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Markus Rydberg - Winter in Sweden

Markus Rydberg decided to spend the winter in Sweden instead of traveling to warmer climates to practice for the upcoming season. What he didn’t know was that this winter would go to the history book for being super windy.  Here’s the outcome of two filmed sessions during the storms “Svea” and “Egon”.

Tags: accessyourpotential, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

Leon Jamaer - January in Sylt

Leon Jamaer took the train to sail Sylt a couple of weeks ago on a harsh January day. Nobody else on the water but at least one spectator at the beach – who luckily had a camera with him too. David Strüning filmed the action and a high quality shortclip is the result. Have a look below

Tags: accessyourpotential, pwaworldtour, tricktionary, wave, windsurfing

John Skye - Winter Video 13/14

Unfortunately the first "winter highlight clip" of John Skye got banned due music issues. It took a while until “Skyeboy” had version 2 ready but now it’s online and ready to watch. The action comes from Maui, Cape Town and Mauritius and it’s definitely worth watching with a lot of variation. Thumbs up!

Tags: accessyourpotential, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

Marcilio Browne - Kona Sessions

Marcilio Browne scored one of the rare “Kona Winds” sessions at home in Maui and luckily a cam filmed all the action on the beach. The “Kona” direction makes it possible to sail “Port Tack” in Lanes and Marcilio does so in perfection. The next clip , just one week after his “Brasil Video” is ready to watch. Have a look below

Tags: accessyourpotential, down the line, pwaworldtour, tricktionary, wave, windsurfing

Alex Mussolini joins RRD

RRD are happy to announce for the second time the signing of Alex Mussolini to their International Windsurfing team. Alex met the RRD family for the first time when he was a young and over talented wave ripper and now he is renowned as one of the best wave rider on the planet and a man, he signs again to ride 100% RRD: boards, sails, rigs, wetsuits, harnesses and clothing!

Alex’s target will be to challenge for the PWA Wave title and to keep searching for the perfect ride during a schedule of exotic trips. The first trip on his schedule will be to Cape Town in January where he will join Roberto and Sail Designer John Skye to start training and working on next RRD sails developments.

The man himself, Roberto Ricci said:
“Really happy to have Alex back in the team. Today having him taking active part to the testing and developing of new boards, sails, wetsuits and accessories with us will certainly be of great help.  Alex has always a great new fresh angle to product development that originates from his passionate approach to the sport while pushing the boundaries of performance both with marginal or extreme conditions. I have been quite impressed with his mature analysis on the strategy and training program for the 2015 PWA season. We look forward to seeing him on the top ranking in the waves this year”

A stoked Alex commented:
“Its a pleasure to join this team again, I went to Grosseto to meet Roberto personally and all the RRD crew. I went straight to work as I went right away in the shaping room with Aurelio and started to develop my next toys. I have also been in touch with John Skye to start working on the new sails, right now I am testing them as I never had the chance to try them. I am very happy with the performance of the Vogue as its exactly what I am looking for in a wave sail. Soon I will fly to South Africa to meet my other team mates and Roberto to test the new gear for next season. As I said it amazing to be back on the RRD family, I can’t wait to start the season and help the RRD team to get good results on tour.”

RRD Team mate and Sail Designer John Skye:
“I am so happy to have Alex on RRD sails. I have known Alex since he was 14 years old, been on lots of trips with him and to me he is without a doubt one of the very best and most stylish windsurfers I have ever seen. I can’t wait to start working with him now and give him the best sails possible to challenge for the World Title.”

Tags: industry, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

Markus Rydberg - Pod #7

After Markus Rydberg came back from the Canaries he pretty much just jumped straight in to his van and drove 7000 km in total, to participate in three PWA events. In Denmark he came 17th getting knocked out by Thomas Traversa who won the event and then the whole tour. In Germany and France Markus was a bit unlucky, but he still enjoyed the events and learned a lot. We followed him to Klitmöller and Sylt and here’s the outcome.

