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07/02/2013 - created by Chris Yates

PWA POZO WORLD CUP

A look at the likely contenders for the PWA Pozo World Cup

With the first PWA Wave event of the year just a week away we take a look at the likely contenders before the start of the season.

Many of the most radical sailors in the world have now congregated on the shores of Pozo to make sure that they are fully prepared for the five days of competition which lies ahead. The contest shall be running between the 9th-14th July.

Who are the likely contenders?

All eyes will of course be on the reigning PWA Wave world champion - Philip Koester (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins). The wonderkid truly burst onto the world stage four years ago when he came from nowhere to claim his first ever event victory at the age of 15. Now with two world titles Koester has been dominating the wave scene with his trademark double forwards and irresistible style on the wave. The nineteen year old will be looking to complete a hat-trick of event victories in Pozo this year, and it would be hard to bet against him doing so.

Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North) is one rider who has the potential to rain on Koester’s parade. The 2010 PWA Wave world champion pushed his rival all the way last year with an amazing performance with double forwards and one handed goiters been thrown, unfortunately it wasn't enough last year to remove Koester from the top spot, but this year could be different.

Alex Mussolini’s (Tabou / Gaastra) confidence will be at an all time high, having finished on the heralded overall podium for the first time in his career last year. The Spaniard consistently produces some of the best wave riding in the world and achieved several ten and eleven point scores in Pozo last year. Jumping will of course play a major part in Pozo, but don’t rule out the Spaniard, who could pull it out of the bag to come out on top.

Considered, by many, as one of the best jumpers in the world Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) possesses all the necessary weapons in his artillery to rise to the top. With his no fear attitude Campello is a sailor who constantly pushes the boundaries of the sport, and he’ll be hoping he can make a perfect start to 2013.

Of course the likes of Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360), Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC), Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) and Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) are all in contention too, but we’ll take a more in-depth look at them in the full preview, which will be released at the beginning of next week.

Women

With their legendary dominance of the windsurfing world it’s hard to look past the undeniable talent and desire of the Moreno twins. Last year saw an epic battle between Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) and Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne), but Iballa came out on top for the first time in thirteen years to create her own piece of windsurfing history. This year is guaranteed to see another colossal battle between the legendary Moreno twins, the only question is who is going to come out on top this time around? There’s only one way to find out and that’s by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com from the 9th July.

Swiss gem - Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) - spent a substantial amount of time in Western Australia last year and as a multiple time world champion she has the experience and talent to challenge for the top honours. 

Make sure you check back later in the week as we have exclusive interviews with many of the top riders in the world, ahead of the PWA Pozo World Cup which kicks off on the 9th July. As always you’ll be able to follow the amazing action live by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com 

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