Archive for Juni, 2021

Tarifa Freestyle

Posted: 30th Juni 2021 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Antoine Albert (Goya Windsuring) has left his home in New Caledonia to return to the windy European summer in Spain. Albert is currently in Gran Canaria, but has just released footage from his 3 week trip to Tarifa.

Antoine Albert: "I spent 3 weeks in Tarifa in June 2021 with my girlfriend, hanging around with the van, to train freestyle in strong wind, here is a little recap video of some sessions I've had down there, in between sight seeing and ranch working.

Two more videos are coming in the next following weeks, one from France and one from Portugal, so stay tuned on my Youtube channel!!"

You can see Antoine Albert in Tarifa @ youtu.be/FObSXbfe0nM

Leicht , Leichter, Duotone DLAB_Interview mit dem Duotone R&D Team

Posted: 29th Juni 2021 by Uwe Schröder in Allgemein
Original Post: http://gleiten.tv

 Eine Vorstellung der neuen Kite Serie von Duotone und vieles was man über R&D von Duotone wissen möchte

Tiberias PWA World Cup

Posted: 28th Juni 2021 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

After just over 18 months, the PWA World Tour finally made its long awaited return to your screens as the best Men and Women racers in the world battled it out in Israel over 5 days. The Tiberias PWA World Cup proved to be a huge success with a 100 percent wind record, whilst producing plenty of highly entertaining racing, despite the gustiness of the wind sometimes playing havoc. Overall it was a great return to racing featuring the world’s fastest sailors.

Women’s

Slalom

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) made a winning return to the Slalom PWA World Tour with a commanding victory in Israel. The Aruban finished the week with a perfect counting score of 3.5 points, but it wasn’t as straight forward as the figures would make out. After a strong start - which saw the 29-year-old win both of the opening races - Offringa then suffered a mid event dip, which saw her lose the event lead after recording a 6th and a last place. However, the 4-time Slalom World Champion fought back on the final day by reeling off an impressive hat-trick of bullets.

Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) sailed consistently all week - finishing outside of the top 3 twice in 7 eliminations. However, after jumping the gun in the last elimination that effectively ended any hope she had of pipping Offringa to the event title.

Reigning World Champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) - starts the year with a third place. The 30-year-old sailed amazingly consistent all week - finishing outside of the top 3 once, but she couldn’t quite find the right formula to unlock those crucial bullets to bring herself into contention for the title this time around.

Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) begins the year with her best result to date on the world tour - 4th. The Brit enjoyed an excellent week - claiming her first bullet in Elimination 3 - and she will be able to take away plenty of positives from Israel, whilst showing she has the potential to challenge the best women in the world for the podium.

Sara Wennekes completes the top 5 just ahead of Tuesday-Lou Judd (Patrik / Phantom Sails), who walks away with 6th place in her first event back since breaking her foot in Denmark in September 2019.

Foil

In the Foiling, Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), walks away with the top prize after an extremely strong showing, which saw her finish the event with counting results of a first and two, thirds. The 29-year-old showed excellent pace over the last 5 days and was always in contention. Having won her first event on the world tour in New Caledonia, 2019, Mortefon will be delighted with her start to the season as she wins her first Foil event.

Helle Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone) looked set to give Mortefon a serious challenge for the title heading into the final day after the young Norwegian put herself firmly in contention by winning Eliminations 2 and 3. However, it wasn’t to be this time around with the 19-year-old failing to qualify for the Winners’ Final of Elimination 4 - which effectively handed the title to Mortefon. You can be sure to hear a lot more of her name though and she still finishes the week with her best result to date on the world tour with a superb second place. 

Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) sailed consistently all week, which earns her a place on the podium for the first time. 

Elsewhere, Sarah-Quita Offringa finishes 4th in her first Foil event on the world tour. The Aruban’s result were a bit up and down in the Foil, but she signed off the week in style by winning her first Foil elimination as she denied Alice Read (Fanatic / Duotone) her first victory on the line in a thrilling finish. 

Men’s 

Slalom

All eyes were on the Men’s Slalom with this being the first event in which fin and foil were combined into one discipline. Prior the event it there has been plenty of debate about Fin versus Foil, but I’m not sure anyone was expecting to see what we witnessed over the last 5 days as Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) destroyed the fleet on his Foil - even in winds gusting over 25 knots. The 2019 Foil PWA World Champion was in a league of his own as he won the opening 5 Eliminations to secure the event title with a day to spare. Now everyone else will be going away from Israel and trying to work out how they can decrease the deficit to Goyard. This will go down as a historic victory with Goyard winning on the Foil against the Fins for the first time, the question now is can the Foil continue to hold its own or can the Fin fight back?

Reigning Slalom PWA World Champion - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) - almost went under the radar in the first half of the event. The Frenchman only failed to qualify for one Winners’ Final, but without ever really threatening to attack for a bullet. However, with Goyard disqualified in the semifinals of Elimination 6, Mortefon seized his opportunity to strike on the fin and claim his first bullet of the season, which he then followed up on the final day by securing another victory - this time on the foil - which earned the 31-year-old a solid second place on which to build upon.

Apart from Goyard, William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), was the only other sailor to sail the entire event on a foil, which paid off handsomely for the Frenchman as the 26-year-old earns best result, and first podium, on the world tour to cap a brilliant week in which he never finished outside the top 16. 

Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) produced the most consistent sailing of his life over the last 5 days, and the Pole can boast the record of being the only sailor to qualify for every Winners’ Final. However, that wasn’t quite good enough to earn the 29-year-old a place on the podium as he just misses out by 2 points. It will probably feel like a slightly missed opportunity for Rutkowski right now, but there are plenty of positives to take away from Israel and 4th place still represents an excellent start to the season. 

Like Rutkowski, Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), may feel that he missed an opportunity for the podium here in Israel. The Croat only failed to qualify for the Winners’ Final twice, and on the two occasions he did the Croat won the b-final to finish 9th. However, whilst there are plenty of positives to take away, Marotti will need to assess why he made a couple of totally unforced errors, which ultimately cost him a shot at the podium. 

