EFPT Podersdorf 2014 – Daily Updates


Another standby day with hardly a breath of wind, but where windsurfing was lacking tow-in took centre stage. Round 2 of the qualifications took place later in the day, but first the riders met with the judges to discuss how tow-in freestyle should progress. There was a lot of debate about how moves should be scored, how the format should work and how to make it more progressive.

Later the competitors gathered at the skimboarding pool for a little head to head battle. After several attempts and a few falls Yentel Caers came out on top and won himself a free meal from any of the stands in the event site.

The riders taking part in a signing session after the tow-in

At 4pm training commenced for the tow-in and many of the younger guys got in quite a few practice runs. As 5 o’clock approached the beach began to fill up with spectators who were keen to see the pros ripping and the local superstar Max Matissek in action.


The first round saw quite a few hard crashes, not least was one from Matissek who tripped his rail on take off and slammed super hard right in front of the crowd. Putting the pressure on for his second run he knew that he would need to stick his move to stand a chance of advancing. Meanwhile Julien Mas stuck a clean funnell into funnell on his first run and found himself on top of the leader board. Also impressing was Youp Schmit with a huge culo, of which he just fell on the final sail flip, however the amplitude and style scored him some pretty big points and put him in third place after the first round. On the second run, Matissek launched into a clean funnell into funnell, the execution was near perfect and this was rewarded by cheers from the crowd and third place just in front of Youp. The final results can be seen below.


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