Prize money upgrades, EFPT
Tow-In Championships and
more… The EFPT are
stepping up their game
as they announce
the first ever
well as plans for
and Red Bull
jumping on board.
As mentioned in the EFPT monthly of January the focus of the EFPT team lay on getting more tour stops on the calendar. However, even though the windsurfing sport itself seems to be something that develops faster than people can sometimes realise, it takes time and patience to organise events. Furthermore, dedication and a lot of professionalism is required from all sides, especially the organisers.
One of the best examples I can think of here, are Fred Bosson and Steve Palier from Open Ocean Media in Six Fours, France. For the past three years, they’ve been organising a key water sports event during the autumn season, the EFE (European Funboard Expression). This year, they want to take it one step further and host an EFPT stop. Working with a lot of passion and motivation Fred and Steve have created high quality files, to present them to potential sponsors, local authorities and the tourism board. It’s still to early to confirm the event, which is supposed to take place in October, but Steve and Fred are certainly going to keep up the great work they’ve been doing so far and will do their best to stage an EFPT event this year.
Unfortunately we’ve got a ‘no go’ from the WESH Centre Crew for the event in Leucate due to the reason that the centre is very young and Julien Taboulet and Caroline Barbeau are busy with organising more local contests and camps. They did emphasise their motivation to run an event next year though, which would be incredible due to being such a great freestyle spot and the unique obstacle park. Check out the video here….
Even though the possibility for a second tow-in competition in Klagenfurt, Austria was cancelled we still have an upgrade for you on the tow-in event side. The EFPT night tow-in event in Podersdorf, Austria, will be the the first tow-in European championship ever. As the renowned windsurfing brand Chiemsee became involved as a main sponsor, riders will battle for the title and 5.000€ prize money! The heats will take place every evening, starting at the 27th of April until the 29th. Thirty riders from the combined PWA/EFPT seeding will get the chance to fight for the places in the final on the 30th of April. Top picks for the crown are Steven Van Broeckhoven (Belgium) and Nicolas Akgazciyan (France). From Austria, local matador Max Matissek, who won the tow-in qualification last year will be the local favourite. We are looking forward to a great show, lots of participants and a huge crowd!
Marcel Simon, from the Surf Sigri centre in Lesvos has managed to get Red Bull on board for the confirmed EFPT event. The brand will provide the buoys that mark the heat area and riders will be supplied with all the free Red Bull that they can drink. Furthermore, a Red Bull car with a huge sound system will guarantee sick music all day long.
Negotiations with Simon Bassett (West Wittering) and Ralf Busse (Alacati) are still ongoing.
People who are following us on efpt.net, Facebook or twitter will have recently seen the report on the IFCA/EFPT judging clinic in Gent, Belgium. The course was held by Tom Hartmann (head judge of the EFPT), Ruben Petrise (EFPkT) and Bruno de Wannemaeker (IFCA), who gave insight on specialised topics within the race management of windsurf competitions. We congratulate all the attendees and are looking forward to the next course of this kind. If you want to be a future freestyle judge, be sure to be on our mailing list for further updates.
Upcoming on the efpt.net page is a video feature on the new F2 sails. Boards and Boardseeker.com Editor, Adam Sims, talked to Slovenian freestyle weapon Andraz Zan. The JP/Neilpryde freestyle team is going to be featured as well as the new Naish Chopper and the WESH centre in Leucate. Stay tuned, Hanna.