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Competition/2013/PJY Freestyle Europeans




29th October to 2nd November 2013

Premantura, Cape Kamenjak, Skoljic Bay, Croatia

2013 IFCA Freestyle European Championship / Youth - Junior - Pro kids Event Results:

U13 Catch me if you can special category event winners:
1. Tvrtko Ljutic CRO-0
2. Jan Malej SLO
3. Louis Provoost BEL-xxx

U15 Pro Kids IFCA Freestyle European Championship:
1. Nicolo Tagliafico ITA-102
2. Mats Moyson BEL-159
3. Tvrtko Ljutic CRO-0
4. Jan Malej SLO
5. Louis Provoost BEL-xxx
6. Nicole Bandini ITA-613

U17 Juniors IFCA Freestyle European Championship:
1. Michiel de Cooman BEL-161
2. Steven Max ARU-888
3. David Schiebel AUT-19
4. Mattijs Lasore BEL-160
5. Kostya Smirnoff RUS-1
6. Nicolo Tagliafico ITA-102
7. Francesco Cappuzzo ITA-333
8. Mats Moyson BEL-159

U20 Youth IFCA Freestyle European Championship:
1. Giovanni Passani
2. Steven Max ARU-888
3. Mattijs Lasore BEL-160
4. Francesco Cappuzzo ITA-333
5. Riccardo Marca ITA-988
6. Michiel de Cooman BEL-161
7. Nicolo Tagliafico ITA-102
8. Kostya Smirnoff RUS-1
9. David Schiebel AUT-19
10. Paul Simmerl AUT-21
11. Alice Casula ITA-207

IFCA Pro Kids, Junior and Youth Freestyle Eu /Day 3 and 4

On the 3rd day the conditions were too light to continue with competitions. The competitors got involved with some of the activities such as a soccer game and ping pong matches while the skate boarding trials took place inside the event tent. The wind did not improve and the competitors were released for that day.

Day 4 - The Double Elimination started with shaking threes from the Hugo, a cloudy sky and wind that was blowing from the opposite direction. After the skippers meeting was held, the double eliminations for the Youths, Juniors and Pro Kids could finally continue on the last day of the event. The wind was up and down and gusty, the competition area had to be displaced so competitors could make better use of the conditions.

Youths U20 Double elimination Highlights: We saw great performances from Riccardo Marca and Francesco Cappuzzo who battled it out for the 5th position. Cappuzzo did great for the light wind conditions showing more technical skills than his opponent until he met with Mattijs Lasore who added more style to his routine while Capuzzo failed to accomplish some of his high scoring tricks, leaving him stuck in fourth. Mattijs advances and faces Giovanni Passani in the battle for third. A great heat was sailed for both competitors but Mr Passani had a few new school tricks and a more powerful rotation then Mattijs who had a bit of difficulties with the gusty winds.

Youth Final round was once again sailed between Giovanni Passani and Steven Max who won the single elimination on the second day. The battle was a close one with great tricks, but Passani showed more style and varietyand scored higher because of a better overall impression. The competitors had to face each other once more in the "super final" to be able to claim victory. Steven Max performed well but failed to accomplish a few higher scoring tricks against the style and variety of Giovanni Passani.

Junior U17 Double elimination Highlights: A battle between Mattijs Lasore and Michiel de Cooman who already won 3 previous heats with a combination of technical and a great variety of tricks on both tacks.

Michiel advances and sailed against David Schiebel in the battle for third. David his overall impression was to weak against the combination of tricks of Michiel. Junior Final was sailed between Steven Max and Michiel de Cooman who already sailed and won 5 heats in a row. Michiel was apparently having a great time on the water the whole day with a nice routine that includes a few surprising tricks the judges did not seen from him during the other heats. Steven Max had great tricks but unfortunately it was not enough against the amount of tricks of Michield de Cooman. Both competitors had to face each other once more in the "super final" to be able to claim victory. Michiel kept performing well with the most tricks pulled of in a 7 minute heat that day on both tacks in the super final.

Pro kids U15 Double elimination Highlights: Croatian Windsurf star 11 Year old Tvrtko Ljutic stole the show with his competitive attitude and a great overall impression performance. Tvrtko faced Mats Moyson in the battle in third and got stuck in third. The Pro kids Final was sailed between Mats Moyson and Nicolo Tagliafico who performed well enough to claim his victory right away. Mats could not get his flow of tricks going this time and scored less on the overall impression.

Pro kids U13 event sail off: The coolest battle of the event was between the coolest kids on the scene. Louis Provoost from Belgium, Jan Malej from Sloveja and of course the Croatian windsurf Star Tvrtko Ljutic. All of them performed a routine of sail flips, heli tacks, upwind 360's, board 360, nose ride, backwind sailing and clue firt heli tacks. The winner was the local star who showed a better overall impression with his fearless and competitive attitude in front of the judges.

The last sound signal was made and the wind was gone, most competitors started packing. Awards ceremony took place a few hours after in the event tent. We had 3 short days of wind, 1 day of activities, interviews and great freestyle competitions.

Thanks to the Public Institution of Kamenjak, the Tourism Board of Medulin and the BURA sport association team for a great event.

