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2012 IFCA EU Freestyle Championship
Posted On:  31/10/2012 09:35:03

The second day of the event started off with a lot of excitement with shaking threes since the early mornings. The skippers meeting was held at 10am with the first possible start set for 11am.

Conditions:
Winds: 20 and 25 knots
Sky: Cloudy with the air temperature between 14C and 18C
Water: very choppy with temperatures around the 20's C

Single eliminations 1

First up were the Pro Kids the U 15 category.

For some of the kids the conditions were rather difficult and cold but the Israeli kid Jonatan Yagen and the Austrian David Schiebel managed to score enough points to make it to the final rounds.

On the other side of the elimination ladder we saw the Russian talent Kostya Smirnov and Steven Max from Aruba with their best performance towards the final rounds.

In the spotlight was Steven Max from Aruba who managed to score higher because the variety of his moves including some of the new school freestyle tricks such as Burners and Kulos.

U15 pro Kids Results Single Elimination # 1

4. Jonatan yagen ISR-02
3. David Schiebel AUT-19
2. Kostya Smirnov RUS-1
1. Steven Max ARU-888

Second up were the Juniors the U 17 category.

In the first heat of the Juniors we saw the only female competitor "the cool" Maaike Huvermann from Holland who unfortunately was struggling a little in today's conditions and didn't manage to score enough points to make it through to the next rounds.

Riccardo Marca and Nicolo Tagliafico both from Italy pulled offsome nice tricks in the early heats, in the next rounds Mr Marca was stopped by Kostya who also competes in the Juniors and Nicolo was stopped by Steven another competitor who competes in two age group categories.

In the spotlight was Kostya Smirnov who impressed the judges with High Forwards and fast spinning Flakas. The final was between Steven and Kostya and the final decision was a 2 to 1 "a close one".

U17 Juniors Results Single Elimination # 1

4. Nicolo Tagliafico ITA-102
3. Riccardo Marca ITA-988
2. Kostya Smirnov RUS-1
1. Steven Max ARU-888

The Last elimination rounds took place after the tasty lunch break.

The Youths the U 20 category was next up this time in the rainy conditions with slightly stronger winds. Two new comers; one from Austria Mr. Paul Simmerl and Giovanni Passani from Italy did well for their first international competition.

The 2012 IFCA Freestyle Vice World Champion in the U20’s Rafael de Windt from Curacao showed off a nice routine with a bag of solid tricks all the way towards the final rounds while on the other side we had the 2011 IFCA Freestyle European Champion Belgium's Yentel Caers performing a selection of new school tricks. Because of the early night fall, both riders will meet each other on the next competition day in a high class freestyle final.


Day One - Inscription took place at 10am with 15 riders registered, followed by first skippers meeting with a event crew introduction and a presentation of the Kamenjak Nature Park. No wind on the first day of the event so after the group picture, the competitors had lunch at the Istrian Farm nearby the event site in the park.

An adventurous walk on the trail of dinosaurs was being organized by Neven Ivesa the manager of the Public Institution of Kamenjak. The kids could enjoy Premantura's beautiful coast line together with learning about the discoveries made on this amazing site.

Everyone was happy to see each other again and to meet some of the new riders attending the Tour for the first time.

In the evening the opening ceremony will be held at the public Institution of Kamenjak in the center of Premantura, with a majorette parade in which the competitors will represent the different countries with their flags.

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