IFCA Freestyle World Championship and European Freestyle Pro Tour – Kevin Mevissen NED, Normen Günzlein GER, Andre Paskowski GER and Andreas Olandersson SWE as well as Karin Jaggi SUI and Laure Treboux SUI positioned themselves as top candidates for overall victory. Who will win the title of Freestyle World Champion?
Early this morning the wind conditions in Silvaplana were highly promising. The Engadine was showing all its astonishing beauty. Owing to the increasing maloja wind the starting signal for the IFCA Freestyle World Championship and the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) could be given punctually at 11.30am. The 50 freestyle pros, plus 8 women and 8 masters, started in heats of four athletes. The event placings count for both competitions, the World Championship and the EFPT. Big favourites were Kevin Mevissen NED, European Champion 2003 and current leader of the EFPT, Matheo Guazzoni ITA, European Champion 2004, and Andre Paskowski GER. After the first heats Normen Günzlein and Andreas Olandersson stood ahead of the rest. Right on the waterfront of Lake Silvaplana they impressed the jury and the spectators with loops and flakas. After two exciting runs with wind speeds of up to 25 knots, Normen Günzlein GER won the first contest-day ahead of Kevin Mevissen NED and Andreas Olandersson SWE. One of those three top freestylers are one their way to the title of the Freestyle World Champion.
In the women’s category Karin Jaggi SUI and Laure Treboux SUI are currently leading. Will Karin Jaggi reach her goal and win her 15th World Champion title, and within this her first World Champion title in her own country? After the women’s heats the masters prepared themselves for their contest. In this category were sailors like like Alex Humpel AUT, Marc van Soolingen, head judge of the Stimorol Engadinwind.com, and Roger Paul SUI.