EFPT “Brutal Beach” Oct.30 – Nov. 02, France

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 On October 23rd it was time again to cross the Atlantic for the fifth, but also the last time in 2014. 3 PWA-, 2 EFPT- and 1 IFCA-event(s) I already scratched from my to do list and now on my way to France for the final EFPT-event of 2014.

This time I did not see only the airport and the beach but made a stop in The Netherlands to meet my team-mate Dieter van der Eyken. We planned to sail a few days at Brouwersdam before driving through France to Six Four Plages. At Brouwersdam I met some friends and we had a great time. Unfortunately The Netherlands gave us no wind, so we headed with the bus fully-packed into the South direction. I’ve never been to France and the road-trip was a great experience.

 

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 Jordy Vonk, me and Ethan Westera

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Pics made by Dieter van der Eyken, sightseeing a little en France 😉

Once arrived on Brutal Beach, the registration took place, and what we already found out on wind-guru, the forecast was really bad for the days the event was organised. But the organisation had planned a lot of fun things on the beach so lots of activities to do.

The event-site was set up very nice and we had a lot of fun.

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On thursday the 30st, we had the trials for the TOWIN competition.

My equipment used :  Starboard Flare 2015 /91l and the Severne Freek 2015/ 4.8

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On Friday the 31st, the qualifications for the final, and I was glad to hear that I was one of the top 5 riders in my fleet who advanced into the final the next day.

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Saturday started with a bootcamp on the beach, after that a explanation of the towinn moves for all the spectators on the beach and at 3pm the final of the towinn competition.

All 10 riders had 3 attempts. My first attempt didn’t go as planned but in the second and third I could land a clean double funnel and a culo-diablo.

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Although my last 2 moves went very well I was suprised to be announced in 2nd place of the towinn competition here on Brutal Beach, Six Four Plages. Great feeling !!

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1st Bosson, 2nd myself and 3rd Fabrizi

Most riders don’t train for tow-inn, so one has to take the moment when one is hanging behind the jet-ski. (or winch on Sylt, haha 😉 ).

The beach was crowed during the award ceremony and there was a great ambiance. I want to thank the EFPT- , EFE- and local organisation for the great time I had in Six Four Plages. Also my sponsors Starboard , Severne Sails, my team-mate and friends Dieter & Jolanda and family for their hospitality, my fan-club at home 😉 and my followers on facebook.

The season 2014 has come to and end. The last 2 days I was busy sailing in The Netherlands with Dieter ( sorry no pics ) and now I’m back home on Bonaire again. In the coming months I will be training hard for the new season. Maybe a trip to Brasil in December to gain more experience on a new destination.

The 2014 season was great and managed to achieve my goal (becoming top 5 )  > PWA Freestyle 4th place and EFPT 5th place < . Also I had some great slalom-experiences on the Azores, Fuerteventura and Turkey.

Stay tuned via my facebook-page for the latest news .

 

Thanks and cheers

Amado NB-20