Competition/2015/Slalom Worlds 15
Vincent Langer is IFCA Slalom World Champion 2015
Volvo Surf Cup thrills 120,000 spectators on Sylt.
After five days the Volvo Surf Cup on Sylt (Germany) came to an end. A total of over 120,000 spectators experienced spectacular races at the IFCA Slalom World Championship 2015. With over 90 competitors from 17 different nations a new participation record was set.
The German Vincent Langer (GER-1) succeeded to win the official World Championship title in his home country. Already in the first slalom elimination the reigning German Champion laid the basement for his success when he dominated the opening race. Langer was also able to win the second elimination. With this perfect start into the regatta the German achieved a huge lead. The result of the third slalom elimination was irrelevant for him. But with an eighth place he presented a strong performance again. After three eliminations every competitor may discard his worst result. With two bullets Langer ensures the optimum score of 1.4 points. Therefore he rightfully wins the official IFCA Slalom World Championship title 2015.
"I am stoked! I am the Slalom World Champion!" smiles the fresh title holder to continue "Last year I was third. The year before Vice-World Champion. Now, in the third attempt it has finally worked out. I am even more proud to achieve this success in my home country. This is the maximum!"
On the second place follows the Dane Sebastian Kornum (DEN-24). Kornum presented a consistent performance. The Dane entered the World Championship with a third place. In the second elimination he confirmed his ambitions for a top result. In the final elimination Kornum was able to dominate. With his victory Kornum was able to ensure the Vice-World Championship title with 37 points.
"I am happy to be Vice-World Champion. Normally it is already a kind of defeat if you are second. But Vincent really deserves the title. He has presented a great performance on the water and is promoting windsurfing a lot among the youth in Germany. If somebody is a rightful champion then him!" smiles the sympathic Dane Kornum.
Nicolas Warembourg (FRA-531) from France follows close behind with 4.0 points. In two races he conquered the second place. Once he got sixth.
"I had hard fights with Vincent Langer and Sebastian Kornum. My target was a podium finish. And this is what I was able to achieve. Therefore I am very happy about my result at the IFCA Slalom World Championship on Sylt," says the French Waremburg.
In the Women's fleet Turkish Lena Erdil (TUR-33) was able to dominate. She won six out of seven races and is therefore rightful "IFCA Slalom Women Champion 2015". On place two follows Maria Andres (ESP-2) from Spain. Third position goes to Esther de Geus (NED-16) from the Netherlands.
The Volvo Surf Cup on Sylt was again a huge success. 120,000 spectators experienced the Sylt from its windy and sporty side. A new participation record was set to confirm the high status of the event on the international level.
Men's Top 10 Finalists after 1 Elimination:
1. Vincent Langer GER-1
Women's Results after 2 Rounds:
1. Lena Erdil TUR-33
A busy day of preparation and training as competitors eagerly anticipate the official start of The Volvo Surf Cup 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championship. With registration completed the numbers are:
17 Nations / 2 Continents / Total Participants 78 men and 10 girls (88)
Current World Slalom Champions are not here to defend their titles but plenty of top "Names" are competing in this event, all eager to claim the titles of "2015 IFCA Slalom World Champion" in both men and women. Just a few of their claims to fame:
Vincent Langer GER-1 - current #1 on the IFCA Slalom World Ranking List, 3rd last year in the IFCA Slalom Worlds in the Azores, and a regular on the podium in this year's Euro Cup events
Nicolas Warembourg FRA-531 - 2nd at the infamous Defi Wind at Gruissan, and giving "standout performances" on the PWA circuit
James Dinsmore GBR-659 - British Slalom Champion 2013 and 2014
Marco Begalli - ITA 415 - 2nd master at the recent IFCA Youth and Masters Slalom Championships in Italy
Nicolas Goyard FRA-465 - current IFCA Youth Slalom World and European Champion
Ethen Westera ARU-4 2nd at the recent IFCA Youth Slalom Worlds
Gunnar Asmussen GER-88 - 6th in Azores 2014
Lena Erdil TUR-33 - 2nd in Azores 2014 - currently 7th on the IFCA Slalom World Ranking List, 3rd at the Defi Wind
Andrea Vanhoorne BEL-26 - currently 2nd on the IFCA slalom ranking, 1st at the European Championships in Bol 2014
Steffi Wahl GER-303 - 4th at the recent PWA Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival
Maria Andres ESP-2 - 3rd in Azores 2014, currently 10th on the IFCA slalom ranking
Skippers meeting tomorrow is scheduled at 9am for the first competition day of The Volvo Surf Cup 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championship. The wind forecast is quite variable for the coming days so hopefully something for everyone, making for exciting competition!
