On the final day of the 2012 IFCA European Freestyle Championships the winds returned and the freestyle action could continue. Finally the remaining heat of the single eliminations, the Youths final between Yentel Caers and Rafael de Windt got completed as the first heat of that day.

The winners – Pic: Bojan Sirola



Straight after the youth finals the organizers continued with the Pro Kids U15 category. The conditions were great and the wind was slowly building up. Rider of the day was Mattijs Lasore who made a strong comeback in the double elimination smashing all his opponents with a fluent routine of moves such as Esliders, high Flakas and flawless one handed Spocks. But Kostya Smirnov stopped Mattijs run and we saw the same sailors in the final as in the single elimination. Kostya met the Arubian Freestyler Steven Max who was more than ready for the battle which he eventually did win in the end.


Final Result – U15 pro Kids

  1. Steven Max ARU-888
  2. Kostya Smirnov RUS-1
  3. Mattijs Lasore BEL-160


Pro Kids winners – Pic: Bojan Sirola


After a small break it was the turn of the Juniors U-17 category in a bit more stronger winds. Surprise of the day was when Matts Moyson got to kick out his buddy Mattijs Lasore in one of the first heats followed by Jonatan Yagen from Israel who beats Mr Mats and faces the Italian Nicolo Tagliafico, Jonatan Yagen did the same thing as before and faces Riccardo Marca also from Italy who could not get his game together. Kostya the most focused and organized kid teaches Jonatan a lesson with a selection of powerful moves. The final was sailed between Steven Max and Kostya who missed a few of his tricks against the technical sailor from Aruba.


Final Result – U17 Juniors

  1. Steven Max ARU-888
  2. Kostya Smirnos RUS-1
  3. Jonatan Yagen ISR-02

The junior winners – Pic: Bojan Sirola


Steven Max – Pic: Bojan Sirola


The Youths the U-20 category, were all ready for the double elimination with stronger wind gusts blowing over the skoljic bay. The high lights of this awesome elimination started where Giovanni Passani from Italy gave all he had versus Yentel Caers the second finalst of this morning’s single elimination. Yentel won thanks to his explosive moves and continued his battle facing Rafael de Windt. Both Riders gave a great show even the judges were full of excitement. Yentel scored higher with the following moves Burner, Shaka, Ponch and a Forward loop. A super final was sailed between the two, many got to see the two sailors performing at their best and giving the judges a hard time to score.  


Final Result – U20 Youths

  1. Yentel Caers BEL-16
  2. Rafael de Windt CUR-45
  3. Giovanni Passani ITA-139

Youth top 3 – Pic: Bojan Sirola


Yentel doing a Flaka – Pic: Bojan Sirola


After the “serious action”, a fun super session was held so the kids could enjoy the great Croatian conditions all together for the last time. This event was a great success with lots of activities and most of all, results after a double elimination was completed for each age category. A big Thanks to the Public Institution of Kamenjak in Premantura and everyone who took part in organizing this event. Continentseven for their support, Makani fins and the local windsurf station for the great products and prices. See you in 2013!!

© Ruben Petrisie /EFPKT