With the wave contest fully complete, it was only the freestyle and slalom guys that could have possibly competed on the final day of the Colgate World Cup Sylt. Every effort was made to ensure that the second round of freestyle or a few rounds of slalom could be completed in time for the closing ceremony. Unfortunately the competitors were greeted with extremely high winds and huge North Sea waves making any form of World Class competition not only impossible but also very dangerous.
The crowds still flocked to the beach however, so it was decided that a super expression session would be held for those crazy enough to go out. It didn’t take long for the sailors to rig the smallest sails they could find and head out into the extreme conditions when they heard there was some cash up for grabs!
Around twenty competitors hit the water early in the afternoon and tried their best to impress both the judges and the crowds. Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC) went big and rotated around some amazing back loops and a double forward, but the double was just out of time to count. Early in the session, Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra) landed a really clean back loop, and was winning for most of the time. Unfortunately for him, Marcilio Browne (Fanatic, North, MFC) was on a mission and rotating round as many loops as he could. Browne eventually claimed the cash with a super high stalled forward, landed back on the wave he took off on.
Also heading out to please the crowds were the legends Robby Naish (Naish), Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne), and Josh Angulo (Angulo, MauiSails, Dakine). They managed to please the crowds with various loops and rocket airs, but most of all, they just loved seeing their idols out on the water instead of on the screen.
The event came to a close in usual Sylt style with thousands of spectators cheering the champions on stage.
1st Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde)
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne)
3rd Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard, North)
4th Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde)
5th Julien Quentel (RRD, NeilPryde)
1st Elton ‘Taty’ Frans (Starboard, MauiSails)
2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)
3rd Everon ‘Tonky’ Frans (F2, Gaastra)
4th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)
5th Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard, Gun Sails)
1st Alex Mussolini (Tabou)
2nd Klaas Voget (Fanatic, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Josh Angulo (Angulo, MauiSails, Dakine)
4th Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde)
5th John Skye (RRD, Naish, MFC)
1st Iballa Ruano Moreno (North)
2nd Daida Ruano Moreno (North)
3rd Nayra Alonso (Fanatic, Severne)
4th Karin Jaggi (F2, Severne)
5th Evi Tsape (Fanatic, NeilPryde)
The 2009 Overall Rankings and Constructers Championship will be included in the event summary. Thank you for tuning in to the 2009 Colgate World Cup, Sylt.