Archive for April 16th, 2019

Marignane PWA World Cup

Posted: 16th April 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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With a new addition to the calendar for 2019 the PWA Slalom World Tour will return to the French Mediterranean for the first time in just over two decades between 17th-22nd April for the Marignane PWA World Cup, which will see the world’s fastest sailors battling it out for those crucial early season points.

Marignane itself is located in between Marseille - the second largest city in France - and Aix-en-Provence, a place well-known for its colourful markets and delicious French delicacies. The region is renowned not only in the windsurfing world, but also the sailing world with Marseille hosting the 2024 Olympic Games nautical disciplines. Marignane is a windy wonderland and at this time of the year there can be a huge variety of conditions from 9.0m all the way down to 5.5m nuclear winds combined with chop to test even the bests mettle, so the men and women are going to have to be ready for whatever Marignane decides to throw at them!

Ones To Watch



3-time world champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - will start the season as the clear favourite for the opening event of the 2019 season. During 2018 the 27-year-old completed a clean sweep of event victories - winning in Japan, South Korea & Portugal - to claim a thoroughly deserved 3rd world title. Cousin Questel has now won the last 4 world tour events and you wouldn’t bet against her extending that winning run. The reigning world champion is familiar with the conditions in Marignane and openly admits that she loves it when its extremely windy, choppy and technical, and those are exactly the kind of conditions we could well see in Marignane.

Having suffered a lisfranc fracture last summer, and then experiencing a few setbacks with her recovery, it looked as though the opening event of the year would come a little too soon for vice-world champion - Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), however, the Turk is set to dig deep and fast forward her return to appear in France. How hard she’ll be able to push and whether she’ll be a genuine contender for the podium, as the 30-year-old usually is, remains to be seen.

The next contender will be - Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) - who has finished 3rd overall for the last two seasons and will be hoping to make home advantage count. Also in contention will be 2017 Youth World Champion - Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) -  who finished 4th overall in 2018 and Esther de Geus - 5th overall in 2018.

The young and talented - Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne) - should also be a threat. The 18-year-old finished 13th overall last year, but missed one event in the middle of the season due to her studies which heavily affected her overall ranking . Granier recorded a 4th in Japan followed by a 6th in Portugal and with another winter of training under her belt she could be even more of a threat. 

Elsewhere, keep an eye out for the likes of Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone), who won one elimination in South Korea last season and finished 6th overall in 2018 and former Youth World Champion - Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7), who has plenty of potential to challenge for the podium if everything clicks into place.


Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) will start the season as the narrow favourite having claimed an incredible 25th world title in 2018 season. However, there will not be much separating AA from vice-world champion - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) - who led the title race for much of the last - and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) - who is not only familiar with spot in Marginane, but also returned to winning ways for the first time since 2016 by winning the final event of the year in Sylt. As stats show the ‘Big Top 3’ have dominated Slalom in recent years:

- 2018 - won 5 out of 6 events between them
- 2017 - Won 4 out of 6 events between them

- 2016 - Won 5 out of 5 events between them
- 2015 - Won 6 out of 6 events between them
So, since 2015 Albeau, Iachino & Mortefon have won 20 out of the last 23 world tour events or 86.9% between them, which makes them extremely difficult to oppose.

However, there will be plenty of rivals waiting in the wings to take their shot at the top 3 and hopefully the top spot on the podium at the opening event of the year as well. 

Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) will be hoping to continue the progress he made in 2018, which saw the flying Dutchman not only break into the overall top 10 for the first time, but also the top 4. Vonk has just the one podium finish to date - Japan 2017 - but with another winter of training under his belt he could be even better equipped to attack the top 3. 

In the past 4 years - Julien Quentel (Patrik / Gun Sails) - is one of just 3 other sailors aside from Albeau, Iachino & Mortefon to have won an event on the world tour - Japan 2017 - and the 32-year-old undoubtedly has the talent to challenge for top honours. Quentel finished 5th overall in 2018 - tied on points with Vonk - and if his starting is a little bit sharper at the business end of eliminations he could well be a genuine threat for the title.

Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) has been in and around the top 3 for the last 3 or 4 seasons - securing numerous podiums during that time. Last year the Brit may have failed to earn a podium and endured a tough middle of the season, but towards the end of the season the Brit looked as though he was back in tune with his gear and made a strong finish to the season with a 5th and 4th in Fuerte and Sylt. If Williams can pick up where he left off then he certainly has the skillset to throw together a challenger for the title.

Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) was in the hunt for the title during the early part of last season - particularly after a 2nd place in Costa Brava - however, the Frenchman saw his challenge slip away in the final two events and eventually finished 7th overall. If Toselli can recapture the form that he showed in the early part of last season - and sustain it - he too is someone who could feature. 

2014 vice-world champion - Cyril Moussilmani (RRD / RRD Sails) - returned to the overall top 10 for the first time since 2015 last year - securing 8th place. The Frenchman is now a fully fledged RRD sailor having left Severne Sails after several seasons together and if he can pick up where he left off at the end of last year - 4th in Sylt - Moussilmani could potentially be in the hunt for the title again after a few quiet years. 

Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) and Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) completed the overall top 10 in 2018 and will be challenging for the top 10 again, but they may both made need another season or two to challenge at the very top.

Besides Julien Quentel - Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone) & Finian Maynard (FMX-Racing) are the two other names to have stood at the top of the podium since 2015. Lang won both eliminations at the 2017 Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam and finished 7th overall, but was then plagued with a mystery virus last year, which eventually forced his early retirement from the 2018 calendar in Fuerteventura. Now, after months of recovery and rehabilitation it seems Lang is ready to return. The question is can he do so with a bang?

Maynard, meanwhile, won the 2018 Costa Brava PWA World Cup and was supposed retire last year, but has since started his own board brand - FMX Racing - and will be hoping that he and Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) can give his new brand a bright start.

Maynard is not the only sailor to have started his own board brand over the winter with Arnon Dagan (Future Fly / NeilPryde) also starting a new venture with Future Fly. The Israeli and Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7) will head up the brand to start the season. Dagan will be aiming to reclaim his place in the overall top 10 having finished 16th in 2018. Meanwhile, Frans will be hoping he can recapture the form which saw him finish 6th in 2016.

Elsewhere, keep an eye on the youthful talents of Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7), who earned his first top 10 finish in Sylt last year, and Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails), who continues his comeback after suffering a serious injury in 2017.

There are plenty of other names who could feature in the battle for the top 10 too such as Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / Gun Sails), Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui), Andrea Cucchi (Starboard / Point-7) and Vincent Langer (Fanatic/ Duotone) to just name a few.

The opening day of the contest currently looks like the wind will remain light, but both Thursday and Friday both hold plenty of potential for the opening races on the 2019 calendar to be complete. Make sure you stay tuned to between 17th-22nd April to follow everything from the Marignane PWA World Cup live.

To stay up to date with all the latest developments from Marignane — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images, and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Recap Overall Rankings 2018 PWA World Tour - Women’s Slalom

1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)
2nd Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)
3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)
4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)
5th Esther de Geus (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

Recap Overall Rankings 2018 PWA World Tour - Men’s Slalom

1st Antoine Albeau (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)
3rd Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
4th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)
5th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Gun Sails)
6th Ross Williams (ENG - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)
7th Pascal Toselli (FRA - JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)
8th Cyril Moussilmani (FRA - RRD / RRD Sails)
9th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

FORSA Bonaire PWA World Cup

Posted: 16th April 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Bonaire is dubbed as the spiritual home of Freestyle and over the last 5 days, you can understand why with the world’s best Freestylers channeling its relaxed Caribbean atmosphere and taking full advantage of Bonaire’s world class conditions to provide a scintillating, and sometimes unpredictable, start to the season…


Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) was pushed all the way by vice-world champion - Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who became the first woman in 11 years to win a heat against Offringa on the PWA Freestyle World Tour,  but eventually it was still the 11-time Freestyle World Champion who would walk away from Bonaire as the event champion. Having not faced in defeat in so long, many people wondered how Offringa would cope in the Super Final, but she barely put a foot wrong as she posted the second highest scoring heat of the contest with 140.7 points.

Sarah-Quita Offringa: “Cheers first of all to everyone, and thanks to everyone on the beach, we can hear you cheering on the water and that really motivates us! This was the first time in 11 years that I’ve lost a heat, and I’ve been thinking about that this week - about how I would react… I didn’t want to be a sore loser and actually, I felt a sense of excitement after the heat with Maaike! Congrats to Maaike  - she sailed an amazing heat! Thanks to everyone from the PWA for an amazing week!”

When Huvermann faced Offringa for the first time in the single elimination the 21-year-old said that she would use a different approach against the reigning world champion and that’s exactly what she did with Huvermann throwing everything she had at Offringa on each of the 3 occasions she faced her in Bonaire. Huvermann’s aggressive approach eventually paid off in the double elimination Final as she landed a regular chachoo on the buzzer to force a Super Final. In hearing the result Huvermann fell to the ground in celebration, but couldn’t quite find a way to defeat Offringa two-times in a row. However, the 21-year-old must be delighted with taking a heat off Offringa and things now become very interesting heading into Fuerteventura in July.

Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) sailed consistently and stylishly throughout to claim the final place on the podium. Last year’s world No.3 couldn’t find a way to threaten the top 2 this time out, but will no doubt be training hard between now and the next world cup in Fuerteventura.

Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) successfully defended her 4th place from the Single Elimination, but will probably be a little bit disappointed to have not beaten Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) as she certainly had the opportunity with the Norwegian not enjoying her best heat. However, Aukes couldn’t quite find the higher scoring manoeuvre she needed on starboard tack and may feel that this was an opportunity missed to earn her first podium finish since 2014.

