With an early start brought on by an 8:00am pool breakfast and a 9:00am rider’s meeting, competitors filtered onto the event site, ready to begin the first day with full motivation, high spirits and enthusiasm. As wind proved to be strong enough for freestyle action, all competitors prepared their material. At this first day, freestyle gained priority, with the possibility of racing later in the day
The wind blew in a range of 15 - 22 knots. At this point, spanish onlookers, tourists and local people from Castelldefels watched as the talented competitors performed at their highest abilities until late in the afternoon.
With good wind pretty, excitement high, and the riding at its peak, the MINI KTE was able to run full freestyle single eliminations and one race in the afternoon.
Riders such as Johnno Scholte (NED) and Patrick Blanc (ESP) advanced early on into the double elimination. In particular, top favorite Mario Rodwald (GER) and Stefan Spiessberger (AUT) performed well as well ; speed and power in the majority of their maneuvers during the final heat.
Meanwhile in the girls division, german rider Sabrina Lutz (GER) wasn’t on her A-game today, lost her heat #23 against Annelous Lammerts (NED) but won in the looser final against Kelly Schouten (NED).
The women’s final, Lammerts (NED) versus Therese Taabbel (DEN) was a an exciting heat, too. In the later afternoon, riders struggled with wavy and less wind conditions, making it even more challenging to gain big points.
After the men’s final, all racers were ready for their moment on the water. With wind measuring 15-18 knots, the stage was set for an exciting first day of Course Racing. Top competitors such as Riccardo Leccesse (COL) and Adam Koch (USA) as well as Flo Gruber (GER) and Olli Bridge (GBR) stood out as a few racing favorits, while Maxime Nocher (FRA) also looked to hold his own and make it to the front of the pack.
After the first race, the sunset began already to start up and the day finished under a dark-orange light. The final results of the single elimination finals and of the first race will be published tomorrow morning.
Stay tuned and looked forward to 9am skippers meeting to get know, who’ll be the winners of the single eliminations finals ?
For the second day, Course Racings are likely to run in the morning with freestyle in the afternoon, when wind conditions permit. Our livestream by SPOTFAV will be available online to fans and followers.
To get nice images of the first competition day click here