One name that you probably didn’t hear about as much as you are used to is 25-time World Champion - Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) - who was given a DND (Discard Non Deductible) in Elimination 2 - which meant he was carrying a last place. However, the was rescinded on the morning of the final day and after finishing with his best result of the event in Elimination 7 - a superb second place - the big Frenchman jumped from 13th to 5th.

Vice-World Champion - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) - starts the event with a slightly disappointing - by his standards - 7th place. The Italian was prominently placed in second place on Day 3, but then the wheels slowly fell off through some errors and some incidents totally out of his hands, such as hitting a piece of bamboo in Elimination 5, which resulted in a quarterfinal exit. Iachino showed more than enough at this event and will be back on the podium before too long. 

Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7) is the youngest sailor to earn a place in the top 10 with the 22-year-old earning an excellent 8th place, which is the young Frenchman’s third top 10 finish at an event. Jacquin looks to improved again over the last 18 months and looks set for a very bright racing future. 

The top 10 is completed by Foil Vice-World Champion - Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils) and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), who just pips Nico Prien (Starboard / NeilPryde) to the final place on the prestigious podium.

That concludes our coverage of the 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - we hope you’ve enjoyed being able to indulge in watching windsurfing of the highest quality once again after such a long, enforced break. A huge thanks to all of the organisers, who managed to make the event happen despite the trying times of COVID still existing. We hope to see you again next year.

Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?

The next event is just around the corner with the Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup (1 Star) taking place between 2nd-7th July. However, the next 5 star event is currently planned for September with the Ulsan PWA World Cup scheduled to take place between 3rd-8th September - COVID depending. 

Result 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
4th Sarah Jackson (GBR | Fanatic / Duotone)
5th Sara Wennekes

Result 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Women’s Foil

1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
2nd Helle Oppedal (NOR | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
4th Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Sara Wennekes (NED)

Result 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom

1st Nicolas Goyard (FRA | Phantom Boards / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL)
3rd William Huppert (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
4th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
5th Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
6th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
8th Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7)
9th Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils)
10th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

Duotone Slick 4,5qm Test 2021

Posted: 28th Juni 2021 by Uwe Schröder in Allgemein
Original Post: http://gleiten.tv

www.duotonesports.com/de/foil-wing/wings/slick/ 

Ein Wing für schnelle technische Manöver und das fortgeschrittenen Fahrerin!

Sunday 27th June

Report: Sasha Jade / All photos: Samuel Cardenas / Video: Mintautas Grigas

The GKA Freestyle World Cup Tarifa 2021 was the first competition where the GKA Judges announced the Mixed Format introduced in 2019, where Freestyle and Big Air tricks count towards the final score. Depending on the given conditions, the weight given to each category shall be modified.

Light wind: Strong focus on Freestyle. 

Good wind: Mix of Freestyle with Big Air

Strong wind: Strong focus on Big Air. 

This was the first competition that the conditions that allowed this format to be run since it was introduced. The Judges are looking at: 

  1. Height and Amplitude: How much you project yourself – airtime traveled.
  2. Technical difficulty of maneuvers.
  3. Innovation
  4. Flow and Style: Inversions, tweaks, etc. 
  5. Kiteloops: Sent on the critical moment. (If not it’s considered a regular jump) 

This format allows judges to find the most complete rider, capable of performing in any conditions. It intends to push all aspects of riding, pushing the athletes out of their comfort zone to open up and express themselves. 

“I remember we had Tarifa 2008, where the conditions were nuking, and everybody was struggling hard with their freestyle tricks. We saw an unavoidable downgrade in the quality of maneuvers, so I’m very happy that we can adapt to the current conditions adding this given reward finally to big air that it deserves.”- confirms the GKA Head Judge Alvaro Onieva.

This may seem controversial to those pure freestyle fans, however, the judges ensure they are not trying to overpower the freestyle out of the tour. They intend to preserve the athletes and keep the innovation of the sport progressing to a new level of innovation.

‘It’s super important we have something we can adapt to all kinds of conditions. We experienced this in the past with strapless, and it was a tremendous success. It helped the tour to grow and athletes to innovate.” – explains the GKA Head Judge Alvaro Onieva.

By day three we were down to the final heats, ready to take on the final battle and claim the first crown of the year. As we went through the heat and the competition rhythm, we saw that although hesitant at first, riders were adapting incredibly well to the new format.  

“They were even scoring higher than we all expected, not only from the technical side but from all aspects” – confirms Alvaro Onieva.

As you have all probably experienced at some stage, there is no guarantee of smooth sailing with any introduction. The unfamiliar often feel’s uncomfortable until it’s not. 

“It’s more mentally challenging, but once you do it you’re like; oh that was easy.” – affirms the GKA Freestyle World Cup Tarifa champion Mikaili Sol (BRA).

By the finals, the brave ladies had been watching the men struggle to hold on to their smallest kites all morning, building their nerves heat at a time. 

“It was more stressful being out of the water and seeing the guys go in with that wind… But once you go out there you realize that you can hold it as long as you’re confident of yourself.”- confirms Rita Arnaus (ESP).

Young Mikaili Sol (BRA) showed her dominance in the sport once again, totalling 20+ point averages back to back. Without looking back, Mika fearlessly claimed her way to the first place on the podium!

Pippa Van Iersel (NLD) looped back strong, giving the Brazilian a run for her money. She managed to gain enough height to take her up to second place.

Hannah Whiteley (GBR) held her ground throughout the competition, consistently pulling powerful executions that gave her what she needed to progress to third place. 

Rita Arnaus (ESP) coming in with Spanish fire from the semi-finals, but couldn’t quite maintain the heat that Sol was emitting this time, leaving her in fourth place. 

These ladies proved to us the only limits are those you set in your mind as they took on the battlefield throughout the event. Mad respect for all of these incredible women. 

The Levante may have driven us crazy on the nuking shores of Tarifa, but what we just saw in the following was downright INSANE. By the men’s final, the riders took the scores stratospherical.

Arthur Guillebert (FRA) had been in flames since the beginning of the event, showing that he can handle any conditions thrown at him. The flipping Frenchman hasn’t messed a beat since the first green flag that rose, and proceeded to claim the first World Cup title of his career! 

