Zoo Station Bol, Croatia, PWA World Tour **

Posted: 5th Juli 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

For the third consecutive day Bol produced another solid day of Slalom Foil, which saw a change at the top in the men’s with the discard coming into place, whilst defending event champion - Sara Wennekes (Future Fly / Severne Sails) - continues to dominate in the women’s division.

Women’s

Sara Wennekes boats a perfect record after the opening 5 eliminations in Croatia with 4 first places and a second, which she discards. The 26-year-old has been in a league of her own thus far and it looks as though she will be extremely hard to stop from successfully defending her event title.

Behind her, Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) climbs into second place - trailing by 4.9 points - after an excellent day, which saw Mortefon become the only other woman to win an elimination this week in Race 4, whilst she claimed a solid second place in Elimination 5. That performance puts Mortefon in control of second place as she has now opened up a 4.3 point advantage over - Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil), whilst Helle Oppedal (Starboard / Severne Sails) and Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) are just 2 and 3 points further back as the battle for the podium continues.

Men’s

Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) showed that consistency is key once again as the Italian takes the lead for the first time at the event. Iachino has yet to finish outside the top 4 in the opening 5 races and with Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) uancharaterically missing out on both Winners’ Finals on Day 3, Iachino moves into a narrow 1.6 point lead over the reigning World Champion.

Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) moves into third place at the expense of his teammate - Bruno Martini , who slips to 5th, (JP / NeilPryde) after the Croat claimed victory in Elimination 4, whilst Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) continues to make his comeback after a quarterfinal exit in the opening race of the event. The Frenchman climbs into 4th place by the end of play and only trails Marotti by a point.

Elsewhere, Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7) continues to catch the eye with the 18-year-old rising to 6th place in the overnight rankings, whilst Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) breaks into the top 10 for the first time this week, as does Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails), who followed up yesterday’s victory in Elimination 4 with a 3rd and 4th place today. Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom Foils) loses a little bit of ground as he drops from 5th to 9th after missing out on both Winners’ Finals again.

Day 4 looks to be another windy day in Bol, so there should be more racing coming up, which you can follow live via our Instagram channel: @pwaworldtour

Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Women’s Slalom
*After 5 Eliminations

1st Sara Wennekes (NED | Future Fly / Severne Sails)
2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
3rd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)

Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Men’s Slalom
*After 5 Eliminations

1st Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
2nd Nicolas Goyard (FRA | Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
3rd Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
4th Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) 
5th Bruno Martini (ITA | JP / NeilPryde)
6th Johan Soe (DEN | FMX Racing / Point-7)
7th William Huppert (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils)
8th Mateus Isaac (BRA | Severne / Severne Sails)
9th Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom Sails)
10th Amado Vrieswijk (BON | Future Fly / Severne Sails)

Zoo Station Bol, Croatia, PWA World Tour **

Posted: 4th Juli 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

With a promising forecast for day two of the 2022 Zoo Station Bol, Croatia, PWA World Tour ** there was plenty of action during the afternoon in Bol. Two further eliminations were completed by the end of the day as the racing action heats up in Croatia. With with wind remaining moderately strong the foil was the choice of weapon for the majority of the sailors.

Women’s

Defending event champion - Sara Wennekes (Future Fly / Severne Sails) - enjoyed another fine day on Sunday as the Dutch girl reeled off back-to-back bullets to complete a fantastic hat-trick, which puts her in commanding lead after the opening two days. With a perfect record thus far, Wennekes currently holds a 6.9 point advantage over her closest rival - Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foils) - who herself enjoyed a great day as the young Spaniard climbed two places from the overnight rankings from 4th to second place. Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) currently completes the top 3 with Helle Oppedal (Starboard / Severne Sails) falling one place to fourth after being disqualified from the third elimination.

Men’s

In the Men’s, the top 3 remains unchanged from yesterday with reigning Slalom World Champion - Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) - still leading the way after recording his second bullet of the event in elimination 2, followed by a solid 5th place in the last elimination of the day. 

Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) is Goyard’s closet rival at the moment with the 2016 World Champion producing another consistent day of racing, which saw the Italian record two 4th place finishes. Iachino currently trails Goyard by 3.6 points, whilst fellow countryman - Bruno Martini (JP / NeilPryde) - is a further 5 points behind. However, that gap could very well be reduced when the discard comes into play after Elimination 4, as Martini missed out on the Winners’ Final in Elimination 2, so he will now be looking to discard a 9th place finish.