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing


Antoine Albeau - the new world champion

PWA New Caledonia - Last Day

The last day of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup PWA saw a grandstand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour as the morning showers finally cleared to allow the wind to fill in and the respective titles to be decided. With the racing beginning later than scheduled the title race came down to one final race, which would ultimately decide the title, so there was everything riding on it for both Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne). Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) had been leading the event rankings for the past two days and the flying Dutchman secured his maiden event victory after claiming the final bullet of the week, whilst Albeau completed a famous hat-trick of world titles after finishing second compared to Moussilmani’s fifth place in elimination nine. Meanwhile, Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails), ended the year in style as she claimed the final victory of the week to be crowned both the Queen of Noumea and the world.

Men’s – Title Race Scenario

Cyril Moussilmani entered the final race of the event knowing that he must finish in the top four or better to have any shot at winning the title. If Moussilmani finished outside the top four then Albeau would automatically be crowned world champion.

Ways For Moussilmani to Win the World Championship:

- Win the final race and Albeau finish 5th or worse.

- Finish second and Albeau finishes 6th or worse etc

- All other scenarios would result in victory for Albeau

Both men responded brilliantly under pressure in the final race as they, almost, effortlessly navigated their way through the opening three rounds to book their places in the winners’ final – setting up a mouthwatering conclusion to the title race.

Elimination Nine – Winners’ Final

Event leader Ben Van Der Steen made the best start to the last winners’ final of the event and he continued to look blisteringly quick – as in the previous days – to lead into the opening mark. Behind him all eyes were on the battle between Antoine Albeau and Cyril Moussilmani and at first sight it looked as though Moussilmani held the upper hand. However, Albeau made a smoother exit to the opening gybe to gain second place – as well as control of the title race, whilst Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC) moved into third place ahead of Moussilmani. Aiming for his first event victory on the PWA Slalom World Tour, Van Der Steen, showed no sign of nerves as he produced another flawless performance over the remainder of the course to claim a well deserved victory. Meanwhile, Albeau, wobbled his way around the final gybe, but held on to race for the finish line to secure the 2014 PWA Slalom World Title, much to the delight of the cheering local fans. Behind him Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) manoeuvred his way into third place ahead of Frans, whilst Moussilmani eventually finished in fifth place.

Ben Van Der Steen on claiming his maiden event victory:

“I’m really stoked to win. I didn’t have the best preparation coming into the event with not much wind in Sylt, no wind in La Torche and also at home we didn’t have too much wind either. Also I had a problem with my neck after some training I did – it just got stuck. So I came here injured and then the physio sorted me out quite well, so thanks to them. I’d also like to thank the organisers for making this event happen it’s been a great event with good wind and conditions and I hope to be back next year.”

“For the final I was on my 7.9m GA Sails Vapor and Tabou Manta 116l, paired with a 37cm fin.”

Antoine Albeau secures a hat-trick of world titles – 2012-14:

PWA: How were you feeling this morning before the racing began?

AA: “It felt like any other day to be honest because every other day was also like this – you know Cyril [Moussilmani] was leading at the beginning and then I was leading too so we’ve been dealing with the same feelings all week. Obviously everything could still change this morning, but I felt the same as otherwise – it’s never done until it’s officially done. I was hoping that Cyril didn’t qualify for the final though, but he did and so did I. I was really happy with my sailing today. I didn’t take too much risk, but made some good starts and overall sailed very nicely.”

PWA: Were you feeling nervous as you left the beach with Cyril as you sailed out for the final?

AA: “Errr yes and no… I cannot really say no because for sure we’re under stress, but what can you do? It’s just part of the game and whoever handles it better wins. If you don’t want to have the stress of winning then you just wouldn’t compete. It’s a good sensation – something we want and something we need.”

PWA: That makes it three years in a row for you being world champion – how does that feel?

AA: “It feels good because in a second it can all change and you can just as easily miss out on a world title, so I’m very happy it turned out well for me today. It was also nice to have my parents and my girlfriend on the beach too, together with a lot of guys who wanted me to win – so they were happy to see me do well in the final. Overall I’m pretty happy.”

