From Lac du Monteynard we drove to Lake Garda for 2 days and onward to my grandparents in the South of Germany. Maxime and I visited the JP-Australia office in Kirchdorf in Austria, relaxed a bit and repacked all the gear to fly to the Canary Islands.
On June 7th we departed from Munich and arrived via Madrid on Lanzarote. Thanks to Antxon from PRO Center Antxon Otaegui for the pickup from the airport.
Immediately we rigged our sails and went out to check the conditions. It was great to see Tonky Frans, Kuma Movie , Ayupic and all the rest of the competitors again.
The next morning started with the registration. 27 competitors of 16 nations registered and Maxime was the only female contender. Right after the skippers meeting we did some beach-volley as the wind was not suitable for competition until 4.30 p.m. The single-elimination was a go .
Day 2 started with perfect wind conditions. My first heat was against Lufen (G-2626), next up was Albert (NC-21). I still had to get used to the wavy condition, it was not easy but could advance as my culo combinations coming in as well as big air moves on the way out convinced the judges. Next up was fellow Bonairian Tonky Frans (NB-7) , he won our heat which was close so I placed myself in the loser-final against Soltysiak (CAN-9). Result first single-elimination 4th place. Good start but not enough !!
On day 3 the Costa Teguise on Lanzarote again delivered perfect conditions for competition and after the 9.30 skippersmeeting the double-elimination started.
I was on the 2016 gear, which is amazing. The equipment almost can’t get any better.
Using the JP-AUSTRALIA FS92, the Severne Sails Freek 4.4 and LSD-fin.
Soon my heat was called against Cears (B-16) . In this heat I was the first to throw a double forward loop . Next heat was against Soltysiak whom I could defeat this time. The level went up like crazy and the moves were becoming more radical every minute. Shifty’s and double forwards and much more crazy moves made the crowd on the beach go mental. Ruenes (F-85) was according the judges the stronger one and I ended the double in a solid 3rd place.
Right after the break we started the 2nd single elimination and his time it was not going as planned. After advancing over Lufen, Bosson (F296) stopped me from reaching the semi-final. Slightly disappointed but also eager to fight back on the last day of the event in another double elimination.
July 11 th, the last day of the event and ready to score. Read below what the final report of the EFPT wrote :
Amado Vrieswijk (JP/Severne) from Bonaire who is one of the strongest competitors on this tour sailed six heats in a row today taking down Antoine Albert, Davy Scheffers, Yentel Caers, Phil Soltysiak (Starboard) and Adrien Bosson (North/Fanatic), yet he had no chance to pass Antony Ruenes whose sailing level has been off the scale at this event. Even though Amado landed double culos on the way in and very clean culos also on the way out, pushloops, paskos, air-funnell combos and kabis he couldn’t defeat the Frenchie. Yet (and we have to give him that) he proved to be really painfree by going for a shifty in his heat against Ruenes and even went for a double shifty attempt which was absolutely massive.
- Anthony Ruenes
- Tonky Frans
Also I would like to mention that it takes courage that Maxime participated amoungst the guys. Great job Maxime !!
Thanks to Anxton from PRO Center Anxton Oraegui and the EFPT staff for the great event, to all my sponsors and Eric Bellande, Kuma Movie and Ayupic for taking pictures and capture videos.
We leave Lanzarote on Tuesday July 14th and go by ferry to Fuerteventura to prepare for the PWA Grandslam from July 24th – Aug 2nd. Then I will compete besides Freestyle also in the Slalom-discipline.
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