The top 5 is currently completed by Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) and Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom Foils).

Elsewhere, Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails) bounced back from a slow start to the event by claiming his first bullet on the Slalom PWA World Tour with a brilliant display of sailing in Elimination 3. It is still a long way back for the Bonairean - currently 23rd - but he’ll be delighted that everything clicked into place in the last race yesterday and will now look to build upon that victory. 

Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Women’s Slalom
*After 3 Eliminations

1st Sara Wennekes (NED | Future Fly / Severne Sails)
2nd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) 
3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Men’s Slalom
*After 3 Eliminations

1st Nicolas Goyard (FRA | Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
3rd Bruno Martini (ITA | JP / NeilPryde)
4th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
5th Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom Sails)
6th Mateus Isaac (BRA | Severne / Severne Sails)
7th William Huppert (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils)
8th Sebastian Kördel (GER | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
9th Johan Soe (DEN | FMX Racing / Point-7)
10th Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

Slingshot Phantasm Wing 928 Package Test 2022

Posted: 4th Juli 2022 by Uwe Schröder in Allgemein
Original Post: http://gleiten.tv

 Sehr früh steigender Flügel mit easy going Handling und schöner Drehfreude.

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Zoo Station Bol, Croatia, PWA World Tour **

Posted: 3rd Juli 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The beautiful seaside town of Bol, Croatia, didn’t disappoint on the opening day of the 2022 Zoo Station Bol, Croatia PWA World Cup, so once the sailors had completed the registration process it was almost immediately into the racing with the sea breeze kicking in nice and early.

Just the one race for each the men and women was completed, which saw Sara Wennekes (Future Fly / Severne Sails) and Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) claim the opening victories of the week. 

With a solid forecast for this afternoon there should be a full schedule of racing on Sunday and you can follow the latest updates via the PWA World Tour Instagram @pwaworldtour

Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Women’s Slalom
*After 1 elimination

1st Sara Wennekes (NED | Future Fly / Severne Sails)
 2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
3rd Helle Oppedal (NOR | Starboard / Severne Sails)

Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Men’s Slalom
*After 1 elimination

1st Nicolas Goyard (FRA | Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
3rd Bruno Martini (ITA | JP / NeilPryde)

Report By: Holly Keenan   Photos by: Samuel Cardenas

What a spectacular finish to the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championships. Today we saw the women twin-tip riders pushing big air to the next level, whilst also witnessing Airton Cozzolino completely dominate in the men’s strapless. 

Nathalie Lambrecht Tarifa

Women’s Twin-Tip Big Air Competition

This morning was a bright and early start for riders as the first women’s twin-tip heat kicked off around 8 am. We had lighter winds than the previous day, but conditions were still looking optimal for big air. 

We flew straight into round two of the women’s, with Hannah Whiteley and Nathalie Lambrecht putting on incredible performances. The women were making this heat look like a final, both performing some extreme megaloops and boogie loops.

In the last few minutes of the heat Hannah managed to pull off a magnificent frontroll contraloop. But, it was Nathalie from Sweden who claimed the victory in this heat, as in the final minute of the heat, she landed a clean, powerful double backroll megaloop that left everyone speechless. 

Semi-Finals

On the other side of the women’s ladder multiple world champion Mikali Sol started to work her way up the rankings, building on her heat scores and making her way into the semi-finals, taking out her good friend, Karli Thoma. 

In the semi-finals, we had some very tight heats between the women, in particular, Zara Hoogenraad and Nathalie Lambrecht. It was down to the wire for these two ladies as Zara took the win over Nathalie by only a 0.3 difference. 

Mikali Sol also had an incredible heat in the semis against the American newcomer to the tour, Michaela Pilkenton. Mika cranked into 5th gear in the heat as she landed the first-ever doobie loop in a competition! This move advanced her through to the finals, where she would face the dangerous dutchy, Zara Hoogenraad. 

Mikali Sol Big Air Tarifa
Women finalists GKA Tarifa Twintip

Finals of the Womens Twin-Tip

We had an exciting women’s final on our hands with current BAKL Full Power Tarifa champion Zara Hoogenraad vs multiple disciplinary world champion /rider of the year Mikali Sol.

