Day Five in Fehmarn, Germany, started with a bang. After another early 7am skipper’s meeting, the much anticipated Men’s Freestyle Main Event finally got underway.
The conditions were a slight improvement on yesterday, blowing around 15 knots, and not as off-shore as we have seen previously.
For Round 1, Heat 1, we saw Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic put on a strong display, landing a nice Backside 317 scoring 7.87 points. Former World Champion Youri Zoon from the Netherlands put on an outstanding performance, hoping to make up for his errors in the previous event in Cabarete where he got knocked out in Round 1. His efforts were well rewarded with several high scores including the highest scoring trick of the day, a nice Frontside 317 which gave him 8.37 points. It was Zoon and Corniel who gained 1st and 2nd position and will be passing directly through to Round 3. Passing through to the second round will be Set Teixera from Brasil and Paul Serin from France, who both battled hard to remain in the top 4 and therefore gain a second chance in the next round.
The second heat of Round 1 for the men unfortunately was cancelled due to the deteriorating conditions. With the winds being below the required amount needed to run the freestyle competition, the freestyle riders were released for the day.
The final day of foil racing saw the riders fighting to gain headway with the light wind conditions. Four races took place over a two hour period, with some mixed results compared to previous days. The first race was won by German rider Benni Boelli, the second by the consistent rider Florian Gruber, the third once again by Boelli, and the fourth race was won by young Russian racer Dennis Taradin. After an anxious wait, and a total of 8 races, the final results were posted, and Florian Gruber once again reigned victorious at this event in Fehmarn, Germany.
The final Foil results stand as follows:
1st: Florian Gruber
2nd: Adriaan Geislinger
3rd: Benni Boelli
4th: Oliver Hansen
5th: Jannis Maus
6th: Peter Mueller
7th: James Johnson
8th: Reinhold Gehrer
9th: Denis Taradin
10th: Elias Oauhmid
Skipper’s meeting has been called for 8am tomorrow, with a first possible start at 8.30am. The focus will be to complete the Freestyle Main Event.