
Best sailor from the UK has been current UK freestyle champion Adam Sims who had a great comeback after a disappointing first single elimination. He made his way through four heats in the double, even taking out strong sailing Tilo Eber (JP/Neilpryde) to finish 7th overall.
You can watch all the daily event videos on: https://vimeo.com/sigrisurf
Even though the event in Sigri was a big success, the organisers for the potential EFPT event in Alacati, Turkey couldn’t confirm their event early enough and therefore had to step back from it this year.
Marcel Simon, the owner of the Sigri Surf Center and the organiser of the 3 Style Area Cup already mentioned his interest for an event in 2013 and declared his hopes that the tour will grow again with more stops in the Agean Sea! We fully share this wish and are looking forward to the 3 Style Area Cup Part 2 in 2013!
Whilst it has been a busy summer for everyone, Steve Palier and Fred Bosson from France have been working hard to finalise everything for their EFPT event in Six Fours les Plages at the end of October 2012.
They also launched an amateur video contest for which everyone is invited to produce a ‘100% freestyle’ clip. Prizes range from a brand new 2012 4.7 Loftsails Wavescape to an ION wetsuit, MB fins, Contour camera kit to a North Sail Silver Boom (140/190).
WHAT: produce a video with the title ‘100%freestyle’
WHO: everyone who wants to take part
WHEN: from now on until 1st of October
SEND TO: [email protected]
WINNER: will be nominated during the EFE/EFPT event in October, winning video will be promoted through popular windsurf relevant channels (efpt.net, continentseven.com, windsurfjournal.com)
Find out more about the video contest, the judging and the rules here
Best news last: the EFPT has a confirmed tour stop in the United Kingdom this year! After negotiations to run an event in West Wittering where we had problems to come to a conclusion, two young organisers stepped in with their brand new event company called ‘Xtreme Playground’ (XPLG) and suggested the final EFPT tour stop of 2012 to be staged in Weymouth! Weymouth which became popular world wide through the Olympic sailing competitions delivers amazing conditions throughout the whole year with a high chance of wind, a good infrastructure and the OTC run by the very motivated and dedicated Tris Best. With the UK company CENTAUR Travel, a public travel company based in London, being the main supporter of the event and a very passionate organisation team, this events promises to be a huge success.
We are going to tell you more about the CENTAUR ‘King of the Wind’ event in the next EFPT monthly. For now the dates for your diary are the 3rd-6th of November and the location is Weymouth!
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EFPT Tour Manager and Press Officer