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20
November
2014

PWA New Caledonia - Day 3

Cyril Moussilmani & Dephine Cousin one step closer to the title

PWA New Caledonia - Day 3

As promised the wind arrived on the third day of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup PWA to provide an enthralling day of challenging racing in winds ranging from 10-25 knots. After almost seven hours of racing three eliminations have been completed for the men, whilst four races have been completed for the women. Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails) enjoyed a fine day – keeping her title charge firmly on track – as she scored two bullets, a second and a third. Meanwhile, Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne) continued to show fantastic consistency as he qualified for every winners’ final and finished in the top four or better in each of the three races as he too remains at the top of the rankings.

Men’s – Elimination One – Winners’ Final

There was good news for Cyril Moussilmani in the opening winners’ final as he saw his main rival – Antoine Albeau – disqualified for a premature start, whilst Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) suffered the same fate, opening the door for Moussilmani to make the perfect start to his title charge. However, there was an element of controversy in the opening race as Albeau claimed to have dived downwind of the pin – meaning that he would be reinstated – however with no solid evidence to support this his appeals were turned away. Upon the restart Pierre Mortefon broke into the lead and they twenty-five year old continued to turn on the after burners to claim the opening bullet of the week. Meanwhile, Moussilmani, made the next best possible start as he claimed second place ahead of teammates Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic).

Elimination Two – Winners’ Final

Having been disqualified from the opening winners’ final – Antoine Albeau – responded in the perfect fashion as he crossed the start line in first place – together with Josh Angulo. After making a great start Albeau never looked back as he rounded the first buoy in the lead ahead of Angulo, Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7) and Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North). Over the remainder of the course – Albeau – opened up a substantial lead to claim his first victory of the week, but more importantly he struck back immediately to keep the pressure on Moussilmani. Behind him, Iachino, managed to out manoeuvre, Angulo, to take home second place, whilst Moussilmani leapfrogged into third place – having been outside the top four – after Angulo and Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails) both fell at the final mark, which also allowed Cedric Bordes to complete the top four.

Elimination Three – Winners’ Final

Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC) crossed the start line first in the last winners’ final of the day, but it was all change by the opening buoy. As the fleet raced down the opening reach it was Cyril Moussilmani, who held the lead in front of Ben Van Der Steen, Cedric Bordes and Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails). However, at this point it was still very close with both Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) and Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) still firmly in the mix. Moussilmani looked to be taking a huge step towards the title – with Antoine Albeau missing from the winners’ final – but during his second gybe he caught his boom in the water, which cost him dearly as Bordes, Dagan, Van Der Steen and Quentel all overtook him by the time they had reached the third mark. The top two remained unchanged from here as Bordes celebrated ending the day, not only with a bullet, but also occupying top spot in the event rankings. Taty Frans in the meantime fought back to third place after coming from nowhere to execute a textbook gybe to overtake several of his rivals, whilst Moussilmani claimed fourth after Van Der Steen fell at the final mark.

Women’s  – Elimination One

Delphine Cousin couldn’t have made a better start in her bid for the 2014 world title as she timed the start to perfection to break into an early lead. The reigning world champion safely rounded the first mark, as did Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails), but the same wasn’t true for either Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) or Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360), who both fell. By the third mark Cousin had opened up a substantial lead, which proved unassailable as she claimed the first bullet of the week, whilst eighteen year old Océane Lescadieu (Starboard / Loft Sails) made a fine start by claiming second place. Behind the front two, Offringa, had managed to battle back into third place, but saw all of her hard work undone as she dropped her final gybe – allowing Erdil and Ghibaudo to pass as they finished third and fourth respectively.

Elimination Two – Winners’ Final

Valerie Ghibaudo made the best start to race two, but couldn’t hold the lead into the first mark as Lena Erdil showed great pace to take the lead. The duo then enjoyed a hard fought battle over the next couple of reaches, but ultimately Erdil had too much in the tank on this occasion as she claimed her first victory of the week. Ghibaudo claimed second with Delphine Cousin in third and local girl Sarah Hauser (Tabou / MauiSails) taking home fourth.

