Big Ramps mean High Altitude. Normally that is the case, but for the latest EFPT event it is actually the other way around.. Red Bull supplied a fixed jump ramp for the highest altitude event of the year. The Stimoral Engadinwind at Silvaplana lake in Switzerland.
Inspired by the indoor jump ramp the whole idea is to show the world some of the amazing jumps that windsurfers can do, but close up. With cleaner air than the indoor style ramps there is a lot more room for improvisation (having said that, how do you quite beat the double forward loops that we saw at the London Boatshow).
Unfortunately there was not much wind until the last day. Until then the spectators were entertained by SUI11 (Bjorn Dunkerbeck) and Steve Allen. As the wind filled in for the jump it was just enough for big freestyle kit.
In the run up to the contest, the competitors showed the crowds some of the latest freestyle moves before pushing each other further and further on the ramp. The most popular move was the good old crowd pleaser of a floaty forward loop, the riders were trying everything though, even landing some clean air chachos.
The event was won by Kevin Mevissen of team JP and Neil Pryde, Baptiste Beer came second (and first local), whilst Tom Hartman came third.
The EFPT tour continues to take competition to more unusual places, the next event is to be held in Russia. We will be bringing you more on that in due course.
Photo Credit: EFPT