Jeremy Burlando (ITA) taking an early lead, a new rookie on tour pulling a move from move-in his dance with the big names in the final. Italian Stallion had got glimpses of the glistening crown as he boosted his way up the ladder to second place.

Ewan Jaspan (AUS) clearly had no jet lag from his journey from Australia staying wide awake whilst taking a very smooth lead, really impressing the judges with the technical difficulty of his executed tricks throughout the competition claiming his way to a solid third place. 

The Dominican Adeuri Corniel (DOM) throwing kite loop after kite loop, taking him up above the skylines of Morrocco all the way to fourth place. 

The wind was nuking beyond the pro’s anticipation and the spectators were in between excited and nervous, as they attempt to keep their eyes open through the blasting sand storm. The primary battle was between the Riders and the wind but they adapted and performed to the new format above and beyond our expectations taking the level of riding to whole new heights.

Ewan Jaspan (AUS) originally coming from a freestyle background began venturing to the Park riding scene seeking variety was extremely stoked with the implementation of the Mixed format. 

“It was kind of narrowing into one category of freestyle where all you could do was focus on going huge and spinning lots. The guys who were at the top were getting younger and younger cause that’s the only age you can cop that kind of stuff. I’m not old but I’m 27 and I can’t do that kind of stuff anymore…

It’s nice to see the judges rewarding not just the spin to win stuff, but being able to go out and focus on different things. And hopefully, they keep that up!” – says Ewan Jaspan.

Although it may not seem it, the risk of riding Freestyle in strong conditions is higher than Big Air. 

“Every landing is like grinding you don’t in freestyle, whereas Big Air is mellow unless you have a really bad crash.” – explains Ewan.

“If they wanted us to do Freestyle in that wind, I would have been like; no, let’s do big air. Freestyle would have been an even bigger risk.” – confirms Mikaili. 

These riders have been persevering to climb up the ladder for 2 solid days hanging on strongly through the gnarly Levante. Up and above their comfort zone from the first day with the pure Big Air format the conditions required.  Each and every one of them showed up with courage, bringing everything they had to the roaring shores of this event and invited us to be entertained.

Meet The GKA Freestyle World Cup Tarifa 2021 | BIG AIR podium! 

MEN:
1. A. Guillebert (FRA)
2. J. Burlando (ITA)
3. E. Jaspan (AUS)
4. A. Corniel (DOM)

WOMEN:
1. M. Sol (BRA)
2. P. Van Iersel (NLD)
3. H. Whiteley (GBR)
4. R. Arnaus (ESP)

Thanks to all of the sponsors, organizers, and crew for hosting the GKA Freestyle World Cup Tarifa event. Despite the challenging wind conditions, it was amazing to have all the riders coming together at this iconic spot. See you next year Tarifa!

The next stop is the GKA Kite-Surf World Sylt, in Germany, 17-22 August. 

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Friday 25th June

Report: Sasha Jade / All photos: Samuel Cardenas / Video: Mintautas Grigas

Happy Friday Ladies and Gentlemen! Currently Reporting to you sheltered in a container as the sandstorm continues to blast. The angry wind has coated the remaining blue of the ocean with whirling whitecaps to the shoreline.

The Atmosphere on the beach is intense as the riders huddled behind the gear container, in an attempt to hear the judges over the loud Levante in the first skippers’ meeting.

Due to the dangerously overpowered conditions for any form of Freestyle, it was no surprise to the riders when the judges announced the format of the day to be pure Big-Air. The talk went straight to safety measures.

Judging by today’s conditions the primary battle would continue to be between the Riders and the wind. With that in mind, the Judges decided on changing the rules to one man on the battlefield at a time to ensure the safety of the riders.

The athletes competing in the heat would conquer the battlefield 7 times, returning to the shore after each trick attempt, to clear the competition area for the next competitor to take the stage. The judges will be counting the best 3 tricks.

We shortly followed into heat 16, and all eyes are on the battlefield as the warriors are known to conquer. Initially, the battle was between Carlos Mario (BRA) and Valentín Rodriguez (COL) as they answered each other back with their Loops. 

By the third trick, Lorenzo Calcano (DOM) stepped up overtaking Mario as he one-upped his previous Kiteloop Backroll. 

Mario worked his way back with his next trick attempt, pulling the first board of the day. But Calcano didn’t give up then, responding with one of his own. Not quite managing to get the Frontroll in, he fell behind. 

Gianmaria Coccolutto (ITA) silently shadowed his competitors throughout the heat, not calling any attention to him until he unexpectedly took center stage with a HUGE Kiteloop, reaching the highest score of the Heat! 

You could tell Rodriguez who was confidently holding his first place, wasn’t so sure anymore as he began to defend his position. 

Calcano wasn’t going to let Coccolutto claim the overtake as he looped his way back up and over to second place. Mario Followed right behind him, consistently landing his remaining tricks.

Silent but deadly Coccoluto was far from silent in this re-run. Italian stallion rode those white caps like a boss, terminating the battlefield from the green flag get-go. He must be hiding some deep pockets in his suit to store all those moves. He finished us off taking one foot out to step his way over to the next round.

The judges continued to progress into the women’s competition, ensuring they got their time on the battlefield to climb up the ladder. Te brave ladies had been watching the men struggle to hold on to their smallest kites all morning, building their nerves heat at a time. 

But the show much goes on! And these queens proved to us the only limits are those you set in your mind as they took on the battlefield throughout the day. Mad respect to these inspiring woman.

 Rita Arnaus (ESP) kicking us off with a solid heat, game face on as she fully focused on timing finding the perfect moments to show her confidence in her abilities.

Estefânia Rosa (BRA) hasn’t had easy heats’ this competition, but once again she held her ground nicely throughout the heat. Arnaus spun her way to the Semi’s with an uncannily smooth backroll, that made us question the hectic conditions for a split second. 

Nathalie Lambrecht (SWE) had been training hard under Luca Pitot’s (FRA) wing and was disappointed she didn’t get the chance to show us what she’s learned in her challenging heat yesterday. 

Although the conditions were tougher, she took her second chance with a smile and came back with a bang! She must have been taking good notes from Pitot, as she dominated the battlefield with confidence, variety, and power taking the scores up and over the men’s category. The queen continued her climb to the throne in the Semis.

