Today was the final day of the IFCA 2013 Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships in Alacati Bay organized by Cagla Kubat Windsurf Academy and Gorbon Sports Management. Adrenalin ran high with competitors fighting to earn their last points.
Youths were up first again followed by the masters in steady 16-20 knot winds. Turk Can Gov had a great day, winning round 8, but it is Akay Poyraz (TUR-1011)who takes the title of 2013 IFCA Youth Slalom World Champion, a clear 10 points ahead of his nearest rivals Simon Jacquier and Bernard Thibault, both from France. Jacquier and Thibault ended on equal points, their positions split by their discards.
Andrea Rosati (ITA-0) was a well-deserving winner of round 8 and also the title of 2013 IFCA Masters Slalom World Champion. Ertugrul Icingir (TUR-1) made sure this title didn't come easily but had to settle for 2nd place overall while Erkan Morgan (TUR-611) took the third place on the podium.
As the best went into battle the Juniors final was fraught with tension. First (NB-44)Seraus Gunther found himself out of the last day's final, then Jurgen Saragoza (NB-117) and Aron Etmon (CUR-2) were out. This left the path clear for Coen Swijnenburg from the Netherlands to win today's round 8 and claim the title of 2013 IFCA Junior Slalom Champion. Jurgen Saragoza (NB-117) is second overall and Aron Etmon (CUR-2) takes third place.
A BBQ Party, the Awards Ceremony and the World Champion Crowning, proves to be a fitting end to a fantastic championship, packed with thrills and spills and well fought battles. It is particularly pleasing to see a good mix of nationalities on the podiums.
The organisation has been superb and massive thanks to all involved in staging this event which will no doubt be a major talking point for many for a long time to come. Particular thanks to Cagla Kubat who has shown that not only can she put on a good event but she can certainly give the men a good run for their money on the water.