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massive waves - less wind

PWA La Torche - Day 1

The opening day of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam promised so much, with big waves and strong winds, between 20-30 knots forecast, but that isn’t quite how the day played out. Whilst, the swell was still evident – with over mast high sets rolling into the Bay of Audierne throughout the day – unfortunately the expected winds never arrived, leaving not only the sailors disappointed, but also the crowds that had gathered on the beach.

The wave fleet registered between 9:30am-10:30am with the much anticipated forecast in mind, but then spent the remainder of the day on hold, before eventually being released at 6pm. Meanwhile, the slalom sailors registered for the upcoming eight days of competition from 12:30pm until 2:30pm, after a meeting with all sailors had been held to discuss the environmental concerning this being a green event. With the wave sailors still on standby – Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) – couldn’t resist the waves any longer and headed out for a regular surf at around 3pm, much to the joy of the crowds who had gathered, on what turned out to be a glorious sunny afternoon, with the weather proving to be more like summer than autumn.

Shortly before 5pm – Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – became the first, and only sailor, to attempt to windsurf. After battling in the light winds, for half an hour, to make it out the back, Campello eventually managed to catch one or two waves, but once on the wave the Brazilian simply didn’t have the power to make the most of the wave on offers. With conditions unfortunately remaining unsuitable day one drew to a, quieter than expected close.

The wind is forecast to be lighter than today with 10-15 knots being predicted for much of the day, but still with a significant swell of almost 3 metres at 13 seconds. However, tomorrow’s wind is supposed to be more onshore, which could make things tricky. Skippers’ meeting for the wave fleet tomorrow has been called for 9am with the first possible start at 9:30am. Meanwhile, the skippers’ meeting for the men’s and women’s slalom will be held at 10am with the action commencing from 11am, if conditions allow.

Tags: livestream, pwaworldtour, windsurfing

PWA La Torche - LIVE

Here we go with the livestream from La Torche. Yesterday all the sailors were out and got a gnarly warm-up session with big waves but pretty light winds. The waves are still there – but unfortunately the forecast predicting gusts of up to 30 knots hasn’t come through as yet. Hopefully it arrives at some point throughout the afternoon. We’ll keep you up2date.

CLICK HERE for the livestream

Tags: livestream, pwaworldtour, windsurfing

PWA Windsurf Worldcup Sylt - Freestyle Clip

The freestyle sailors of this years PWA Windsurf Worldcup Sylt were made to wait until the penultimate day of the contest in order to begin the single elimination, but the wait was more than worth it as the contortionists of the windsurfing world produced another fantastic display.

Jose "Gollito" Estredo was on fire throughout the single elimination and the Venezuelan was rewarded with not only the event victory, but so much more, as he saw his outside chance of winning this year’s world title come true - meaning Gollito now has an incredible six world crowns to his name. Estredo entered the event in third place and needed to win to be in with a shot, whilst also requiring Kiri Thode to finish fourth or worse. Thankfully, for Gollito, Thode, suffered a surprising fifth place exit, leaving the true king of freestyle back on top.

2011 PWA Freestyle World Champion - Steven Van Broeckhoven - was able to defeat Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails) in the losers’ final to complete the top three, with Frans having to settle for fourth. The Belgian maestro narrowly missed out in the title battle with Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo in the semifinals, in what proved to be an almost inseparable heat. Unfortunately, for Van Broeckhoven the decision went to his opponent, but he can still be delighted with second overall for 2014.

