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10/18/2012 - created by Chris Yates

2012 PWA NATIONS RANKINGS

WHICH NATION IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL NATION IN THE WORLD FOR 2012?

The season long battle for the prestigious PWA World titles and heralded podium positions weren’t the only things that the sailors were battling it out for, as the pride of each of their respective countries was also at stake every time they entered the competition fray. After ten grueling events, spanning the globe, the results have now been counted and verified and it is time to reveal which nation has come out on top across each of the three PWA disciplines of freestyle, slalom and wave, before unveiling which nation performed the best across all three of the aforementioned disciplines to claim the coveted 2012 PWA Nations Rankings crown.

Wave PWA Nations Ranking

With the legendary Moreno twins, Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) and Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne), finishing first and second in every event this year, with Iballa claiming her fifth PWA World crown, it is no surprise to reveal that Spain finished at the top of the wave rankings, especially when you consider the fact that Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North) finished as the Vice-World Champion with Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) right behind him in third place as he earned his place on the overall podium for the first time. Spain also have Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC) to thank for helping them win the 2012 PWA Wave Nations Ranking, after his maginificent performance in Pozo saw him finish in third place. With such a formidable team it’s hard to see how anyone will stop them next year. Their main rival, Germany, headed up by the man of the moment and back-to-back PWA Wave World Champion Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), along with Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) and Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) ended the season just three points behind the winners, whilst France and Venezuela claimed joint third, largely thanks to the efforts of Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) and Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) respectively.

Slalom PWA Nations Ranking

The slalom saw the largest margin of victory as team France dominated the proceedings to finish an impressive 22 points ahead of their closest rival Switzerland. Armed with both of the 2012 PWA Slalom World Champions, Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic), it is no surprise to see them at the top of the nations rankings. Also playing a pivotal role in helping claim the 2012 title was Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), who finished in the top ten at four out of the six events this season. France had yet more fighting power in their line up with Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) and the 2012 PWA Youth Champion, Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde), both winning crucial points. As already mentioned Switzerland finished as the runners up, thanks to the efforts of both of their Vice-World Champions, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear / Chris Benz) and Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne). Whilst the Netherlands finished in third place, after fine performances from Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic / Different) and Peter Bijl (Fanatic / North).

Freestyle PWA Nations Ranking

Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North) may have won every event this year and more importantly a fifth PWA Freestyle World crown, but he and Yoli Freites de Brendt (Fanatic / North) couldn’t prevent the Bonaire boys consisting of; Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra), Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra), Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), Bjorn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui), from storming to the top of the rankings, as Gollito and de Brendt had to settle for second place ahead of Belgium, who completed the top three with last years PWA Freestyle World Champion Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different) and fellow Belgium maestro Dieter van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne), doing the necessary damage to claim third. 

The 2012 Overall PWA Nations Ranking

Having won the slalom division and finished in joint third in the waves, it is perhaps no surprise to see that France have been crowned the 2012 Overall PWA Nations Ranking Champions. In the end France opened up a clear 7.8 point lead over Switzerland to claim a convincing victory, whilst the final place in the top three narrowly went to the Netherlands after they edged out Spain by a mere 0.7 of a point.

The 2012 Overall PWA Nations Ranking

1st France

2nd Switzerland

3rd Netherlands

4th Spain

5th Venezuela

6th United Kingdom

7th Aruba

8th Bonaire 

9th USA

10th Germany

Wave PWA Nations Ranking

1st Spain

2nd Germany

3rd France

3rd Venezuela

Slalom PWA Nations Ranking

1st France

2nd Switzerland

3rd Netherlands

Freestyle PWA Nations Ranking

1st Bonaire

2nd Venezuela

3rd Belgium

You can see a full list of the results here, as well as being able to find out how the PWA Nations Ranking is calculated.

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