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Elimination 1 Men
We saw a lot of surprising results in the 64 men counting fleet. A few big name did not qualify as usual for the finals and loser finals. Antoine Albeau, Cedric Bordes, Arnon Dagan, local Jimmy Diaz, Cyril Moussilmani, Micah Buzianis or Ben van der Steen did not manage to qualify through the quarter finals and were out in elimination 1 quite early. Taty Frans, who won his first elimination ever on Fuerteventura, impatiently went over early in his first round heat. Some big names missed out to qualify for the second round, like Julien Quentel, Antoine Questel, Josh Angulo, Pascal Toselli or Kurosh Kiani. All of them hope to get 3 more eliminations done, to discard the high points from the first elimination. The early outs of big names shows how well the local boys go and how strong the young riders are in lighter wind conditions.
Some of the younger boys were definitely on form during day 3. Pierre Mortefon, currently ranked 4th overall and unlucky at Costa Brava with a broken harness line and unlucky at Sotavento with a broken mast, showed great speed. The 26 year-old Frenchman, the 2015 Defi Wind winner, won the first final in front of 25 year-old Italian Malte Reuscher. In third place followed 21 year-old shooting start Tristan Algret – he is 193 cm tall – from Guadeloupe. He participated in a PWA Slalom for the first time in 2011. With Maciek Rutkowski (23) in 4th place there is another young rider pushing towards the top.
Elimination 2 and 3 Men
After a windless fourth day, day 5, the penultimate day saw the wind from the usual northern direction. Two eliminations for the men were held in 10 to 15 knots and again Pierre Mortefon was the dominating rider in the men’s fleet. He won elimination 2 in front of Antoine Albeau, who made a strong comeback and Tristan Algret, who again confirmed his strong form at Alacati. In the second elimination the local riders weren’t as strong as in the first one. None of them made it in the top 16.
In the third elimination Pierre’s team mate and Costa Brava winner Matteo Iachino showed great speed, jibed at mark one in first and kept the lead. Taty Frans had a great comeback, sneaked in in front of Pierro Mortefon at jibe mark one and finished 2nd in front of Pierre. Elimination 3 again saw big comebacks: Ben van der Steen and Cedric Bordes made their first winners finals same as Gonzalo Costa Hoevel and Jordy Vonk, Malte Reuscher made it into the winners final, again.
Elimination 4 Men
Pierre Mortefon was on fire again on the final day at Alacati. He won the 4th and last elimination of the event, too and won his first World Cup Slalom with the lowest possible point score. He managed to hold off Slalom tour leader Antoine Albeau, who got second in that elimination and Malte Reuscher, who secured the second place on the podium with an excellent 3rd place.
Pierre Mortefon won his first PWA World Cup Slalom exactly at the spot, where he was leading once until the final day. This time no other rider was able to take the victory away from the 26 year-old Frenchman, who is in the shape of his life. He was the only rider, who made it in all four winners finals and had by far the lowest discard of 3.0 points only. Very impressive.
Italian Malte Reuscher made his first podium on tour and his fellow countryman Matteo Iachino confirmed his great form with his 3rd place. The young male riders were pushing hard at Alacati. 21 year-old Tristan Algret missed out the podium by just 1.4 points. Steve Allen was the best ranked +40 rider in excellent 5th and Antoine Albeau finished in 7th. Ross Williams in 6th and Ben van der Steen in 8th showed great speed. By the way Ben van der Steen won the top speed ranking of the event with a GPS speed of 69 km/h. Casper Bouman, former RS:X racer, made his best PWA Slalom event finish ever with a 9th place and local Bora Kozanoglu again surprised everyone with an excellent 10th place. Bora is as well the best placed Turkish male windsurfer. Some riders didn’t perform as usual and were far back in the rankings at Alacati. For example: 24th Arnon Dagan, 39th Micah Buzianis, 40th Ludovic Jossin, 43rd Josh Angulo