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2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup – Day 3

Posted: 3rd Mai 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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As forecast yesterday, it was a grey and wet affair today at Jinha Beach. But the wind that was promised to blow in the morning never showed up. Though there was a slight increase of wind in the course of the morning that was enough to lure the race committee out to check the conditions, the average wind speed never came close to levels suitable for competition. And so the third day of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup was spent in a holding pattern.

With one eye on the conditions, most sailors used the lack of wind to their advantage and tuned into that other major sports event taking place on the far end of the world. During a big communal lunch in a Jinha Beach hotel, the PWA's boxing enthusiasts watched Mayweather beat Pacquiao in what was hyped to be the fight of the century.

Straight after the closing bell, the entire fleet made their way to the main stage on the south end of the beach for the official opening ceremony of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup. Undeterred by the rain, hundreds of spectators and numerous officials had made their way to Jinha Beach to greet the world's slalom elite and wish them luck in the competition. The show delivered fireworks in both the literal and figurative sense of the word, with encouraging speeches from many officials and great performances by local acts.

Flick through the image gallery for today's pictures of the opening ceremony and life at Jinha Beach as the event is set to move into its final three days. Also be sure to check the equipment the sailors chose to register for the event here. Tomorrow marks the return of sunny weather and with it an offshore wind that looks sailable on paper. Another day means another chance to get a result in, so join us again tomorrow as we'll kick off the day with the skipper's meeting at 09:00. 

Podersdorf PWA Surf World Cup

Posted: 2nd Mai 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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Hopes were high on the penultimate day of the PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf with a promising looking forecast, however the wind Gods weren’t on our side today as the breeze remained right on the limit for several hours, teasing most of the competitors out onto the water at some stage. 

Max Matissek (Fanatic / North), Paul Simmerl (JP / NeilPryde), Nic Hibdige (Tabou / GA Sails) and Romain Pinocheau (F2 / Avanti / Maui Ultra Fins) were perhaps the unluckiest group of sailors as they involved in heat five, which was cancelled four times today alone and five times in total. However, each attempt proved to be unsuccessful with the wind refusing to play ball.

Heats six and seven were also started but with only moves such as grubbys, e-sliders and flakas being landed those heats soon suffered the same fate - with the decision being taken that the sailors were not being given a fair chance to demonstrate their true potential.

The sailors remained on hold until 4:45pm, but with the conditions failing to improve the fleet was released for the day. 

Tomorrow’s forecast offers light to moderate winds from the Southeast, but it now looks as though it will be a race against time to gain a result if we are lucky with the wind. If a result is failed to be gained, it would be the first time since September 2011 that a freestyle event won’t have a result. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow morning with the first possible start at 10:30am. Don't miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.

2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup – Day 2

Posted: 2nd Mai 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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The second day of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup started off promising, but failed to deliver in the end. With a good forecast and the thermal winds kicking in already early in the day, the stage seemed set for the first heats of the event. And while the wind was indeed more than strong enough in the gusts, it was the lulls that threw the much unwanted spanners in the works. While the sailors made the conditions seem great at times, the race crew had the tough task of holding off on racing until the wind was strong enough throughout the entire racecourse. Just after lunchtime, the crew gave the green light and decided to try and sail the first men's heat. But just as the contestants arrived at the starting line, the conditions deteriorated, leaving the race committee no choice but to stand down again. The rest of the afternoon the wind played a frustrating waiting game with the fleet, coming close a few times, but never really pushing through.

While the conditions may not have been suitable for professional racing today, Jinha Beach demonstrated once again its potential as a first class slalom location with its clear water, sandy beaches and sideshore winds.

Tomorrow it looks like the weather will turn, bringing some rain, but hopefully wind as well. Conditions appear to be most promising in the morning, so we're reconvening at the beach at 08:30 for the skippers meeting. If the wind is up, it's the men who get to kick off the event at 09:00 sharp.

Pictures of the second day of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup are up in the image gallery. Hopefully tomorrow we can add some racing shots as well.

Podersdorf PWA Surf World Cup

Posted: 1st Mai 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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As expected the wind remained light on the third day of Podersdorf PWA Surf World Cup meaning the tow-in freestyle took centre stage again. Throughout the day the event site gradually began to get busier and busier as everyone prepared to celebrate the start of their Bank Holiday weekend in style.

Tow-in Qualification

Heat 1

The first qualification heat of the day saw six-time PWA Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC) - qualify in style for the final as he stomped an amazing flaka-shaka-flaka. Also joining the Venezuelan in the final will be Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic) and Julien Mas (JP / Avanti) - both of whom advanced with triple air funnels.

