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A historic day for Thomas Traversa as he claims second victory in Cold Hawaii

2014 KIA Cold Hawaii - Results

At the start of the week we were asking if one of the previous champions would reign supreme again or if a fifth new champion in five years would be crowned, but as the end of the final day of the 2014 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup approached, everyone was left asking if anyone would be crowned champion at all.

However, Cold Hawaii somehow produced the goods again, despite the fading hopes – and rapidly fading light – as the wind and waves returned just in the nick of time to see Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) claim victory in almost complete darkness. Today goes down as a historic day for both the event, which has now produced a result for five successive years, and of course Traversa, who becomes the first man to win two Cold Hawaii Crowns, having previously claimed his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour here in 2012.

Single Elimination | Winners’ Final

Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) came into the event as the current world tour leader and the Spaniard continued his superb form to book his place in the final, alongside Thomas Traversa after the duo defeated Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) and Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), respectively in the semifinals. However, the winners’ final wasn’t just a battle between the last two men standing, but also a fight against time as darkness moved in. Despite the dark, both sailors continued to perform terrifically well, especially considering the extremely challenging conditions on offer. Fernandez ruled in the air as he stomped a tabletop forward, but there was no stopping TT on the wave as he wracked up 9 and 8.25 point waves to claim an emphatic victory. The Frenchman was the standout sailor throughout the day, especially on the wave as he showed unrivalled fluidity and speed to pull of crazy frontside aerials and takas.

Earlier in the evening Leon Jamaer claimed the biggest scalp of his career, so far, as he took down the two-time world champion – Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins). Jamaer showed superior wave selection, together with big powerful hacks to progress. However, Köster had his chances, but for once couldn’t capitalise, but he was still the only man to land a double forward in the contest. Victory against Köster, secured Jamaer his first place in the top three and the same was true for his teammate Robby Swift, who defeated the reigning world champion, Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), to secure his maiden finish on the podium in joint third. On his way to third place, Swift landed a sick frontside aerial and was clearly delighted afterwards.

Elsewhere, Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy) stole victory against Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) with the final wave of the heat in what was an incredibly close fought contest, whilst teammates, Adam Lewis (Fanatic / North) and Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North) also enjoyed a tight battle in the first round, but in the end Lewis just edged the duel. Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) was unlucky in heat 10b as he suffered a broken mast, whilst battling against Philip Köster. When the Frenchman returned to the water, he was underpowered and couldn’t take the potential opening to progress.

The end of a long, but in the end successful day, came shortly before 8:30pm to cap another great week in Cold Hawaii, which once again showed a wide range of conditions

Overall Results – 2014 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup

1st Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails)

2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC)

3rd Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ulta Fins)

3rd Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde)

5th Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC)

5th Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

5th Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)

Text: Chris Yates / PWA, windsurfnews – all pics by John Carter / PWA

Tags: coldhawaii, KIA Cold Hawaii, pwaworldtour, Thomas Traversa, wave, windsurfing

2014 KIA Cold Hawaii - LIVE

Showdown in Klitmøller - "Cold Hawaii" welcomes the riders with rally onshore conditions this morning and it's really tricky to get out but headjudge Duncan Coombs decided to get the trials underway. Fingers crossed everyone - hopefully they get the trials done and the the single elimination later as well.

Tune in LIVE -

Tags: livestream, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

German Freestylers in Wulfen

The german freestyle elite around Adi Beholz, Valentin Böckler, Tilo Eber, Mathias Genkel, Jannes Thomsen, Nico Kautzmann or Sebastian Lehmann tearing it up in Wulfen. Thx to our smartphone technology there’s a video of this session online since a couple of hours. Filmed by iPhone and Xperia.

Tags: freestyle, windsurfing

Showdown in Cold Hawaii

It’s showdown in Klitmøller – “all or nothing” tomorrow because it’s the last day of the event and we only saw a supersession at the very first day with Starboard tack conditions which was won by Marcilio Browne with a Double Forward. For tomorrow it looks promising since a couple of days already – the sunday was the  lifeline for riders and the organizers with all the volunteers but it’s not quite sure that we’ll see conditions tomorrow. It looks promising, but the forecasts are quite diffrent – so cross your fingers.

There’ll be an early start tomorrow morning – probably at 06 am and then we’ll see what “Cold Hawaii” has to offer. Tune in LIVE and don’t miss the action

pics by John Carter / PWA | Text: windsurfnews

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing


Starboard tack down-the-line

2014 KIA Cold Hawaii - Trials LIVE

Here's the livestream from Denmark and actually it looks like they give it a try. In a few minutes the trials should be underway

20 minutes heats, 2 waves to count , Starboard tack - that's the plan , let's see how it goes

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The waiting game is on

2014 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA Worldcup - Day 2

The first item on the itinerary for the second day of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup was to remove the fishing boat, which was a prominent feature during yesterday’s Super Session, from the reef after running aground on the eve of the event. The sailors remained on hold until 6pm, but with a deteriorating swell no competition was able to be held today.

The forecast looks similar today, but hopefully that will prove to be wrong. The best of the wind is again predicted to be in the morning, so skippers’ meeting will take place at 9am with the action commencing from 9:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into

Tags: wave, windsurfing


"Brawzinho wins the Supersession"

2014 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA Worldcup - Day 1

The opening day of the 2014 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup saw marginal, starboard tack conditions, but that didn’t prevent the elite of the wave sailing world from producing a great display of sailing during the Super Session, which took place after registration, which was held between 10am-12pm. 

Super Session

Twenty-four men signed up for the Super Session – resulting in three, eight man qualifying heats for the final – with the top two men from each heat advancing. Conditions were tricky with gusty, swinging winds making it difficult to time a gust with a suitable ramp, but the sailors adapted brilliantly to still provide an impressive array of jumping on their biggest equipment.

Advancing into the final were Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC), Flo Jung (RRD / Gun Sails / Maui Ultra Fins), Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7) and Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails). However, there was no stopping the reigning world champion, with starboard tack jumping on offer, as Brawzinho somehow rotated through a brilliant double forward to take the opening victory of the week. Traversa wasn’t far behind the Brazilian as he landed a radical one-handed tabletop to claim second, followed by Jung, who completed the podium with a switch, back-to-sail cheese roll, which is the first time the ‘Ocean Jump’ has been seen during a PWA competition.

The forecast for tomorrow again shows wind from the east, but it may be slightly more offshore than today. Hopefully, conditions will allow the trials to be completed. If not we’ll have exclusive interviews together with other activities as we wait for suitable conditions. Although the forecast looks similar for the rest of the week, there is still uncertainty surrounding the weekend, which has shown the possible return of the prevailing westerly airflow for Saturday. As Cold Hawaii has proven over the years, conditions and forecasts can change rapidly, so we remain hopeful of achieving a result.

With the best of the wind being forecast for tomorrow morning, the skippers’ meeting will be held at 9am with the action commencing from 9:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into Here you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Tags: double forward, jump, wave, windsurfing


The perfect waves of Punta San Carlos

 Morgan Noireaux - Tension

This years AWT event in Punta San Carlos has been a real highlight of the tour due it's perfect "down the line" conditions. Some riders like Levi Siver used their chance to get some massive footage with the "wavehunter" jet-ski driver Bennet Williams. In the video below you can watch Morgan Noireaux on some of the smaller days – but as ever – perfect clean and #endless.

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


Freestyle from South Sardinia

Check out this little freestyle shortclip of Giovanni Passani – one of the locals of Windsurfing Club Sa Barra – who’s tearing it up with some Slow Motion Moves.

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Great entertainment and action - looks very hard to sail in the pool - check it out at

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