Promptly flipping straight back into round 5 of the men’s, we had a chance to understand Lambrecht’s progression, as Luca Pitot (FRA) boosted straight up and away to the dunes capturing the judge’s attention consistently throughout his heat. 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to maintain it, as Fellow French man Arthur Guillebert (FRA) made all of us dizzy drawing our eyes to his unmissable Kiteloop Frontrolls he kept banging out like a machine gun. 

Ewan Jaspan (AUS) fired back and hit the target with the highest-scoring one, securing himself another shot in the Semi’s.

In the following heat both Dominicans, Adeuri Corniel (DOM), and Joselito Del Rosario (DOM) brought their spice back to the battlefield each determined to be the one to take the crown back to their homelands. 

Jeremy Burlando (ESP) splashed that dream out of the water for Del Rosario, as he overtook both Dominicans by just a few winning points! 

After Gianmaria Coccoluto’s (ITA) last performance the eyes were peeled on him as the audience wondered if the Colombian had anything left for them in his secret pocket. 

He clearly wasn’t expecting the stash of front rolls the flipping Frenchmen spun out. Between Paul Serin (FRA) Valentin Garat (FRA) they spun their competitors dizzy for the following few trick attempts. 

As the time ran out and Valentín Rodriguez (DOM) fell behind, realizing it was time to whip out what he had been storing for us in his back pocket, doubling up the Kiteloop Backrolls of the heat. 

But doubling up wasn’t enough to overtake the French men. 

Garat and Serin tailed each other closely in the lead, Serin’s total score leaving him one step closer than his teammate to the finish line. 

He flipped straight to the Semi’s, but it’s not over for Garat just yet, as he gets another chance to overtake Serin there!

The Levante may be driving us crazy here on the nuking shores of Tarifa, but what we just saw in the following was downright INSANE. 

The riders took the scores stratospherical.

Karim Mahmoud (EGY) clearly found the portal to another planet down in Egypt. He was the first to set the bar with his Kiteloop Double Frontroll, raising the trick score to a high 8.43! With Posito Martinez (DOM) right behind him, he maintained his position till the end pulling a Double Boogie-loop so big that he ran out of comp ground. The entire shore was boogying to that one as they cheered loud enough to reach the Alien.

Martinez must have found another portal in DR, flying through it with his last 2 tricks, also defying gravity with his unexplainable Kiteloop Frontroll scoring a 9.7 highest scoring trick of the day so far!
Unfortunately for the audience, Mascher of mischief Oswald Smith (ZAF) wasn’t feeling mischievous enough to follow them up to space. 

We were flying up the ladder with this wind. By 17.00 pm we reached the women’s Semifinals! The Ladies took their turn with a smile on their face as they now knew what they are up for and know they can handle it. 

What a show they put on, answering each other back consistently throughout the heat. Claudia León (ESP) was the first to turn the heat up a notch with her Double Backroll, but both Rita Arnaus (ESP) and Bruna Kajiya (BRA) showed they were used to the warmth as they met the Spanish Señorita there without breaking a sweat. 

It was Arnaus who cranked the heat up all the way in her last 2 trick attempts looping the backrolls to another level scoring her a fiery 7.5, the extra spice that she needed to make it through to the final battle. 

Pippa Van Iersel (NED) attempted to loop up there with her in her last trick, proving that she too can handle the heat of a queen. It wasn’t enough to prove herself worthier than Arnaus that time, but it was enough to give her another chance, and take her through the final battle!

It didn’t get any cooler in the next heat. We’re all scorching by the end of it! The conquering queens that caught our attention in their previous performance were drawn to face each other in the last heat of the Semis. 

Mikaili Sol (BRA) showed her confidence upon entry, as she kicked the heat off with a Double Frontroll Board-off without breaking a sweat. She must have made her rivals nervous as they all struggled to answer back at that volume. Sol didn’t stop there as she looped her way even higher, scooping us speechless with her smooth execution. 

Hannah Whiteley (GBR) held her ground, slowly adapting to the heat Sol was emitting. Sol continued to roll over her competitors, landing another double smoothly once again, but Whiteley bit back with a substantial board off, showing she wasn’t ready to roll over yet. 

Sol clearly wasn’t expecting that, as she struggled to locate that confidence in her next three attempts. Whitely continued to hold her ground, gaining points on the undefeated Sol. Whiteley looped her way up to Sol’s level in the final minutes of the heat, nearly overtaking Sol’s previous attempt. But Sol wasn’t having any of it, looping back into action to ensure she could claim the crown of the Kiteloops.

We’re almost there folks, all the warriors have managed to power climb up the ladder to the finals! Valentin Garat (FRA) was back to kick off the first heat of the men’s Semi’s with a Double Frontroll Kite loop that made a statement that he was ready to take his second chance to the crown.

Each rider proceeded to answer back, reminding Garat wasn’t the only one that was ready. Arthur Guillebert (FRA) showed just how ready he was, surpassing Garats Double, continuing to boosting up his score flipping the audience all over the place as they couldn’t keep their eyes off the machine! 

The remaining riders continued to climb their way to the new heights guillotine Guillebert was flying to, but as they were gaining ground so was he, determined to be the first to the crown. Garat persistently looped his way closer, not ready to give up, but Jeremy Burlando (ESP) managed to gain the height he needed doubling the altitude of his previous double Backroll Kiteloop at the last moment to take him to the finals!

With only 2 spots left in the final battle, the pressure was on in the next heat. Looks like it was enough to crack young Serin as he came crashing off the ladder. The warrior took a gnarly beating from a gust, leaving him defeated after a long tiring climb.

The remaining riders in the heat kept their game face on as they chased each other up the ladder. Ewan Jaspan (AUZ) was in the lead after adding a double to his first Backroll. Posito Martinez (DOM) was right behind him, Tic taking his way up, but as the time ran out, Adeuri Corniel (DOM) flipped his way in front of him sending us all squinting into the sun with his massive Kiteloop Frontroll. 

