On the ultimate day of the DAM-X 2017, the wind unfortunately didn’t kick in just like we expected. Therfor the double elimination unfortunately couldn’t be finished. We are looking back on four amazing days though, filled with freestyle competition, amazing side programs and a spectacular tow-in show. The local crew here at Brouwersdam delivered a flawless event, which happens to be one of the highlights of the year for many riders and freestyle windsurfing enthusiasts.
Finishing off his best season ever with yet another first place at this tourstop was Jacopo Testa (RRD/RRD) from Italy. In 2017, The 25 years old freestyler from Sardinia is ranked third in the Worldtour and took the European Freestyle Champion title with two event wins and two third places. Throughtout the whole year, Testa was performing on a level that was off scale and sailed heats that were outstanding in terms of consistency and style. He showed the most remarkable performance at the EFPT Lanzarote this year, going through nine heats in a row to eventually beat eventleader Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP/Neilpryde). Testa proved that he was nobody to underestimate - no matter in which conditions, the Italian continued to deliver. Whether it was 3.8 weather and flat water, waves or 5.6 and chop. Being on the podium of DAM-X with one of his best friends Giovanni Passani, who himself showed some superb sailing this year, the Italian rider couldn’t hide some big emotions.
For the ladies it has been one more time ten times World Champion and two times European Champion Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard/Neilpryde) who could take the crown for the overall title. Maaike Huvermann (Severne/Starboard) was at Offringas heels and lost only very close to the powerhouse from Aruba, who has the reputation of being unbeatable. Arrianne Aukes (North/Fanatic), Vice European Champion 2016, took third place.
Read more about th final day at DAM-X HERE