PWA Grandslam La Torche, France Oct. 20-30, 2016

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My last event of the season brought me to a for me new destination. La Torche in France. It was a 12 hour drive to get there but all went perfect. To stay comfortable for the 2 weeks on the French coast, we rented a chalet on Camping La Torche . Temperatures were cold, but most days we had sun to warm us Islandboyz up a little.


A great time with my travel-buddies Taty Frans and Aldair Soliano


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Taty Frans and myself represented Bonaire at this event.


The forecast was right and we waited for wind. Luckily the waves were present and we had a blast surfing !!


The waiting-game continued and a wave-tow in competition was organized . 12 riders had registered and the top 4 would go to the final. Each rider were given 2 attempts with the best move counting. The air-flaka brought me into the final together with Dieter van der Eijken, Leon Jamaer and Sarah-Quita Offringa.



On day 6 of the event the final was held. Each finalist had 3 attempts with the best 2 counting. The paso, a crash and the culo 540 were not enough to beat Dieter van der Eyken who  threw a table top forward and a stalled pasko.


Results : Left-Right Leon Jamaer in 3rd , Dieter in first and myself in 2nd place !!



Unfortunately no result for the main competition in the wave- and slalom-discipline. The wave-fleet still has 1 event on Maui but for the slalom-fleet this was the last competition of the year and a new PWA-Worldchampion Slalom was crowned in La Torche !  A huge congrats to Matteo Iachino from Italy !!

That was it !! That was the 2016 season for me. It was a great season and very happy with my achievements.

Freestyle : Vice-Worldchampion

Slalom    : 35th place overall

Wave      : a start and need some more practice

Tow-in    : a 2nd and a 3rd place.

All motivation to go bigger next year !!

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