In our last EFPT report about the tow-in event in Podersdorf, Austria, we wanted to raise the awareness of the riders, sponsors and industry. Now we can announce that not only the renowned German Surf Magazine will support the tow-in event, but also the famous board-sports brand Chiemsee has stepped in as a main sponsor! In times when budgets get cut down in every possible way, expenses get minimized to the lowest limits and even some events are cancelled, we are having an UPGRADE for you!
For the first time in the history of the sport, the riders participating in the contest will battle for the title of the tow-in freestyle windsurfing European champion. What's more, 5.000 euros will be the prize money at stake!
Planned is the most spectacular show: beginning from the 27th of April, there are going to be three qualification rounds (27th, 28th, 29th of April), for ten riders respectively, which makes a total of 30 possible starters. The tow-in qualification will take place every night, starting at 8.30 pm with the show being lit up by professional flood light equipment. Participants will get two runs each, whilst the better one counts. The three best riders of each round will advance into the final. One additional rider who had the most points out of all the other tow-in competitors, will make up the last place. At last years night tow-in, spectators were swarming on the beach to get a first row place, to enjoy the action from the front row. You could feel people holding their breaths when riders like Steven Van Broeckhoven (Belgium) appeared out of the dark, towed behind a jet-ski, with a speed of more than 35 knots, to stick his move combinations right in front of the massive crowd.
All riders from the combined PWA/EFPT seeding are allowed to participate. The best European rider will then obtain the tittle of the tow-in windsurfing European champion. Internationally, Nicolas Akgazciyan (France) and the Belgium rider are the top picks for the crown. From Austria, Max Matissek (North/Fanatic) is the odds-on favorite after he surprised many last year with a sick air-funnell into funnel, which allowed him to win the qualification run and brought him an amazing 6th place in the overall ranking and big respect from the other riders.
Max Matissek about this years tow-in: 'I'm looking forward to the tow-in night show. It's an amazing feeling to get towed into freestyle moves in front of such a big crowd. Of course I hope to get into the finals again as last year, but I'm sure it's getting tougher and tougher.'
The finals take place on the 30th of April at 8.30 pm, with the prize giving right afterwards. The crowned European Champion in tow-in windsurfing, as well as the other riders and the spectators will then have the possibility to celebrate the results at the Chiemsee tow-in after-show party.
Tobias Blick (Chiemsee AG & Co. KG):' We are very proud to present the brand Chiemsee on it's 30th anniversary on the biggest freestyle event worldwide and we are happy about this cooperation. Chiemsee was founded as a windsurfing brand on a lake and not at the coast. That's the reason why this event fits so well in our anniversary year. The tow-in European championship is especially fascinating, because it is run in the evenings and it also works if there is no wind.'
We are looking forward to a great show, lots of participants and a huge crowd! See you in Podersdorf, 2012!
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