A fleet of 30 riders registered for the event, a good mixture of top stars and newcomers in the ladder. Steven van Broeckhoven flew here from Bonaire, nearly the whole fleet from the Milos Beach Lefkada Freestyle Open came by ferry and 10 riders from Italy joined the competition. The day before the event saw Porto Liscia’s renowned sailing conditions. Strong, stable and all day lasting wind from the west, blew riders with sailsizes about 4.5, but during the event was no wind and the event ended with a Tow-In result.
TOW- IN SESSION At Friday 3rd June, the second day of the event, the notice board said „Qualification for the Samsung Tow-In Session at 4pm“. The race direction wrote 22 riders on the registration list, gave every one of them 2 tries, and called out 8 places for the final session on Saturday. Stam Promponas, Dieter van der Eyken, Mattia Fabrizi, Kenny Janssen, Luigi Maddedu, Adam Sims, Julien Mas and Steven van Broeckhoven qualified for the Samsung Tow-In Session. Mirella Jianu, marketing specialist at Samsung Italy, opened the final with race horn. 3 Belgian riders and one from France impressed the audience the most, and scored high on the judging sheets. Kenny Janssen slided a perfect Funnel, came dry back to the beach and ended up on 4th place. Steven van Broeckhoven had a good Air Funnel in the first round of the event and wanted to go for something new in the second round. He stood switch stance in the straps at the beach. The audience guessed if the Belgian would again go for the Matador he showed in the training session. The excitement went up even more when boat driver Mirko Braghieri waved his arms signalising that the boat went out of fuel. Local staff grabbed a jerrican, jumped into another boat and refueled the Tow-In engine on the water.