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Secrets of the Wind - Episode 3

Steven van Broeckhoven in Karpathos

Secrets of the Wind - Episode 3

Here’s the 3rd episode of the “Secrets Of The Wind” travel series by Steven van Broeckhoven and Andraz Zan. This time they travelled to Karpathos which offers a lot more than “just windsurfing in high winds”.

Secrets of the Wind: The real truth is that it is still fully undiscovered. Totally different nature on every corner, strong tradition and habits, amazing home made food, and incredible beautiful untouched beaches… definitely place to visit !!! Enjoy the mix of everything Steven has experienced down there! Thanks to everyone who helped us on the island especially Nikos Hatsipapas from Blue Garden, Olympos.

Thanks also to Agrityire and Neilpryde!”

Tags: freestyle, windsurfing


Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 4

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - Day 4

The second day of the PWA contest, at the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic, saw more fantastic action as Ho’okipa continued to deliver. Today saw another full day of competition with set waves mainly in the logo to mast high region as both the men’s and women’s single eliminations were completed. Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) dominated in the women’s division, which sees her rise to the top of the overall rankings, for the first time in 2014, in the final event of the year, whilst twenty year old – Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui) – claimed his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour with an outstanding display of sailing in the most tightly contested heat of the day. Meanwhile, Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), is now on the verge of his first world crown after claiming second in the single.

Men’s – Single Elimination 

The men’s single elimination resumed with the second semifinal featuring Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC), Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / MFC), Morgan Noireaux and title challenger – Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC). The Spaniard entered the heat knowing he needed to qualify from the semis to keep the pressure on Thomas Traversa, otherwise he would face an extremely tough road back through the double elimination, and that’s exactly what Fernandez managed to do with a polished display. The 2010 world champion was clearly in the mood today as he exploded from the word go with three explosive turns and a sick frontside 360 to earn 9.375 points, which happens to be the joint second highest scoring wave of the contest – equal with Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC). Also advancing into the four man final was Morgan Noireaux, who won the second semi, but his performance in the final was even better.

Winners’ Final

The four man final saw a truly exceptional heat of sailing in what Head Judge – Duncan Coombs – classed as one of the best heats he’s ever seen featuring – Morgan Noireaux, Victor Fernandez, Thomas Traversa and Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC). All four sailors showed several moments of brilliance as they rose to the occasion under the pressure, however as always there could only be one winner. As well as battling for the prestigious title of the Aloha Classic, Fernandez and Traversa, were also engaged in a battle of their own for the world title. Coming into the final heat of the single elimination, Fernandez needed to beat Traversa by at least two places to topple the Frenchman from the top of the standings, but could he do it? Unfortunately not, despite another excellent display, Fernandez couldn’t quite muscle Traversa out of the way, as TT claimed second place – 1.62 points ahead of Fernandez in third. This means that Traversa is now on the verge of his maiden world title, as Fernandez now needs to win the event, beating Traversa in the process, to snatch the title. On his way to second, Traversa, nailed a frontside 360 and a sick under the lip aerial, as well as picking up an over mast high wave from out the back and destroying it all the way to the inside.

However, it was Noireaux, who stole the show with near perfect scores across the board with back-to-back waves of 9 and 9.25 points – the latter was undoubtedly the wave of the day, as the Hawaiian killed another wave to set the beach alive with cheers after tweaking a sick aerial, straight into a hell turn, before finishing with a silky smooth taka. And after such a polished display, Noireaux, was deservedly crowned the single elimination champion, much to the delight of the local crowd.

Wave Move of the Day

Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne made a slightly slow start to the final, but produced one of the moments of the day before the end as he took things to another level. The Brazilian looked as though he was winding up for something big and that’s exactly what he managed to do as he launched into an absolutely amazing air taka, which was landed fully planing in the flats and it is difficult to see anyone pipping him to the Dunkerbeck Eyewear Best Move prize.

Double Elimination

The Men’s double elimination started soon after the completion of the single eliminations and the opening seven heats have been completed. So far, Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) and Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), are the two sailors to have made the most progress having won both of their opening two heats.

