IFCA Slalom Worlds - DAY 4 ACTION - Ben Van Der Steen Top Tips

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Day 4 saw some action at last and it was Ben van der Steen who stole the show and came out on top. Our man on the beach, Amado Vrieswijk also had some great success but not after some hard luck before/during the first race. Read on to hear about it in his words and continue scrolling through as we receive 4 top tips from Ben van der Steen on how to get off the start-line fast and stay ahead in clear air.

Over to Amado…

Yesterday (9th May) at 2pm the wind was gusty but ok to race, between 15-25 knots. I was in heat 7 and went on the water on time with my Starboard I-sonic 97 and Severne Reflex 5 7.8.

Amado receiving 'medical' attention, nothing like duck tape!
Amado receiving ‘medical’ attention, nothing like duck tape!
Quick rig change
Quick rig change

The first ‘lowlight’ hit me pretty quick: 10 minutes before the start my mast broke and then I managed to get a very deep cut on my foot from the fin whilst de-rigging my gear in the water. I had to be brought back to shore by the safety boat, from there I duck-tapped my foot up and quickly took my second kit; Starboard Isonic 97 and Severne Reflex 7.0 and raced back to start. I was gutted to arrive just a minute too late and got scored a DNS – Did Not Start. This was a bummer, but still I could race with all the first round losers, which was 24 competitors on the start in heat 18.

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Race back out to the start

Highlight: I had a perfect start, rounded the buoys smoothly and finished first way ahead of the others, it felt great after such a disappointing start because of my gear failure and injury. My foot is ok, I had to put duct-tape around it as I have had no time to visit the doctor of course. We started a second round at 6pm but the wind dropped and the day was over. Congratulations to Ben van der Steen who’s the winner of round one.

Well ahead of the pack in the final race.
Well ahead of the pack in the final race.

For those interested you can download the full results from the first elimination below:

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