IFCA Slalom Worlds Sylt – Preview

on 3. February, 2013 – 01:07 / 3 Comments

IFCA Slalom Worlds at Sylt. We can expect hard fights with hard rules. Vincent Langer attacks Bernd Flessner (Pic: Steve Bootz/Choppy Water).


Germany is hosting the IFCA Slalom Worlds 2013

Germany has won the pitch to host the IFCA Slalom World Championships 2013. This decision was reveiled on January 31st,2013 by the International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Funboard Class Association (IFCA). The official Slalom World Championships will be incorporated in the Rollei Summer Opening, which takes place in Westerland on the island Sylt from May 8th to 12th. 7th of May will be the warmup  day. The Slalom World Championship is offering a prize money of 15.000 Euro. Besides the discipline slalom the event also offers the disciplines Racing (Formula Windsurfing) and Waveriding. So the windsurfing season 2013 will kick off in Germany with an international high class event.


Matthias Regber from Choppy Water GmbH, the organising event agency: “I am really happy to announce that we will host the IFCA Slalom Worlds 2013 at Sylt,Germany.” 


German Gunnar Asmussen has good chances to win the title this time (Pic: Steve Bootz/Choppy Water).


The IFCA Slalom World Championships will attract numerous of the best slalom riders of the World. The last IFCA Slalom Worlds took place in Greece in August 2012 with a reall ysmall fleet of competitors. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3) from Argentina won the title in front of Bora Kozanoglu (TUR-11) from Turkey. The third place went to the Italian Andrea Rosati (ITA-0). In 2011 the German racing icon Bernd Flessner (GER-16, JP, NeilPryde) dominated the Slalom Worlds on the Dutch island Texel. He won in front of Kasper Larsen (DEN-11) from Denmark and Damien Le Guen (FRA-86) from France.


Top German Vincent Langer wil give it all to win. He prepares well on Tenerife during the wintertime (Pic: Stevie Bootz/Choppy Water).


This year on Sylt the German slalom champion Flessner will be sided by the complete German Windsurfing elite. The numerous fans are looking forward to welcome the reigning German overall champion Sebastian Kördel (GER-220, Lorch, NeilPryde) from Konstanz, the vice- and racingchampion Vincent Langer (GER-122, Starboard, Severne) from Kiel and Gunnar Asmussen (GER-88, Patrik, North Sails) from Flensburg besides many others. The level in the German series is high so that several of the national riders hope to score top results at the Slalom Worlds.

The Slalom races can be started with a minimum of wind at force 4. The riders are allowed to register 2 boards and 4 sails for the competition. The conditions on Sylt can be anything, from 11 knots to 45 knots. Not too easy to register the right equipment. Have a look on the actual ISAF boardlist with all registered models including 2013 here.


Perhaps some old dogs will fight for the title. Andy Laufer had a Slalom comeback in the German Cup in 2012 for instance (Pic: Stevie Bootz/Choppy Water).


Besides the sportive activities the Rollei Summer Opening is offering an exciting program for everybody. Various activities, catering and shopping opportunities will call thousands of spectators to the promenade of Westerland on Sylt. From 6pm the after-race-parties will kick-off with chilling lounge music. Interviews, autograph sessions and moderation will entertain the masses. About 80.000 spectators are expected for the event on Sylt. More infos about the event here 


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