Women’s – Single Elimination – Winners’ Final

The women’s winners’ final saw Iballa Moreno, Fiona Wylde (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing), Tiffany Ward (Starboard / Ezzy) and Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing) lining up against each other in the battle for the Aloha Classic. However, with Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), taking an early exit in the single elimination, the door was opened for Iballa to head to the top of the overalls for the first time this year… a chance she would duly take.

In the rounds leading up to the final, Iballa, had been constantly searching for an aerial, without much joy, but in the final that all changed as she launched into a massive aerial, backed up with two vertical, snappy turns to earn 9.5 points, which essentially secured the victory. However, seventeen year old – Fiona Wylde – pushed Iballa all the way in her first PWA event, as she impressed throughout the single elimination with her fluid top to bottom wave riding earning, which eventually earned her second place. Meanwhile, Ward secured the final place on the podium with her rail to rail riding securing the deal against Nagoshi, who had to settle for fourth for the moment at least.

Meanwhile, Amanda Beenen (Tabou / GA Sails), claimed joint fifth place alongside Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Simmer), Jessica Crisp (Patrik / Hot Sails Maui) and Tatiana Howard (NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins). As things stand, Beenen, currently rises into third place overall, over Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg), who was sailing through the pain barrier.

An Uphill Challenge

In order for Daida to retain her title, the reigning world champ will need to rampage back through the double to third place overall, or for Iballa to drop back to second, in which case fourth place would see, Daida, take the title on a tie break due to beating Iballa more times this season.

The forecast for tomorrow promises more wind and waves and the skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am again, with the action commencing from 10 O’Clock. Don’t miss any of the incredible action by tuning into, where you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Results After Single Elimination - Men’s Wave

1st Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui)

2nd Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails)

3rd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC)

4th Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)

5th Robby Naish (Naish)

5th Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / MFC)

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

Results After Single Elimination - Women’s Wave

1st Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

2nd Fiona Wylde (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)

3rd Tiffany Ward (Starboard / Ezzy)

4th Junko Nagoshi (Goya Windsurfing)

5th Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Simmer)

5th Jessics Crisp (Patrik / Hot Sails Maui)

5th Amanda Beenen (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Tatiana Howard (NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

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

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


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, 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


Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - AWT Day 2

Boujmaa Guilloul wins

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic - AWT Day 2

Today we have all been treated to an incredible spectacle of windsurfing, on the second day of competition at the AWT pro bracket of the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic.
Massive sets rolled through all day making it the ideal playground for true waveriders to shine. In the end it wasBoujmaa Guilloulwho took the win withKevin Pritchardin second.Josh Stonetook the final podium position, withJason Polakowin forth.

Completing the pro bracket of the AWT also meant we could crown the overallAWT Pro champion for 2014–Kevin Pritchard.  Levi Siver took second place overall, with Morgan Noireux in third. Full tour results and more on this coming tomorrow.

Stand Out Riders

17-year-old Maui localCasey Rehrersailed a few unbelievable heats today taking out top riders including Brian Talma and Scott McKercher. Another local to make it through to the final eight by sailing some of the best heats of his life wasRuss Faurot.It was incredible to see these guys and many of the Maui locals really stepping up their game and taking down/challenging the top seeds.

The Final Eight

The final eight riders were:Kevin Pritchard, Josh Stone, Morgan Noireax, Keith Teboul, Jason Polakow, Levi Siver, Marcilio BrowneandBoujmaa Guilloul.

All eight riders had sailed exceptional heats to make it this far and round six came down to wave selection, hacking turns, massive 360s and pushing it just far enough. Pushing it too far meant a trip down to Lanes and broken gear, not far enough meant a chance of not progressing as everyone was pushing it; it was all about smart sailing.

In the first quarterfinal KP and Stone did just this and both sailed solid heats, rounding them off in style. Keith and Morgan couldn’t quite put together what they needed in the hardest of conditions. The second saw an insane spectacle with 360s and lip smacks being laid down by JP and Levi, but then Levi suffered a gear breakage and Boujmaa stepped up his riding, securing his spot in the final. Marcilio also showed moments of brilliance, but it was again the best put-together heats that made it through (that and managing to avoid the rocks!)

