PWA World Windsurfing Tour http://www.pwaworldtour.com The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) represents excellence in windsurfing. It's current and past members constitute the very best windsurfers in the World. We the PWA are the sailors who represent the sport at the highest level of competition, we strive to improve everyday and make windsurfing better for you, the public. en_GB PWA Worldtour Mon, 26 Feb 2024 16:03:58 +0100 Mon, 26 Feb 2024 16:03:58 +0100 TYPO3 EXT:news news-7477 Mon, 26 Feb 2024 15:49:55 +0100 SPICARE Omaezaki Japan World Cup https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7477&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f4c4aa3df40cd77c4d79ba41299c160e Winners Clinch World Number One Position in Buzzer Beater Finishes at Japan World Cup
 In the first 5-star event of the 2024 world windsurfing wave tour, winners from Spain, Japan and Hawaii edged out the field with multiple, buzzer beater moments at the Spicare Omaezaki Japan World Cup. They will now start the season with the coveted, world number one position.

In the Pro Junior Boys, 2023 World Junior Champion, Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) took the win in an intense final, where the last three waves ridden in the final 30 seconds counted for each of the podium finishers.  In light, cross offshore conditions with clean, head high waves, Dunkerbeck found an excellent set that offered multiple critical lip hits. Scoring a 7.67, he looked like he’d take the win mid-way through the heat if he could find a back-up. But in the last 30 seconds of the heat, Ryu Nogochi (Severne), who had impressed in the Pro Men’s by making the semi-finals, made a late charge by nailing a critical lip hit on a decent set to take the lead. If he’d made his last aerial on that wave, he may well have won. Dunkerbeck answered back on a smaller wave behind, with two lips hits that managed to give him just enough of a back-up score to take back the lead.  But right on the buzzer, Hayata Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails), who was currently sitting in fourth place, was on one of the biggest waves of the heat behind him. Ishii started with a great aerial, but the wave didn’t offer much for his second move and he scored a 6.27 to finish as runner up, just 0.2 points ahead of Ryu. Ryoma Sugi, who had sat in second all the way up to the last minute, but had caught a smaller wave in front of the sets and had to watch as the others all slashed their way to move ahead of him.  A grateful Liam said, “It was probably one of the most difficult heats of my life. It was freezing cold, glassy on the inside and really windy on the outside. I was lucky I got that big one in the middle of the heat.”

Maria Morales Navarro (Goya Windsurfing) continued the Spanish conquest in the Junior Girls by knocking out upcoming Japanese talent, Nozomi Sakai and Mii Yamada. Nozomi did well to start the heat with two quick scores, but with very light winds, just fell off the back of a good wave on her second turn. This still gave her the lead, which she held all the way up until the last minute, when Morales found a long walled set wave. She slashed her way through multiple turns on clean walls to steal the win from Nozomi. “I’m super happy to win here at Omaezaki.  The conditions were really good, but it was not that easy,” said Maria joyfully.

The Pro Men and Pro Women were run in mast high waves over an exhausting, but exhilarating 10 hour day. The 2023 World Champion, Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing), led the Men’s final for most of the way and looked unstoppable with rapid fire frontside to backside moves in critical sections.  But in the last few seconds of the heat, Hawaiian rider, Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins), managed to snare a great wave that offered excellent sections for progression. He landed an aerial and, in a ‘will he or won’t he’ moment, pulled a dramatic goiter out of the white water to take the win after the buzzer.  Bernd said: “I’m notorious for giving people scares like that.  It definitely has to do with a feeling you get. You feel the wave is out there, you just have to wait for it to come. And I felt like something good was going to happen to me today.”.  Victor Fernandez (Duotone / Duotone Sails) had been another stand out, riding waves with speed, aggression and a snappy, off the lip style. But he couldn’t quite maintain the same flow and power he had found earlier in the day and finished in third.  Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) had looked to be gaining momentum right up to the semi-finals, with an attacking down-the-line approach. He smacked a few good sections in the final, but just didn’t quite get the same wave quality as he’d had in previous heats.  