Overall Results 2014 PWA Freestyle World Tour:

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)

2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)

3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)

4th Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)

5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

6th Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails)

7th Björn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)

8th Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)

9th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC)

10th Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails)

Tags: freestyle, pwaworldtour, video, windsurfing


New Worldchampions in Freestyle Windsurfing

PWA Windsurf Worldcup Sylt - Results

The final day of the 2014 DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam saw the light winds return, meaning the final action of the event was another SUP Race. With no more competition being possible today – Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC) – was crowned the PWA Freestyle World Champion for the sixth time in his illustrious career, after his victory in the single elimination yesterday. Meanwhile, Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), celebrated his maiden victory on the PWA Slalom World Tour after a nail biting week of waiting

At 3:30pm the official prize giving was held as the winners were crowned in front of a packed out beach to close the curtain on another great event in Sylt. After the prize giving we caught up with the winners:

PWA: Gollito, how does it feel to win your sixth world title?

Gollito: “It’s a dream to win my sixth world title. It feels amazing, I never expected it in my life. I’m really happy to have won again and be back at the top. I hope I can continue like this in the future and I will keep training as hard as I can over the winter to make sure I can keep up.”

PWA: You came into the final event of the year in third place, did you think you’d be able to come out as the world champion?

Gollito: “I never expected it to be honest. I just came to compete and try to get a good result in the final event of the year. To leave as the world champion is unbelievable. I feel lucky, but this is competition sailing. Last year I sailed really good, but I had a bad finish to the year, this year it worked out differently.”

Next up we spoke to Arnon Dagan, who claimed victory for the first time in his career:

PWA: What was going through your head yesterday when you went over the start line early during the semifinal?

AD: “The first thing that went through my head was that’s it! if I didn’t win this then I would never win one. The second thing was okay… I’m going to go to the beach now. The third thing was oh my god I still have to sail the losers’ final.”

PWA: How does it feel to earn your first event victory?

AD: “It feels amazing. It feels like all the hard work paid off. It doesn’t feel real yet because it was only one round. After this I feel like I have good momentum now after Turkey and here and hopefully I can continue like this. Anything can happen now.”

PWA: What are you doing before the next event? And in-between La Torche and New Caledonia?

AD: “I’m pretty busy, first of all I’ll be going to RRD for a meeting and after that I’ll go a train in Croatia with Enrico Marotti. After La Torche I’ll be going to Maui for some sail testing with NeilPryde.”

PWA: Thanks Arnon and congratulations.

Finally, we spoke to freestyle queen – Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) – who was officially crowned PWA Freestyle World Champion for an incredible seventh time, she said: “Yeaaah! Lucky number seven. I am actually really happy about it, especially because this year I had time to train and I feel like a progressed, in competition as well. When the called out my name earlier on stage, I felt a bit emotional. When I think about it, seven world titles is actually a lot, so… I don’t know… I’m thankful, it’s really good. I’m also happy to see Oda (Johanne) and Maaike (Huvermann) pushing because that also keeps pushing me to improve. I can’t wait.”

After the prize giving the sailors prepared to depart Sylt for another year and the slalom fleets and men’s wave sailors will meet again from the 18th October as they head to La Torche, France.

Overall Results DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam – Men’s Freestyle

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)

2nd Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails)

3rd Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)

4th Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)

5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

5th Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)

5th Björn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)

Overall Results 2014 PWA Freestyle World Tour:

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)

2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)

3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)

4th Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)

5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

6th Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails)

6th Björn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)

8th Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)

9th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC)

10th Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails)

Overall Results DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam – Men’s Slalom

1st Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

2nd Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)

3rd Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)

4th Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)

5th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC)

6th Andrea Rosati (RRD / NeilPryde)

7th Maciek Rutkowski (Patrik / Point-7)

8th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)

9th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

10th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails)

Text: Windsurfnews

Tags: freestyle, pwaworldtour, windsurfing

Pushloop vs. Burner 360 - which move should win?