Elimination Three – Winners’ Final

Delphine Cousin made another fine start to race three and she held top spot as the fleet rounded the first gybe. Behind her Sarah-Quita Offringa occupied second place followed by Maria Andres (Fanatic / Gun Sails / Mystic) and Valerie Ghibaudo. However, unlike the first race, Cousin, was unable to hold onto her lead as Offringa burst to the front of the pack to see three different winners in the opening three races. Cousin eventually claimed second place with Andres in third, before carnage unfolded behind them, which saw a pile up at mark three – allowing Lena Erdil to leapfrog into fourth place – having been sixth, whilst Ghibaudo had to settle for tenth – handing her Turkish rival the upper hand in the battle for second and third in the overall rankings.

Elimination Four  – Winners’ Final

Delphine Cousin continued her fine form in the final race of the day as she led from start to finish to cap a brilliant day. Meanwhile, Valerie Ghibaudo, brought herself back into contention with a second place, allowing her to drop the tenth place from race three, whilst Maria Andres enjoyed another good race as she claimed back-to-back third places. At the third mark Sarah Hauser held third place, but unfortunately dropped her gybe, meaning Sarah-Quita Offringa and Lena Erdil rose into fourth and fifth place respectively.

How Things Currently Stand

Men’s

Cyril Moussilmani still leads the way in the battle for the 2014 PWA Men’s Slalom World Championship after recording a second, third and fourth place today, which edges the Frenchman ever closer to a maiden world title. Moussilmani has given himself a bit of room to play with – with Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) currently sitting in fourth place and AA currently trails Moussilmani by 8.7 points – however that could all change. After the fourth race tomorrow a discard will come into play giving Albeau the opportunity to drop a ninth place from race three. Plus with a solid looking forecast – which should enable at least two races a day to be completed – there is still plenty of racing to be had and plenty of time for things to change.

With Moussilmani and Albeau both in the top five at the moment, that mean’s Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) is currently out of the running for this year’s title.

Women’s 

Delphine Cousin sits comfortably at the top of the rankings after the first day of racing here in Noumea, which has seen her take a substantial step towards claiming back-to-back world titles. The twenty-three year old only needs to finish in the top four to secure the title and based on today’s performance it looks almost certain that she will do just that – having won two of the four races completed today.

Lena Erdil currently holds the advantage for second place in the overall rankings as the Turk sits second in the event rankings. However, only 0.3 of a point separates her from Valerie Ghibaudo, so there is still all to play for in the battle for second and third.

Tomorrow’s forecast should provide almost identical conditions to today, so there should be another action packed day in Noumea. The skippers’ meeting shall once again be held at 10am – with the action commencing from 10:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com – here you’ll be able to follow the event as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Text: Chris Yates / PWA

Tags: pwaworldtour, slalom, windsurfing

10
November
2014

Aloha Classic 2014 - Highlight Clip

Aloha Classic 2014 - Highlight Clip

The Aloha Classic Event is done , only the highlight clip was missing until today but now this one is live and ready to watch as well. The action is outstanding and Robby Naish made it to the intro with wise words - don't miss this one.

Tags: down the line, pwaworldtour, video, windsurfing

06
November
2014

Wave Worldchampion - Thomas Traversa

Wave Worldchampion - Thomas Traversa

It’s official – Thomas Traversa – is the 2014 PWA Wave World Champion – after Marcilio Browne ends Victor Fernandez‘s title challenge for this year. Later on, Marcilio Browne lost his next heat against Thomas Traversa which secured Ricardo Campello‘s 3rd place in the overall ranking. Morgan Noireaux successfully defends his single elimination crown to claim the 2014 PWA Aloha Classic and Iballa Moreno, who already celebrated her worldtitle also wins the event in front of Fiona Wylde and Tiffany Ward

