The European Freestyle Pro Tour Sailor of the Year award came to its final conclusion yesterday. There were nine riders nominated, with a high profile list that included; Andraz Zan (F2/F2) from Slovenia, Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard) from Belgium, Gabriele Varrucciu (Naish/Naish) from Italy, Adrian Beholz (Fanatic/Sailloft) from Germany, Mattia Fabrizi (North/Fanatic) from Italy, Italian JacopoTesta (RRD/RRD), Adam Sims (Sailloft) and Andy 'Bubble' Chambers (JP/Neilpryde) from the UK and Youp Schmit (JP/Neilpryde) who competes for the Netherlands.
In the end it was Adam Sims from the UK who took the award with a pro-active performance as both a competitor and an event organiser.
We caught up with Hanna Poschinger, EFPT Press Officer and Tour Manager for a few words about the competition and the final winner:
"We had a fantastic time this year on the tour, there was a lot of support from the industry, the event organisers and the competitors themselves. The idea behind this competition was to help highlight the supporting industry brands of the EFPT and to promote the sailors and the tour through the public vote. We had a number of important characters from all over Europe within the draw, which saw almost 1,200 LIKES and 250 SHARES. Our final winner really deserved it due to his consistent and great overall result (8th place) but also for being a huge driving force as one of the organisers of the final EFPT stop in Weymouth, England. This was also a first for the UK and we hope to return there at the end of this year. Congratulations to all the nominees and competitors on this years European Freestyle Pro Tour."
An interview and more is promised on efpt.net soon.
Further to this Rick Jendrusch became the EFPT Rookie of the Year after showing some impressive sailing throughout 2012. However, many will remember his come back at the King of the Wind event in the UK where he charged his way past many high profile freestylers to finish 4th. His level continues to improve fast and we look forward to seeing him back in action on the EFPT and PWA next year.
Photos - Raffi Cherbedjian