The World Cup Sylt is one of the biggest and longest running windsurfing events on the planet. Featuring all of the main disciplines, around 200,000 spectators on the beach, and some of the most extreme conditions. Our team was doing very well and we saw our riders in the Top 3 in Waves, Freestyle and Slalom!
The event started off with pretty decent wave conditions and already on Wednesday the Men’s Wave Final was on the schedule. Victor Fernandez had to endure an emotional rollercoaster – things started brightly for him as he sailed tactically astute heats. Having won 5 consecutive heats in the Double Elimination, now there was only one man standing between Victor Fernandez and a 3rd world title. Then he had to face Thomas Traversa. The heat itself wasn’t so dramatic, but with almost nothing between them, this is where the confusion set in as incorrect information quickly filtered to Victor, who thought he had just won his third world title. However, at this point, the result hadn’t been fully verified or officially confirmed, which led to Fernandez having to be delivered the horrific news that Traversa had in actual fact won the heat by just 0.07 of a point and that he wasn’t world champion at all. Having just played the villain by putting a spanner in the works of his world title aspirations, he was placed in a strange position, not only having to deal with the heartbreak of not being world champion – yet at least – but also now having to root for Traversa, who had just eliminated him, as all his hopes now rested in TT’s hands. However, in order for that to happen, Traversa would have to defeat Campello not once, but twice, which is no easy feat on any given day – but even more so with Campello himself gunning for the title. That left Victor with an agonising wait, which must have felt like a lifetime. Fortunately for Victor, and not so fortunately for Campello, Traversa produced the goods at the critical times to win both the Final and the Super Final, and with it, Fernandez’s emotional rollercoaster was complete as he was now officially the 2018 Men’s PWA Wave World Champion. The win was also fitting for Traversa, who up until now had endured a tough competition season, but over the last 6 days TT has proven, once again, why he is one of the best wave sailors in the world. Traversa may have been low on confidence coming into the event, but at least walks away from 2018 with his first event victory since his title winning year in 2014 – while perhaps reminding every one of his ability, which has never really been under question.
Having finished 2nd in the Single Elimination, Gollito Estredo would need to beat Adrien Bosson twice to be crowned Freestyle World Champion and given the way Bosson performed yesterday that was not going to be easy. However, in the Final looked underpowered on 4.4m and while he still sailed exceptionally well again he suffered a narrow 116 points to 117.3 points defeat as the title race was forced into a Super Final. At this point, a victory for Bosson would force a sail off for the world title, while a victory for Gollito would secure a 9th world crown. For the sail off Bosson changed up to 4.8m which gave him more power and for a long time he was going blow-for-blow with Gollito, but the 8-time Freestyle World Champion has an uncanny knack of raising his game when it matters most and that’s exactly what the Venezuelan did again as he posted the highest scoring heat of the day – 130 points – to complete a superb comeback and win an incredible 9th world title, while only further enhancing his reputation as not only the King of Freestyle, but also the competition machine.Meanwhile, Bosson walks away from this season as the vice-world champion, which is the best result of his career so far, and he should be hugely proud of what he has achieved this year.
Pierre Mortefon heads the current event rankings at the end of the first day of Slalom on Day 2 of the event after doing everything in his power to force his way deeper into the title race. The Frenchman can still be happy knowing that he can’t have done anything more and walks away with a 1st place for the event!
Fanatic was again present with a big tent at the event site where visitors could meet our team to gather some info about our products and meet our riders during the daily autograph sessions.
Result Men’s Wave 2018 Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam
1st Thomas Traversa (FRA – Tabou / GA Sails)
2nd Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN – Brunotti Boards / Point-7)
3rd Victor Fernandez (ESP – Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Alex Mussolini (ESP – RRD / RRD Sails)
5th Jaeger Stone (AUS – Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)
9th Adam Lewis (ENG – Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
9th Klaas Voget (GER – Fanatic / Duotone)
Result Men’s Freestyle Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam
1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN – Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Adrien Bosson (FRA – Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Amado Vrieswijk (NB – JP / Severne)
4th Steven Van Broeckhoven (BEL – JP / GunSails / Shamal Sunglasses)
5th Sam Esteve (FRA – JP / NeilPryde)
Result 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam – Men’s Slalom
1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA – Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA – RRD / NeilPryde)
3rd Antoine Questel (FRA – Starboard / S2Maui)
4th Ross Williams (GBR – Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (FRA – RRD / Severne)
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