KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark – Day 5, 17.09.10:
Thirty sailors signed up to compete for the German Surf cash, and after four full qualifying rounds, the scores were counted and the final few selected. Current tour leader, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC) finished 2nd and our 4 times Freestyle World Champs Gollito Estredo 3rd!
Super Session Results:
1st Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
3rd Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)
Following a week of hardcore sailing in spectacular North Sea style, the current tour leader Victor Fernandez has strengthened his lead at the top of the fleet:
1st Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)
4th Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
5th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)
6th Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde)
Kauli vs Victor live on Boardseekers:
Kauli vs Victor Live
KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark – Day 4, 16.09.10:
Current tour leader Victor Fernandez fights his way back to the final and finished 2nd! Congratulations Victor!!!
With the forecast calling for nuclear bolt onshore winds and pumping swells - which would make it near on impossible to run a world-class contest - it came as a relief to the sailors when they arrived early in the morning to find the wind blowing cross onshore with head high waves. During the first few heats the guys were on 4.7s, but the wind quickly backed off making 5.3s and 5.7s more the norm.
Fernandez Fights! With a less than perfect start to the event, having been knocked out in his second heat by an on form Camille Juban (Gun, MFC), the current tour leader and 4 times Pozo champion, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC) had his work cut out if he was to remain in contention for the title. The Spaniard had fought his way through three heats, but had nine more to go to steal the show. Considering it’s possible for a top seeded sailor to win a full double elimination after just six heats, this was a mountainous task, and one that hadn’t been seen since the legendary Jason Polakow (JP, NeilPryde) tore a similar path straight through the fleet in Cabo Verde some four years ago.
A fired up Fernandez hit the water in the second heat of the day, and didn’t finish until the competition was through. Perfect doubles, massive backloops, and impressive rides scored him plenty of points with the judges, whilst placing fearful thoughts in the minds of anyone that had to go against him.
Midway through the day Fernandez was looking tired, but no one could stop the port tack maestro who was on a warpath straight to the final. There were plenty of close calls, including that when he went up against his good friend and team mate, Klaas Voget (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC). But, probably the most dangerous was when he met his archrival, Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine). Having been beaten by the young German in Pozo in 2009, and again in the first double elimination final there in 2010, Fernandez knew that his run may have ended. However, Fernandez grit his teeth, matching a trademark Koster double, whilst also adding some stylish riding to advance through and fight another heat.
From that moment on, Fernandez looked like he could go all the way, and after taking the scalps off former world champion Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC), Canarian ripper Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC), and triple loop dare devil Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC), he took down the single elimination champion, Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC). But, in accordance with PWA rules, the winner of the double elimination must beat the victor of the single twice to take the overall crown.
Also Klaas Voget was it top shape today and eventually finished 7th - well done Klaas!!
1st Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
3rd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
4th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)
5th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)
6th Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)
7th= Klaas Voget (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC)
7th= Alex Mussolini (Tabou, Vandal)
KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark – Day 3, 15.09.10:
Cold Hawaii lives up to its name on the third day of competition delivering down the line perfection for the double elimination! The brutal North Sea greeted the sailors with some epic conditions this morning allowing the world’s most radical wave riders to strut their stuff in conditions that they would normally scour the globe for. Unfortunately, the hallowed cross-off perfection didn’t last all day, leaving the contest at a standstill for the top 16.
When it was going off the set waves were extremely chunky, and pushing on for mast high on occasions. Couple this with 25-30 knots of wind, and you’ve got the ultimate wavesailing playground. With rainsqualls battering the coast, sail sizes ranged from 4.0s to 5.3s, and the boards were even more diverse. Masts were getting snapped, and caddies were being called for, creating an all-time action packed show for those at the beach, as well as for those sat in the comfort of their own homes watching via the live stream!
Fernandez Fights Back: It was a shock to the system when the current tour leader, event favorite, and Pozo champ Fernandez went out yesterday. However, it came as no surprise when he returned this morning with a smile on his face, and sailed straight to form. In the awesome conditions he proved his worth with vertical turns on mast high monsters that scored some serious points from the panel of judges. If the conditions had continued to be perfect for the full day, he may well have been too tired to take down the top sailors, so it was probably a saving grace that the wind disappeared, giving him plenty of time to get ready for tomorrow.
Sailor Of The Day: Dark horse, Klaas Voget (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC) sailed outstandingly well in the one heat that he competed in today to cruise into the top 16. Britain’s Ben Proffitt (Simmer) put on a an excellent performance against him, but couldn’t quite match the massive one handed backloop, and amazing aerial that Voget pulled off with ease. It may have been that Voget’s knowledge of the spot helped him to annihilate his opposition, but it was probably more down to the fact that he was hungry to make amends for his mistakes of yesterday.
Let´s see for tomorrow: Klaas, Victor & Peter in the same heat:-)))
KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark – Day 2, 14.09.10:
With strong south-westerly winds forecast for the entire day, many of the competitors were at the beach at dawn getting dialed into the conditions. However, the minute the competition was supposed to begin the wind began to backed off forcing head judge, Duncan Coombs to put the contest on hold. By 13:00 it had returned enough for the first heat to start, and with the waves often reaching 2.5m in the sets, Klitmoller was ready to rock the windsurfing world. Rain squalled and strong gusts hammered their way through the contest area every half an hour causing havoc with the sailors who found it hard to choose the correct gear. 5.7s and 5.3s were the sails of choice for the bigger guys, whereas 5.3s and 4.7s were the weapons used by those a little lighter. Board choice was extremely open and purely down to weight and personal preference with single fins, twin fins, trailer fins, thrusters, and quads all seen scattered on the stones throughout the day.
Our boys were not really lucky in the first round, however the forecast for the next few days looks absolutely epic, so there’s bound to be a double elimination here in Denmark, giving Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC), Klaas Voget (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC), and Marcilio Browne (Fanatic, North, MFC) a chance to fight back! Good luck to all!!!
KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Denmark – Day 1, 13.09.10:
Forty-Eight of the world’s most radical wave riders registered their intent to battle it out at the brutal North Sea break of Klitmoller today, whilst a whole host of media gurus opened up the event via a plethora of online communication channels for the world to see.
Light winds allowed for plenty of time to rig and register on day one in Denmark creating a relaxing vibe on the beach as the world’s most insane sailors prepared their tools for the week ahead. This atmosphere is almost certain to be replaced by one of furious testosterone fuelled competition though when the epic forecast reaches fruition.
The full fleet of sailors includes almost all of the top twenty ranked riders in the world with the current wave tour leader, Victor Fernandez (E-42) preparing to defend his position. Also Fanatic riders Klaas Voget (G-4), Marcilio Browne (BRA-105), Gollito Estredo (V-01) and Peter Volwater (H-24) will compete in "cold Hawaii".