Yesterday night a big "Tow-In Night Session" took place at the Windsurf Worldcup Sylt and Ricardo Campello looked to have stolen the top prize, and the show, after finding a rogue wave and launching into a quite incredible pushloop - earning 44 points. However, five-time PWA Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo - was still to come and the showman produced the goods yet again to steal the victory from under the nose of Campello, as he landed an immaculate burner 360. After a brief wait it was soon revealed that the Venezuelan had toppled Campello with 45 points

What do you think? Should a Burner 360 should count more than a Pushloop (at night without any wind)

Tags: freestyle, pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing

2014 Windsurf Worldcup Sylt / Webisode 2

Still no wind in Sylt ! There’s SUP , Tow-In and a lot of waiting going on but the forecast looks a bit better for Saturday and Sunday so everyone’s still in a good mood. In the meantime check out the second webisode with Björn Dunkerbeck, Robby Naish and Philip Köster below.

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PWA Windsurf Worlcup Sylt - Day 2

Freestyle was due to kick off day two of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam in explosive fashion, but as the competition started the wind decreased. After two heats, the decision was made to abandon the freestyle in favour of slalom, which produced some of the most exhilarating, edge of your seat racing of the year, as slalom met waves. Sylt’s infamous shorebreak struck on several occasions, but Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) was one of the men to survive unscathed as he claimed the opening victory of the event.

Slalom – Elimination One – Winners’ Final

The winners’ final had to be re-sailed, which caused uproar on the beach between many of the sailors, due to the finish mark drifting as the sailors headed down the final straight. Upon the restart, Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails), once again made the best start, as he did on many occasions today, but he was unable to make the most of his lead as he dropped his opening gybe, allowing Arnon Dagan to gain control of the ahead of Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) and Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne). Over the remainder of the course the Israeli was able to extend his lead and he was soon celebrating claiming victory, his second bullet of the year. Behind him Cyril Moussilmani was able to overtake Quentel for second, whilst Mortefon claimed fourth after Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC) slipped back to fifth place, having worked so hard to climb back through the field after a poor start.

With the extreme racing conditions on offer there was plenty of drama, close calls and hard fought battles throughout the entire first race. In the opening round there were shock early exits for both Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7) and Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North), who sit third and sixth respectively in the world rankings, proving just how tricky the conditions were. Meanwhile, Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) pipped Milan Gielingh (Patrik / KA Sail), who was making his debut on the PWA Slalom World Tour, to the final qualifying place from heat eight as the duo enjoyed an enthralling battle for the line. Unfortunately for the eighteen year old, Cousin just came out on top after the photo finish.

Elsewhere, Andrea Rosati (RRD / NeilPryde) and eventual winner Arnon Dagan did brilliantly to qualify from heat twelve after overtaking both Sebastian Kornum and Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails). Maciek Rutkowski (Patrik / Point-7) pipped Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) to the final qualifying place into the winners’ final. As the Frenchman approached the line he caught a wave, causing him to slow, whilst allowing Rutkowski to steal fourth.

Reigning world champion – Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) – failed to qualify for the first winners’ final of the week after crashing into Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) on the exit of the first gybe of heat fourteen. However, Albeau was able to win the losers’ final to limit any further damage.

The second elimination was started, but after the opening six heats had been completed the wind dropped back. Sailors remained on hold until 4:45pm, but with conditions failing to improve were released for the day.

The forecast for tomorrow again shows wind for the morning, so the skippers’ meeting for the wave and freestyle fleets shall be held at 8am with the action commencing from 8:30am, if conditions allow. Meanwhile, the slalom sailors will meet at 10am with a first possible start of 10:30am. For more info and livestream check

Tags: pwaworldtour, slalom, windsurfing

2014 Windsurf Worldcup Sylt - Live

Yesterday the PWA Windsurf Worldcup Sylt kicked off with the waves in bolt onshore lightwind conditions – this morning the freestylers already gave it a try but the conditions were too light for the Freestyle gear. Now it’s all looking like Slalom – tune into the livestream and don’t miss the action

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2014 Windsurf Worldcup Sylt - Day 1