Posito persisted, answering back with one of his own, but it wasn’t enough to overtake his fellow Dominican. Corniel nearly looped his way past Jaspan with his last Kiteloop of the heat, but Jaspan held his ground giving the audience one last thrill with the variety of his Frontroll Contraloop. 

We were down to our final warriors, ready to take on the final battle claim the first crown of the year.

The Women’s finalists put back on their armor and head back to the water. Wind still neuking, and the girls continued to battle the conditions move to move. Young Mikaili Sol (BRA) showed her dominance in the sport once again, totaling 20+ point averages back to back. Without looking back, the queen fearlessly claimed her way to the crown!

Pippa Van Iesel (NED) looped back strong, giving the Brazillian a run for her money. Unfortunately, missed her last reach to the crown but strongly secured the second position.

 Hannah Whiteley (GBR) pushed through some tough Levante gusts pulling together a decent part of her repertoire secured her third-place position on the power podium.  Rita Arnaus (ESP) coming in with Spanish fire from the semi-finals, couldn’t quite maintain the heat up as she struggled to land her bigger moves.

The queens head back to the shores of their kingdom as the final gladiators head out for the last battle of the day! Although the Spanish summer sun remained up, it was already 20.00 o clock! 

Jeremy Burlando (ITA) taking an early lead, a new rookie on tour pulling a move from move-in his dance with the big names in the final. Italian Stallion had got glimpses of the glistening crown as he boosted his way up the ladder to the final. He knew he was getting closer and continued full speed ahead to claim it.

The Dominican Adeuri Cornieu followed a different strategy, leaving the best till last. In the final moments of the heat, he gathered all his remaining energy, throwing Kiteloop above the skylines of Morrocco! But it wasn’t high enough to take the 3rd position from Ewan Jaspan (AUS) who solidly held his ground throughout the heat

Arthur Guillebert has been in flames since the beginning of the event, showing that he can handle any conditions thrown at him. The flipping Frenchman hasn’t messed a beat since the first green flag that rose. He politely removed his board stepping over Burlando, his last obstacle to the crown, and proceeded to claim the first World Cup title of his career!

Meet The GKA Freestyle World Cup Tarifa 2021 | BIG AIR podium! 

MEN:
1. A. Guillebert (FRA)
2. J. Burlando (ITA)
3. E. Jaspan (AUS)
4. A. Corniel (DOM)

WOMEN:
1. M. Sol (BRA)
2. P. Van Iersel (NLD)
3. H. Whiteley (GBR)
4. R. Arnaus (ESP)

These warriors have been perservering to climb up the ladder for 2 solid days hanging on strongly through the gnarly Levante. Up and above their comfort zone from the first day with the new pure big air format the conditions required.

Each and every one of them showed up with courage, bringing everything they had to the uninviting shores of this event and invited us to be entertained.
They all head back for a well-deserved drink. But we’re not celebrating yet as they will be returning at noon (12.00 pm-CET) for one last chance to express themselves on this battlefield, in case they left anything behind!

The official celebration will be held Sunday Afternoon. Stay tuned!

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Tiberias PWA World Cup

Posted: 25th Juni 2021 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The wind filled in a little later on the final day of the 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup, however, just after 3pm the racing was under, but what promised to be an action filled day, with event titles and podium positions on the line, proved to be slightly anticlimactic with the Women’s Slalom & Foil, and the Men’s Slalom top 3 finishing the day as it had started. 

Women’s

Foil

Heading into the final day, Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and Helle Oppedal (NOR | Fanatic / Duotone), were the only two women left in contentions for the Women’s Foil event title, bun the end though it reached an anti-climatic end as Oppedal, for the first time this week, failed to qualify for the Winners’ Final, meaning that Mortefon would be crowned champion, no matter what happened in Elimination 4, with the discard coming into play. 

Mortefon has been incredibly consistent all week - not finishing outside the top 3 (1 victory and two, thirds) - until today when she still finished 4th, so she thoroughly deserves to earn her first Foil victory. 

Oppedal, may be disappointed for now, having not being able to capitalise on a golden opportunity to seal her first event win at just 19-years-old, but you can be sure that she will have plenty more chances in the future. Coming into the final day, Oppedal had won the last two races and a top two result in Elimination 4 would’ve guaranteed her the event title - however it wasn’t to be on this occasion. The young Norwegian was in the qualifying positions for much of the semifinals, but couldn’t quite hold on - just missing out in 5th. This week still represents an amazing result for her and there is now a new face firmly on the scene as she walks away with a superb second place.

Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil), also missed out on a place in the last Winners’ Final of the week, but she held on to the final place on the podium, to claim her first event top 3 on the world tour. 

Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) signed off the foil contest by claiming her first bullet in the discipline, but only after an heroic effort to deny Alice Read (Fanatic / Duotone) her maiden victory on the tour. Offringa was miles back, but slowly reeled in Read, resulting in a photo finish, but the Aruban just got the nod to rise from 9th to 4th on the final day.

Read, who has been struggling with an ear infection all week, also finished with aplomb as the young Brit backed up her solid second yesterday with another today, but she must be bitterly disappointed to just miss out on her first elimination victory, which looked to be well and truly hers with two gybes to go. Read finishes the event in 6th, just behind Sara Wennekes

Slalom

Just as in the Foil, the Women’s Slalom also proved somewhat of an anticlimax with second and third-placed - Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone) & Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) both jumping the gun in Elimination 7 to all but gift Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) the victory. However, even with the event victory in the bag, Offringa showed the heart of a lion to come from miles back, once again, to deny another girl their maiden bullet on the world tour. This time it was Tuesday-Lou Judd (Phantom / Phantom Sails), who would succumb to Offringa in the dying metres. However, once you look at the result across the board, it starts to make more sense why Offringa pushed so hard, for a seemingly pointless victory, given she had already won the event. The 29-year-old is never one to be outdone and by winning the 7th elimination, she too walks away from the event boasting a perfect counting score of 3.5 points - matching a certain Nicolas Goyard’s (Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) record this week.

With Mortefon and Cousin Questel both going over the line early the top 3 remained unchanged from the start of the day with Mortefon claiming second and reigning world champion - Cousin Questel - 3rd.

