As time flies when you are busy (and you are having fun), we couldn't update you about the EFPT in March. Nevertheless we have even more for this month.
Until now, the EFPT tow in event in Podersdorf, Austria was the only windsurfing event that saw an upgraded this year. We informed you in the last EFPT monthly that the tow in event caught the attention of Tobias Blick from the Chiemsee AG & Co KG in Germany. He was the initiator to fund the first ever European Tow In Championship with 5.000€ prize money.
As the event was held during the PWA stop in Austria, the list of competitors who applied was remarkable. Yet there were only 30 places available. Race director Tom Hartmann generated a seeding list with 50 names on it, referring to the results of last year's tow in in Podersdorf, the EFPT tow in competition in Sardinia in 2011 and the combined overall seeding lists of the PWA and the EFPT. After the official starter list for the three qualification rounds was announced, the fleet consisted of names of all different nationalities including three riders from the UK. Freestyle professionals Andy 'Bubble' Chambers (JP/Neilpryde) and Max Rowe (North/Fanatic), as well as UK freestyle champion Adam Sims all had the chance to battle their way to the final. Even though the english riders showed some pretty nice action in the floodlit shallow waters of Lake Neusiedl, their points didn't suffice to take them there. After three amazing nights with thousands of spectators, who cheered not only for radical moves but also for big crashes, the Chiemsee Tow In European Championship went into it's last round on Monday night.
Every night the EFPT provided a live ticker on Facebook/Twitter to make the action accessible to as many people as possible. Each night we hosted the ticker with another rider of the tow in competition. Marco Wedele from Germany, Max Matissek (North/Fanatic) from Austria, Yegor Propretinskiy from Russia (JP/Neilpryde) and Adam Sims from the UK thrilled our followers on our social media networks with all the live action and some funny insights. We managed to reach many hundred people like this and could also expand the list of our followers. The tow in championship was a huge success and the marketing department of Chiemsee already confirmed their interest to run the same event again next year! For more information about the event, results and pics please check out www.efpt.net
The EFPT schedule for the next event is 'just 94 days left' until we hit the stage again in Sigri, Lesvos. With a wind average of over 90% (above 4 Bft) in August, this place will most likely deliver the ideal conditions for the EFPT freestyle contest. We already have some registered riders, amongst those Adam Sims from the UK and Italian freestyle heroes Mattia Fabrizi (North/Fanatic) and Gabriele Varrucciu (Naish/Naish). Marcel Simon, organizer of the Sigri 3Style Area Cup managed to pull more sponsors on board, including the local producer of finest greek fancy food like olive oil, dried figs and honey (a.o.) called 'Ol eve' (www.ol-eve.com). Furthermore he has arranged accommodation for riders for extremely reasonable prices, so be sure to contact Marcel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are intending to compete.
Ralf Busse from the ASPC in Alacati assigned an event manager for the EFPT stop that he is planing to stage one week after Sigri (16th-19th of August). The managing director Yesim Soyer is currently having meetings with main sponsors who are interested in funding the event. We set a deadline for the end of May at the latest to make sure we can inform riders as soon as possible if Alacati happens or not.
Furthermore, Steve Palier and Fred Bosson are still working hard on the tour-stop in Six Fours, France. The final announcement is going to be made at the beginning of June and I can assure you that it will most likely be a positive one!
The UK is still on the EFPT wishlist to stage the finals of the tour. With West Wittering or West Kirby hosting the last stop, the European Champion would be crowned in England. Together with the editor of boardseeker.com, Adam Sims, we are putting together a sponsorship proposal and work hard to make this happen.
I hope to have more good news for you in the EFPT monthly of May. Thanks for following us!
EFPT Tourmanager and Press Officer Hanna