After what was an epic event our videographer, Josh Willmot, has pulled one out the bag and produced this awesome final cut!
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We managed to make some pretty good press throughout the event, check out just some of it below. We made regional radio throughout the day on Radio Wessex with the build up to the night tow-in and what’s more, Colin Dixon rocked the set as he took control of the towns PA system for an hour to commentate during the night tow-in, over 15,000 people were reached directly there and then.
We are still calculating the visual impact of the event as more and more media is released but it’s currently in the millions of views and that’s not to mention the word of mouth we’ve heard about, apparently kids from the local schools couldn’t stop talking about the tow-in windsurfing when they were at school all last week! We can’t wait to send them the final video that windsurfing Videographer and Producer Josh Willmot is currently constructing for us.
After four days with winds from zero to 50+ knots, Davy Scheffers proved to all that he has what it takes to be the best in Europe. After wining in Greece and coming second in Sigri, he took the title in style by taking the win at the King of the Wind.
Full event results can be viewed here – www.efpt.net/results
Full results for the 2012 European Freestyle Pro Tour can be viewed here – www.efpt.net/overallresults
We’ve got an awesome gallery below from some of the highlights of the last day, but first, here is what Davy had to say about winning:
“‘Ever since I got into professional windsurfing it was always a dream for me to become European champion one day. What I reached today shows me that you can get everything you dream of as long as you keep going for it and work hard. I really like the EFPT because I can travel here with my friends, we are all really close and the sessions on the water are a lot of fun even though it is competition. I am in this sport because I love it and not for the money side of it. I want to keep up the spirit of this tour and hope that we will have even more stops next year!”
We love it and it inspires us to make next year bigger and better, who’s in?
Already named Big Monday on the schedule, expectations were high, and the day certainly delivered.
Not just big in action but also in names turning up to show their support for the event. Nick Dempsey, Olympic bronze medallist and Ross Williams, Formula World Champion and number one UK rider on the PWA World Tour both in waves and slalom, found themselves watching on as spotlights lit up the bay during the night tow-in super session supported by Red Bull.
With a 9am skippers meeting the day got off to a prompt start. Unusual north-easterlies filled the harbour but provided some nice small ramps for the competitors to launch off of as they spun through their heats. Rick Jendrusch showed one of the most impressive performances as he fought his way back through a number of heats and dispatched of some world class talent on the way. In one heat he managed to land over 15 moves in the 7 minute time frame and sail in with dry hair. Taking home a well deserved fourth place, Jendrusch found his form in this competition and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the next years.
Despite this it was Davy Scheffers who really stole the limelight during the day time as he not only secured the win for 2012 Centaur King of the Wind but also the title for the 2012 European Freestyle Pro Tour. A double win for the new European Freestyle Champion within the shores of Weymouth where the Olympic Games saw so many other champions crowned there this summer.
The legacy continues!
And so it did, right on into the night. The competitors relocated to the Weymouth Town beach for a tow-in show to remember. As fireworks were ablaze and a bonfire roared over 15,000 spectators filled the beach that evening. Perfectly timed, the finest European freestylers hit the water as the masses arrived, by the final runs the town was watching on as Austrian tow-in weapon Max Mattisek launched into an explosive and perfect double funnel diablo to take first place and a large chunk of the prize money that was up for grabs. Matissek also shone this week as he made his way into the top 10 for the event and finished 7th in the final EFPT rankings.
A special mention to Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers who re-instated himself as the UK freestyle champion just over two weeks ago. He found himself standing in second place on the podium after landing a clean, ankle dry culo in the shallow Atlantic waters. Right in front of the judges, they were suitably impressed to award him the position and he too went home with a healthy chunk of the prize money.
On into the night.
For the competitors and fans of windsurfing, Globalshots laid on a party to remember in the Lazy Lizard. Covered in fluro paint and wrapped to the hilt in glow sticks everyone came together and celebrated not just their results but an epic finale to the tour. Check out plenty more photos from the night and the entire day on facebook.com/globalshots.
After a frustrating weekend for the girls, where wind arrived and then went, they only managed to hit the water for a light wind expressions session. The event itself was supported by Femi Pleasure, the super cool new clothing company that hit UK shores just recently.
Although there was no official results the winner of the Femi Pleasure light wind Expression Session was Jo Wright with Emily Hall in second and Danielle Lucas third.