Local favourite and 2023 winner, Motoko Sato (Starboard / Severne Sails), proved too strong in the Pro Women’s and again, took out the win ahead of world number two, Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing). Sato used a succession of frontside hits with backside snaps to score the highest wave of the heat. A relieved Sato said: “being a local here, people think I’m used to these conditions, but I’m not really used to these onshore conditions at all. I’m so glad to win.” Hauser powered through bottom turns and hit lips with aggression to challenge Motoko and take out the runner up position. World number four, María Andrés (Duotone / Duotone Sails), did consistent and strong frontside turns throughout the event to remain a serious threat and finished in third place. 

In difficult light-wind conditions, the Masters ended up as an all-Japanese final. Yoshitaka Ikeda found a good down the line rhythm to take out Takashi Endo in yet another close final.

Riders will now focus on the second 5 star event of the 2024 World Wave Tour, which will happen in Chile from March 30 to April 12.  

Results & 2024 World Rankings:

Pro Junior Boys
1st Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
2nd Hayata Ishii (JPN | RRD / RRD Sails)
3rd Ryu Noguchi (JPN (Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Ryoma Sugi (JPN)

Pro Junior Girls / Junior Girls
1st Maria Morales Navarro (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
2nd Nozomi Sakai (JPN)
3rd Mii Yamada (JPN)
4th Natsuki Wawkasa (JPN) 

Junior Boys
1st Ryu Noguchi (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
2nd Ryoma Sugi (JPN)
3rd Haruto Konishi (JPN)
4th Takumi Moriya (JPN | Severne / Severne Sails)

Pro Women
1st Motoko Sato (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
2nd Sarah Hauser (NC | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Maria Andres (ESP | Duotone / Duotone Sails)
4th Maria Morales Navarro (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Natsuki Wakasa / Shoko Yoshioka (JPN)
6th Nozomi Sakai / Minako Mori (JPN)

Pro Men
1st Bernd Roediger (HI | Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins)
2nd Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Victor Fernandez (ESP | Duotone / Duotone Sails)
4th Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins)
5th Takara Ishii (JPN | RRD / RRD Sails) / Marc Pare Rico (ESP | Simmer / Simmer Sails)
 
7th Ryu Noguchi (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails) / Robby Swift (UK | JP / NeilPryde)

Masters
1st Yoshitaka Ikeda (JPN)
2nd Takashi Endo (JPN)
3rd Masaru Nimi / Dai Akimot (JPN)

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news-7475 Wed, 21 Feb 2024 03:59:19 +0100 SPICARE Omaezaki Japan World Cup https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7475&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=db0c48ee295415b4a9ebc7be22c0166f Day 2: Bernd Roediger and Motoko Sato emerge victorious in Omaezaki after an enthralling 10 hours of competition After a massive day of over 10 hours of competition at the Spicare OMaezaki Japan World cup, Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins) and Motoko Sato (Starboard / Severne Sails) have emerged victorious in dramatic finals.

Competitors were met with solid, mast high swells, combined with moderate, cross-onshore, starboard tack wind. It would be a battle of the Hawaiian based, starboard tack specialists, versus the European onshore specialists, versus top Japanese shredders.

Eventual champion, Roediger was the only person to win every single heat he was in. He impressed all day with natural flow and a considered technique to stay especially high on the wave face to maintain speed and find rapid fire sections. But he had to pull multiple hail Mary’s to win both the semi-final and final in a dramatic finish to the end of both heats. His first gripping save was in the final minutes of the semi-final, where he lifted from third to first, with a series of fast lip smacks and progressive style on only his third wave of the heat. Progressing to the final, he started in a relaxed and playful mood, seemingly enjoying whatever the wave offered and keeping busy, rather than just waiting for only the major sections to appear. As the heat progressed, he then focused more on finding the really critical sections and was well rewarded with a 5.67 when he pulled off one of the biggest hits of the day on a near mast-high section. With reigning World Champion, Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing), in the lead when the final buzzer sounded to end the heat, Bernd pulled off his second hail Mary move of the day. Finding rare side-shore style speed, he pulled fast paced lip hits with a dramatic, low-wind goiter on the inside reform that kept the audience on the edge of their seats, as he used whatever remaining strength he had to pull it out of the whitewater for a completion. Earning a near excellent 7.5 for such a difficult move in the conditions, Roediger moved ahead of Browne for the first time in the final to win the event. “I’m notorious for giving people scares like that. It definitely has to do with a feeling you get. You feel the wave is out there, you just have to wait for it to come. And I felt like something good was going to happen to me today,” Bernd said smiling. “When I caught that wave, I knew it was a good one. Everything changed. Suddenly the wind had clicked a couple of degrees more side-shore, the wave was clean and it just made it easy.“

