Fuerteventura Worldcup 2014

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Slalom- and Freestyle-action on Fuerteventura !!!

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Event-site taken with a drone .

On Friday the 18th of July we took the ferry from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura. One week to go out training for the Slalom- and Freestyle-competition. I was super excited to hear that I recieved a wildcard for the slalom-event besides my entry in the freestyle discipline.

On the 25th of July my 2nd PWA-slalom ever began. The first time was on Aruba in 2011.

In my first heat in round number #1 I  was completely underpowered on my Starboard Isonic 80l and Severne Reflex5 6.2 , but in round 2 I could advance into the quarter-finals. I love the speed and as the event was running I felt more comfortable at the start and with my small sail between the “big guys”.

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Check out the video of this heat  by Kuma Movie :www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4tP2ndZZF8

Elimination 3-5 I just missed the 4th place to advance into the quarters but made it up in heat 6. Had a good start and could finish in 4th place behind Mousslimani.

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The quarter-finale was hard and I ended in 5th place with a half board length short.

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Round 8, heat 4 was my best heat until I fell at the last buyon. Had a perfect start, rounded the first buyon on the inside of a few others and between buyon 3 and 4 I was in 2nd position. Got out of balance at the 4th buyon and crashed. This was a bummer and the end of this slalom competition. Nevertheless I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I ended in 44 th place . In the future I will defenitely train more and compete again for sure.

Click on the link and see the video of this heat : www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJsE-9VAEzU 

Equipment used : Starboard Isonic 80L/107L and Severne Reflex5 6.2/7.3

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On the 30st of July the Freestyle-event began. After becoming third on Bonaire in June a lot of people were focussing on me and I felt the pressure to do it all right again here on Fuerte. This was the 4th time for me competing in the PWA-Fuerteventura.

In 2011 I ended in 33th place, 2012 in 25th, last year in 7th and this time in 4th !!

Super stoked about the result, but it was a long and heavy fight , especially in the end.

In the single elimination I could advance over Hibdige K-700. In that heat I nailed the first pasko of the event, kabikuchi and a double culo. My score was 49 out of 60 !!

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Next up was Ruenes F-85 . In this heat among a double culo, a pasko I could execute a one handed burner 360.

Again I advanced and my next opponent was Steven van Broeckhoven B-72. He stopped me on a joint 5th place in this first elimination

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Not a bad start, but for me it was not enough. I had to do better in the double.

On Friday the double-elimination started but my the day was over before my heat could start. A nice relaxing day , with a bit of training .

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On the last day of the competition the double continued and the top 10 had to fight for their positions. I was well prepared and eager to score.

My first heat was against Davy Scheffers H-311. The double culo, the culo into spock and lots of other moves made me advance.

Next up the line was my Starboard/Severne team-mate and friend Dieter van der Eyken.

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Also this heat went very smooth and could land a lot of moves which brought me a step further on the ladder . There was not much time between the heats and I started to feel thirsty and hungry but after a quick snack and a zip of Red Bull Taty Frans NB-9 was waiting for me.

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The shaka, kono and burner brought me again an amazing round further up. This time the opponent was my other Bonairian friend and classmate Bjorn Saragoza, NB-11.

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With enough energy left, I had to fight for the 4th place. The wind wasn’t that strong as before in this heat so it was harder to get my moves right. But I was lucky and had to battle against 5 times Worldchampion Gollito Estredo and winner of this event. My planing kabikuchi, culo, shaka 360 and pasko among other moves were not enough to beat Gollito this time.

Equipment used : Starboard Flare 91L and Severne Freek 4.8-2015 .

I’m superhappy with my result !! 4th place !!

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Congrats to Gollito Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa the winners of the event !!

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Team Bonaire scored once more very well !!

must-see-movie-clapboardReally must see this Event-video !! Click on the link :www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUOB78Rzf1zE7a9d8DNLx6VQ&v=hWhYt4q4Skc#t=78

Thanks to everybody on twitter for giving me the thumbs up, thanks to the Bonaire-team for cheering at the beach. A big high five for the local- and PWA-organisation , the Melia Gorriones Hotel for their hospitality. Starboard and Severne-sails my sponsors. Thanks for the perfect gear . To Petra Etmon and Family van der Eyken for looking after me 😉 and thanks to my WWFF (world-wide-family-fanclub) who was sitting behind the great live-stream pushing the refresh buttons all the time. Haha.

Kuma Movie, John Carter and the man behind the camera of Fuerteventura Worldcup, gracias for the great pics you’ve made !!

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My 6 weeks journey has come to an end and I will travel back to Bonaire in the coming days. School starts but you will see me on Sylt, Germany for sure !!

Cheers Amado NB-20

Please find more pictures on my pacebook-page  : www.facebook.com/AmadoVrieswijkNb20

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