King Of The Wind Report

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This weekend  saw some sick action at the King Of The Wind event  in Weymouth. Read on for the report as to how things went down…

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 briefings 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 men’s 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  massive shuv-it spock’s, culo’s, skopu’s, futures, flaka-shaka’s and a huge kabakuchi’s  If you don’t know what these moves are, come and watch 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.  Rest assured, with three of four dedicated media guys cutting film as we speak, there will be something pretty special appearing on  soon.

XPLG team

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KOTW Weymouth action
Busting the moves in Weymouth
Throwing it down in Portland
Bubble gives it some

Images courtesy of Global Shots

Day 2 morning update:
During the night of the global royal rave there was a powerful northerly storm brewing outside, first thing on day 2 we had a bitterly cold strong and gusty wind which had wrecked havoc during the night.  From the north in Portland Harbor, it is not as flat as from the west so we had a mean choppy onshore competition zone for the final to take place.
The first final was for 3rd place between Andy Chambers and Adam Gavriel,  It was a pretty close, towards the end of the heat they were a bit under powered so we didn’t see any of the big moves which we saw the day before, it was mainly sliding switch moves, plus a chachoo.  There was a 3 against 2 decision, the guys did the same amount of moves but in the end it was the diversity category which took Adam to third place. 
In the winners final there was Dieter vs Davey, this heat had become marginal but somehow these guys managed to pull a onehanded shaka, a double switch chachoo, a burner and a big chachoo right in front of the judges.  Davey took first placein this elimination, the results are shown below.  Right now we are waiting for the wind to shift to the west, Sam Green and his band are about to play in the Beechbum marquee and we are hoping for the later afternoon to pick up enough to start the ladies competition and a double elimination for the guys.
XPLG Team

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