 

 Mika commenced the heat with all guns blazing, landing a nicely executed double front roll board-off.

Zara answered back with a textbook boogie loop, which she lands consistently throughout her heats. 

 

But, this only seemed to spur Mika on even more as she went on to pull off another doobie loop. Mika emerged victorious in this heat, showing us that she is undoubtedly the most diverse female rider kiteboarding has ever seen.  After only training big air a few days before this event, it was incredible to see Mika take the win in the big air discipline, throwing down moves that her other components had trained months for. 

Overall Results Women’s Twin-tip: 

1st: Mikali Sol (BRA)

2nd: Zara Hoogenraad (NED)

3rd: Nathalie Lambrecht (SWE)

4th: Michela Pilkenton (USA)

Men’s Strapless Big Air 

The wind began to drop a little towards the beginning of the men’s rounds one and two, and it was borderline as to whether the competition would continue.

Nevertheless, these experienced strapless riders managed to make things happen in the 20-knot winds, and boy did they put on a show for us! 

One rider who surprised everyone during the men’s strapless competition was rookie on tour Gabriel Benetton. In round three, Gabriel managed to take out the favorite for this event, James Carew. James appeared to be struggling in the lighter winds and couldn’t seem to get into his flow. 

On the other hand, Benetton had the heat of his life putting together some spectacular maneuvers such as a crontaloop, front roll megaloop and back roll megaloop. He took home the highest score of the day with 25 points in the semi-finals against Camille Delannoy. His win against Delannoy secured him his first ever final on the GKA World Tour. 

Gabriel Benton: 

“This is my first ever GKA event, and I am over the moon to place second place. I did not expect this going into this event and yet, here I am, in the final!”

Gabriel Benetton GKA Tarifa 2022
Airton Cozzolino GKA Tarifa 2022

Joining the young prodigy would be the one and only Airton Cozzolino! 

Airton had been consistent throughout the day landing pretty much all his tricks and sending the crowds crazy on the beach with his soaring megaloops. He had his game face on for this competition, and he wasn’t going to let the championship title slip away from him again. 

The Finals

The last finale of the competition kicked off with Cozzolino airlines flying through the sky, landing a textbook megaloop. Airton had his feet firmly glued to the board during the heat, landing trick after trick.

 It looked like the pressure might have gotten to the young Brazilian slightly as he struggled to land all his tricks. Gabriel put on an incredible show tofay but could not match Airtons style, and power. 

 

Airton once again adds another Strapless Big Air World Championship Title, and the smile on his face when receiving his award said it all. 

Podium strapless mens Tarifa 2022

Men’s Strapless Final Results: 

1st: Airton Cozzolino 

2nd: Gabriel Benton 

3rd: Lorenzo Casati 

4th: Camille Delannoy

Thats A Wrap! 

Thats a wrap for the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championships and we are beyond happy to have crowned all our champions. After two weeks of intense action, riders and crew are looking to celebrating a very successful event together with a night out on Tarifa Town! Stay tuned for more video highlights coming your way!

 

REWATCH THE LIVESTRAM HERE:

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Report By: Holly Keenan   Photos by: Samuel Cardenas

Andre Prinicipi GKA Tarifa 2022

In the finals of the men’s GKA world championships, Andrea Principi made history by scoring a whopping 10 points in his final trick of the heat on a double boogie loop! This jaw-dropping manoeuvre was enough for him to take the lead over Liam Whaley and claim the title of Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championship.

Levante Winds Kick In Around Midday

Yesterday morning, riders were greeted with light Levante winds and a scorching, hot Balneario beach. The wind so far has been far from a typical Tarifan forecast. Usually, at this time of year, the Levante winds are blowing non-stop for 5-6 days. Nevertheless, we had a small window to run the competition, with strong Levante winds forecast for today and tomorrow morning. 

The wind came pumping through the straits of Gibraltar just after riders had finished their lunch. The women’s strapless big air riders were the first to take to the water and throw down some spectacular moves

Camille Losserand GKA Tarifa
Capucine Delannoy GKA Tarifa 2022

Capucine Delannoy Is The New Qatar Airways GKA Strapless Big Air World Champion! 

