The Windsurfing Euro-Cup had a great start into the season as continental racing and slalom series. The first two events took place in Torbole / Lake Garda (Italy) at the end of April and Sylt (Germany) in mid May. After the first two events the Windsurfing Euro-Cup Office is releasing the first official Euro-Cup annual ranking list for the discipline slalom. This list is the base on which the official IFCA Slalom European Champion will be crowned. The current German Windsurfing Champion Vincent Langer (GER-1, Fanatic, Point-7) is currently leading the slalom ranking.
The ranking shows a tough head-to-head fight between the two Germans Vincent Langer and Sebastian Koerdel (GER-220, Starboard, Gaastra). Koerdel was able to win the opening event of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup in Torbole. He managed to push his toughest opponent Langer into second place. But in the rough conditions on Sylt the current German Champion was able to strike back. With the event victory at the Windsurfing Euro-Cup on Sylt he also took the lead in the EC slalom ranking with a total of 239 ranking points. Koerdel (238 ranking points) got third on Sylt which ensured him a strong second place just one ranking point behind Langer.
"Of course it is great to lead the Windsurfing Euro-Cup. But everything is supertight in the ranking and nothing is decided, yet!" summarizes the current leader, Vincent Langer. "I will go to the next event in Bol to defend my position. But I expect that all the candidates for the the European title and many more will go there and this will make it a tough challenge."
Maciek Rutkowski (POL-23, Patrik, Point-7) from Poland presented a strong and consistent performance at both Euro-Cups. Only slightly he missed the podium in Torbole and Sylt. But with a fifth and a fourth place he sums up 233 ranking points and conquers the third place in the anual ranking at the moment. But Rutkowski can feel the breath of Ingmar Daldorf (NED-191, Patrik, Loft Sails) on his back. The hotshot from the Netherlands was also strong at both Euro-Cup events and is only one ranking point behind Rutkowski.
Bruno Martini (ITA-160, RRD, RRD) from Italy and Germany's young talent Nico Prien (GER-7, Fanatic, North Sails) are fighting had to head for the fifth place. The Italian scored a brilliant third place in his home waters in Torbole but struggled in the rough cold North Sea from Sylt. Nico Prien managed to achieve seventh place in Torbole and a tenth place at the Euro-Cup on Sylt. Currently they are tied with 225 ranking points for each of them. But due to his better single score from Torbole Martini secures his fifth lace and pushes Prien to sixth place.
Andrea Van Horne (BEL-26, Patrik, Loft Sails) from Belgium is currently the best woman in the fleet. She benefits from her participation at both events and currently holds a ninth place. Malthe Elholm-Jensen (DEN-96, JP, Neil Pryde) from Denmark is leading the Youth (U19) category. Italy's Francesco Scagliola (ITA-353) is the best Junior (U17). Italy is also dominating the older age categories with Andrea Rosati (ITA-0, RRD, Neil Pryde) leading the Masters (over 35) and racing legend Marco Begalli (ITA-415, Starboard, Severne) leading the Grand Masters (over 45).
But nothing is decided yet in the annual ranking list for slalom in the Windsurfing Euro-Cup 2015. The title race for the the official IFCA Slalom European Championship title is even still open for competitors who have not yet entered the series at all. With Bol (Croatia), the IFCA Slalom World Championships in Sylt (Germany), Silvaplana (Switzerland and the final in Goeztepe (Turkey) there are still four events to come and the maximum number of events counting towards the annual ranking list for the Windsurfing Euro-Cup is four. So the fight is open for additional riders to challenge those who are already in the race.
The next Windsurfing Euro-Cup in Bol (Croatia) from June 16th to 21st will bring the first discard for the competitors. This will give many riders the chance to discard an event in which they were not able to participate and this will bring the result lists much closer together. So the real fight for the top positions in the Windsurfing Euro-Cup 2015 will start just now!
Ranking list after two events
Pic: Moritz Beck