The EFPT management just announced changes in their 2021 calendar. Despite the great success of the kick-off event at Lake Neusiedl, Austria a few events are off the calendar. The events in Costa Brava and Fuerteventura are cancelled. The Dates for Vieste, Italy are set for the 15th – 19th of June 2021, but the event isn’t confirmed. We will know on May 15th. That’s due to the 30 days pre-event confirmation. Fuerteventura had to be cancelled due to the lack of funding provided by the island for sport events. The situation in Spain is very fragile and that’s the reason, too why Costa Brava will not happen this year. All remaining 7 events need to be confirmed yet. Let’s see if any other events will be added to the 2021 calendar
Concerning other events, all continue to look good to go ahead. It’s still uncertain times concerning the pandemic and local and regional regulations surrounding this, Austria was a great example for what we can manage but many areas are still only just on the beginning of recovering, or only just merging into that phase now, that’s really the main reasons behind it. Nothing too new to be honest and we can only try to manage what is reasonable vs what is achievable.Adam Sims, EFPT CEO
The EFPT announced an ew event addition to their 2021 event calendar. A pro event for women and men will take place in Theologos, Rhodos, Greece. The EFPT as well announced on March 18th, that the Austria event is confirmed.
The European Freestyle Pro Tour announced their provisional 2021 Tour Calendar. See below the planned tour stops. Additionally they released news about their new logo, the rookies & groms program, camps, the pandemic & the female freestylers within the EFPT.
EFPT: A bit later than usual we can finally present to you the preliminary tour calendar for 2021. There is no denying that the past year was and even the upcoming season remains quite a challenge for our team, the event organizers and the riders. However, all that can be done at this point is putting all the best energy and motivation into the 2021 competition season, as if it was any other successful year of the EFPT.
The tour’s new CEO Adam Sims has picked up the tasks in the great manner that Tom Hartmann handed them over and is in constant contact with the event organizers to ensure a full and safe tour for 2021.
Adam Sims about 2021: It’s been a lot of work the last weeks behind the scenes, our full team really going for it, obviously there is no denying these are interesting times for any sporting tour, but we continue to believe in professional sport and in particular professional windsurfing. I’m personally very excited to bring the calendar we are now presenting, together with the launch of our all new logo. It’s a packed out calendar with some exciting new additions and returns. Of course we are really looking forward to return to our seasoned favorites, top windsurfing destinations all over Europe that have consistently provided both conditions and a wealth of local talent across all sectors of the EFPT. In addition we have Egypt on the cards, an upgrade for the tow-in at the Engadinwind and the King of the Wind is back in the UK.
The new EFPT logo 2021
After rebranding the EFPT last in 2014 it was about time to create a new logo. EFPT: “There was no better time to develop a new design than with the changed ownership of the tour in 2021. After the EFPT team and the graphic designer Lukas Reinelt had been juggling with ideas for weeks, a vote has been made for a more modern, timeless and generic logo.The idea is to push for different disciplines within the EFPT, so whilst the main focus remains on freestyle, the possibility to also run European wave events should not be ruled out in the future. Therefor the colors remained, the waves in front of the sail resemble water, the lines behind the sail resemble wind, the circle around combines all the elements and all the potential disciplines and also stands for our amazing ‚windsurfing planet‘ that we travel, led by wind and water.
The provisional 2021 EFPT tour calendar
The provisional EFPT tour calendar in 2021 (release day 07.02.2021, last update 05.05.2021)
- Austria, Lake Neusiedl, 22. – 25.04.2021 10.000 € + 5000 € tow-in – completed
- Italy, Vieste, Spiaggia Lunga, 15. – 19.06.2021 (TBC) 15.000 €
Spain, Catalonia, Costa Brava, Sant Pere Pescador, Camping Las Dunas, 15. – 20.06.2021, Pro & Juniors (TBC) 15.000 €cancelled & moved to 2022 Spain, Fuerteventura, Matas Blancas, 24. -27.06.2021 (TBC) 10000 €– cancelled & moved to 2022
- Spain, Lanzarote, Costa Teguise, 30.06. – 03.07.2021, Pro & Juniors (TBC) 10.000 €
- Switzerland, Lake Silvaplana, Engadinwind, 13. – 22.08.2021, Tow-In (TBC) 10.000 € Tow-in 1/2 & 5000 € Foilstyle
- Egypt, El Gouna, 25. – 29.08.2021 (TBC) 10.000 €
- Greece, Rhodos, Theologos, 8.-12.09.2021, Pro Women & Pro Men (TBC) 15.000€
- Holland, Brouwersdam, DAM-X, 07.-10.10.2021, Pro & Juniors (TBC) 10.000 €
- England, Weymouth, OTC WPNSA, King of the wind, 14.-17.10.2021 (TBC) 5.000 €
Rookies & Groms program 2021
There’s even more, whilst the juniors have several tour stops (Costa Brava, Lanzarote & Brouwersdam), they will also have the chance, along with any other rookie, grom, newcomer to join a band of fellow freestylers, with our own EFPT Grom and Rookie Camps. These will take place for the 2-3 days preceding each event on the calendar.
Camps for all levels
Camps will be run by German pro freestyler Julian Wiemar, PLUS a guest pro-coach (this could be anyone; from Yarden Meir to the reigning EFPT champion Yentel Caers, the EFPT will announce before each event). The camps are for anyone who has just learnt their first moves right up to someone who is flying through double Culos, it’s for the grom and the rookie alike. A place where you can socialize with other fresh faces to the tour and get all the tips you need to learn moves, to compete for your first time, to meet the seasoned pros as they prepare for the competition ahead and to have a go at some practice competition heats yourself.
Changing tides in the pandemic
EFPT: “Naturally this is a year where we look to transition back to a professional tour after one seasons break. There is no escaping the pandemic and with it we will take absolutely every precaution and more to ensure the safety of all our crew and competitors. Whilst many social activities at coming events are cancelled, the sport side will go on, we are fortunate to have such passionate event organizers working with us. With this in mind we have taken the decisions to narrow our confirmation of events to 30 days prior to the start date of that given event. This will allow both the events and the competitors the flexibility to adapt to the every changing circumstances. It gives us the best reasonable chance to allow an event to happen whilst keeping things realistic for rider and crew logistics.”
Female freestylers on the EFPT in 2021
The last season has been a tough one for the tour, however, the ladies have not been forgotten and the EFPT is pushing intently to not only keep the title going this year but to actually increase the ladies side of the tour. EFPT: “As important is our commitment to match the equal amount of time, passion, energy, dedication and so much more to the sport that the women in our sport bring, so with that we make the promise that the ladies will be receiving equal prize-money to the men. It’s a small token of what is owed, we understand, but it is a strong step into a bright, just and fair future. Our aim – ladies only events, watch this space…”