Elsewhere, Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) and Sara Wennekes both earn their best results to date - finishing 4th and 5th respectively. 

Men’s 

Slalom

With the event victory already secured for - Nicolas Goyard - enjoyed a stress free, victory lap, final day. The 25-year-old has been a cut above all week and deservedly walks away with the event victory and with it the world title lead.

The final day was all about the fight for the podium positions with the 2nd-6th place sailors still fighting for the prestigious top 3. However, that fizzled out too with Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) both locking in their second and third places from the overnight rankings.

Mortefon had been extremely consistent in the opening three days without ever really catching the eye. However, the reigning Slalom World Champion finished the event extremely strongly. Having won Elimination 6 on the fin, the 31-year-old capped off a great performance by claiming a dominant victory on the Foil in Elimination 7 to finish 6.6 points ahead of Huppert.

Huppert, had to survive a few nervy moments on the final day after dropping his opening gybe in the Winners’ Final of Elimination 7 when well placed, but thankfully for him, Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) was unable to win the elimination, so the 26-year-olds 7th place proved more than good enough to earn him a thoroughly deserved first podium on the world tour. Huppert has sailed amazingly all week - only missing out on two Winners’ Finals - and never finishing outside of the top 16 and he can now enjoy all of his hard work training over the last 18 months. 

Maciek Rutkowski walks away with an excellent 4th place, but the Pole may feel a little bit disappointed with that as the only sailor to qualify for all 7 Winners’ Finals. Eventually, Rutkowski missed out on the podium by just 2 points, which he could’ve easily been made up for if not for being wiped out by a savage gust in Elimination 3 when just metres from the finish line and looking set for third place. And then on Day 4 the Pole was taken down at the first mark in the Winners’ Final of Elimination 6, when in second place. However, it still represents an excellent start to the season with the best consistency he has ever showed.. 

The biggest mover of the day is - Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) - who rises from 13th to 5th after the Frenchman’s DND (Disqualified Non Deductible) from Elimination 2 was rescinded by the Management Board on the grounds of COVID-19 meaning there are far less events, and the Frenchman offering to make a pubic apology. With the 25-time world champion being able to discard a 37 point last place, followed by finishing the event with a second-place, Albeau jumps into the top 5. 

Like Rutkowski, Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), must be thinking about what could’ve been, but for a couple of costly errors. The Croat was comfortably cruising for the Winners’ Final of Elimination 7, but unexplainably wiped out whilst just metres from the last mark, whilst holding a comfortable lead. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the first time that has happened this week, and whilst he still finishes 6th, it may feel like a missed opportunity. 

Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) started the day in 6th, but completes the event in 7th place. The Italian gambled in the semifinals of Elimination 7 by taking a fin, which paid off on the opening reach as he broke into the lead, however, after being caught in a wind hold the vice-world champion was then overtaken by the rest of the fleet on Foils to end his podium chances.

Multiple-time Youth World Champion - Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point) - has been in the overall top 10 for the entire week, and despite a quarterfinal exit today, the 22-year-old deservedly walks away with the third top 10 performance of his career - 8th - which is a personal best so far. 

The top ten is completed by Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils) - 9th - and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOil), who pips Nico Prien (Starboard / NeilPryde) to the final place in the top 10 by just 1 point. 

Result 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
4th Sarah Jackson (GBR | Fanatic / Duotone)
5th Sara Wennekes

Result 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Women’s Foil

1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
2nd Helle Oppedal (NOR | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
4th Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Sara Wennekes (NED)

Result 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom

1st Nicolas Goyard (FRA | Phantom Boards / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL)
3rd William Huppert (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
4th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
5th Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
6th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
8th Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7)
9th Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils)
10th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

Slingshot RPX V1 Test 2021

Posted: 25th Juni 2021 by Uwe Schröder in Allgemein
Original Post: http://gleiten.tv

 www.slingshotsports.de/produkt/rpx-v1/

Der Nachfolger des allseits beliebten RPM heisst jetzt RPX und behauptet sich sehr gut gegenüber seinen Mitbewerbern mit einem minimal softeren Feeling

Thursday 24th June

Report: Sasha Jade / All photos: Samuel Cardenas / Video: Mintautas Grigas

Good morning from the nuking shores of Tarifa! The wind blew the riders into action right away as the riders began to set up their quiver and are blast their zone-in playlist upon arrival. 

Rules: 7 trick attempts, best 4 counting (2 freestyle 2 big air tricks) We want to take into consideration some big air elements but keep in mind this is a Freestyle event. 

We promptly picked up right where we left off, planning to power through as much of the ladder as the conditions allowed. Based on yesterday’s feedback from the riders, the judges have decided to thread the women’s heats between the men’s, intending on preserving all of the athlete’s energy throughout the day to ensure their best performance. Although the wind was nuking beyond expectations, bearing in mind this was a Freestyle competition the judges tried to maintain the Freestyle element as primary as they continuing into the Mixed format applied the previous day ( 7 trick attempts, best 4 counting: 2 Freestyle 2 Big Air tricks). 

“We will adapt to you, giving you more time based on the conditions. We are open to feedback about the new mixed format, and insist on open communication between us.” – Emphasises Juan Antonio (Race director) in the first skippers meeting. The Judges are doing their best to give freedom to the Riders as they introduce this new format into the tour. 

“Make sure you focus as much as possible in every category (Technical difficulty…). We are looking for the most complete rider; Quality over quantity. How much you stretch, how much you rotate, how much you grab, how much you tweak out. We really focus on the individual element, so express yourself to the fullest.”Alvaro Onieva (Head Judge)

Due to the light conditions, the judges decided to not rush into the competition today, and preserve the rider’s energy for the big forecast ahead. By midday, the women were released, keeping the men on hold in case of the wind’s early arrival.

The riders took advantage of this time to get familiar with the judging criteria and arrive on the same page before heading to the battlefield.

Judges have already introduced the Mixed format, where Freestyle and Big Air tricks count towards the final score, the weight given to each category will be announced by the Head Judge (Alvaro Onieva) and in the Official Notice Board at least thirty (30) minutes before the start of the heat. There will definitely be prevailing elements of big air in the judging by the purple forecast.  