Results Starboard Severne PWA Aloha Classic – Men’s

1st Morgan Noireaux
2nd Thomas Traversa
3rd Marcilio Browne
4th Victor Fernandez

Results Starboard Severne PWA Aloha Classic – Women’s

1st Iballa Moreno
2nd Fiona Wylde
3rd Tiffany Ward
4th Junko Nagoshi

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PWA Wave Overall – Men’s

1st Thomas Traversa
2nd Victor Fernandez
3rd Ricardo Campello
4th Marcilio Browne

PWA Wave Overall – Women’s

1st Iballa Moreno
2nd Daida Moreno
3rd Alice Arutkin
4th Amanda Beenen

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

01
November
2014

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 3

The title race is still poised on a knifes edge with all three contenders still in the game

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 3

After the first day of the PWA contest of the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic the title race still hangs in the balance with all three contenders – Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) and Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – still in the single elimination, with just one semifinal and the final to be sailed. Traversa holds the advantage at the moment though as he is the only man to have booked his place in the final, whilst Fernandez and Campello must navigate their way past AWT Pro Fleet winner – Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / MFC) – and Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui), respectively. Ho’okipa was firing from the word go and conditions improved throughout the day with over mast high bombs rolling in.

Men’s – Single Elimination

In the opening round of the single elimination, Robby Naish (Naish) and Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne), took down PWA regulars, Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) and John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC), in heat three as the two former champions showed they still have what it takes to compete at the very top of the sport, with Naish progressing all the way into joint fifth after consistently showing superior wave selection and execution as showed off his flowing and fluid style, whilst staying right in the pocket of the wave.

Elsewhere in the first round, Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy) and Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde), advanced past former two-time PWA wave world champion – Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – and Casey Hauser (Tabou / MauiSails), but the biggest shock came in heat six as last year’s Aloha Classic winner – Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – was knocked out by Morgan Noireaux and title challenger Ricardo Campello.

Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) was one of the standout sailors today and he recorded the highest scoring heat of the day in heat nine, where the Brazilian produced the highest scoring wave, which consisted of two critical, vertical turns under the lip before racing down-the-line and rotating through a perfect goiter to be awarded 9.38 points.

Thomas Traversa didn’t show any sign of nerves, at any point today, as he kept his title charge firmly on track with wave after brilliant wave. The Frenchman could’ve been forgiven for looking a little shaky with so much on the line, but TT revelled under the pressure – if anything – as he posted three out of the top six scoring waves – 9 points, 8.7 points and 8.5 points respectively. Traversa demonstrated brilliant reading of the wave as he hit the lip time-after-time in his usual fluid manner, as well as boosting several stunning aerials, including a one-handed rail grab.

Ricardo Campello took his second chance in heat eleven, which required a re-sail due to a timing error with the flags. Originally Morgan Noireaux and Jason Polakow had advanced, with Polakow unleashing the wave of the day on a monster set – receiving almost perfect scores with 9.75 points. The Australian delivered two of his trademark super vertical turns, whilst charging for the lip, before ending the wave with a sick tweaked aerial. However, whilst Noireaux successfully navigated his way into the top two again, unfortunately Polakow couldn’t quite repeat his earlier heroics as Campello pulled it out of the bag with two great waves to advance – which crucially keeps his title hopes alive.

Wave Move of the Day

Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails) claimed the best wave move of the day as the Spaniard picked up a mast high bomb from out the back before unleashing one of his trademark frontside wave 360s, right in the critical section.

As Things Currently Stand

Thomas Traversa holds a commanding position as the only man to have secured his place in the final. In order for Victor Fernandez to head to the top of the rankings by the end of the single elimination, the Spaniard must first navigate his way through the second semifinal, before beating Traversa by at least one place in the four man final. Meanwhile, Ricardo Campello’s title challenge hangs by the skin of his teeth, and his fate is now out of his own hands. Campello cannot lead the world rankings even if he is able to win the single, but still has a slim chance in the double, but only if Traversa finishes fourth, as Campello would require Traversa to drop back to fifth place, whilst also winning the event and seeing Fernandez finish worse than fifth too.

