Two eliminations completed for Junior and Girl divisions, one elimination for Youth and Master
French competitors on the top into Junior, Youth and Girl divisions – Andrea Cucchi, the athlete of Circolo Surf Torbole is the event leader among Master
After the official opening ceremony on Monday evening with the Slalom World Tour Champion Matteo Iachino -cutting the ribbon, today a beautiful 20 knots south wind has welcomed the 2018 IFCA World Championships on Garda Trentino. About 170 competitors from 20 nations, 4 continents and a total of 4 divisions: Juniors, Youths, Masters and Girls have colored the grass and the beach with their equipment in front of Circolo Surf Torbole. Immediately after the skipper’s meeting, held at 10 o’clock to give competitors all the technical information needed, the regatta could finally start.
The four categories have been splitted in two regatta fields coordinated by IFCA class supervisors (International Funboard Class Association) and the two FIV Presidents of the Race Committees, Claudio Alessandrello and Ezio Ferin. A down-wind slalom which is the maximum expression of this kind of equipments, allowing them to reach the highest speed on a down wind course. A great technical and muscular work but also a lot of fun!
In this first day of races, the French team has dominated the ranking: French leaders on the top of the provisional results for 3 divisions. Only among masters the Italians Andrea Cucchi and Thomas Fauster are on the top positions.
JUNIOR (under 17)
Event leader after two eliminations, Lohan Jules from Guadalupa, second one Nathan Westera from Aruba and third the Turkish Berk Ozcan. In this division, the Italian athlete of Circolo Surf Torbole, Alessandro Iotti (Circolo Surf Torbole) is now in 10th position among 45 competitors.
YOUTH (under 21)
For the biggest division (56 competitors), the leaders are French: first Damien Arnoux, second Basile Jacquin and third Doom Nathan. The Italian Francesco Scagliola (Reggio Calabria – CV Scirocco) – the outgoing World Champion – is in 10th position, 1st among Italians before Daniel Louis Slijk, athlete of Circolo Surf Torbole
A great Italian start with Andrea Cucchi leading the division, before Thomas Fauster. Third one the Turkish Bora Kozanolu. To follow, Andrea Rosati is in 8th position (CV Anzio – World Champion on 2013 and 2016), Marco Begalli in 10th position (CV Scirocco – World Champion on 2003 and 2010) and 11th position for Massimiliano Brunetti.
A record in participation for this division with three French on top: first Davico Ma, second one Jamane Carlotti and third Marine Marmey. The first Italian athlete is Lisa Tognetti in 12th position
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