The Press Conference for the presentation of the EUROPEAN WAVE & FREESTYLE

FUNBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2001 was held today 25 June in CASINO DO ESTORIL.

The Du Arte Garden Bar was decorated specially for the occasion. As the guests

arrived they received several merchandising from the Clube Overpowers sponsors

and a Press Kit with all the available information about the Event.

Next, a magnificent cocktail offered by CASINO DO ESTORIL was served.

The big attraction of the Press Conference was a windsurf simulator that was

built specially for this occasion. A ventilator with a wind speed of 8 knots

for this windsurf demonstration provided the wind.

Miguel Torres Marques - Race Director, in name of Clube Overpower (Event's

Organiser), opened the Press Conference thanking all the supports already received

from Companies and State Organisations, which wanted to associate to this great

international event that is going to be held in Portugal for the first time.

The Press Conference speakers were Luc Rogier - IFCA's Vice President, Henrique

Fonseca - APF President, José Manuel Carinhas - Costa do Estoril Tourism

Board, Remédio Pires - Vice-President of ARHCESM, Frederico Aflallo -

Cascais City Hall, António Carneiro - ARVC.

Following the Press Conference were several journalists

In the Beach everything is set to receive the competitors that came from all

over the Europe searching for the title of European Champion.

We hope the weather conditions will be on our side, because Guincho is considered

one of the best spots in the world.

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1st DAY

The European Wave & Freestyle Funboard Championships 2001 has begun today

in Guincho, with the presence of the best European European Funboarders, which

have come to Guincho because of the wind and waves. Guincho is considered to

be one of the best summer spots of the planet.

In this first day of this event the competitors formalised the inscriptions,

check and weigh the material. At 11.00 am took place the opening ceremony, that

was attended by Press, Official Entities, Sponsors and Supporters of the Event.

This Ceremony was presided by Miguel Torres Marques as Race Director that presented

the Event and all the Staff and wished the best of luck to all competitors.

After this presentation, the guarantee of a well-organised championship was

in the air.

Concerning the weather, the forecast is for a big swell followed by strong

winds on Thursday what from the start is a guarantee of unforgettable moments

in Guincho. For this big event, Clube Overpower invites everybody to show up

in Guincho during this week where you can see the best manoeuvres from the best

European competitors.

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2nd DAY

The Wind is missing in Guincho !!!

In the second day of the event, 1st of the competition, the wind was not in

Guincho.

During all the day there was never enough wind to start the competition.

The beach was great, with lots of beautiful people and a sunny day and the

competitors enjoyed what the day had to offer.

The weather forecast of the Portuguese Weather Institute is very positive so

from Thursday on the promise of good wind and waves in the air...

At the time that this Press Release is being done, the beach is becoming empty,

the competitors are going away because they have lots to do tomorrow.

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3rd DAY

Wind has arrived to Guincho !!!

The Wind is finally in Guincho !!! The conditions for a great championship

have arrived.

Guincho is an excellent spot with waves during all year, but today they were

perfects. Around 12 o'clock the wind blowed at 14 knots, but it was not enough.

The beginning of the competition will took place at 6:00 pm and is not finished

at the time that this Press Release is being done. Between the competitors are:

Tristian Boxforf (3rd in World Waves), Luís Caliço, Daniel Parres,

Timo Mulen and Francisco Fonseca (1st Youth Junior World Waves).

Miguel Torres Marques directed the event, coordinating a board of international

judges that included judges from Portugal, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Belgium and

Finland.

The first series was a single elimination to be able to get a quick final result.

The second series was a double elimination. If there is a third series the competitors

will be able to discard their worst result.

For tomorrow is expected a windy day with excellent sea conditions. The next

days promise to be very good.

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4TH DAY

Gale Force Winds Rock Guincho!

Following a night of gale force winds competitors found their sails and boards

scattered around the beach and buried under sand drifts.

With all the competitors equipment recovered the competition started at 13.00.

Good waves, at 1.5 metres, and very strong winds, 35-40 kts, gave perfect conditions

for the competitors to execute their best manoeuvres. Tristan Boxford won the

1st round of the European Funboard Wave championships, with Daniel Parres in

2nd, Luis Caliço in 3rd and Ross Williams in 4th.

On the beach the spectators and media watched the action with great enthusiasm.

Tonight at 20.30 the competitors of the EUROPEAN WAVE AND FREESTYLE FUNBOARD

CHAMPIONSHIPS 2001 are invited to the CASINO DO ESTORIL for a meal and a show.

Tomorrow, Friday, is the final day of competition, and with more strong winds

forecast the competition will begin at 12.00.

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Last day

Once again the termal winds of Guincho blows strong from the Northwest, between

35 and 40 knots, with waves between 2 and 3 metres.

