On the third day of the European Freestyle Pro Tour stop here in Lanzarote the wind didn’t play ball yet again. As a calm patch continues to sit over the entire Canary Islands the event organiser and EFPT decided that the conditions shouldn’t go to wast and so the freestylers took to the tow rope and went guns blazing into a full tow-in qualification round, much like that which took place in Austria earlier this year. The final of which will take place tomorrow.
With almost ideal conditions for tow-in all but 3 of the competitors signed up to take part. Perhaps also due to the likelihood that tomorrow will see no windsurfing action once again and it has been decided to split half the prize money amongst all the competitors and half for the tow-in. The usual rule is that just 50% of the prize money must be split if a result isn’t achieved, however, event organiser Antxon Oteagui understands the position of the competitors better than most and fronted all the prize money, no matter what. A hugely respected move.
With this in mind, two fleets of 10 hit the water with the best 5 from each advancing through to tomorrow afternoons final. In the first round it was Sims who scored highest with air funnell into air funnell on two occasions, followed by Hugo de Sousa who took part in tow-in for the first time ever and managed to stomp a huge burner 720 on his first run, something that was almost unsurprising to his peers watching from the beach. The young super-talent from Brazil stuck the move on his 6th run! The third spot went to Dieter van der Eyken, who also nailed a clean air funnell into funnell.
It was the second heat of the day that saw two highest scores. Both Amado Vrieswijk and Steven van Broeckhoven managed to score over 50 points out of a maximum of 60 with an incredible burner 720 and a very tweaked out air funnell into burner, respectively. The third spot went to Yentel Caers who bounced through a clean air funnell into air funnell. The level tomorrow afternoon will be high and one mistake could be very costly. We’ll bring you much more tomorrow from our very limited internet connection here in Lanzarote, so stay tuned for some thick and fast action, for now, enjoy a gallery of highlights from today over the next pages.