Björn Dunkerbeck’s (Starboard / Severne / Chris Benz / Dunkerbeck Eyewear) final race on the PWA World Tour didn’t end in the fairytale he may have dreamt about, as he was sadly disqualified in the first round after starting in the wrong heat. However, whilst the end to his PWA career on the water may not have gone to plan – he bowed out in style at the closing ceremony as he was presented with a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning 30 years and seen him win an incredible 41 world titles. Everyone from the PWA wishes Dunkerbeck all the best for the future. 

Women’s – Elimination Thirteen – Winners’ Final

Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but it proved to be Sarah-Quita Offringa’s (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) lucky number on this occasion as she claimed her fourth bullet of the week. The Aruban gem held the inside line over Delphine Cousin into the first mark and this proved crucial as Offringa steamed away after the first turn to leave Cousin and Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360) in her wake. Océane Lescadieu (Starboard / Loft Sails) held third position at the penultimate buoy, but dropped her gybe to allow Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails) to claim fourth. The top three remained unchanged and Offringa was clearly delighted with the victory and could be heard shouting in celebration from the beach.

Elimination Fourteen – Winners’ Final

Delphine Cousin ended the event in the best possible fashion as she claimed an emphatic final victory, which  guaranteed her the event title to go alongside her world championship. The, now, two-time world champion led from start to finish proving exactly why she is the Queen of the world for the second year in a row. Sarah-Quita Offringa was in contention at the second gybe, but suffered a broken outhaul rope – ending her hopes of back-to-back bullets. This meant that Lena Erdil finished second ahead of Valerie Ghibaudo and María Andrés (Fanatic / Gun Sails / Mystic), but more importantly for, Erdil, her excellent form over the last four days of sailing sees her finish second overall in the world rankings – her best finish to date.

Delphine Cousin speaks after winning the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup and the 2014 PWA Women’s Slalom World Championship:

“I feel very happy after this season. I’m delighted to win the last event here [Noumea] in front of Lena [Erdil] and Sarah [Quita Offringa]. My goal at the start of the year was to be world champion again, so this is just the perfect finish for me.”

“The whole week has been very good for me. We’ve had amazing winds – magic conditions really. We had fourteen races for the girls, so I don’t think we could do any better than that.”

The day ended with the champions of both the event and the world being crowned in front of a packed out crowd to cap a fantastic week in Noumea, New Caledonia, which has seen four days out of six of exhilarating slalom.

Text: Chris Yates / PWA; pics John  Carter  / PWA

Tags: Antoine Albeau, pwaworldtour, slalom, windsurfing


Delphine Cousin can celebrate while the mens titlerace comes down to the wire

PWA New Caledonia - Day 5

The wind took a little longer to kick in on the penultimate day of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup PWA, but the sun soon burnt through the lingering cloud to allow the wind to build – producing another exhilarating afternoon of racing. A further two races for the men and four races for the women were completed in winds ranging from 14-25 knots and at the end of the day Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) still heads the event rankings with one day to go, whilst Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails) can now officially celebrate securing back-to-back world titles, as it is now mathematically impossible for her to finish outside the top four. Meanwhile the men’s title race will go down to the wire between Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne) with just 3.6 points separating the two Frenchman, so there is all still to play for.

Men’s – Elimination 7 – Winners’ Final

Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC) made the best start of the bunch to heat sixteen, but by the first mark Antoine Albeau held the lead ahead of Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7), Ben Van Der Steen, whilst Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails) gybed inside Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails) to move into the top four. Albeau clearly had the bit between his teeth – with Cyril Moussilmani failing to qualify for the winners’ final – and AA made his title rival pay the maximum price as he secured back-to-back bullets to take a stranglehold over the title race and was clearly delighted with his efforts after crossing the finish line. The top four of Toselli, Van Der Steen and Questel remained unchanged over the remainder of the course, despite Frans’ best efforts to fight back.