Browne had been another stand out of the day, starting round one with a near excellent heat total of 15.67 and looking like he was the one to beat. Throughout the day, he continually found multiple opportunities to mix up backside cut-backs with fast, powerful frontside hits and even the occasional aerial. In a stirring loss, Browne led the entire way through until the buzzer sounded and looked unbeatable for the majority of it. He consistently used fast paced, multi-directional, critical moves to make the most of what the wave offered, and did so with superior speed, power and flow. But, unable to bring in his usual aerial rotation moves, he finished with a heat total of 12.10, just one point below eventual champion, Roediger. A remarkably cheery Browne said, “Bernd rips and he always has something in the bag, so I knew it wasn’t going to be over until it was over, and he did it. But second place is a great start to the year. I’m really happy and I’m looking forward to Chile and will hopefully get a good result there too.”

Third place finisher, Victor Fernandez (Duotone / Duotone Sails), was another head turner of the competition, making the conditions look a lot less onshore than they were. The Spaniard rode waves with speed, aggression and a snappy, off the lip style, despite acknowledging the day was “really hard, with big and challenging waves”. With declining wind, he possibly struggled a little to maintain his momentum in the final, but still found a few good down-the-line waves with multiple sections.

Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) had solid momentum in the lead up to the final, with the highest score of the semi-finals. With his usual impeccable timing, he excelled at finding larger, solid sections to hit with power and was one of the few successful riders to consistently pull off a more committed down-the-line approach. However, whether luck, tiredness or the dropping wind factored in, Noireaux just wasn’t able to find the same quality waves that he had earlier in the day and finished in fourth place.

The women’s final was a tight battle between the top three, with all finalists impressing throughout the entire event. But local favourite and last year’s winner, Motoko Sato (Severne / Severne Sails), proved too strong and again, took out the win.

Sato was a little more selective than most, but managed to find the wave that made the difference after the halfway mark in the final. Reading the conditions well, she used a good mix of frontside lip hits and backside snaps to win. “I’m so glad to win, I’m thrilled to have all the riders from all over the world,” an ever polite Motoko said.

Runner up, Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) used her wave prowess to stay high on the wave face and hit critical sections with power. However, the Hawaiian based rider couldn’t quite link enough multiple turns together in the beach break setting.

World number four, María Andrés (Duotone / Duotone Sails), consistently looked to be a major threat, powering her way through heat wins all day until the final. On her best waves, Andrés maintained good speed throughout her turns and impressed with excellent wave selection and some strong frontside turns.

Upcoming junior star, Maria Morales Navarro (Goya Windsurfing) picked some bigger waves throughout the day and rode well, despite her limited starboard tack experience.

Juniors and Masters are now the only divisions to be completed and may run tomorrow, or later this week depending on the rapidly changing conditions. Traveling competitors are now focusing on the second 5-star event of the 2024 World Tour calendar in Chile, which runs from March 30 to April 12.

Result SPICARE Omaezaki Japan World Cup - Women’s Wave

1st Motoko Sato (JPN / Severne / Severne Sails)
2nd Sarah Hauser (NC | Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)
3rd María Andrés (ESP | Duotone / Duotone Sails)
4th Maria Morales Navarro (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Natsuki Wakasa (JPN)
5th Shoko Yoshioka (JPN)

Result SPICARE Omaezaki Japan World Cup - Men’s Wave

1st Bernd Roediger (HI | Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins)
2nd Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Victor Fernandez (ESP | Duotone / Duotone Sails)
4th Morgan Noireaux (HI | JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins)
5th Takara Ishii (JPN | RRD / RRD Sails) 
5th Marc Pare Rico (ESP | Simmer / Simmer Sails)
7th Ryu Noguchi (JPN | Severne / Severne Sails)
7th Robby Swift (UK | JP / NeilPryde)

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news-7470 Sat, 17 Feb 2024 05:02:33 +0100 Preseason Buildup https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7470&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1710b12b4a2c872f98f6c86f30dc125f Reigning Vice-World Champion, Sarah Hauser gets ready to step out of her comfort zone as she prepares to compete at the SPICARE Omaezaki Japan World Cup, which begins in just two days time Last year’s Vice-World Champion, Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) will be the highest ranked sailor on paper coming into the SPICARE Omaezaki Japan World Cup, which starts on the 19th February, but as she admits in this interview, a jumping event like Omaezaki is far out of her comfort zone! Read on to find out why… 

PWA: We’re heading to Japan for the opening event of the season - how did you spend your offseason? 

