Kia Cold Hawaii Denmark
In just a few days time the second stop of the prestigious PWA wave world tour will hit Denmark’s most radical wave spot, Klitmoller for the first time in PWA history. The most insane wave sailors from around the globe will battle it out on the brutal North Sea from the 13th through to the 19th of September in a bid to claim their share of the €30,000 prize purse, and to gain precious points towards their overall world ranking.
Wind & Waves
Located in the Northern part of Jutland, the small fishing village of Klitmoller lies wide open to some of the most horrific storms the North Sea can conjure up - harsh conditions for the fishermen to endure, but perfect for the highly skilled contortionists that love to shred waves the world over!
Throughout the contest period we can expect anything from tail ends of hurricanes bringing pumping swells and strong south-westerly winds, to bitterly cold Northerlies that require thick skin and a winter wetsuit. The extreme nature of the place is world renowned, and as the name suggests – cold Hawaii - can produce world-class conditions, but with a bitter twist! The sailors will have to be prepared for anything the North Sea can serve up from hardcore 3.4 weather to mellow 5.7.
The full 48-man fleet consists of international superstars and local heroes alike, ensuring smoking hot action from the minute the green flag goes up.
Following his almost immaculate execution of Gran Canaria, the current world tour leader, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC) has been camped out in Klitmoller for the past few weeks to ensure he has the conditions dialled. If the southwesterly winds arrive, the North Sea will turn into a port tack playground in which Fernandez will be right at home. The Spaniard will be gunning for a win, and if he sails like he did in Pozo he’ll certainly be one of the favourites, moving him one step closer to that elusive first world title.
The port tack specialist and 2009 Pozo champion, Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine) will also be one of the main players to watch if the winds howl from the southwest. His high scoring jumps such as those ankle dry double forwards that he performs in Pozo year after year are amongst the most spectacular on the planet, and his radical tricks in the waves help him to advance ahead of others. The teenage sensation has the ability to succeed, and is gaining experience with every competition.
Danger man and dark horse, Klaas Voget (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC) has the skills to cause an upset to his friend and team mate Fernandez too. Klitmoller has been his training ground for over a decade now, so he knows the spot like the back of his hand. He’s also been on location for a few weeks now so is more than prepared to battle it out in his backyard.
Other well known world tour stalwarts that will almost certainly do well in the hardcore North Sea include former freestyle world champion, Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC). Three times wave world champion, Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) who’ll be hungry to make amends for his first performance of the year. Canarian port tack professionals, Dario Ojeda (Tabou, Simmer, Dakine, MFC), Jonas Ceballos (Mistral, Simmer), and Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne). And, Alex Mussolini (Tabou, Vandal) who claimed victory in the brutal conditions in Sylt almost a year ago.
Wherever a wave jacks up in the world, there always seems to be a whole host of locals that have the spot down. Some are unable to travel whilst others prefer to stay off the radar, and as a world-class location, Klitmoller is no different. Seven hardcore homegrown heroes will be joining the fleet, with a few who are more well known than others. These include PWA veteran, Lars Peterson (JP, NeilPryde) who competed on the tour for over ten years, and local lad Kenneth Danielsen (RRD, Simmer, MFC, Mystic) who’s been tipped for the top - apparently he knows Klitmoller like nobody else.
From Thursday evening through to Saturday night Klitmoller will be rocking to the sound of live music and DJs from 9 o’clock until the early hours. The hugely anticipated Windsurfing Movie II will also be premiered on the Thursday evening at 10:00, so if you’re around for the competition, be sure to make the most of every minute by hanging out with the world’s windsurfing stars après surf!
The competition will be streamed live, so you can check it out wherever you are in the world as and when it happens. Watch the action as it unfolds in real time by following this link HERE.
Keep in the groove
For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com
Here you can use our:
• Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins
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• View results
• Read daily news summaries
• Browse awesome action photo galleries
There’s also a dedicated event website which can be found at www.worldcup.coldhawaii.eu
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