The first four days of the EFPT event in Costa Brava were Tow-In days as there was no wind. After Sam Esteve won the men’s tow-in final and Stefan de Bell won the Junior category.
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EFPT Costa Brava 2019 – Tow-In
Men Tow-in Final
The format remained the same like in the qualification rounds- the sailors got three runs with the best score counting for the final ranking. It was quite obvious from the start, that certain risks had to be taken in order to make it to the top positions. Right from the start the competitors were aiming for double moves. The young guns of the fleet put on a good fight, but couldn’t make it past place ten (Bacon) and nine (Mollard) in the end.
Valentin Böckler from Germany landed a nice Air Funnel 360 (5.41) in his first run, however couldn’t match the other riders in their scores and had to settle for 8th place in the end. Adam Sims, who was definitely a contender for the victory today, couldn’t get the double Culo that he was aiming for and ended up in 7th place. Steven Van Broeckhoven, who always tries to bring new moves into this discipline, ended up crashing both of his Barracuda attempts, but could clear 6th place with a double Air Funnel in his last run.
Fellow countryman Yentel Caers went for a huge Air Bob into Culo, that could have potentially secured a place on the podium. Caers however couldn’t quite get a clean landing and had to put off with the 5th place. New Caledonian Antoine Albert, who won qualification round two, scored 7.16 points for a clean Skopu and ended up 4th. Showman Davy Scheffers performed all of his moves super close to the beach which has been rewarded by the spectators.
His last Air Funnel into Burner brought him 7.78 points and the 3rd place. Francesco Cappuzzo had been leading throughout the third round with a double Culo (8.23) and was getting his hopes up for the tow-in overall win here at Costa Brava, however knew that Sam Esteve was always one to potentially pull off a winning move. Sam lined up with perfect speed and stomped a clean and stylish Burner into Burner (8.68), dispatching Cappuzzo to second place after all.
Junior Tow-In Final
Mathis Mollard from France, who entered his first EFPT competition here at Costa Brava, could claim third place with an Air Funnel into Funnel (5.94). Placed second was once again Nil Bacon, who landed all of his three attempts, but scored highest with a Burner into Funnell (7.22) that could have easily caused some upsets in the competition against the pros. Taking victory in the juniors tow-in competition has been Stefan de Bell from Curacao, who landed a well stylish double Air Funnell (7.28).