After an exciting day of competition there is a new name at the top of the men’s podium with Youp Schmit winning the single elimination, while Sarah-Quita Offringa fended off a challenge from Maaike Huvermann.
Top 3 men 1. Youp Schmit 2. Julien Mas 3. Yentel Caers
With all 3 of the last year’s top 3 (Gollito Estredo, Adrien Bosson and Amado Vrieswijk) out of the single elimination, it looked as though the door would be held wide open for either Yentel Caers, who was 4th overall in 2018 or Steven Van Broeckhoven, who was 5th overall in 2018. Both men successfully made their way through their opening heats of the day to meet in the quarterfinals. The battle of the two Belgian freestylers proved to be the tightest heat of the entire single elimination with just 0.8 of a point separating the two sailors. In the end it was Yentel Caers who made it into the semifinal.
Next up for Caers was Julian Mas, who already won against Gollito Estredo, Nic Hibdige and Sam Esteve. Julien Mas continued his incredible form into the semifinal. The 29-year-old landed whatever move he wanted and made it into the winners final for the first time.
Waiting for Mas in the final was Youp Schmit, who won against Giovanni Passani in the semis. Giovanni Passani is also a new name in the top 4. The Italian was able to beat Antony Ruenes, Adrien Bosson and Taty Frans in the single elimination.
The Winners Final MEN
In the winners final, Mas faltered a little for the first time during the contest and as a result he couldn’t land the moves to worry Schmit. Schmit was clearly pumped to be competing at his home event. The 24-year-old has had his fair share of injuries and misfortune so far in his career, but today everything clicked into place.
Yentel Caers secured the final place on the podium by winning the battle for third and 4th between himself and Giovanni Passani with the Belgian posting the highest scoring heat of the entire single elimination – 171.5 points.
Men’s final filmed by Kuma Movie
The Winners Final WOMEN
Unlike in the men’s draw, the top seeds in the women’s single elimination successfully navigated their way into the finals with Sarah-Quita Offringa and Maaike Huvermann. Maaike Huvermann sailed a brilliant final but it was not enough against the multiple freestyle world champion Sarah-Quita Offringa. Offringa posted her highest heat of the contest in the final with 141.6 points – to claim a thoroughly deserved and well earned win. On her way to victory Offringa also landed a Double Spock, explosive Culos and Burners before ending the final with a Spock into Culo to take one step closer to making the perfect start to her title defence.