The girls had a great time with plenty going on including a great party on Saturday night. They were super happy to receive their goodie bags from the headline sponsor and the top three received some extra stash as well. A big thanks to Femi Pleasure for supporting and we hope to work with them in the future. The prize money that was up for grabs was eventually shared around the competitors as no official result could be obtained.
Full report coming soon…
Check out Femi Pleasures awesome clothing on www.femipleasure.co.uk
Josh Willmot from Blacklab put this short and sharp action clip together and promises an epic for the end of the week. Big moves at the King of the Wind today as the men fired through the elimination ladder…
A great opening day for the first ever CENTAUR King of the Wind. Hundreds rolled through the event site during the day, and the action will be just as thick and fast tomorrow, make sure you come and visit, first briefing at 9am and the forecast is firing…
For those interested, scroll down to see today’s single elimination and tomorrows double elimination.
Day one of the Centaur King of the Wind EFPT event was packing everything a European championship spectator could wish for. The early morning featured a classic Weymouth forecast; strong winds, flat water and sunshine. This accompanied by music and euro stars was a winning combo. After briefs the first possible start was at 11am, there were constant heats until just before dark when the wind dropped after a bit of a freak storm. Just before it died there was some intense wind and the latter heats were quite spectacular as everyone was stacked, even after mid heat sail changes.
All but the finals of the single elimination were completed, so tomorrow morning we kick off with a spectacular show as the final four meet to do battle. Next the first round of the ladies Femi Pleasure Queen of the Wind event will run and following that will be the mens double elimination.
This first EFPT event in the UK had a strong force of home-grown competitors. There were twelve UK guys and six out of the seven entered girls. Of these twelve, four got through their heats. Andy Chambers, Jamie Drummond, Nick Bentley and Adam Sims all made it through to the second round. Unfortunately three of these were all in the same second round heat (heats of four) and only Andy Bubble Chambers made it through. Bubble, the 2012 UK freestyle champion then cruised through the semi-final and found himself alongside Adam Gavriel, from Israel, for the losers final competing for third place overall (26 riders).
It’s safe to say that Portland harbour has never played host to so much spectacular freestyle action. In most of the heats it was difficult to watch as you didn’t know where to look, six judges were needed as the top guys would go from move to move in seriously quick succession. Today we saw a massive shuv-it spocks, culos, skopus, futures, flaka-shaka and a huge kabakuchi If you don’t know what these moves are, come watch tomorrow and you will see first-hand, we have another strong forecast and fully expect to get the finals run and most the way through a double elimination as the event is now fully set up courtesy of XPLG. The judges have the system tied down under the watchful eye of head EFPT judge Tom Hartmann.
There will be some sick footage and pics to follow, but for now we have to get our beers on and hit the Globalshots Royal Rave – so here’s a few, but rest assured, with three of four dedicated media guys cutting film as we speak, there will be something pretty special appearing on continent seven pretty soon.
If you don’t have a ticket but want to ride the rave, get yourself down to the Lazy Lizard, there are a few tickets still available, this is going to be a memorable party for sure, don’t miss it!
Elimination Ladders below:
Single Elimination – single1_weymouth2012_day1
Double Elimination – Double1_weymouth2012
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All media related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos by Globalshots/XPLG.
Here comes the King of the Wind – get your last minute entries and party tickets now. Head over to our ticket page to grab yours and be sure to keep track of the event here and on our facebook page for daily images and video updates.
For all competitors, pre-registration will close in just 36 hours. You have until midnight tomorrow to get signed up. As soon as the clock strikes on the 27th the doors are shut and our final list of entrants will be complete.
A note to Queen of the Wind competitors:
Please enter and pre-pay on our ticket page to save 25% on your entry fee. Your entry includes everything that is written on the ticket page as well as free tickets to both party nights.
A note to King of the Wind competitors:
1. You must pre-register on efpt.net. Easiest way is to email email@example.com with a quick ‘I want to enter’ and she will put you on the entry list.
2. You need to pay online, on our ticket page before the 27th to save 25% on your entry fee.
The UK riders have been busy practising for the tow-in side to the event.
This years Student Windsurfing Festival – Aussie Kiss, played host to the first ever student tow-in event. With many taking part it looked like it was the perfect training session for the upcoming King of the Wind. We are excited to see all the European riders battle out on the shores of Weymouth town beach during the night super session on the Monday 5th.
For now here is a taster clip from Josh Willmot, featuring Adam Sims, Max Rowe and Ollie Acton.
See you on the 3rd!