Heat 2

Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails) qualified in top spot from the final qualifying heat in front of a packed out evening crowd. The Dutchman flew threw a super clean double air funnel to advance ahead of Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails), who also qualified with a double air funnel. Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg / Flymount) grabbed the final qualifying place as he showed a refreshingly different approach by abandoning the air funnel and popping a double spock.

Lucky Loser

Antoine Albert (Tabou / GA Sails) also qualifies for the Chiemsee Tow-in Final as the lucky loser. The New Caledonian was another sailor to completely mix things up as he rotated through a full switch kono and his risky tactics deservedly paid off.

Tomorrow looks promising with moderate to strong north-westerly winds being predicted from 11am onwards. However, to ensure that no competable wind is missed the skippers’ meeting will be held at 8am with the action commencing from 8:30am - if conditions are suitable. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.

2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup – Day 1

Posted: 1st Mai 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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The 2015 PWA slalom tour is officially underway as the first event of the season has kicked off. While the wind has failed to materialise on this first day of the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup, the amount of slalom talent that has touched down on Jinha Beach promises a spectacular show once conditions improve over the next few days. Today’s calm gave the sailors a laidback chance to register, catch up with the other competitors after the winter break and prepare their gear for what is to come.

The 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup also marks the first slalom event since Italian slalom star Alberto Menegatti passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. Coming together for the first time since Menegatti’s untimely death, the sailors paid their respects by using their boards to lay out the Italian’s sail number ITA-4 on the beach. Josh Angulo, Jimmy Diaz and Arnon Dagan spoke a few words about their late fellow competitor and friend.

Like previous years, the town of Ulsan has proven incredibly hospitable, giving the sailors and race crew a very warm welcome. Even on a windless day like today, the arrival of the world’s top windsurfers draws a great deal of spectators to the beach in anticipation of the racing up ahead.

The forecast for tomorrow looks promising and the racecourse is set, so tune in again tomorrow for what will hopefully be the first slalom action here at the 2015 Ulsan PWA World Cup. The skippers meeting is scheduled for 10:00, with things kicking off at 10:30 if conditions deliver the goods.

In the meantime, check out the pictures of the first day under the South Korean sun in the image gallery to get a taste of PWA slalom world tour life here on Jinha Beach. 

Podersdorf PWA Surf World Cup

Posted: 30th April 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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In true Neusiedler See unpredictability Podersdorf produced a late flurry of evening action as the earlier summer sunshine was replaced by a cold front, which provided a brief period of wind, allowing a further two heats of the single elimination to be completed. Earlier in the day the first qualification heat of the tow-in was also run.

Single Elimination

Heat 2b and 4b were the first heats to be sailed this evening as Mattia Fabrizi (Fanatic / North) took on Yarden Meir (Goya Windsurfing / Maui Ultra Fins) and Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg / Flymount) competed against Yegor Popretinskiy (Fanatic / North / Flymount / Maui Ultra Fins). Fabrizi was able to advance into the next round with a culo helping make the difference. Meanwhile, Sims defeated his Russian counterpart after landing the only shuvit spock of the day.

Julien Mas (JP / Avanti) delivered a standout performance in heat 3 as he clinically dispatched of Jamie Howard (JP / NeilPryde). The Frenchman exploded through a repertoire of the latest power moves to setup a tie against Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails) in the next round. On the b-side of the panel seventeen year old Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde) successfully navigated his way passed Loick Spicher (North). 

Chiemsee Tow-in Qualification

Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails) stole the show in the first heat of the tow-in qualification as the man from Bonaire landed a superb double burner, whilst local boy Max Matissek (Fanatic / North) also booked his place in the final with a flaka-shaka. German Marco Lufen (JP / NeilPryde) grabbed the final qualifying place with a smooth double funnel to narrowly defeat Yentel Caers (JP / NeilPryde) by half a point.

The wind looks like it will be very light tomorrow, but as Podersdorf showed today virtually anything can happen. The skippers’ meeting will be held at 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am - if conditions allow. If the wind does indeed remain light then there will be more action with the tow-in freestyle. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.

Preview: Ulsan PWA Worldcup

Posted: 30th April 2015 by Tobias Lamprecht in Allgemein, PWA
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Flagge_deutsch Neben dem PWA Freestyle Worldcup in Podersdorf starten ab morgen die Slalom Racer in die neue Saison. Bis zum 6. Mai wird dann , wie schon 2013, in Südkorea die neue Saison eingeläutet und alle hoffen dass “Ulsan” in diesem Jahr bessere Bedingungen anzubieten hat als beim “Opening” vor 2 Jahren.