The inaugural day of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam saw the men’s and women’s single eliminations begin in extremely challenging conditions, as the wind swung bolt onshore throughout the afternoon, whilst gradually dropping in strength, eventually bringing day one to a close shortly after 7pm. Earlier in the day the sailors from all three fleets – wave, slalom and freestyle – registered for the upcoming nine days of contest


First priority today was the men’s trials, which began before 2pm. Albert Pijoan (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) were able to qualify from the first heat, Aleix Sanllehy (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), Nicolas Akgazciyan (99 International / Point-7 / Maui Ultra Fins / AL360), Maciek Rutkowski (Patrik / Point-7), Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne), Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer) and Pablo Ramirez (Patrik / Loft Sails) all managed to successfully navigate their way into the main draw.

Single Elimination

The first heat of the single elimination was kicked off in style as Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) produced the performance of the day in the difficult, onshore conditions. The Brazilian opened his best scoring wave – which proved to be the highest scoring wave of the day, 9.575 points – with a sick, tweaked backside aerial, before backing it up with a perfectly executed taka to defeat Maciek Rutkowski. Meanwhile, Jaeger Stone (SSD / Severne), returned to winning ways after Denmark as he took down Omar Sanchez (Patrik / Loft Sails / Dunkerbeck Eyewear).

Into heat two and Moritz Mauch (Starboard / Severne / MFC) advanced against Ben Proffitt (Simmer), whilst two-time world champion – Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) – navigated his way past Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) in what could easily have been a tricky heat for the twenty-year old. The highlight was without doubt Köster’s fluid reverse, which earned him 8.5 points.

Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) looked in impressive form again today as he made the most of the conditions on offer. The German combined more aggressive hacks to dispatch of Aleix Sanllehy. The b-side featured Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails), who won the PWA Wave World Tour in 2003 and 2009, but the ex-champion couldn’t end Klaas Voget’s (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) hopes as the German marched into round two.

Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) and Martin ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7) endured a hard fought battle in heat 4a, but the Frenchman was just able to edge the battle to advance into heat ten, where he will face the reigning world champion – Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – after the Brazilian dispatched of Dieter Van der Eyken, who produced a good display and came agonisingly close to landing a smooth backside 360.

The penultimate heat of the day saw the closest battle as Dany Bruch (Starboard / Challenger Sails / AL360) and Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North) proved almost inseparable. Both sailors finished the heat tied on 10.12 points with identical first and second wave scores, meaning the verdict would come down to the third highest wave. Unfortunately for Stillrich, Bruch advanced with a third wave score of 4.375 compared to the nineteen year olds 4 points.

The final heat of the day featured Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) – who won the last event in Cold Hawaii – and the Frenchman looked equally as dangerous today as he continued to effortlessly link turns and spin through fluid takas to defeat fellow countryman Nicolas Akgazciyan. Meanwhile, Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) was able to progress into round two after beating Kenneth Danielsen


In the first round of the women’s single elimination Arrianne Aukes (RRD / Simmer / Maui Ultra Fins) and Lina Erpenstein (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) progressed after knocking out Chantelle Pöttgens (Patrik / Hot Sails Maui) and Josine Schmitz (KA Sail), respectively.

In the only women’s heat of the day Eva Oude Ophuis (Fanatic / North) received a bye into round three, with Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic) absent from the single elimination. In the next round Oude Ophuis will face Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg / SWOX) after the German produced a good display to stop Sara Sommer (Severne) in her tracks.

Numerous attempts were made to complete heat 7 and 8 but unfortunately the conditions weren’t suitable for a result to stand.

The forecast for tomorrow predicts winds ranging from 14-20 knots so the freestyle and wave sailors will meet at 8:30am tomorrow morning for the skippers’ meeting, with the first possible start at 9am. Meanwhile, the skippers’ meeting for the slalom sailors will take place at 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am. Check out for more

Text: Chris Yates / PWA - all pics by JC / PWA

Tags: pwaworldtour, wave, windsurfing, worldcupsylt


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

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