The progression in the women’s strapless has been incredible to watch at this event. Every rider has been sending kiteloops manoeuvres in all of their heats. 

One of the highlight heats of the day was in round one with 4 x Kitesurf World Champion Mikali Sol battling it out against the Vice Strapless World Champion Camille Delannoy and Brazilian shredder, Kesiane Rodrigues. Capucine started the heat with a huge front roll, followed by an impressive front roll one foot. Mikali tried to answer but could not match Capucine’s fluency and consistency. She landed an impressive kite loop that sent everyone on the beach cheering to finish the heat off.

In the women’s strapless big air finals, we saw Capucine Delannoy and Tarifian local Camille Losserand go head to head on the water. Both women were matching each other move for move with Camille pulling off some impressively high rodeo front rolls and back rolls. Nevertheless, it was Capucine who came out victorious with a huge kiteloop right on the buzzer.

FINAL RESULTS:  

1st Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
2nd Camille Losserand (CH) 
3rd Mikali Sol (BRA) 

Men’s Twin-Tip Big Air 

The Levante wind continued to build as the men took to the water. BAKL Cape Town winner Lorenzo Casati proved hard to keep his eyes off in the first rounds of competition as he was spinning like there was no tomorrow, throwing some insane quadruple front roll boogie loops. The Italian stallion made it all the way through to the semi finals, where he faced the Tarifian Legend, Liam Whaley. 

There is arguably no other rider with better knowledge of Balneario than Liam. This man grew up in these conditions and calls Balneario his backyard. Lorenzo gave it everything he had against Liam but he could not defeat the local legend, allowing Liam to advance straight to the final. 

Semi-Final number two was a mini-final in itself as we had the Current BAKL  Tarifa Full Power winner Giel Vlugt, up against the one and only Andrea Principi.  At the start, both riders were matching each other, sending huge double loops, back roll double loops, boogie double loops and, finally, board-off boogie loops. Unfortunately, on Giel’s last trick attempt, he had one of the hardest crashes of the day, coming down like a rocket. Giel gave it everything, but it was not enough to stop the unbeatable Andrea Principi. 

Giel Vlugt GKA Tarifa
Andrea Principi GKA Tarifa 2022 winner

The Grand Finale

The final of the men’s big air championships was an unforgettable moment in kitesurfing history. These men battled it out right to the very last moments, were both riders had been neck and neck throughout the heat. In the final minutes of the heat, Andrea made a quick kite change and went straight out to land one of the most monumental manoeuvres of the competition so far. His signature boogie double loop had the whole crowd holding their breath as his kite looked like it wasn’t going to catch him. Somehow the Italian managed to ride out of this one and score a whopping 10 points. 

Andrea Principi on landing the highest scoring trick of the day;

“This was the most extreme move of the day for me. I saw my kite below me and I thought for sure my kite was not going to catch me. Somehow I managed to make it out alive.”

GKA Tarifa 2022 Mens Podium

QATAR AIRWAYS GKA BIG AIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS 

FINAL RESULTS:  

1st Andrea Principi (ITA
2nd Liam Whaley (ESP) 
3rd Giel Vlugt (NED) 
4th Lorenzo Casati (ITA)

Liam Whaley GKA Tarifa

Women’s Round One 

In the final heats of the day, just as the sun was setting, we managed to run a few of the women’s round one heats. 

Nathalie Lambrecht put on a spectacular performance today, landing a radical backloop kiteloop which secured her the win in round one of the women’s big air. 

Another standout rider from the round was Angely Bouillant, who was going twice as high as her competitors and sending insanely technical tricks. Angely managed to land the highest score of the day in the women with a 9.67 for a double back roll megaloop.

Update For Today’s competition

The morning started bright and early for the riders with a skippers meeting at 7:45 am. We now have round 2 of the womens on the water and later we will commence with the Men’s strapless big air. Make sure to tune into the livestream to check out all the action!

Tune into the livestream here!

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Pozo Training Diaries

Posted: 1st Juli 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

As promised, Ben Proffitt, is back with another epsisode of the Pozo Send it Diaries and the action is hotting up with the 2022 Gran Canaria PWA World Cup starting a week tomorrow. Most of the big names are now in town and with pumping conditions they've all been pushing each other on ahead of the hotly awaited return to Pozo after a 3 year enforced break.

