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Competition/2013/PJY Freestyle Worlds


19th to 23rd June 2013

Escale Borely beach park, 197 avenue Pierre Mendes,  Marseille, France

Wind wind wind on the last day of the IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championships!

The last skippers meeting of the event was held super early and the wind was already blowing nice and strong. A single and double elimination were scheduled and completed. French kid Sam Esteve had a great day but the tough windy and wavy conditions gave him a hard time to find his groove.

Yesterday's third place Riccardo Marca was kicked out by Kostya Smirnoff from Russia who really gave all he got to climb up to a podium position and not to forget a last second move that ended on the rocky coast line which made the difference in the final scores.

The winner of the first double elimination was Jonthan Yagen from Israel. Unfortunately he got injured after advancing into the final round for the second double elimination and was carried away by the Medic crew. After a long hour he finally felt well again and was able to go sailing again to complete the final heat which would decide who the IFCA Freestyle Junior World Champion was going to be.

The Final between Jonathan and Steven was very tense, Jonathan took the lead in the first half of the 5 minute heat and some how struggled with performing clean moves towards the end of the final heat. Steven sailed more relaxed with technical moves and a fluent style. Both riders won a double elimination and the final decision was made regarding to the winning heats of the two competitors during both eliminations and Steven had 1 extra winning heat and took the 2013 IFCA Freestyle Junior World Champion title.

Overall Results

IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championships:

1. Steven Max ARU-888
2. Jonathan Yagen ISR-02
3. Kostya Smirnoff RUS-1
4. Riccardo Marca ITA-988
5. Sam Esteve FRA-78
6. Mats Moyson BEL-159

Thumbs up for the Moussilmani Brothers and their wonderful event crew, Tom Hartmann, Lucy Zuiderwijk, Cedric Viard and everyone else who has supported this event.

IFCA/Ruben Petrisie Images by: Lucy Zuiderwijk/Moyson

The Wind Finally Shows Up!!

Blue Sunny skies on the 4th day of IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championships with winds slowly building up. After the skippers meeting a SUP Race was organized and everyone could register to participate. Short after lunchtime the competition area was being set up with thermal winds already blowing at 17 knots.

The conditions were slightly gusty and choppy with a few small waves rolling in from time to time. The riders in the early rounds in both of the elimination rounds had a bit of difficulty getting their groove together, the same goes for the Russian Talent Kostya Smirnoff who struggled a bit in the tricky conditions and lost his battle against Italian Riccardo Marca who managed to perform with a good overall routine.

Steven Max from Aruba had some of the most spectacular moves and is definitely the one to keep an eye on. Steven performed with style and power all the way to the finals against the well prepared Jonathan Yagen from Israel. Jonathan had a variety of tricks on both tacks and seemed to pull off just a few more extra tricks than his contenders.

Results Single 1:
4. Kostya Smirnoff RUS-1
3. Riccardo Marca ITA-988
2. Steven Max ARU-888
1. Jonathan Yagen ISR-02

During the small break a Kite demo session was held and the double elimination could start. The conditions were getting lighter but it was still possible to finish the double. The competition was as tight as in the double and this time Steven got to win from Jonathan but, he had to beat him twice to claim his victory so the final became a super final in the late afternoon with a beach packed with spectators.

Results Double 1:
4. Kostya Smirnoff RUS-1
3. Riccardo Marca ITA-988
2. Steven Max ARU-888
1. Jonathan Yagen ISR-02

It was a great day full action from SUP Races to Windsurfing competitions for the Junior World Title, Skate Boarding a Kite demo show and ended with an amazing Fly Board performance.

Tomorrow the skippers meeting is scheduled at 9:00am because of a better forecast.

IFCA/Ruben Petrisie and Lucy Zuiderwijk
Images by Lucy Zuiderwijk/Moyson

More images: HERE

Day Three - A tense day with teasing winds kept the competitors on standby throughout the entire day. A few attemps have been made to start with the first round of the single elimination but the conditions never really improved. A kite exhibition took place followed by another round of Tow in freestyles show by the Pro guest riders. Tonight is the official start of the summer "La fete de la Music" Let see what tomorrow brings . . .

A quiet morning on the second day of the 2013 IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championship @ Sosh Freestyle Cup. The skippers meeting was held during lunch time and the tow-in was scheduled for the afternoon.

The kids got the day off because of the lack of wind. They had the opportunity to go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding and had some fun playing on the water.

At 14:00 a spectacular tow-in show started with guest pro riders; Nicolas Akgazciyan (Montpellier), Jordan Ema (Toulouse), Julien Mas (Grenoble) and Mattia Fabrici (Italy). The enthusiastic audience helped out with ranking the moves performed by the riders such as burners, air funnels and kulo's.

The Life stream gang and the tv crew were on the beach and in boats, while a small crowd gathered on the beach to watch the action.

Read About the New Kid on the Block "Sam Esteve".

17 Year old Sam is from St.Marie-La Mer and learned windsurfing ten years ago. He is actually attending his first big event right here at the 2013 IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championship at the Sosh Freestyle Cup.

His idol in windsurfing is Kiri Thode and is looking forward to sail together with him one day. His favorite gear at the moment is Gaastra Sails and Tabou Boards.

At the moment he is sponsored by Surf One, located in Leucate and his plans are to continue competing in the freestyle windsurfing discipline.

You can follow him HERE

Tonight a group dinner is scheduled for all the competitors, the forecasts for tomorrow looks a bit better then today's. Skippers meeting is scheduled for 10:00 sharp.

2013 IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championship / Sosh Freestyle Cup

A slightly cloudy day on the first competition day with a nice side of shore wind. The competitors prepared their gear and somemanaged a morning try out session to get a hang of the conditions.

The first skippers meeting was held at 13:00 shortly after all registrations were finalised. This year a small group of Juniors signed up to battle it out for the IFCA Freestyle Junior World Championship at the Sosh Freestyle Cup.

In the spotlight today is Esteve Sam, a newcomer this year from France. You will hear more from him after his exclusive scheduled interview with the press tomorrow.

The competition was scheduled to start at 14:00 but, the winds quickly dropped down making it difficult to actually run an official Freestyle competition. Only a few heats were sailed but unfortunately they got canceled due to the unstable wind conditions. After a while the Race director canceled the entire session and riders were released for that day.

The forecast for tomorrow looks very light, but a great tow in show is scheduled with some cool guest pro riders.

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IFCA/Ruben Petrisie / pics by Lucy Zuiderwijk