Tomorrow is set to be another superb day at Ho’okipa, which should see the single elimination completed before the start women’s single elimination and the double. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10am. Don’t miss any of the incredible action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com, where you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker

Tags: down the line, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

29
October
2014

Preview - Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic 2014

Preview - Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic 2014

After a long, hard fought season the finale is upon us as the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour heads to a thrilling climax. And where better to end the year than the home of wavesailing itself – Ho’okipa Beach Park. The scene is set perfectly for the elite of the wave sailing world to bring the curtain down in style with the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic running from the 29th October until the 11th November.

Ho’okipa – meaning ‘hospitality’ – Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii is quintessentially the home of windsurfing. A place any windsurfer has hopes, dreams and aspirations of visiting at some point during their lifetime. What with its stunning year round weather, its lush tropical scenery and of course its world-renowned trade winds, which are so often accompanied by some of the best waves in the world. What more could you want? The next two weeks promise to be unmissable, whether the contest comes down to purely wave riding or a combination of wave riding and jumping, as the world’s most radical sailors go all out in their pursuit for glory.

Men’s Wave – Title Race Contenders

After four events, only three men remain in contention for the 2014 PWA Wave World Champion – Frenchman Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) – who enters the final event of the year as the leader – Spaniard Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) and Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – who hauled himself back into the title race with his maiden victory on the wave tour in La Torche, France.

Title Winning Scenarios

Thomas Traversa may lead the world tour heading into the final event of the year, but still faces a tall order to secure a maiden world crown. To win the title TT requires a seventh place or better, whilst also finishing ahead of Victor Fernandez. However, that all changes if, Ricardo Campello, manages to finish third or better. For example if Campello finishes second, then seventh place is no longer good enough for Traversa and the Frenchman would then require a sixth place finish or better, whilst if Campello was to win the event then Traversa would then need to break into the top five, whilst still finishing ahead of Fernandez, to remain at the top of the rankings. Traversa finished joint fifteenth here in 2013, but appears to be in the form of his life at the moment, so we can expect to see TT improve his performance this time around, especially with a world title to contend for and newly shaped boards specifically for Ho’okipa.

With the standard at Ho’okipa so high and with so many world class locals, breaking into the top five is not a forgone conclusion for the world’s usual top seeds. In fact the standard of the locals is so incredibly high, that it would take a monumental effort to break into the top ten, yet along the top five. And this is where Victor Fernandez holds the advantage. Even though Fernandez enters the season finale in second place, he is probably the favourite for the title due to holding a fifth place discard as his worst result, which means he can, potentially, simply discard the result from Maui and claim his first world title since 2010 – as long as Thomas Traversa fails to finish seventh or better and Ricardo Campello is absent from the top three. Fernandez also finished joint fifteenth here last year, like TT, but enters the event knowing the pressure is on his rivals to deliver. The Spaniard is also the only man with a PWA Wave World title to his name and that extra experience, when at the business end of the action, could prove critical.

For Ricardo Campello to win, the Brazilian has to finish in the top three to have a shot at the title. If Campello was to finish third then he would require Traversa to finish outside the top seven and Fernandez outside the top 6 to claim victory. Meanwhile, if Campello was to finish second in Maui, then he would win the title if Traversa failed to finish sixth or better and Fernandez fifth or better. Obviously another event victory would give Campello his best chance of claiming a maiden world crown, as TT would then require a fifth place finish or better, whilst Fernandez would need to finish in the top four, which would be some feat at Ho’okipa. The Brazilian will be looking to carry the momentum he has generated from La Torche in Maui and if he brings his A-game anything could happen.

Formidable Faces

There will be a whole host of world class talent ready to cause an upset to the aforementioned top three’s title winning dreams. First of all, it’s none other than last year’s Aloha Classic winner – Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – who showed exactly what he’s capable of with devastating turns, radical air takas and explosive frontside 3s. Expect to see Siver charging for the top once more.

