So all eyes were on Andre Paskowksi; the champion was surely going to make a comeback. But he managed to miss his heat following a ‘misunderstanding’ with his fellow competitor Egor Popretinsky. We would love to know what the ‘misunderstanding’ was all about but it certainly put the savvy German off his pace and a bad event all round for Andre.
However, Egor was not too smug for long as he then lost to Belgian youngster Steven Van Broeckhoven who was being cheered on by a load of beachside Belgian tourists. This boy was on fire! Firstly no one had heard of him and secondly he went to beat 6 top riders in a row including Remko, Egor and Michi Robmeier to finish fourth overall.
The wind died off early as predicted so the double couldn’t be completed. However, the Levante wind was forecast for the following day and when it did blow it, the double continued but this time no surprises as Antxon, Kevin and Normen all defended their podium positions. The organisers tried to run a second single elimination half an hour later but the wind decided enough was enough and although the event had one more day to run, it was clear to the sailors that the event was over hence the wild celebrations that evening at Cafe Del Mar in Tarifa City.
Next stop for the tour: Surf Worldcup in conjunction with the PWA in Podersdorf, Austria from 29 April to 4 May.
1. Normen Gunzlein (G-186) JP/Neil Pryde
2. Kevin Mevissen (H-79) RRD Boards
3. Antxon Otaegui (E-169) JP/Neil Pryde
4. Steven Van Broeckhoven (B-72) F2 Boards
5. Michael Robmeier (AUT-256) Exocet/The Loft
6. Egor Popretinsky (RUS-11) JP/Neil Pryde
Joint 7th. Remko de Weerd (H-23) Tabou/Gaastra
Joint 7th Andre Paskowski (G-2) Fanatic/North Sails
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PHOTOS courtesy of EFPT/DaMike