The Final Four

Now the stage was set for the final showdown, almost. After a show-stopping performance in the quarters JP struggled to replicate this in the semi-final, taking forth spot. Just ahead of him was Josh Stone who showed his formidable style and class, riding wave after beautiful wave. But it was again the two who sailed the smartest heats that made it through; KP and Boujmaa both showed a huge amounts of awareness and heat planning, combined with critical turns to take first and second respectively.

One more super final would follow – 20 minutes with just Pritchard and Guilloul on the water and everything to play for. It was the closest of heats with both riders scoring huge wave after huge wave. Boujmaa closed his heat with a wave with a few turns, a head dip aerial AND a goiter. KP came straight back with another great wave, finishing it with a 360. This heat came down to the wire but it was Boujmaa Guilloul who came out on top.

It has hands down been one of the best days of competition on the AWT and at Ho’okipa, now we will look forward many more days of top level competition as the rest of the AWT fleets will do battle and the PWA register tomorrow morning to join the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic competition.

Rider’s Views

Boujmaa Guilloul:

“I was pretty stressed at the beginning of the day, but I tried not to take and risks and just sail as classy as possible, not pushing any limits. I think this paid off. It was tricky conditions, quite sideonshore and the waves didn’t have much of a lip so it was hard to find the perfect wave. Through the day I relaxed and little and I just sailed with no stress. I was really surprised about where I got to; I couldn’t believe it. By the time I made it to the final I didn’t care, as I knew the worst I could get was second, so I just sailed and had fun. Apparently I sailed better than KP who was absolutely ripping, which I just couldn’t believe.

“I love coming to Maui, it is one of the most consistent spots in the world to get wind and waves at this time of year and it’s beautiful. It’s so easy to get into a routine full of sport and forget about all the other stuff at home, you can combine surfing, windsurfing and SUPing; it’s perfect! Maui is also just the heart of windsurfing, being here just helps me improve and I love being here.”

Josh Stone:

“Us local guys love these kind of conditions, when it gets big; especially us older local guys! It really evens the playing field, at other times the younger guys can bust out all their moves but here today it was all about just pure vertical, hard-hitting waveriding, so I think it really was lucky for us guys. It was a spectacular day and I’m really just blown away to be on the podium, it’s crazy and I’m so stoked!

“I did the event last year and I got smoked in the third round! So it was a nice little comeback for me, it’s probably been eight years since I’ve been on a podium for windsurfing. I really just had fun and that’s what the AWT’s all about, just having fun. Nobody’s out there fighting for a million dollar contract, everyone’s just out having a blast. It would be nice to get into the PWA next… I’m not sure if I’m in yet, we’ll have to wait and see, I think I’m qualified to qualify!

“The county of Maui has done a phenomenal job really stepping up to the plate for the event and it is huge deal for us to have the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic right here on the north shore of Maui.”

Jason Polakow:
“Amazing waves all day today! I think I might have peaked too early though, I had a really tough heat with Levi and Brawzinho and then in the semi I tried to keep the flow going but it just didn’t happen. I was trying to set-up a 360, I had a nice wall on the inside but then it kind of dropped out and I couldn’t seem to pick the best waves. I didn’t see the other guys waves but I’m sure they got some great ones, so congratulations to Kevin and Boujmaa for making the final.

“I haven’t competed for a while over here but I was just back and didn’t have any obligations and I mean I love to windsurf so why not! I love to support the AWT and the PWA and I just want to be part of fantastic event. It’s great to be part of the event back on Maui and I think if we keep working hard we can just build the event bigger and bigger.”

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic – AWT Day 1

Starboard & Severne Aloha Classic – AWT Day 1

The first day of the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic starts in style as Ho’okipa produces excellent conditions and the competition for the Pro Men gets underway.

The day started early with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, welcoming everyone to the beach and setting the wheels in motion for a fantastic contest. As the ceremony continued the wind started to blow and straight after the skipper’s meeting it was straight on with the pro men competition.

