3rd overall at European Championships 2011!

In the last tourstop of the KTE 2011 I managed to maintain my 3rd overall position!

It was a hard competition in St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie, with light wind and strong current, big Atlantic waves and a strong field of competitors. In the Single elimination I managed to win my heat to the quarter finals, but thereI met Frenchy Seb Garat who was the stronger rider in this heat.

In between of the competitions we did a lot of wavesurfing, it was a lot of fun and very good weather for this season.

In the Double eliminations I had to ride against a French local rider, who was putting up a strong fight. I managed to win the heat by landing all of my tricks except for a switch flat3. In the next round I had to face Mike Schitzhofer from Austria, who was landing more tricks in the heat, taking the win over me. This put me in a final position of 7th place, but still giving me enough ranking points to be 3rd place overall in the 2011 European Championships!

I will post some photos of the ceremony later today, there are also updates on my Facebook fanpage “Tijn van Esch Kiteboarding

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