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ITALIAN ANDREA CUCCHI AND FRENCH DAMIEN ARNOUX CROWNED WORLD CHAMPIONS

The titles of IFCA Slalom Youth & Master World Championships have been assigned

After six days of racing, with unstable weather and wind, the IFCA Slalom Youth & Master World Championships ended at Circolo Surf Torbole, on Garda Trentino.

A lot of work for all the staff of Circolo Surf Torbole but also for the two Race Committees chaired by Claudio Alessandrello and Ezio Ferin, always ready to catch the wind, even in the very early morning of the last day of racing. Despite the efforts done on Saturday, trying to race both in the early morning with north wind and the afternoon with the south one, it couldn’t be possible to complete another elimination because the wind didn’t last long with enough speed. The Slalom racing rules require indeed a minimum of 11 knots of wind which was unstable during the last days of competition. The ranking is therefore unchanged compared to first 3 event days, when Junior and Girl divisions completed 3 eliminations while Youth and Master completed two, thanks to the first two days of racing with great wind conditions. For almost 170 competitors this had been a good opportunity to experience the North of Lake Garda (Garda Trentino), already known as the windsurfing “Mecca” in Europe.

Philippines, Peru, Aruba, Guadeloupe and New Caledonia were the most far away countries in this World Championships; French, Turkish and Italian teams had the most participating competitors.

It was a great satisfaction for the President of Circolo Surf Torbole  – Armando Bronzetti,  because one of his athletes Andrea Cucchi has honored the 40th anniversary of the club with the victory of the Master division.

GIRLS
First place of this division is for the French Guadeloupe Jamaine Carlotti.  
Among the U-17: 1st place for Davico Ma (who also got the 2nd place in Youth) and 2nd place for the Italian Anna Biagiolini. For the U-15, the Norwegian Oda Sverre, while the Turkish Elif Ercan could win the U-13 division.   

JUNIOR
(U-17) Guadalupe is still protagonist with Jules Loan who won before the Turkish Berk Özcan and Nathan Westera from Aruba. Among the very young, Italy won the U-15 division with the Sardinian (Oristano) Nicolò Spanu, and the U-13 one with Matteo Azzarà from Reggio Calabria.   

GRAND MASTER
The winner is Laurent Giovannelli from New Caledonia and a beautiful silver medal for the Roman Marco Begalli.

YOUTH
This was the division with the most competitors and the 2018 Youth World Champion is the French Damien Arnoux.
Second place for the French Basile Jacquin and third place for the Italian-Dutch Ennio Dal Pont.

During the prize giving ceremony, the president of the IFCA class (International Funboard Class Association) announced that, in all likelihood, the choice for the next 2024 Olympics in France may be the Slalom discipline, a great announcement and opportunity for all the young people who took part in this World Championships in Torbole.


OVERALL RESULTS LISTINGS

YOUTHS   –   MASTERS    –   JUNIORS    –   GIRLS

Youths Top 5 Podium
Damien Arnoux FRA-848 | 2018 IFCA SLALOM YOUTH WORLD CHAMPION
2 Basile Jacquin FRA-498
3 Ennio Dal Pont NED-46
4 Damien Cervera FRA-422
5 Doom Nathan FRA-1508

Masters Top 5 Podium
Andrea Cucchi ITA-1 | 2018 IFCA SLALOM MASTER WORLD CHAMPION
2 Bora Kozanoglu TUR-11
3 Andrea Rosati ITA-0
4 Laurent Giovannelli NC-888
5 Tom Malina CZE-109

Girls Top 5 Podium
1 Jamaïne Carlotti FRA-213 | 2018 IFCA SLALOM FEMALE YOUTH CHAMPION
2 Davico Ma FRA-203
3 Marine Marmey FRA-120
4 Taina Postec FRA-60
5 Sarah Jackson GBR-71

Grand Masters Top 5 Podium
1 Laurent Giovannelli NC-888 | 2018 IFCA SLALOM GRAND MASTER CHAMPION
2 Marco Begalli ITA-415
3 Markus Purwitzer AUT-5
4 Thomas Fauster ITA-106
5 Oliver Schott GER-26

Juniors Boys U15 Top 5 Podium
1 Nicolo Spanu ITA-15 | 2018 IFCA SLALOM JUNIOR BOY CHAMPION
2 Christian Ferdinand Linnerud NOR-157
3 Bastien Groueix    FRA-684
4 Thibault Charra FRA-2004
5 Jacopo Gavioli     ITA-345

Junior Girls U15 Top 5 Podium
1 Davico Ma FRA-203 | 2018 IFCA SLALOM JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION
2 Anna Biagiolini ITA-188
3 Sacha Longau FRA-801
4 Clara Mantion FRA-187
5 Organe Gabarro FRA-2310

By ELENA GIOLAI©CSTorbole

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