SH: Well, I'm glad you ask, because next month I will be releasing the 3rd episode of Life of Adventure, my new vlog on YouTube, and I will share about my offseason/winter period for January and February. But bascailly what I can tell you is that I was very busy! There was some personal stuff keeping me busy, but there were also some events, some sponsors events with GoPro and with Medallia. So I was busy traveling for that and that's super cool because I'm grateful to have those those relationships and those sponsors backing me for 2024.

I haven't been on the water as much as I would have wanted to because of all these things keeping me busy. But I have spent a fair amount of time in the gym just trying to get strong again, because last year was a bit of a complicated year with Casey's leukaemia and the back and forth between Maui and L.A. So just trying to lay some strong physical base was kind of my goal, at least.

PWA: Have you been to Japan before and what are you most excited about for this trip? 

SH: I have been in Japan for layovers, but never for an actual trip, so it will be more like a first time. And what I'm most excited about is, is so many things. Actually, just to discover what I don't know. And it seems like there is a very tight community of windsurfers there so I'm really excited to meet them and sail with them and see how they windsurf, how they live there with their lifestyle around the ocean. I'm also very excited about the food, obviously! Always when traveling for competition, there is a part of me that wishes that we can complete the event and have some time to experience the culture and it's not in just a few days that we can grasp an entire culture, but it's still great to get glimpses of that. So I would hope that there is going to be some time to do that! 

PWA: What are your expectations for the week?

SH: As for the expectations, for me, this really is out of my comfort zone! I’m not able to go to Europe this year, but I still wanted to challenge myself and compete in conditions that I know are not my cup of tea. Omaezaki is normally a jump-orientated spot and I know that's going to be tough for me. This is really not the type of waves in which I excel. I’m more into the the surfing kind of waves, and the big waves as well, but I think there can be big conditions. It can definitely be more like a storm chase type of forecast if we have big days out there. So, yeah, I'm not having huge expectations for the result - I really am trying to challenge myself, get out of my comfort zone and compete again. I believe that as riders on the tour, we should get challenged in both surfing and jumping, so I'm trying to do my part and go, and at the same time discover a really cool place and a nice culture.

PWA: Thanks, Sarah, good luck for the event.
 

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news-7468 Fri, 16 Feb 2024 15:55:19 +0100 Preseason Buildup https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7468&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ee0f6b8da2bf2091fa79ca7a6eac71e5 The first event of the 2023 PWA/IWT Wave World Tour is now just a few days around, so we caught up with Japan's very own Takuma Sugi to see how he's feeling ahead of his home event. The 2024 SPICARE Omazaeki Japan World Cup begins on the 19th February and runs until 25th Feb. Last year saw the contest completed in marginal conditions, so with a bit of lady luck shining on our side this time around we'll be able to see the full potential of Omazaeki, while giving the best wave sailors on the planet the perfect platform on which to shine. Ahead of the start of the season, we managed to catch up with home talent, Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project Fins), who finished last season ranked 8th overall and has aspirations of finishing even higher in 2024.

PWA: It’s the first event of the season and it’s on home soil for you - how does it make you feel competing in front of a home crowd?

Takuma: I’m sooo excited for the event and meeting my friends in Japan. I’m so happy to show my sailing at a World Cup for Japanese supporters. Those may be very big pressures, but even that is something to look forward to. 

PWA: How have you prepared for this event during the off season? 

Takuma: We had 3 national event (JWA) in Omaezaki this winter so actually not really an off season! But I had good starboard tack training and really practiced concentrating on freestyle move in the waves. It went pretty well and I was also able to test a lot of boards in the same conditions.

PWA: You were 8th on the tour last year, what are your goals for this season? 

Takuma: My goal is TOP3 in the world this year. And anyway, enjoy windsurfing.

Good luck for the upcoming event and season Takuma! 