A combination of the AWT regulars and Ho’okipa masters meant a lot of tricky heats, with previous and current world champions all battling hard to make it through the first round.
It was Morgan Noireaux who kicked off proceedings winning heat one convincingly with a smooth taka off the section and some rail-to-rail riding that really impressed the judges

Robby Swift lost out in the second heat to the on form Marcilio Browne and Kai Katchadourian, Swift couldn’t seem to get it together and just did not get the waves he needed. Swift did however redeem himself and in round two where he was back to his regular self, landing goiter after goiter to advance convincingly.  In the third and forth heats it was Graham Ezzy and Laurent Guillimen respectively that took the heat wins, while heat five saw Ho’okipa legend Josh Stone showing the younger guys how it’s done, with Jake Miller hot on his heals.  Kevin Pritchard scored one of the best waves of the day in heat six to put himself comfortably through to the next round, and then previous youth champion Casey Rehrer stepped up his game in the seventh heat to win ahead of Russ Faurot. 

But the best was yet to come as, in heat ten Keith Teboul pulled out the highest scoring wave of the day, a 7.9 (just behind Morgan Noireaux’s 7.86) to see him straight through to round three, along with Jason Polakow.

Heat eleven saw Patrick Bergeron take the win and another exceptional heat was to follow, with Levi Siver and Pascal Hardy both racking up high scores and taking first and second respectively.

It was then onto the second round, giving the third and forth placed riders from round one a second chance to advance. At heat sixteen the wind dropping significantly, calling a halt to competition and leaving the riders to swim for the shore. We will pick up with a re-sail of this heat and the competition could continue tomorrow morning, if the forecast provides what it is promising.

If the conditions play ball, we could see the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic AND the 2014 AWT Pro champions crowned tomorrow afternoon!

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


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 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


Camille Juban - Addict

Camille Juban - Addict

Wow! What a clip from Camille Juban who just uploaded some gnarly action from infamous Teahupoo.  The Quatro/MauiSails waver probably gonna watch this one a few times more as well because Juban is still of the water due a shoulder injury. A speed recovery to him – we wanna see him back on the water!! Thx for the clip

Tags: down the line, wave, windsurfing


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).

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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 Here you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

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Dieter van der Eyken - Freestyle at Home

Dieter van der Eyken - Freestyle at Home

In August, the belgium freestyler Dieter van der Eyken scored many good days at home. Unusual during the summer - but this year was quite different all over Europe.

Dieter: "So many good days on the water which is pretty rare in summer!! For most people august was a bad summer month for us as windsurfers it was amazing!! play and enjoy the elements!! "

Dieter using our Trickstraps which you'll soon find in our webshop again for the next season!

Tags: freestyle, trickstraps, tricktionary, windsurfing


Stam Promponas - Kabikuchi

Tips for one of the hardest ducking moves

Stam Promponas - Kabikuchi

Stam Promponas was used to compete the European Freestyle Pro Tour but since 2013 he didn't showed up - not withouth any reason because Stam opened his own windsurfcenter at the island of Naxos. "Laguna Beach Park" really offers perfect conditions for new moves with flatwater and some little ramps for the latest moves. Many young freestylers like Nicolo Tagliafico, Maaike Huvermann or Riccardo Marca - who just sent us this normal stance kono - visited the spot.

A few weeks ago we found this perfect Kabikuchi and asked Stam for some tips.
Over to him:

The Kabikuchi is the normal way of progression after the skopu - where you do the first part of the move in Switch Stance and than sliding in regular stance. For the Kabikuchi you have to duck the sail in normal stance which is a bit more difficult and then slide more or less in switch stance which is super difficult.

It's really important to get a feeling for the duck and if it's "good enough" to go further with this move or just sail flip the sail to the other side again and go for something else. If you got the duck right, you have to hit the chop with full speed to get the sliding part done afterwards. The conditions here at "Laguna Beach Park" are perfect to progress because you can duck in flat water and have a little ramp to get up plus flat water afterwards for the sliding - so you pretty much can't get it better.

Tags: freestyle, moves, windsurfing

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