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06/26/2009 - created by David Swift

PWA Costa Teguise World Cup

Event Preview - The first leg of the PWA Freestyle World Tour beckons, and the Canaries Tour is soon to be underway. The top windsurfers in the world head back to Costa Teguise, Lanzarote to launch the ‘09 Freestyle season. Bienevenido a las Islas Canarias.

The Canary Islands events are one of the most eagerly anticipated legs of the PWA World Tour; offering a fantastic combination of challenging, extreme and spectacular windsurfing. The variety of the conditions coupled with the consistency of the trade winds has made this Hispanic hideaway a world famous Mecca for windsurfing, and an integral part of the Tour.

Lanzarote has, in the past, played host to a variety of disciplines, however this year it returns as the first leg of the highly competitive PWA Freestyle circuit. Between the 30th June and 4th of July, the fleet heads back to Costa Teguise on Lanzarote’s Eastern coast - a perfect arena for the explosive amalgamation of wave and freestyle action. This exposed sailing ground throws together a wonderful opportunity for Windsurfing’s elite, thanks to the combination of powerful swells, relentless wind, and flat water. These conditions are the strong foundations upon which freestyle has been built and has flourished, allowing sailors to mix breathtaking, aerial skill and complex, planing maneuverability into their repertoires.

Freestyle has had the greatest influence on modern windsurfing of all the disciplines, attracting a multitude of young, talented and inventive sailors, and offering them the chance to put their mark on the history of the Tour. The most recent moves have crossed the line between the traditional classification of ‘wave’ and ‘freestyle’ tricks, and as such, the sport has been taken in a new direction by the younger generation. 

Chasing part of the €45K prize purse, the men’s fleet shows the return of last year’s winner, and 2008 PWA Freestyle World Champion, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic/North/MFC) - one of a handful of favourites for the event and the World Title. After a very impressive result in the waves at Cabo Verde, last year’s runner up and 2007 World Champion Marcillo ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Fanatic/North) returns to the island, looking to reclaim his crown. New and exciting talent comes in the form of the youthful Kiri Thode (Starboard/Gaastra) and Egor Popretinskiy (JP/NeilPryde/MFC), the experienced Frenchman Nicolas  Akgazciyan (Starboard), and local hero Antxon Otaegui (JP/NeilPryde/MFC) also add to the excitement in the build up to the event. All of these exceptional windsurfers will undoubtedly be keeping a keen eye the reigning World Champion, eager to win their place on the podium.

The event also signals the start of the Women’s Freestyle tour, where the incredibly talented Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) looks to reassert her dominance over the fleet. 2008 saw a huge push in the women’s event, taking freestyle to a breathtaking new level with powerful and technical displays from and Swiss belle Laure Treboux (Fanatic/North), Canarian local Daida Ruano Moreno (North), and Japan’s Junko Nagoshi (Tabou/Simmer/Dakine). With women’s freestyle continuing to reach new and exciting heights, all expectation is on the 2009 season to flourish.

There has been a lot of movement within the industry during the off-season, and the constructors are keen to show off their new signings, and new equipment. As the waiting for the ’09 PWA Freestyle Tour comes to a close, expectation is high for the sailors to keep pushing the frontiers of the discipline.
History has shown the Canaries Tour to be the catalyst for innovation, new moves and unprecedented windsurfing action, so stay tuned for your move-by-move guide LIVE, here on

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Day 6: Antoine Albeau claims first bullet of the season after an exhilarating day of slalom



Day 5: Van der Eyken victorious, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa is crowned the freestyle Queen for an incredible 8th time


Day 4: A day to savour for Amado Vrieswijk - Dieter Van der Eyken moves to the top of the event rankings and Sarah-Quita Offringa shines again


Day 3: Dieter Van der Eyken storms back through the double but can’t quite stop Kiri Thode, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa dominates


Day 2: Close calls, mega moves and only 6 men and 5 women left standing at the end of second day


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