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news-7466 Tue, 13 Feb 2024 16:07:21 +0100 Kona Winds https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7466&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=235c8af48418de8da4edd95a96d48429 Maui experienced an almost unprecedented run of Kona winds during January - here's a collection of some of the best action featuring reigning world champion, Marcilio Browne Goya Windsurfing: "Experience the challenge of Maui's Kona winds, which lasted almost the entire month of January. Join world champion windsurfer Marcilio Browne as he experiences the good, the bad, and the ugly of these difficult conditions, emphasising how important it is to be dialed in with your equipment. This video features insights from board shapers Keith Teboul, Adam Lewis, and sail designer Jason Diffin, highlighting the art behind the sport. 

Special thanks to Aerial Video Maui and Fish Bowl Diaries for the breathtaking action footage.
Created by Levi Siver."

You can watch Marcilio Browne enjoying this ultra-rare run of Kona winds @ https://youtu.be/YKuLf-2ntjI?si=QV2faYIO-9rnD1OC

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news-7464 Fri, 09 Feb 2024 14:38:57 +0100 Western Australia https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7464&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ea48db35a787bcb6163f2c64b6f9b014 Superb drone footage of Jaeger Stone in Geraldton, WA Although he may not have competed on the PWA Wave World Tour since Covid, Jaeger Stone (Severne / Severne Sails) remains one of the best wave sailors in the world. It's currently windy season in Western Australia and Paul van Bellen was recently on hand with his drone to catch some unbelievable footage of Jaeger in Geraldton.

Paul van Bellen: "Spent the afternoon filming Jaeger Stone in Geraldton. Super cool to watch him sail his local spot. I've slowed the action down so you can learn some technique. Hope you enjoy!

Follow me on Instagram:  

 @paulvanbellen  

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news-7462 Wed, 07 Feb 2024 15:26:58 +0100 Slow-Motion Windsurfing https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7462&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6bb24496e6629159d3c09b1e12596dcd Just Thomas Traversa doing what he does best... Everyone knows how much Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) loves hunting down wind and more importantly waves and the Frenchman recently scored an epic one week trip, where he sailed one spot with just one board and two sails - showing that a minimalistic approach can often be the best... 

Thomas Traversa:

"1 trip
1 week
1 spot
1 board   -------------- Tabou Da Curve 68
2 sails     --------------  Gaastra Manic 4.0 (white) & 4.2 (red)

1 very slow video
2 mesmerizing songs from Hermanos Gutierrez:
 "El Malo y el bueno" ------- "Tres hermanos"

Video clips by Pierre Bouras"

You can see Thomas Traversa's slow-motion wave riding @ https://youtu.be/3-f15wIjxAQ?si=4G89mu5WtQe7nUlP

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news-7460 Tue, 06 Feb 2024 15:09:00 +0100 Breaking News https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7460&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5c2f1097e0357506cf374ae4df1a14c2 Vice-World Champion Ricardo Campello to miss the 2024 competitive season after parting ways with Naish The current Wave Vice-World Champion, Ricardo Campello has confirmed that following his departure from sponsors Naish, he will not be competing on the PWA x IWT Unified Wave Tour in 2024. As the 2023 Vice-World Champion, we are certain he will be missed on tour, but Ricardo reassures us this is definitely not the end of his competitive career, and he is planning (sponsor depending) to return to the tour in 2025!

The 2024 PWA x IWT Unified Wave World Tour kicks off in just under two weeks time in Japan with the SPICARE Omazaeki Japan World Cup - which is also the first 5-star event of the year. 

 

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news-7458 Mon, 05 Feb 2024 13:50:20 +0100 Bucket List https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7458&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ec867aed4650cf4ef9fa639a13d2c9c6 Sarah-Quita Offringa & Oda Brødholt tick off Peru from their bucket list on an all out wave mission. Windsurfing University: Travelling to Peru has been on the bucket list for a long time! We've seen so many of our friends surf this endless wave and we wanted to experience that as well.

For once we left all of our freestyle gear and packed ONLY wave gear. We had 2 weeks of all wave fun! Windsurfing, kite wave and foiling. Travel with us to Peru and experience the magic of Pacasmayo and Chicama with us!.