Jazzy Zwerus (JP / NeilPryde) won 3 consecutive heats in the double elimination to fight back into 5th place in her first competition since 2016. On her way to fifth, the 23-year-old defeated last year’s world No.5 - Johanne Rümenapp (I-99 / Gun Sails) - Julia Pakosz and Francesca Floris (RRD / RRD Sails).

Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) may have had to do things the hard way, but eventually, the 23-year-old deservedly claimed the top spot on the podium to make the perfect start in the bid for his first world title. A second round exit in the single elimination meant that Vrieswijk then faced a gruelling fight back through the double elimination, but it was evidently a fight that he relished as he won 10 consecutive heats to deservedly be crowned the King of Bonaire. Vrieswijk consistently posted heats scores over 180 points - and was the only sailor to achieve this feat - so there can be no complaints that the best man won. Having defeated his major rival, 9-time Freestyle World Champion - Gollito Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) - in just the second round of the double elimination it now seems the path by finally be opening up for Vrieswijk to get his hands on the biggest trophy of them all.

Amado Vrieswijk: “It’s been a long, long, long week, a long week, but an amazing though. The wind was light the final, but the level has been so high throughout and Youp pushed me all the way! I’m just really, really happy!”

Youp Schmit (I-99 / Avanti) couldn’t quite defend his single elimination crown, but put up a brave fight against Vrieswijk in the Super Final. The 24-year-old had to sail through the pain barrier and then needed to be rallied by the home crowd after breaking his fin in the first few minutes of the Super Final and almost found a way to defeat Vrieswijk, but not quite. Schmit clearly revelled sailing at his home event and walks away from the opening event of the season with his first ever podium, while also emerging as a potential world title challenger for the remainder of the year!

There were quite a few upsets along the way in the men’s division with the form book seemingly being thrown out of the window, but the biggest upset of them all was delivered by Julian Mas (JP / Gun Sails), who defeated Gollito Estredo in the first round of the single elimination. The Frenchman landed a new combination in a contest with a flaka-bob and was consistently able to land this manoeuvre along with many others to advance all the way into the final of the single elimination, which would also guarantee Mas a first ever podium! Eventually, the 29-year-old would finish 3rd and can be delighted with recording his best ever result on the PWA World Tour.

Last year’s world No.4 - Yentel Caers (I-99 / Point-7) - starts the year with a solid 4th place and with he and Vrieswijk the only members of last years overall top 5to make it into the top 4 here in Bonaire - Caers could prove to be Vrieswijk’s main challenger for the world title going forwards.

Giovanni Passani (Tabou / GA Sails / AL360) will walk away from the opening event of the year a very happy man with the Italian deservedly claiming his first top 10 result on the world tour - 5th. The 23-year-old sailed brilliantly throughout executing his moves clinically and with plenty of style!

Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) fought his way back from the first round in the double elimination to 6th place after gaining momentum and winning 5 heats in a row. Firstly the Frenchman defeated former world champion - Kiri Thode (Severne / Severne Sails) - followed by Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360), Nicolas Akgazciyan (JP / NeilPryde), Taty Frans (Point-7) and finally a hard fought win over teammate Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails). However, Ruenes’ comeback was then brought to an end by eventual champion - Amado Vrieswijk.

Like Ruenes, Scheffers also staged a brilliant comeback through the double elimination which saw the Dutchman win 4 hits on the bounce to earn joint 7th place alongside last year’s vice-world champion - Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins), who was a little unfortunate to meet Amado Vrieswijk in Heat 30a as aside from the Bonairean, Bosson was the next highest scoring heat with - 176.9 points.

The PWA would like to extend their thanks to the organisers, sponsors and everyone that helped out at the 2019 FORSA Bonaire PWA World Cup for making it such a great start to the year - we hope to be back in 2020.

Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?

Having started the season with an explosive installment of Freestyle it is now time for the Men’s and Women’s Slalom fleet to take centre stage for the first time this season. Where? The South of France for a new addition to the calendar with the Marignane PWA World Cup running between 17th-22nd April. 

For a full recap from Bonaire — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images, and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Result FORSA Bonaire PWA World Cup - Women’s Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Maaike Huvermann (NED - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Oda Johanne (NOR - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
4th Arrianne Aukes (NED - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Jazzy Zwerus (NED - JP / NeilPryde)

Result FORSA Bonaire PWA World Cup - Men’s Freestyle

1st Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne)
2nd Youp Schmit (NB - I-99 / Avanti)
3rd Julian Mas (FRA - JP / Gun Sails)
4th Yentel Caers (BEL I-99 / Point-7)
5th Giovanni Passani (ITA - Tabou / GA Sails)
6th Antony Ruenes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Adrien Bosson (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
7th Davy Scheffers (NED - Tabou / GA Sails)
9th Sam Esteve (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
9th Steven Van Broeckhoven (BEL - Starboard / Gun Sails)
9th Taty Frans (NB - Point-7)
9th Julian Wiemar (GER - Starboard / Severne)

2019 AV8 Kite

Posted: 16th April 2019 by Paula Pintão in Cabrinha
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The 2019 AV8 kite is out! Find out all about the new kite here.