IFCA/ Class Rep Ruben Petrisie
Images: Hana Dutina

Strong Bura winds at night caused for an early day on the second competition day. After analyzing several forecasts yesterday evening the skippers meeting was set for 7:30am with winds still reaching up to 20 knots. The single eliminations for Youths were scheduled first followed by the Juniors who were all excited to get the battles started.

Youths Highlights: Italian Francesco Cappuzzo performed well with powerful new school tricks but was beaten by Belgian Mattijs Lasore in the battle for third. Mattijs performed a great routine with a nice variety of normal stance and switch stance manouvers.

Final heat was between Steven Max from Aruba and the Italian Giovanni Passani who was sailing really well today with moves such as one handed burners, switch kono's and high shakas but for Steven Max his move list was just a bit more including Punch, double flakas and a variation of technical moves which led to a solid overall impression score sheet.

Juniors Highlights: Mattijs Lasore from Belgium kept his routine and won against the Russian Kostya Smirnoff who unfortunately did not accomplish some of his high scoring manouvers in the battle for third. David Schiebel from Austria had a great day and made it to the final rounds facing the Arubian Steven Max who once again performed with a greater amount of tricks on each tack.

After both eliminations were sailed the wind started to drop down just like the local forecast predicted. The double elimination started but the wind was not strong enough to continue with an official competition. The Race director decided to run the double of the Pro Kids U15 age group category.

The rider of today was the local star Tvrtko Ljutic who propably had the most fun showing off his manouvers and advancing heat after heat with board and sail trick combinations, backwind sailing and a nose ride. Mats Moyson from Belgium managed to show more technical skills and advances to the final to meet with the Italian Nicolo Tagliafico.

The wind got even lighter and the final heat was cancelled, competitors were on standby throughout the afternoon but the wind did not return. It was a great day full of action followed by a roller skating show and a hockey game demonstration in the event tent with local kids from the region

The forecast for tomorrow looks light and the skippers meeting is set for 10am

Youth Results single 1:

1. Steven Max
2. Giovanni Passani
3. Mattijs Lasore
4. Francesco Cappuzzo

Junior Results single 1:

1. Steven Max
2. David Schiebel
3. Mattijs Lasore
4. Kostya Smirnoff

IFCA/ Class Rep Ruben Petrisie
Images: Hana Dutina / EFPKT

Premantura (Croatia) once again plays host to the IFCA Pro Kids, Junior and Youth Freestyle European Championships and takes place from October 29th to November 2nd. Premantura is the southernmost village of the Istrian peninsula and is therefore open to absolutely all the winds that blow in the northern Adriatic.

16 kids travelled to Premantura to take part in the event and we saw already the first result. Nicolo Tagliafico from Sardinia (Italy), won the U15 Single Elimination in front of Mats Moyson from Belgium and Jan Halej from Slowenia.

A light bura breeze welcomed the 16 registered competitors from 6 different countries on the first competition day with sunny skies. Later in the afternoon the wind started to pick up to 16 knots and the single elimination of the Pro kids under 15 age group category was scheduled to compete first.

The top 3 finalist of the U15 Single elimination #1
1. Nicolo Tagliafico / ITA
2. Mats Moyson / BEL
3. Jan Halej / SLO

Freestyle Europeans returns to Premantura on Cape of Kamenjak

Croatia will once again play host to the IFCA Pro Kids, Junior and Youth Freestyle European Championships. This year's championship returns to the venue of last year's successful Europeans, and takes place from October 29th to November 2nd.

Skoljic bay awaits you for loads of activities: Windsurf Action, games, freestyle windsurf competitions, parties and more.

Organised by the Spotska udruga Bura, Premantura, in co-operation with, and sponsored by, Public Institution Kamenjak, all sailors are welcomed to this beautiful region of Croatia and to the Skoljic Bay.


The whole area of Kamenjak is a paradise for surfers and lovers of water sports activities.

Due to the special climate and its geographical position, Kamenjak waters are exposed to the influence of winds from all sides. In the summer, winds of the eastern and western directions give surfers all day enjoyment on their boards. In the fall southerly winds dominate.

The Kamenjak and Medulin archipelago was once ranked as one of the most popular destinations for lovers of windsurfing in Europe. Due to the configuration of the coast our surf locations are safe and readily accessible

Also, with unspoiled nature all around you, Kamenjak is one of the most desirable vacation spots for domestic and foreign guests. See for yourself!

Travel info

Arriving in Pula by car:
from the west: Trieste - Kopar - Buje - Pula
from the north: Villach - Ljubljana - Kopar - Buje - Pula
from the east: Zagreb - Rijeka - Tunnel Ucka - Pazin – Pula

Arriving by sea:
maritime border crossing Pula

Arriving by air:
International Airport Zagreb - Airport Pula

Distance from other cities in Croatia & Europe:
Rijeka - 102 km Amsterdam - 1490 km
Zagreb - 288 km London - 1750 km
Dubrovnik - 696 km Munich – 607 km
Trieste - 126 km Milan – 535 km
Vienna - 593 km Rome – 756 km
Frankfurt - 1030 km Graz – 398 km

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