I just competed in the FPT King and Queen of the Caribbean windsurfing championship in Bonaire. It was an honor to share the water with some of the world’s top freestyle windsurfers.
The Double Elimination Championship Match Against Youp Schmit
Choosing a smaller Sail Size
I then tried a Flaka Ponch but crashed, so I switched to a lesser sail size of 5.2. In retrospect, that was probably not the best idea for me because I battled with the new sail and ended up crashing a few movements.
Meanwhile, Youp kept piling up great moves on his scoreboard, and it was a true duel between us. I attempted to demonstrate my versatility with Spock Culo’s on both tacks, but I couldn’t quite equal Youp’s strength.
The Final Moments
We were both pushing the limits of the competition area at the conclusion of the heat, and we both lost a lot of ground. The heat was finally ended with a Chachoo crash on the buzzer by me, and it was up to the judges to select the victor.
Although Youp won the tournament, I’m quite happy of how I performed throughout the competition, especially in the double elimination final. It was one of the finest heats I’ve ever seen, and I’m glad for the chance to compete against such strong riders.