You can see Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Oda Brødholt enjoying Peru @ https://youtu.be/i3H74eK0c40?si=Egi6ybvU8Q1cQl4w

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news-7456 Thu, 01 Feb 2024 04:33:17 +0100 Transfer News https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7456&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=340e8978a039064ffe80f64d60dabf82 Simmer Style welcome World No.4 Marc Paré back home for 2024 Marc Paré (Simmer / Simmer) enjoyed his best season to date on the PWA Wave World Tour, which saw the Spaniard in contention for the world title heading into the last event of the year in Maui, Hawaii, before ulimately finishing  4th overall. For 2024, Paré will return back to where it all started for him as he will sail under the Simmer flag for 2024. 

Simmer Style: "We are beyond excited to announce that Marc Paré Rico is back on the Simmer Style team. Marc began his career as a professional windsurfer on Simmer Style at the age of 14. Marc is one of the most accomplished and influential windsurfers of modern times. He is well known for his exceptional skills, dedication, and passion for the sport. After spending some time together with Marc in January, sharing our vision for the brand’s future, and showing the products we are currently working on, we agreed that Marc should come home to the Simmer Style family.

We believe in building long-term relationships with everyone in our organisation. Many of our team riders have spent most of their careers as a part of the Simmer Style family. We have long-term relationships with all our suppliers, and most of our in-house staff have worked with the brand for over a decade. This is how you create a strong team that grows together over time. We all look forward to working with Marc throughout his career to achieve all his goals. Marc Paré Rico brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Simmer Style family. Marc will work closely with our R&D together with our Sail Designer, Tomas Persson, Board Designer, Ola Helenius, Creative Director, Peter Anjou and his Simmer Style team mates, Kai Katchadourian, Ben Proffitt and Alessio Stillrich."

You can see Marc Paré back on Simmer @ https://youtu.be/DLw7PdAVZV4?si=bS_ubvvVUq2DaRHK

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news-7454 Wed, 31 Jan 2024 04:27:05 +0100 Transfer News https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7454&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=3bebc03d89b5f5a74a877e4d35ee9513 Marino Gil to sail for JP-Australia & NeilPryde for coming 2024 season Marino Gil (JP / NeilPryde) finished ranked 11th overall on the 2023 PWA Wave World Tour for 2023, which included almost winning his home event in Gran Canaria as he pushed eventual winner and world champion - Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) - all the way in a collosal tussle, which saw the 21-year-old force a Super Final before just missing out on a maiden victory on the World Tour.

Gil has made a name for himself as one of the brightest young wave sailing talents on the planet, which has earned him a move to JP and NeilPryde for the coming season as transfer news starts to filter through at the beginning of the new year. 

Photos courtesy of TWSwindsurf.

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news-7452 Mon, 29 Jan 2024 04:58:59 +0100 Windsurfing Wipeouts https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7452&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5a86809712584dea6f74ab4affc52b75 Who doesn't love a crash? Well luckily for you, you can now watch a two minute montage of nothing but wipeouts courtesy of Fish Bowl Diaries from Ho'okipa Fish Bowl Diaries: "That's a wrap for 2023 from us but we've saved the best to last!

We're signing out of 2023 with a compilation of windsurfing wipeouts and crashes featuring Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing), Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing), Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails), Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde), Kai Lenny (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing), Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins), Jake Schettewi (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins), Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins), Marc Paré (Simmer / Simmer Sails), Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails), Arthur Arutkin (Duotone / Duotone Sails / Black Project Fins), Diony Guadagnino, Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing), Federico Morisio (Starboard / Severne Sails), Francisco Goya (Goya Windsurfing), Paul Karaolides."

You can two minutes of non-stop wipeouts @ https://youtu.be/PGcAVEpuHLQ?si=oiOQpRYcnE22UmKp

 

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news-7450 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 14:11:27 +0100 BITTERSWEET https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7450&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=70b8368e6f329375720efa6041806b48 UK Freestyler George Grisley unveils his new short film 'BITTERSWEET' shot in the windsurfing paradise of Jericoacoara George Grisley made his debut on the Freestyle PWA World Tour last year and he quickly settled into the competition scene as he recorded a top 16 result in his first event in Fuerteventura - joint 13th. 