The Day before the registration day and the Sun is out smiling and all looks ready and set for the Volvo Surf Cup | 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championship.
The forecast for this week looks very promising with winds up to 35 knots and temperatures around the 16 degrees, perhaps a few clouds here and there but it surely will be all summer vibes which will make this week a very interesting one here in Sylt Westerland.
The competitors are provided with a cool hang out space and some of the early arrivals spotted on sight were the competitors from Peru - Alessio Botteri PER-20, Nicolas Schreier PER-2 and Simon Sousa PER-8 who managed to make it to the event site despite their travel difficulties and the hustle to get their slalom gear on board a train.
During the week there will be several other activities during the day and night next to the slalom races and the local organizing team has been looking forward to this exciting week full of action on and off the water.Tomorrow the registration is scheduled from 16:00 to 18:30 with the official opening ceremony scheduled at 20:00 at the VIP area.
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The 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championships will take place in Westerland, Sylt (Germany) from July 22nd to 26th 2015. The International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) have signed a contract with the Choppy Water GmbH as local organizing authority. The 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championships will be the sportive highlight of the Volvo Surf Cup 2015 which is one of the biggest funsport events in Germany.
The Championships offer a total prize money of eur 15,000. The Slalom World Championships are the annual highlight of the International Funboard Class Association and the most important slalom event of the year. It invites windsurfers from all over the world to fight for the prestigious title. The winner is crowned as official 'IFCA Slalom World Champion'. We are extremely proud that the IFCA has selected Choppy Water as host of the 2015 Slalom World Championship. We will do our best to make this Championship a memorable event for the Class and all the competitors," states Matthias Regber from the organizer Choppy Water.
At the Volvo Surf Cup the 2015 Slalom World Championships will be embraced by a giant funsport event. Since several years the Volvo Surf Cup is one of the biggest beach festivals in Germany. The promenade is crowded with visitors, tents and presentations of the various sponsors and partners. At the beach the tourists are entertained with several funsport activities. In the evenings the party program is entertaining the crowd. Over 120.000 spectators are expected for the event.
At Sylt the North Sea can offer a huge variety of conditions from flat water with eastern winds to mast high waves when westerly storms are hitting the coast. Sylt is the most famous island of Germany. Located in the middle of Europe the venue can easily be reached from Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltic countries but also from southern and western Europe.
The date of the event marks the peak of the summer holiday season. All regions in Germany and most of Europe have holidays. Sylt is literally exploding with the huge number of tourists. So place and time are offering the perfect platform for the 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championships.
Choppy Water has an excellent reputation as organizer of windsurfing events. For over 15 years the company has organized national and international windsurfing events and championships in Germany and co-ordinated events and series like the "Windsurfing Euro-Cup" all over Europe.
"We are sure that we have found the best possible package for our 2015 Slalom World Championships," smiles IFCA president Bruno de Wannemaker. "There are very few organizers with an expertise like Choppy Water. The IFCA Class always hoped that it would be possible to position the Slalom Worlds at the summer event on Sylt. Now this is finally possible and we are stoked to present our performance on the water to the biggest public in the history of the class."
Date: July 22nd to 26th 2015 (competition days)
Venue: North Sea, Westerland, Sylt (GERMANY)
Event: 2015 IFCA Slalom World Championships
Prize Money: Eur 15.000,00
Expected spectators: 120.000
To encourage participation in the event by women slalom racers, the organisers, Choppywater, and IFCA have agreed to give women a separate start from men and publish a separate ranking.
This is in part a response to requests from potential women entries; and consequently it is realistic to expect the minimum required entries. As a valid division women will receive a share of the prize fund as specified in the IFCA Championship Rules. The first competitor in the "women's ranking" will be declared "2015 IFCA Slalom Women's Champion". IFCA will not be awarding an ISAF World Title in the women's division.
It has also been decided to drop the option to hold unofficial "Ultra Slalom" in light winds; that is, slalom racing in conditions that are not suitable for championship racing.
Instead it has been agreed to allow formula racing to take place for those wishing to race in light winds. However, championship slalom racing will always remain the priority whenever suitable conditions exist. The IFCA Class Representative at the event shall always have the final decision regarding "suitable conditions".