Also in the mix will be Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), who claimed his first ever world title here in 2013 after finishing fifth. Browne will be wanting to end the year with a bang and will no doubt be a serious threat as he possesses all the skills necessary to defeat anyone in the world.

Fellow Ho’okipa locals such as the youthful talent of Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui), Bernd Roediger (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – if he makes it back in time from the SUP event in La Torche – together with Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy), Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX) and almost any of the locals who make it through the trials will all be serious threats

There’s sure to be plenty of drama and upsets with so much at stake, so the next fourteen days are shaping up to be absolutely incredible. Who’s your money on in the men’s?

Women’s – Wave

The women are preparing to return to Ho’okipa’s heralded shores for the first time since 2006 and just as back then, it’s the legendary Moreno twins – Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – who sit at the top of the rankings. Daida currently leads the world rankings with a perfect record so far in 2014 – two wins out of two – and knows that third place or better would guarantee her back-to-back world titles, even if Iballa is able to win the event. In that scenario the twins would finish level on 6,234 points, but Daida would take the victory with two event victories, to Iballa’s one.

However, the twins may not have things all their own way for once, as the local girls will be using their additional local knowledge to their advantage. The likes of Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing), who will be considered one of the favourites, together with Ingrid Larouche (Fanatic / North) and the youthful, blossoming talent of Fiona Wylde.(Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) will be ready to pounce and take their moment in the windsurfing spotlight.

It’s also going to be interesting to see how PWA regulars Amanda Beenen (Tabou / GA Sails) and Alice Arutkin (Fanatic / North) fair in the starboard tack conditions, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) will be hoping to continue her seamless transition into the waves after picking up her first podium finish in Tenerife, back in August of this year.

The wait is almost over and the 2014 Starboard Severne Aloha Classic promises to be every bit as enthralling, if not more enthralling than last year. Will the Ho’okipa locals prove to be as dominant as last year? Or will we see some other names breaking into the top ten this time around? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Tags: down the line, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

27
October
2014

PWA La Torche - Results

The first PWA Wave event victory for Ricardo Campello

PWA La Torche - Results

La Torche only produced one day of wind over the nine days, but the one day of competition was one to remember as La Torche produced some of the best conditions of the year, for the wave sailors, with 20-30 knot winds and powerful, peeling, clean waves, providing the perfect platform for the world’s most radical sailors to throw themselves skywards. At the end of an amazing single elimination, Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC), reigned supreme in the starboard tack conditions to claim his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour in front of thousands of adoring fans, which propels Campello into the title race with Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) and Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) the only other men who can still win the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour.

Having come so close on so many occasions, Ricardo Campello, finally celebrated his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour, after producing a superb performance in the single elimination. On his way to the top of the prestigious podium the Brazilian defeated Nicolas Akgazciyan (99 International / Point-7 / AL360 / Maui Ultra Fins), Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North), Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) and Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX), before also defeating Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) in a close fought final. Victory in La Torche rockets Campello into third in the overall rankings, having discarded a joint 17th from Tenerife, but more importantly victory throws the Brazilian into the title race with just one event to go. Will Campello be able to capitalise on the momentum he has created and pip either Thomas Travesa or Victor Fernandez to the 2014 wave world championship? You’ll be able to find out next week as the title showdown takes place at Ho’okipa, Maui, Hawaii.

Ricardo Campello had this to say after capturing his maiden PWA Wave event victory: “First of all thanks to everyone, who has been to the event, watching and supporting us. Thanks also to Christophe [Boutét] for organising this great event, I really hope we get the chance to come back here again next year.”

This event has been absolutely amazing for me. This is the first time that I’ve won a PWA wave event, so it’s a special one. I’ve been fighting for it for many years and have been close on several occasions, so to finally win is great. The level on the tour at the moment is amazing, all the boys are sailing unbelievable.”

I’d also like to thank everyone who has believed in me and of course my new sponsors – Patrik, Point-7, Powerex and MFC – who have offered me unbelievable support, I’m really, really happy. And lastly I’d like to dedicate this victory to two really good friends of mine who passed away. 4 or 5 years again one of my good friends past away and then last year the windsurfing world lost André Paskowski, who was also one of my best friends. So this is for them. Thanks again to everyone for being here.”