Elimination 8 – Winners’ Final

Cyril Moussilmani knew he needed something special to keep the pressure on Antoine Albeau and he responded in the perfect fashion as he crossed the start line in first place, but it was Pascal Toselli who held a narrow lead into the first ahead of Moussilmani, Ben Van Der Steen and Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North). However, Moussilmani, dug deep as he fought back to take the lead by the third buoy, before holding his nerve at the final mark to claim a crucial victory, which could yet play a decisive factor in 2014 title race, especially with Albeau finishing in a disappointing seventh place. The victory clearly meant a lot to Moussilmani, who celebrated in style after crossing the finish line – showing that he is still very much in the fight for a maiden world crown. Behind him Toselli secured second place followed by Van Der Steen and Iachino, who finished third and fourth respectively.

Women’s – Elimination Nine – Winners’ Final

The opening women’s winners’ final of the day saw separate premature starts leading to – Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails) and Océane Lescadieu (Starboard / Loft Sails) – all being disqualified. At the fourth time of asking the final was underway as Sarah Hauser (Tabou / Simmer) made the best start. The local girls lead didn’t last long though as Delphine Cousin broke into first place by the opening mark – followed by Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360), Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) and Mio Anayama (Starboard / NeilPryde). Cousin continued to fly, both on the straights and through the gybes, and it wasn’t long until she was claiming an emphatic victory. Behind her Erdil claimed second place, whilst María Andrés (Fanatic / Gun Sails / Mystic) fought her way back into third place ahead of Suzuki in fourth.

Elimination Ten – Winners’ Final

Lena Erdil and Valerie Ghibaudo led the way in race ten as they gybed side-by-side at the first buoy ahead of Mio Anayama, María Andrés and Ayako Suzuki, whilst Delphine Cousin and Sarah-Quita Offringa both got caught up at the first. By the third gybe though Erdil had built a healthy lead over Ghibaudo, whilst Offringa and Cousin produced great comebacks after navigating their way back through the pack into third and fourth respectively. After the final gybe the top four remain unchanged leaving Erdil to celebrate her second bullet of the week.

Elimination Eleven – Winners’ Final

Delphine Cousin dominated again in race eleven as she built a substantial lead to claim victory number six and all but secure the world championship. Meanwhile, it looked as though Lena Erdil would be finishing in second place, but at the final mark she dropped her gybe, which allowed Sarah-Quita Offringa to move into the top two. Credit where credit is due though as the Turk made a swift recovery to keep Océane Lescadieu at bay to finish third.

Elimination Twelve – Winners’ Final

Sarah-Quita Offringa narrowly led the final heat of the day as the fleet entered the first gybe, but Lena Erdil managed to out manoeuvre  her to lead by the second followed by Delphine Cousin, who managed to move up to second place ahead of Offringa and Valerie Ghibaudo. This time around, Erdil, made no mistake at the last as she flew down the final straight to cap a fine day, which saw her win two eliminations. Meanwhile, Cousin, finished in second place – meaning that with one day to go there is no way she can be caught in the title race and is officially world champion for the second consecutive year. Just behind her were Offringa and Ghibaudo, who finished third and fourth respectively.

Tomorrow is set to see a grand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour – with the men’s title race going down to the wire. With a superb looking forecast, tomorrow is a day that simply can’t be missed. Who’s your money on? Antoine Albeau or Cyril Moussilmani? The skippers’ meeting will be held at 10:30am – with the action commencing from 11am.

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

Tags: pwaworldtour, slalom, titlerace, windsurfing

PWA New Caledonia - Day 4

The wind continued to blow on day four of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup PWA to produce another action packed day in New Caledonia, as a further three races for the men and four races for the women were completed in 15-25 knot winds. By the end of the day Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) headed to the top of the rankings after a near perfect display, which saw the flying Dutchman win two races and claim second in the other. Meanwhile, Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), edged into the lead in the battle for the 2014 title as he took his second bullet of the week in the final elimination of the day, whilst Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails) edged ever closer to the world title after securing two more victories today.

Check out for more information about this exciting day of competition. You can also watch the "livestream" on demand and check out the action you probably missed if you're living in central europe.

Tags: pwaworldtour, slalom, windsurfing

Team Pryde at the 2014 Aloha Classic

One last "Team Pryde" highlight video for this season. Check out Jason Polakow, Robby Swift, Leon Jamaer, Jules Denel and Antoine Martin.

Enjoy watching.

Tags: down the line, pwaworldtour, windsurfing

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