This weekend the 2014 German Freestyle Battle's kicked off in style. With some decent wind and flat water the best 'stylers in German took to the water to showcase what they had learnt over the winter training period. Read on to see the report or jump straight to the video by CLICKING HERE. Join us soon for a larger gallery and much more detailed report.
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For the men it was a hard and long single elimination. From the beginning the "pros" like Adi Beholz, Tilo Eber, Valentin Böckler and Mathias Genkel (who came from Bavaria), lead their heats with no fault. One stand out competitor was the young Marcus Marsand, who beat Malte Hecht in the quarter finals made it to 5th place in the end. Felix Söder also had some good heats but unfortunately lost to the PWA sailor Tilo Eber, who also made it to 5th.
The semi final was really closed between Beholz and Böckler. Böckler, who wanted revenge from one week earlier at the EFPT event in Podersdorf, was sailing with a strong drive and power in his moves. In the end the two both had exactly the same points (37.5) but with the diversity and style of moves, Beholz passed to the winners final.
Mathias Genkel "the light-wind god" showed Marcus Marsand, in the semi final, how to make power moves without any wind. Culos, burners, konos, everything... on both tacks... crazy and impressive to watch!
In the winners final we saw a great show between Eber and Beholz! Skopus, konos and more more power moves combined with some more technical sliding tricks on both tacks were standard. In the end it was Beholz who took 1st place with his consistent level of technical and powerful moves.
In the losers final Böckler seemed to run out of his power after a lot of sailing during the day and sailing hard in his semi-final heat against Beholz. As a result Genkel, who was on form, showed a repertoire of power moves on both tacks to beat him to the last podium position.
In the end there were 42 stoked competitors, who were super happy about such a well organised day with competition for all! It was the first time with so many people at a GFB and shows a great sign for the future. Prize money and some nice prizes from the sponsors were handed out at the end of the day!
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