The competition started at 13.00 allowing the final of the European Funboard

Wave Championships to be run in perfect conditions. Tristan Boxford, from England,

won the final, and is now the new European Funboard Champion in the wave disipline.

In second position was John Skye, also an English competitor, and in 3rd place

Daniel Parres from Spain. The womens Champion was Angela Martinez and the youth

Champion was Francisco Fonseca, sailing at his home beach.

At 15.00 the first European Funboard Freestyle Championships began, where sailors

had to perform difficult manoeuvres in front of a panel of judges. In the all

English final, it was John Skye who won and will be the first ever European

Funboard Freestyle Champion for the next year. In 2nd place was Andy King, with

Matt Pearch and Lees Sheaff taking 3rd and 4th. The womens Freestyle champion

was once again Angela Martinez and the youths was won by Edgar Ezequiel.

The completetion of the first ever Funboard freestyle Championships here in

Portugal, will allow Freestyle to become part of the World funboard championships

of the future.

WAVE RESULTS (Top 16)

Classif Sail Country Name Sponsors 1st Total Pts
1 K35 United Kingdom Tristan Boxford Fanatic, Art, Red Bull, Billabong,

Adidas

0.7

0.7

0.7

2 K57 United Kingdom John Skye Team Whiteboarders, Oneill

2.0

2.0

2.0

3 E501 Spain Daniel Parres Red Bull, Maui and Sons, Arrows,

F2

3.0

3.0

3.0

4 GBR83 United Kingdom Ross Williams AHD, Gaastra, Cool, Whigthink,Cobaia

4.0

4.0

4.0

5 P72 Portugal Francisco Fonseca F2, Gaastra, Redley

5.0

5.0

5.0

5 P62 Portugal Luis Caliço Red Bull, Neilpryde, JP/F2

5.0

5.0

5.0

7 E99 France Christopher Ferraretto Bull SaIls, Sailboard Tarifa,

Obano, UCPA, Tarifa Fine Company

7.0

7.0

7.0

7 K153 United Kingdom Andrew King Solent, AHD, Naish Sails, Splinter,

Quiksilver, Dirty Dog

7.0

7.0

7.0

9 GBR46 United Kingdom Lee Sheaff Tabou, Simmer,Gul, O'shea

9.0

9.0

9.0

9 P1113 Portugal Edgar Ezequiel Fanatic, Art, Heinneken

9.0

9.0

9.0

9 P1111 Portugal Paulo Meira CVB, Waterline, Simmer, Fanatic

9.0

9.0

9.0

9 IR69 Irland Timo Mullen Animal, Hawaii Five O, North

Shore Fins, Fitness First

9.0

9.0

9.0

13 E407 Spain Carlos Pradera Tactic, RRD, Gaastra, Fiberspar,Sola,

CNC

13.0

13.0

13.0

13 K16 United Kingdom Mat Pearch JP,Neilpryde

13.0

13.0

13.0

13 P9 Portugal Paulo Silva Maui Magic, Mistral, Neilpryde

13.0

13.0

13.0

13 E55 Spain Angela Martinez

13.0

13.0

13.0

FREESTYLE RESULTS (Top 16):

Classif Sail Country Name Sponsors 1st Total Pts
1 K57 United Kingdom John Skye Team Whiteboarders, Oneill

0.7

0.7

0.7

2 K153 United Kingdom Andrew King Solent, AHD, Naish Sails, Splinter,

Quiksilver, Dirty Dog

2.0

2.0

2.0

3 K16 United Kingdom Mat Pearch JP,Neilpryde

3.0

3.0

3.0

4 GBR46 United Kingdom Lee Sheaff Tabou, Simmer,Gul, O'shea

4.0

4.0

4.0

5 E99 France Christopher Ferraretto Bull SaIls, Sailboard Tarifa,

Obano, UCPA, Tarifa Fine Company

5.0

5.0

5.0

5 P1113 Portugal Edgar Ezequiel Fanatic, Art, Heinneken

5.0

5.0

5.0

5 IR69 Irland Timo Mullen Animal, Hawaii Five O, North

Shore Fins, Fitness First

5.0

5.0

5.0

5 E407 Spain Carlos Pradera Tactic, RRD, Gaastra, Fiberspar,Sola,

CNC

5.0

5.0

5.0

9 K35 United Kingdom Tristan Boxford Fanatic, Art, Red Bull, Billabong,

Adidas

9.0

9.0

9.0

9 E501 Spain Daniel Parres Red Bull, Maui and Sons, Arrows,

F2

9.0

9.0

9.0

9 P1111 Portugal Paulo Meira Heineken, Art, Fanatic, Panobre,

Waterline, Bad Boy

9.0