The final day of the 2016 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup saw an intense finish to the event even though it wasn’t possible to complete any further racing. During the morning there was barely a breath of wind, but during the afternoon a marginal breeze built — creating a nail biting wait for Team Pryde’s Sarah-Quita Offringa and Matteo Iachino who led the event at the time — with Offringa on the verge of a 3rd slalom world crown.

However, the wind remained between 5-12 knots and with no further sign of improvement the sailors were released at 4:30pm — guaranteeing Offringa back-to-back slalom world titles and Iachino a second victory of the season, which sends the Italian to the top of the rankings for the first time since South Korea.

Sarah-Quita Offringa reacts after capturing her 3rd slalom world title — 12th overall — and her 2nd world title this season after winning her 9th freestyle world crown earlier this year: “I’m very happy. I was emotional when the event was officially called off because it’s been a stressful day with the conditions right on the edge, so it was pretty nerve wracking. It’s great to see so many girls competing with such a high level and hopefully that’s a good sign for the future. Thanks to all of my sponsors and much love to my family and friends for their non-stop support.”

Current World Champion Antoine Albeau had another tough event finishing only in ninth. Light winds made it tough for the big Frenchman who now hopes to improve on his fifth overall position in the last two events of the season.

Sebastian Kornum was the surprise of the event, getting into the winner’s final on day three and finishing seventh overall. Mateus Isaac finished closely behind in eight.

Overall Ranking 2016 Women’s PWA Slalom World Tour

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa
2nd Lena Erdil
3rd Delphine Cousin Questel

Overall Ranking 2016 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup — Women’s Slalom

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa
2nd Delphine Cousin Questel
3rd Lena Erdil

Overall Ranking 2016 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup — Men’s Slalom

1st Matteo Iachino
2nd Pierre Mortefon
3rd Sebastian Kördel

7th Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde)
8th Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde)
9th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

Current Rankings 2016 Men’s PWA World Cup

1st Matteo Iachino
2nd Pierre Mortefon
3rd Ross Williams

5th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

8th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

Text adapted from PWA

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