This format will allow the judges to find the most complete rider, capable of performing in any conditions. They are intending to push all aspects of riding, pushing the athletes out of their comfort zone to open up and express themselves. 

This may seem controversial to those pure freestyle fans, but judges ensure they are not trying to overpower the freestyle out of the tour, their intention is to preserve the athletes and keep the innovation progressing to a new level of innovation.

“Our idea is to keep some meaning of freestyle in the criteria unless the conditions simply do not allow it. We’ve seen many injuries and we want to protect the riders.” – Confirms Alvaro Onieva (Head Judge) 

Riders have 7 attempts at pulling their best tricks in the given conditions, but only the best 4 will be counted by the judges.

By 14.00 pm the sun came out, and buoys were placed as the wind slowly continued to fill in and the whitecaps made their appearance. 

By 15.00 pm The wind was filling in enough to raise the first green flag of the competition, powering up the electric energy here on the stadium shores of Tarifa.  

The first appearance back on the freestyle battlefield and Christophe Tack (BEL) is already taking the center stage pulling an impressive slim 7 as his first trick. Robin Goetgebuer (BEL) played it safe, getting his variety in but safe was not enough to take on Steeze Maestro Tack, who continued to spice up his tricks with grabs and power.

He definitely proved he’s still got it taking the first win of the day with a high score of 24.61! “I’m nervous about tomorrow as I haven’t ridden my small kites in a while, but I’m definitely having fun back out on the battlefield, and that’s always a good sign for me, fun is where the magic happens.”– Says Christophe Tack fresh out the water with a smile spread across his face.

The wind continued to blow us through heat 2, where local boys Jerome Cloetens (ESP) and Nico Franco (ESP) turned their training spot into the battlefield thrilling us all. Cloetens continued to claim his local beach with an impressive KGB right on the shore, really amping up the volume in the audience with his Double Hinterberger Frontside 3. You could really tell this is his home spot, as he continued to land his 7 tricks, taking the win with great confidence and variety. His bestie Franco was right there behind him taking second place, unfortunately, Luca Seer (AUT) could not steal the spotlight from the pair of them leaving the stage for this round.

The wind took a quick power nap during the 16.30 pm siesta, keeping us on hold for a while, but the Poniente came back to say its last goodbye for a final blow before completely changing directions, which was enough to get us through the following 2 heats of the Men’s division. 

Ewan Jaspan (AUS) clearly had no jet lag from his journey from Australia staying wide awake whilst taking a very smooth lead, really impressing the judges with the technical difficulty of his executed tricks. Lorenzo Calcano (DR) managed to hold his place landing 7 different tricks but unfortunately, it seems Matteo Doronti (ITA) didn’t come on his Italian Stallion to this event and couldn’t quite reach the next round. 

In Heat 4 another local legend Manu Depfyffer (CHE) woke up the crowds with a massive KGB and continued making his hometown proud performing consistently throughout the rest of the heat. You can tell the support is strong when the local boys are on the water, as the cheers crank up a couple of notches.

Julian Krikken (FRA) definitely earned some of the noise with his Double Hinterberger FS3, but he struggled to keep his confidence up over the loud cheers of De Pfyffers friends and family on the shores. Looks like Michele Berti (ITA) had a tough one as he struggled with the light wind, not able to make it through. 

As the wind continued to change direction, the Poniente continued to fade. The judges released the riders early for the day, sending them home to rest for the big day up ahead of them that followed. We will be resuming where we left off with Men’s heat 5, with an early first possible start at 10.00 am (CET). 

Although the wind was teasing us throughout the day, nobody is stressed here at the competition as the next days are looking solid. The energy is cranked up high from the shores to the battlefield and everyone is looking forward to the rest of the event. 

Make sure to get your rest to stay tuned for the full day of action tomorrow!

Check out the Highlight video for a visual depiction of today’s action. 

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Tiberias PWA World Cup

Posted: 24th Juni 2021 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The penultimate day of the Tiberias PWA World Cup turned out to be the windiest and busiest yet with 3 Women’s Slalom Eliminations, 1 Foil & 2 Men’s Slalom being completed in winds gusting over 30 knots, which saw some savage wipeouts as huge gusts claimed many unsuspecting victims. To put into context just how windy it was today the men finished the day on 6.6m’s - fully lit on their fins - whilst many described the conditions as extremely tricky, which says a lot coming from the best sailors in the world. 

Women’s

Slalom

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) bounced back from a disappointing start to the day, which saw the Aruban disqualified for a premature start in the Winners’ Final of Elimination 4, to regain the event lead heading into the final day. Offringa could’ve been forgiven for letting her head drop after the disappointment of Elimination 4, but as a Lady who already has 17-world titles to her name that was never going to happen. In true champion fashion, the 29-year-old immediately hit back with two quick-fire bullets in Elimination 5 and 6 to head into the final day with a slender 1.9 point advantage over Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone), whilst Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) is just 0.3 of a point further back. Offringa has now won 4 of the 6 races completed and could take a giant step towards the event title when the second discard comes into play in Elimination 7 (looking to discard an 11th and 6th).

Marion Mortefon took full advantage of Offringa’s premature start in Elimination by claiming her first bullet of the season, which at that point saw the vice-world champion open up a 2.3 point lead at the top of the rankings. However, she was powerless to stop Offringa from reclaiming the top spot after a disappointing 6th, which she discards, and a solid third. The 29-year-old still enters the final day of the event firmly in contention, but she will need everything to fall perfectly into place to win.

Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) is just 0.3 of a point further back, so also enters the final day with a slim shot at the title, however, in order to do so, she will need to start scoring some bullets. The reigning world champion has shown amazing consistency and remains the only sailor to have not finished outside of the top 3, but with no victories thus far, it will be a big ask for her to pip Offringa and Mortefon to the title. Stranger things have happened though, so you never know. 

Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) couldn’t quite rekindle the magic of yesterday as she went over the line early with Offringa in Elimination 4, but the Brit bounced back with a solid 3rd and a 5th to cement her place in 4th, whilst having an outside shot at the podium.

Elsewhere, Sara Wennekes, enjoyed a decent day, which sees the 25-year-old climb two spots to 5th at the expense of Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails).

