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France, Spain, Ireland and Portugal take golds at the 2021 ECA Ocean Racing European Championships

France, Spain, Ireland and Portugal take golds at the 2021 ECA Ocean Racing European Championships 19.8.2021

The 2021 ECA Ocean Racing European Championships takes place this week in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France. Today, the official European Championships races were held and competitors from France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland were those who celebrated European Champion titles.

In men's senior surf ski event the European Champion title remains in Spain. It was Walter Bouzan who set the fastest time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 34 seconds to claim the gold medal. German Gordan Habrecht, who won a medal also in the 2018 edition of the Ocean Racing European Championships, was a little less than 34 seconds behind to win silver medal. The defending champion from Villajoyosa Spanish competitor Esteban Medina won bronze medal this time. He was a little less than a minute and a half behind the newly crowned European Champion. The biggest French hope for the medal Nicolas Lambert was just outside the podium in fourth place.
The defending European Champion from Spanish coastal town of Villajoyosa Angie Le Roux from France reached the podium position also in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, but her performance this time brought her bronze medal. Judit Verges Xifra from Spain, won the European Champion title, advancing from her last result, when she won silver medal in 2018. Chloe Burnett from Spain was second this time.
In the U23 age group Pierre Vilella (FRA), Axel Kempf (FRA) and Jorge Enriquez Gutierrez (ESP) won the medals in men's SS1 event, while in women's part of the competition Ireland's Roisin Cahill won the European Champion title ahead of Irene Gana Fernandez from Spain and German representative Louisa Watermann.
The win in men's SS1 junior went to Portugal thanks to Bernardo Pereira, while silver and bronze stayed in France with Nino Didier and Marin Lanee. Women's SS1 junior European Champion became Claire Dewaste (FRA), Rosemary Edwards (GBR) was second and Mara Quintana Perez (ESP) was third.