What a finale to the Costa Brava slalom. Kevin Pritchard certainly silenced his critics (er, that be us), but putting a fine display getting many top placings in the last 5 races they did today, he even got back to his winning ways in the second from last race. In winds that started off in the low teens with regular downwind slalom courses, to winds that gusted between 15 and 28 knots by the afternoons longer distance racing, equipment choice was certainly critical. In fact for most it was a case of take big and hang on.
In these conditions it was the almighty powerhouse of Antoine Albeau that really shone through. He kept a 9.0 down when even the likes of Bjorn Dunkerbeck were on a comparitively small 8.4. His consistency over hauled Micah Buzianis in the end, leaving the American to settle for 2nd spot. In third was Dunkerbeck posting some high results, but marred by some uncharacteristic poor finishes. Cyril Mousilmani proved that it wasn\’t just about the big men, as he romped home to victory in the last race on slightly smaller kit to come in at 4th overall. Kevin Pritchard put in a massive effort and recovered from near anonymity in the late 20\’s to finish 6th and keep him in the title race. Ben Van der Steen was quietly consistant and placed 5th.
The next event is very soon in Lanzarote..
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