Six Fours les Plage, Le Brusc
- event summary
The finals of the EFPKT took place from the 10th to 14th of November, on the South East coast of France on the beaches of the Six Fours Windsurf Organisation.
Le Brusc is a cool laid back village that welcomed 55 windsurfers who were ready to compete in freestyle and wave. In the kids category we had riders from Holland, Germany, Italy and France.
The Mistral winds blew a solid 25-30 knots winds from the first day. It was super timing as it enabled 2 double eliminations in Freestyle to be completed. The choppy waters of Le Brusc made it rather difficult for the foreign freestylers as many of them were not used to the conditions in a spot like this one.
On the first day, after the inscriptions and skippers meeting, we completed 3 single eliminations in the following categories EFPKT U 17, EFPKT U 20, and the France Nationals which was run as an open event.
In the EFPKT U 20 single elimination finalists we had the local hero Adrian Bosson who took first place followed by Italian styler Mattia Fabrizi , and Italian Livraghi Marco on the third position.
In the EFPKT U 17 we had the Dutch young gun Tim Ruyssenars who sailed a nice heat leaving French super kid Lesauvage Loic who is just 10 years of age in 2nd and French talent Paco Mercade in 3rd.
In the French nationals we made it towards the quarter finals followed by a waiting period as the winds got lighter and lighter and lighter and so the final rounds needed to be postponed until the next day as the forecast looked windy again for the next morning. However the first day of the event was done as the sunset on a late French afternoon.
On the second day the skippers meeting was held at 9:30am with the first start of the French nationals at 10:00am sharp.
The Local hero Mr. Bosson could take the lead with a combination of a fluent morning routine packed with clean and stylish tricks. Italian funkster Filipo Bestetti took 2nd and the 3rd place went to yellow man Canepa Manu who sailed with a powerful classic style in front of the crowds.
Finally the double elimination rounds could start and we decide to run the French nationals first because of the strong winds which was predicted to get less in the afternoon but still would be enough for the kids to play and have fun.
In the French nationals we had a battle between Italian Funkster Bestetti and the Local hero Mr.Bosson for the first place, it was a tight heat and the crowd waited for a while under pressure as the judges took a while to recheck the judging sheets to make the final call. The victory went to Adrian Bosson who managed to pull off more variety of maneuvers and some of the new school spinning tricks. Leaving Bestetti the Italian in 2nd and the 3rd place went to Canepa Manu.
In the EFPKT U 20 Genazzani Demetrio managed to work his way up to the number 3 slot leaving Valentin Bockler in 4th. The final rounds were exciting as Mr.Bosson could not run the same routine as before while the Italian styler was on fire nailing new school tricks a few meters from the crowds it was clear that he had won, but… in order to claim his victory he had to beat the Local hero twice and yes they were at it again this time both sailors were busting more difficult tricks it was a real show down - a "super final".
Following heats were up for the EFPKT U 17. The little 10 year old French kid lost his position and got stashed on 3rd place. Meanwhile Paco Mercade from France went up one position and earned a well deserved 2nd place. And the 1st place went to 14 year old Tim Ruyssenars who actually was the only rider in this event doing nice one handed Bobs (normal stance funnel). The freestylers were all happy and most of them kept sailing until it was dark. The forecast for the next day directed us to warn all wave sailors to be ready for action.
On the third day the winds shifted a bit and the wind swells were rolling just fine to run the French nationals wave event which also was an open event. The event moved to the wave spot la coudoulere which is a 5 min drive by car. Everything was set up by the event organizers and crew. We managed to run a single elimination on a long day full of wave riding and jumps including the French windsurfing chikas rounds.
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|Results EFPkt – 20 ans after 1 double elimination
1/ Mattia Fabrizzi (Italy – Fanatic/North)
2/ Adrien Bosson (France - SFWO – Fanatic/North)
3/ Demetrio Genazzani (Italy)
4/ Valentin Boeckler (Germany – Tabou/Vandal)
5/ Nadir Balena (Italy)
Results EFPkt – 17 ans after 1 double elimination
1/ Tim Ruyssenars (Nederlands – Aerotech/Roha.eu)
2/ Paco Mercader (France -SFWO – Tabou/Hot Sails)
3/ Loic Lesauvage (France - SFWO)
4/ Valentin Abrial (France - SFWO)
Full EFPKT results see here…