Foil

Having claimed her first bullet on the world tour on Day 3 - Helle Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone) - struck again in Elimination 3 to secure back-to-back bullets with another confident display, which sees the 19-year-old move into second place with a day to go. As things stand, Oppedal trails Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) by just 0.7 of a point, so there is still all to play for heading into the final day - especially with the discard to come after the completion of Elimination 4. 

Thus far Mortefon has recorded a first and two, thirds, but she will be aware of the fact that she really needs to secure a first or second in the opening race tomorrow, as another 3rd or worse would leave Oppedal needing ‘just’ a 5th or better to move into the lead as she currently holds two bullets (0.7, 0.7) and a 6th.

Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) remains in 3rd place, but will still need to sail well on the final day to keep Linoy Geva at bay.

Elsewhere, Alice Read (Fanatic / Duotone), deserves a special mention after recording her best result on the world tour to date, after recording a super second place. The Brit was leading Elimination 3 for a while, but couldn’t hold off the challenge of Oppedal.

Men’s

Slalom

All the talk thus far has been about one man… Nicolas Goyard (Phantom Boards / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils), and rightly so. The 2019 Foil PWA World Champion has been in a league of his own, so much so that the 25-year-old has earned a tremendous event victory with a day to spare, such has been his level of dominance here. With just the one Men’s Slalom scheduled for tomorrow, that means that Goyard is guaranteed to finish the event with a perfect score of 3.5 points from 5 counting races, which is quite incredible. The Frenchman will have a small blemish on his scorecard after going over early in the semifinals of Elimination 6, but he may have already done the maths, and at that point, many of the men were on 6.6s and fins, whilst he was trying to hang on to a 6.0 and foil, which still shows that the fin still has it’s importance once the wind starts getting to 30 knots and above. It has been an absolute masterclass by Goyard and one that you just have to admire, whether you are a pure slalom traditionalist or not. Goyard ends the day a massive 17.2 points ahead of his closest rival.

Up until today, Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) had been steadily going about his business without really ever standing out, which is a strange thing to say about a reigning world champion. However, with the wind beginning to crank, the 31-year-old seized his moment to strike by winning the last elimination of the day, and with it, he leapfrogs fellow countryman - William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) - into second place with a day to go. 

Huppert will be bitterly disappointed as the 26-year-old could’ve almost had second place wrapped up heading into the final day. The Frenchman had just overtaken - Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) - in the Winners’ Final of Elimination 5 and looked like securing another second place, but disaster then struck as a savage gust wiped him flat meaning he went from second to 7th. Huppert then failed to qualify for the Winners’ Final for just the second time this week as the wind began to howl and the fins started to regain the upper hand. However, to take away the positives, if you had told Huppert at the start of the week he would be competing for a place on the podium I’m sure he’d have bitten your hand off, so there’s still all to play for on Friday.

Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) is another sailor who could’ve been firmly in the top 3 at this point - and he is still just one point outside - but the Croat has made a couple of costly errors when in the qualifying places for the Winners’ Final. In Elimination 5 today, Marotti looked as though he was cruising into the top 8 before being flattened by another huge gust. The 30-year-old bounced back brilliantly to sign off the day with his best result of the week - second - and has a great shot at the podium tomorrow. 

Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) has shown incredible consistency this week and the Pole is the only man who can still boast a 100% qualifying record for the Winners’ Final, however, the 29-year-old must be wondering what could’ve been if a couple of other little pieces of luck had have gone his way. In the Elimination 6 Winners’ Final, he was challenging Mortefon all the way to the first mark, but was then taken down by Antoine Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) after going for a tight gybe to challenge Mortefon, which meant he ultimately finished 7th. He too will enter the final day as a podium contender, as like Marotti, he currently stands on 28 points, just 1 point behind Huppert and 7.3 behind Mortefon. 

Matteo Iachino’s (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil) day started brilliantly with the vice-world champion recording his best result of the event - second - in Elimination 4. However, things then went downhill, firstly after hitting a piece of bamboo after an excellent start in Heat 3 of Elimination 5 - resulting in a quarterfinal exit - and then being caught up in the carnage at the first mark of the Winners’ Final in Elimination 6, which all but ended his chances in that one. That results in Iachino dropping from 2nd at the start of the day to 6th, however, he too remains in contention for the podium on 29 points - setting up what should be a thrilling final day. 

The top 10 is currently completed by Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7), who signed off the day with his best result of the event - 3rd - Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils), who drops one place to 8th, Antoine Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) - 9th - who rises into the top 10 off of the back of three consecutive top 10 places today, and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), who also breaks into the top 10 after gaining 4 places today. The World No.4 from 2018 and ‘19 qualified for his first two Winners’ Finals of the week today - taking home an excellent 3rd in Elimination 5 on the fin, whilst being a little unlucky that the wind dropped at the final mark as he had been second the whole way round. 

Elsewhere, there were a couple of standout performances as two sailors achieved their best individual results to date on the world tour. Firstly, Nico Prien (Starboard / NeilPryde) claimed a brilliant second place in Elimination 5, whilst Rytis Jasiunas (Future Fly / Point-7), not only qualified for his first Winners’ Final in Elimination 6 but went on to secure 4th, just missing out on third to Jacquin. 

The final day of the Tiberias PWA World Cup is geared up for an enthralling finish with plenty still on the line across all disciplines and you’ll be able to watch it all unravel live via the live stream. The sailors will meet again at 1pm for the skippers’ meeting with the action commencing from 2pm (GMT+3) onwards. 

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

Current Ranking 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
*After 6 Eliminations 

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
4th Sarah Jackson (GBR | Fanatic / Duotone)
5th Sara Wennekes

Current Ranking 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Women’s Foil
*After 3 Eliminations 

1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
2nd Helle Oppedal (NOR | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
4th Linoy Geva (ISR)
5th Sara Wennekes (NED)

Current Ranking 2021 Tiberias PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
*After 6 Eliminations

1st Nicolas Goyard (FRA | Phantom Boards / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL)
3rd William Huppert (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
4th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
5th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
6th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
7th Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7)
8th Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils)
9th Antoine Questel (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
10th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)