Als Topfavoriten gehen natürlich Frankreichs Racer um Antoine Albeau, Cyril Moussilmani, Pierre Mortefon oder Pascal Toselli ins Rennen doch auch im Slalom ist das Level superhoch und eine Menge Leute extrem schnell. Matteo Iachino, Ben van der Steen, Finian Maynard (zurück auf der Tour) und viele weitere sollte man auf dem Zettel haben. Sebastian Kördel, der mit Platz 5 bei der Formula WM und einem Sieg beim Euro-Cup am Gardasee hervorragend in die neue Saison gestartet ist hält für Deutschland die Fahne nach oben. Wir drücken die Daumen.

Natürlich sind auch die Mädels “ready to race”. Alle Infos gibts auf www.pwaworldtour.com – auch meine Gedanken sind bei Alberto Menegatti’s Freunden und Familie , nach seinem tragischen Tod auf Teneriffa läutet “Ulsan Korea” das erste Event ohne “ITA-4″ ein.

Flag_English It’s that time again when the fastest sailors in the world prepare for their first high octane meeting of the year for more high speed, close fought racing as the finest men’s and women’s slalom sailors head to South Korea for the Ulsan PWA World Cup, which takes place between the 1st-6th May. The opening slalom event of the year is always an intriguing affair as everyone finds out where they are at after a long winter of training and tuning.

Have a look at www.pwaworldtour.com to check out who are the ones to watch for the new season. It’s gonna be exciting between the “all time favorites” with reigning worldchampion Antoine Albeau, Cyril Moussilmani who finished 2nd last year and Pierre Mortefon who made a 3rd overall respectively. There are many more super fast guys out there. Matteo Iachino, Ben van der Steen, Pascal Toselli, Finian Maynard – who’s back on the tour and many many more. For sure also the girls are ready to race into the new season.

Our thoughts will also be with Alberto Menegatti’s friends and family too as the first event since Alberto’s tragic passing takes place – Alberto will be sorely missed by everyone involved.

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pic: John Carter / PWA , Text: Chris Yates / PWA

Team France by Eric Bellande

Ulsan PWA World Cup

Posted: 30th April 2015 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in PWA
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It’s that time again when the fastest sailors in the world prepare for their first high octane meeting of the year for more high speed, close fought racing as the finest men’s and women’s slalom sailors head to South Korea for the Ulsan PWA World Cup, which takes place between the 1st-6th May. The opening slalom event of the year is always an intriguing affair as everyone finds out where they are at after a long winter of training and tuning. 

Jinha beach has quickly earned itself the reputation of being the top windsurfing destination in the country, due to it’s beautiful white sand beaches and reliable trade winds, which blow consistently between May and June. South Korea often proves to be one of the most challenging stops on the tour, which guarantees an enthralling week of warp speed slalom. Expect tempers to flare as the sailors try to take the highs with the lows. 

Ones to Watch

Men’s

As the reigning world champion - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) - will be the man that everyone else needs to beat in the opening slalom event of the year. AA was in great form last season as he won two events - Costa Brava and Fuerteventura - whilst carrying two second places and a ninth to win back-to-back world titles. Albeau will now be hungry to complete a famous hat-trick of world titles and you can expect the big Frenchman to come flying out of the starting blocks when the green flag goes up.

Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne) pushed Albeau all the way in last seasons title race with the champion being decided in the last winners’ final of the year. Unfortunately the duel didn’t go Moussilmani’s way on that occasion, but his superb consistency should mean that he is heavily involved in the battle for the 2015 world championship again. 

Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) completed an all French top three last year as the twenty-five year old enjoyed his best season to date. Before last season Mortefon’s previous best had been twelfth place overall in 2013, but last year he showed that he is one of the most promising young talents in the slalom world. Mortefon is lightning quick on the straights and tactically very aware too making him one of the most dangerous sailors out there. Expect to see him pushing for the top again.

Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) finished the season on a high last year as he captured his maiden event title in New Caledonia. The flying Dutchman is one of the quickest sailors on the tour and after finishing fourth overall last season, he will be hoping to regain his place on the prestigious overall podium for the first time since 2011. 

Another French sailor who enjoyed a fantastic season in 2014 is Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / Point-7), who claimed his first podium finishes - third in both Fuerteventura and Turkey - and completed the year in an excellent fifth place overall. Toselli changed board sponsor over the winter to 99NoveNove and it seems he has quickly adapted to his new boards after claiming victory in the first French National Slalom event of 2014. Toselli showed on many occasions last year that he has the pace and the mindset to challenge for the top and he should be there or there abouts come the end of the event. 

Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) recovered from a slow start in 2014 to finish sixth overall. The man from Saint Martin began his comeback in Turkey, where he claimed his first event victory before backing it up with third and fourth place finishes respectively. If Quentel can pick up where he left off then you would expect him to feature in the top five at a minimum. 

Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) is another man to have tasted victory for the first time in 2014 after coming out on top in Sylt. Dagan will be hoping to carry on his fine form from last year and if he is able to do so he should be challenging for the top.

Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North) is one of the most exciting talents rising through the PWA Slalom ranks. The Italian is still only twenty-five, but is already a regular in the top ten at events as he continues to sail with experience and guise beyond his years. After finishing eighth overall last year he should be in the thick of the action over the course of the next six days.

Britain’s Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) completes the top ten attending the event, with Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic) absent from proceedings due to competing in Austria. Williams is one of the top all-round sailors in the world and as frequent finisher in the overall top ten he should fare well in Korea.

Of course there are plenty of other sailors who could easily feature in the top ten and beyond, such is the fierceness of the competition on the PWA Slalom World Tour right now. The likes of Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails), Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde), Maciek Rutkowski and the current PWA Youth Slalom World Champion - Tristan Algret (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) will all be in contention, as should Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Point-7) after his winter move to Point-7 and his emphatic success at the formula worlds.

Our thoughts will also be with Alberto Menegatti’s friends and family too as the first event since Alberto’s tragic passing takes place - Alberto will be sorely missed by everyone involved.

Women’s

Having won back-to-back world titles Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Gun Sails) will enter the first event of the year as the favourite. The twenty-three year old changed sail sponsors over the winter from Loft Sails to Gun Sails so it will be interesting to see how she fares on her new equipment. In 2014 Cousin won two out of the three events and she will be determined to complete a hat-trick of world crowns.

However, Cousin, will face a stern test with Turkey’s Lena Erdil (Patrik / Point-7 / Mystic / AL360) gunning to go one better than last year and become world champion. Erdil also won the PWA Slalom Indoor World Championship in Poland and she seems more motivated than ever to come out on top. 

It’s not only Erdil who will be hoping to put a dent in Cousin’s title hopes as Sarah-Quita Offringa prepares to compete on the entire PWA Slalom World Tour for the first time since becoming world champion in 2011. Offringa claimed a comprehensive victory in Turkey last year - winning seven out of the nine eliminations completed - and the lady from Aruba could prove to be a formidable figure if she can find her best form.

Also in contention will be multiple time world champion - Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails) - who completed the podium last year, whilst PWA Youth Slalom World Champion - Fulya Ünlü (Severne) - will be hoping to make a strong start to the 2015 campaign. 

Meanwhile, the Japanese duo of Mio Anayama (Starboard / NeilPryde) and Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) should be a threat too, whilst Turkey’s Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Severne) prepares to return to competing full-time on the PWA Slalom World Tour having only competed in Alacati last year, having become a mother for the first time. Kubat finished fourth overall in 2013 and she will be hoping to feature in the top five in the opening event. 

Find out whether the reigning world champions - Antoine Albeau and Delphine Cousin - can make the perfect start to their title defence or if someone else can take an early season lead by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com between the 1st-6th May - here you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker. 

The Mondial du Vent saw the 2015 PWA World Tour begin with a bang as an explosive double elimination was completed over the course of the last six days. There were several epic battles and performances, but eventually the forty-one man strong fleet was whittled down to leave just one man standing - and on this occasion that proved to be Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde) as he kept his rivals at bay with a polished display. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mondial du Vent saw the 2015 PWA World Tour begin with a bang as an explosive double elimination was completed over the course of the last six days. There were several epic battles and performances, but eventually the forty-one man strong fleet was whittled down to leave just one man standing - and on this occasion that proved to be Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde) as he kept his rivals at bay with a polished display. 

Men’s Freestyle

Steven Van Broeckhoven claimed an emphatic victory in the opening event of the year as he remained unbeaten in the single and double elimination - defeating reigning world champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC) - in both finals with a combination of explosive culos and kabikuchis to super technical air funnels-into-burners. SVB will now look to carry his excellent early season form into the second event of the year in Austria, which starts in just four days time.

Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo made a solid start to the season finishing just behind Van Broeckhoven in second place. The six-time world champion was at his brilliant best for most of the contest, but couldn’t quite force a super final as the Belgian maestro successfully defended his single elimination crown by way of a 3:2 decision. Gollito will head into Austria in confident mood though having won there in 2012 and ’13.


Overall Results Mondial du Vent PWA World Cup  Men’s Freestyle:

1st Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)

2nd Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)