Mondello Water Festival 2024

Photo Credit: Mario Entero Photo Credit: Mario Entero

MONDELLO, ITALY - It was a beautiful day with sunny skies and plenty of wind in Mondello, Italy for the Water Festival. The event had some surprises in store with plenty of stories and upsets along the way. In the women's race, Mariecarmen Rivera dominated and led the race from the start to the finish. She made her move on the upwind leg and comfortably sustained the lead until the end.

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There was a bit of repetition from last weekend as Mélanie Lafenetre won the silver medal. However, it wasn't an easy task to keep Juliette DuHaime in third place, who showed great form throughout the race. The Spanish racer performed impressively, finishing in fourth place. Iona Rivet also had a consistent race, closing out the top five positions.

Mondello Water Festival 2024 womensPhoto Credit: Mario Entero

Top 10 Women:

  1. Mari Carmen Rivera, Infinity
  2. Melanie Lafenetre, 425 Pro
  3. Juliette Du Haime, Infinity
  4. Susak Molinero, Sunova
  5. Iona Rivet, NSP
  6. Cecilia Pampinella, Starboard
  7. Claudia Postiglione, NSP
  8. Laura Nitti, Infinity
  9. Sveva Sabato, NSP
  10. Velia Pisanelli, Infinity

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In the men's race, Shuri Araki dominated one of the biggest fields of the season. He patiently waited for the downwind leg to make his move and secure the gold medal. David Leão, who had gotten off the plane, sprinted to the finish and claimed a highly impressive silver medal. Donato Freens took home the bronze medal, with Filippo Mercuriali from Italy just missing out on a podium finish in fourth place. Ludovic Teulade finished fifth with a strong performance. It's worth mentioning that the rest of the top 10 finishers were all within 20 seconds of each other, showing the intense competitiveness of the entire field.

Mondello Water Festival 2024 mensPhoto Credit: Mario Entero

Top 10 Men:

  1. Shuri Araki, Flying Fish
  2. David Leao, SIC Maui
  3. Donato Freens, Infinity
  4. Filippo Mercuriali, Starboard
  5. Ludovic Teulade, SIC Maui
  6. Blue Ewer, NSP
  7. Rai Taguchi, Starboard
  8. Davide Alpino, Starboard
  9. Ollie Houghton, Starboard
  10. Eri Tenorio, Flying Fish

Check out the Full results HERE.

Mondello Water Festival 2024 girlsPhoto Credit: Mario Entero

The highlight of the event was the girl's race in the afternoon, which featured some intense competition and plenty of smiles. We would like to extend our gratitude to Vincenzo, Luca, and the entire staff of Water Festiva for their dedication and hard work in transforming this small regional venue into a thriving festival with a variety of different sports on offer. It is now the most successful international event in Italy to date.

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Tune in for Euro Tour 2024, Event #3 next week in Sancti Petri, Spain on May 11th and 12th.

Last modified onTuesday, 14 May 2024 11:58

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