The Cigar Smoking World Championship qualifier season is over (with the exception of the Montenegro qualifier), the slowest race on earth will end its 10th year with the Grand Finale from August 30 until September 1 in Split, Croatia. “This year’s round of qualifiers was dynamic and brought many surprises”, says Marko Bilić, founder and president of the competition and highlights: “In particular the female competitors provided great results and won several top places with impressive times.” We are taking a look at the most exciting qualifiers in 2019:
The tournament was won by Anastasia Arsenova from Moscow, Russia who earned a ticket to the CSWC finals held in late summer. The Russian lady is the first ever woman who has won Tallinn’s qualifying tournament.
The world record went back to Sweden and to Mr Kovacic after 3 hours, 52 minutes and 55 seconds.
The lifestyle festival Fine Spirits & Cigar Weekend 2019 will start already on the 14th of June at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. The three-day festival will end with a Sunday brunch on 16th of June.
La Grand Fumada Russia has always been one of the most exciting qualifyers for the Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC).
For the second time cigar lovers gathered to Schladming for the CSWC qualification in Austria. 31 participants from Austria and Germany smoked at the slowest time, but the competitors from Germany were only allowed to compete in the world ranking.
The first CSWC Qualification event to ever happen in the Middle East was held in Beirut at Eau De Vie Phoenicia Hotel on Saturday April 13. Lebanon’s top 5-star hotel and one of it’s best lounges. Hand Rolled SAL brought the event to Lebanon and the region for the first time with over 70 cigar competitors and 20 spectators having a great night full of excitement starting with a Macanudo Fuma Tasting and Cigar Journal Magazine Blind Cigar Review in a very relaxed and friendly environment.
In a preliminary report, the Cigar Smoking World Championship organization released the current Top 20 list as of April 19, 2019.
Cigar World Duesseldorf by Tabac Benden hosted the 2019 German qualifier tournament for this year’s 10th Cigar Smoking World Championship on March 23. Mr Hauke Walter, the reigning world champion, participated to defend his title as champion of Germany as well. He won the „race“ again (143 minutes), finishing just one minute after Mr Tobias Maschke (144 minutes). The third place went to Mr Henrik We (136 minutes), son of Mrs Martina Kleinlagel who is on the top 20 list worldwide. The slowest female participant was – of course, one might say – Mrs Patricia Benden, the woman world champion.
Marko Bilic’s busy CSWC schedule brought him back to South East Asia from Germany for the second leg of the Asian 2019 Cigar Smoking World Championship qualifiers last week.
The First Middle East Cigar Smoking Championship is taking place at Eau de Vie, Phoenicia Hotel, Saturday, April 13 2019.
The Nashville Cigar Smoking World Championship will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 10th.