Windsurfing.TV: "The World Cup is getting closer and the conditions have been pumping!!!

Tune in for the latest happening in Pozo/ Gran Canaria…"

You can see the latest Pozo Training Diaries @ https://youtu.be/uF9a7Zjxyhw

Indiana Wing Foil 101L Inflatable Test 2022

Posted: 1st Juli 2022 by Uwe Schröder in Allgemein
Original Post: http://gleiten.tv

 Bei diesem Test zeigt sich, das ein Inflatable Wing Foil Board die besten Aufstiegs Eigenschaften ins fliegen besitzen kann. Mehr im gesamten Test.

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Pozo Training Diaries

Posted: 30th Juni 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The start of the 2022 Gran Canaria PWA World Cup is now just over a week away and Ben Proffitt has set up base in Pozo Izquierdo to bring you the first in a series of Pozo Training Diaries, so that you can see what's happening before the event as the best wave sailors in the world prepare for their first Pozo battle in 3 years.

The first episode is now online @ https://youtu.be/Th3q65UfXro

JV69 Monthly Magazine: June

Posted: 29th Juni 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Short visit to the hospital

During the Defi wind I kept it a bit low profile, but I cut my toe on the second day of racing which made me need two stitches. I asked for tape instead so I could continue racing, as the results were good at that event I'm happy I did. 

Being back in Austria it actually turned out different, the toe started to get infected and something was growing on the side of the big toe… time for a visit to the hospital. 

After cutting the wound open again, taking some medication and another check up later that week everything was fine again, but it meant the first 3 weeks of June I was out of the water! Always tough for a windsurfer... :-) 

7+ Millions views on video! 

I was posting more short videos lately to push my social media, all this content is available for all my sponsors/supporters as well. It looks like F4 Foils made perfect use of it as a REEL that got posted in Instagram already got watched 7.7 MILLION times as I write this !!!

Very stoked about this kind of reach on a foiling video shot in Lake Garda, if you like to see the shot, please check the link below:
www.instagram.com/reel/CeYA2K4o9pK/

Faster and Faster

Talking about the foil, on a windy morning in Malcesine (Lake Garda) I unpacked a brand new 4.5 Duotone Warp_Foil and a 1 time used Falcon Foil 144 and I started to break my personal record every run!!

While the waters were pretty wild I managed to reach a 2 second top speed of 37.2 KNOTS!

Looking at the GPS-Foilsurfing website it's the 4th fastest time, and all 3 faster times are done with a smaller front wing than the 420cm2 I was using. So it's time to get set up with smaller front wings this autumn and see if I can break the 40 knots barrier for the first time ever! 

One hour classic 

The one hour classic race in Lake Garda was this time a special one, as not just a couple fast guys competed… With over 15 PWA riders included the latest world champions Nico Goyard, Pierre Mortefon, Matteo Iachino and Antoine Albeau. It was probably one of the strongest fleets ever!

In the three days of competition the concept is as followed: every day we try to do a 1h Fin race and a 1h Foil race. In the end your fastest time/most laps sailed counts. The wind allowed us to do a total of 3 foil races and 2 fin races.

The 2 fin races I absolutely dominated! Friday was the windiest day and despite two gybes in a wind hole and a need to stop on the straight line to adjust my boom height... I managed to win that race in front of local hero Bruno Martini. The second fin race on Sunday was absolutely insane, I managed to win with a 1min 20sec lead over number two Matteo Iachino… It was a first time for me having such an edge over everybody! 

Out of the 3 foil races we did I managed to win one, luckily the windiest one! The first race on Friday I chose the perfect set-up and fought back from a 4th place on the first reach, I was leading after 2 rounds and managed to smash the record set now on 21 laps in 1h1min. I would lie if I say winning the foil wasn't a bit of a surprise, but especially when it's windy I'm feeling fast. 

To round it up: winning both disciplines with 100 competitors including all these big names felt insane and gives me a great confidence boost!! 

What's next?

I'm off to Croatia for the first PWA world cup event of the year, sadly it's only a '2 star' event which means it doesn't count for the world ranking. In the end, at this stage, we're just happy to be racing and hope that Fuerteventura, which should be the first counting event,  later in July will be confirmed soon!

Best regards, 

Jordy Vonk