Thomas Traversa continued his imperious form in La Torche, as he backed up his victory in Denmark, with a superb second place, which ousts Victor Fernandez from the top of the overall rankings for the first time this season as TT takes control of the title race. Traversa produced another fantastic display and busted out radical frontside wave 360s combined with fluid, effortless riding, to dispatch of his rivals. Traversa has now become the man to beat with a victory and two second places to his name, but the Frenchman still feels as though Fernandez is the favourite heading into the final event of the year in Maui, adding: “Moving up in the rankings is a little bonus, but for me Victor [Fernandez] remains the tour leader heading to Maui”.

Completing the podium is Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) as the reigning world champion returns to the top three for the first time since Pozo, which sees Browne rise to fourth in the world. Unfortunately though, third place isn’t enough to keep the Brazilian in the title race, meaning a new world champion will definitely be crowned in Maui. Browne had looked like a top contender for the title here, rotating through a whole repertoire of brilliant jumps, including an absolutely massive stalled double, but couldn’t quite muster victory against Thomas Traversa in the semifinals and had to settle for third.

Having claimed his first ever finish on the podium in Denmark, Robby Swift, almost made it back-to-back podium finishes here in La Torche, as the Brit produced an inspired display of sailing, including landing the only pushloop forward of the event. However, Marcilio Browne, won the battle for third meaning Swift finished fourth – rising to sixth in the overall world rankings. Swift also played a major role in turning the title race on its head, as the man who defeated the then current tour leader – Victor Fernandez – which allowed Thomas Traversa to leapfrog the Spaniard after securing his place in the top two.

Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) enjoyed his finest result to date on the PWA Wave World Tour as he broke into the top five for the first time in his career. The twenty-one year old claimed his biggest scalp to date, on his way to fifth, as he dispatched of Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) with a sick goiter helping him along the way. Meanwhile, Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails), Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) and Victor Fernandez all share joint fifth, which sees Fernandez slip to second in the overall rankings.

Most people are accustomed to seeing Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) on the race course, but the man from Saint Martin showed he also possesses some serious skills in the waves too, during the single and double elimination, as he earned himself a place in the top ten – joint ninth. Meanwhile, reigning slalom world champion – Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) – secured joint ninth alongside fellow countryman Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde). Also finishing joint ninth are Brit’s John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC), Adam Lewis (Fanatic / North / SWOX) and Ben Proffitt (Simmer), Dutchman Martin ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7) and German Dany Bruch (Starboard / Challenger Sails / AL360).

LaTorche 22 2

Unfortunately the wind failed to return after one epic day of competition, so it was not possible to gain a result in the men’s and women’s slalom. The slalom title race will now be decided in the final event of the year as both fleets heat to New Caledonia, which runs between the 18th to the 23rd November.

That concludes the 2014 La Torche PWA Grand Slam. La Torche showed the world class conditions it can produce over the last nine days, with the Atlantic Ocean continually pumping swell into La Torche’s pristine white sand beaches. The event wasn’t just a huge success on the water, but off it too, with thousands upon thousands of people attending the event to rub shoulders with the stars of the windsurfing world. Thoughts now turn towards Maui where the 2014 wave world titles will be decided.

Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?

In just a few days the final wave event of the year will begin at the globally renowned Ho’okipa Beach Park. Who out of Ricardo Campello, Thomas Traversa and Victor Fernandez will be able to hold their nerve and claim glory? And who will buckle under the pressure? In the women’s Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) heads into the event in control of the title race, but will she be able to keep her sister, Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), at bay? Do you think the legendary twins will be at the top of the podium again? Or will one of the super talented locals be able to rain on their parade. There’s only one way to find out… and that’s by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

22
October
2014

PWA La Torche - Single Elimination

Ricardo Campello claims the victory in front of Tom Traversa & Brawzinho

PWA La Torche - Single Elimination

La Torche produced the conditions everyone has been eagerly awaiting on day four of the La Lorche PWA Grand Slam as the contest burst into life. Winds of 20-30 knots, combined with half-mast to logo high waves and sunshine set the perfect platform for the world’s most radical sailors to wow the thousands of adoring fans, who had gathered on La Torche’s pristine white sand beaches, and they certainly weren’t disappointed as the standard of the action went, quite literally, sky high with explosive moves being thrown left, right and centre. After an epic day of competition – Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – laid down the gauntlet to claim his first single elimination victory since Denmark, 2011, and he will now be praying that he can hold onto his lead as he looks to secure his maiden event win on the PWA Wave World Tour.

Dany Bruch going big

Ricardo lined up against Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) in the winners final – the RBSC & Cold Hawaii winner from France earlier stole the victory in his semifinal against Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) when he pulled off a sick frontside 360 on the final wave. Having missed out on a place in the top three at the previous two events, the reigning world champion put the disappointment of missing out on the winners’ final behind him to defeat – Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX) – and return to the top three.

Marcilio Browne

If results stay the same then Campello will rise to third overall, after discarding seventeenth place from Tenerife and Traversa won’t be too disappointed with the result as Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) had to settle for joint fifth, meaning the Frenchman’s second place takes him to the top of the overall world rankings – for the time being at least – with just one event to go.

Don’t miss the highlight video of yesterday below. La Torche probably delivered the best conditions on the world tour for this year. Let’s see what there’s to come today. The forecast is set to see much lighter winds – here’s the livestream so anyway you won’t miss the action as it happens!

Text: Chris Yates / PWA

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

21
October
2014

PWA La Torche - LIVESTREAM

PWA La Torche - LIVESTREAM

Here we go with the livestream from La Torche. Finally wind and waves and the conditions really looking solid BUT it’s Starboard tack – so already a good training for Maui. 1 Jump , 2 Waves – enjoy the show

Click here for the livestream

Tags: livestream, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

20
October
2014

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic 2014

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic 2014

With the 2014 PWA Aloha Classic just around the corner, Starboard and Severne are proud to announce their involvement and support of this prestigious event and excited to see the best wave sailors in the world return to Maui for the perfect ending to a very competitive year on tour.

Svein Rasmussen, Starboard CEO and founder

“We at Starboard are proud to support the 2014 PWA Aloha Classic. We are happy to pay our respect to Ho’okipa and hope the event will be an inspiration to windsurfers around the world. In the early nineties, I was privileged to sail out the Lei for the blessing of the event and it’s pretty cool to be part of it all again.  Thanks to the Maui sailors for letting us share their incredible playground.”

Ben Severne, Severne designer and founder

“We’re stoked to be a part of the 2014 Aloha Classic. Ho’okipa is such an important place for windsurfing and it’s great to see another event there. It’s always some of the best windsurfing action I see all year. Good luck to all the competitors.”

From October 29th through November 11th, the elite of wavesailing will gather at Ho’okipa for the last event of the year and a chance to wear the Ho’okipa crown. Will Levi Siver win it again or will someone else step up?First up, the American Windsurfing Tour will have Amateurs, Women and Pro fleets battle it out, with the top Pro riders going on to challenge the PWA’s best waveriders. This year, both the PWA Men and Women fleets will compete so get ready for a lot of action. If you cannot make it to Maui for the greatest show on Earth, tune in to PWA Worldtour to catch all the action on the live stream! See you soon on the water!

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

19
October
2014

PWA La Torche - The Day BEFORE

PWA La Torche - The Day BEFORE

A video of the day before the official competition in La Torche started just made it into our inbox. The forecast for yesterday has been great as well but unfortunately the wind didn’t came through and the wave fleet now looking forward to Tuesday where’s the next promising forecast.

For now check out the “warm-up” clip with Philip Köster, Dany Bruch, Klaas Voget, Leon Jamaer, Flo Jung, Antoine Martin and many more in challenging conditions with big swell and light side off-shore wind

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

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