The Brit has been out in Jericoacoara, Brazil, in the latter stages of 2023 where he was making his first windsurfing movie called 'BITTERSWEET', which is a 20 minute masterpiece that you can watch @ https://youtu.be/1KZX5ECStvs?si=U8crP6N4-w2H5UqK

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news-7448 Wed, 24 Jan 2024 10:29:01 +0100 Pacasmayo, Peru https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7448&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=03cc4bfa3871ac1f961976c2e844cc4b Transport Baptiste Cloarec to one of the longest windsurfing waves in the world, Pacasmayo, Peru, and you can have yourself a great highlights reel Baptiste Cloarec (RRD / RRD Sails) made quite a name for himself last year as he tore apart Cloudbreak, Fiji, to deservedly claim his first victory on the PWA/IWT Wave World Tour. 

Fast forward a few months and the young Frenchman was continue to travel the globe - this time making his way to one of the longest windsurfing waves in the world - Pacasmayo, Peru, which is a world renowned left-hander. With Cloarec's natural skill and athletism it's safe to say he tore this wave apart too and you can see some of the evidence of that @ https://youtu.be/UfDHf1xPWsw?si=9H2JIP1HdLZAtJEc

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news-7446 Mon, 22 Jan 2024 15:22:01 +0100 Windsurfing Around The Globe https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7446&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=9351de33fd8e145c92c875f8e6701229 Join Adrien Bosson on a journey through 2023 as the Frenchman goes trotting around the globe in search of the best wind & waves on the planet Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins): "For the windsurfing lovers, here is a 14 minute action clip from the destinations I have been during 2023. You will see some of my best rides during trips to South Africa, Cabo Verde & Mauritius plus also some heats during World Cup Freestyle contests in Fuerteventura & Sylt. 

For sure the stand out trip was Cabo Verde where I scored some of the best and longest waves of my life. I also really enjoy competing on the highest level during both Fuerteventura PWA World Cup and Sylt Windsurf World Cup to finish 3rd in the 2023 overall PWA Men Freestyle ranking. My windsurfing is turning more and more into the waves as I feel a deeper connection to the elements, but the freestyle discipline is my background, it allows me to keep the competitive mindset and to push myself against the best, which I enjoy so much!

Thanks to everybody behind the camera.

00:00 Waveriding Cape Town
01:57 Freestyle Cape Town
04:00 Unreal ride in Cabo Verde
08:25 Magic Mauritius 
11:54 Fuerteventura Windsurf Worldcup
13:00 Windsurf Worldcup Sylt"

You can see Adrien Bosson globe trotting to some of the best windsurfing destinations in the world @ https://youtu.be/UoeWUmLDp7k?si=xDg7V_soXJC6R6J2

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news-7444 Thu, 18 Jan 2024 13:18:09 +0100 Kona Winds https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7444&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=cc4ca1ca4e7a11a0a106df3e613c12aa The King - Robby Naish - was on hand to tuck into a rare kona winds day at Lanes this January It's doesn't happen very often, but when it does there is often some windsurfing gold at the end of the rainbow... yes we are talking about kona winds in Maui, which means port tack wave riding conditions that elevates Lanes to another level.

Rare kona wind conditions turned up recently in Maui and many pro sailors were there to tuck into the action, including none other than the King himself - Robby Naish (Naish / Naish Sails) - the results of which you can see @ https://youtu.be/-3yOAr87wTo?si=h_Iat69Jayfb27co

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news-7442 Tue, 16 Jan 2024 15:07:43 +0100 Full Debut Season https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7442&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=07cd9592735744014b85ceefad92f786 Michele Becker shares his top 5 moments from his first full season tour which saw him impressively finish ranked 5th overall for 2023 Michele Becker (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils) made his debut on the PWA World Tour back in 2017. However, the now 25-year-old only completed the full circuit for the first time in his career in 2023 and things couldn't really have gone much better for Becker with the German finishing the season ranked in a hugely impressive 5th overall in the Slalom.

Over the course of the season, Becker recorded four top 10 results from the five events completed, while in the only event he didn't finish in the top 10 - Fuerteventura - he couldn't have come any closer - 11th. Becker has now been going back through his top 5 moments from the 2023 season and you can see those highlights @ https://youtu.be/Lr5ApgOlFQI?si=lwldqt4dKIS7pT0-

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news-7440 Mon, 15 Jan 2024 14:23:12 +0100 Riding The Wind, Chasing Dreams https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7440&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=600a025a2721266a7a24920d2e8dc2a7 Who is Bob van de Burgt? Find out more about the 22-year-old Dutchman in his latest video Bob van de Burgt (FMX Racing / S2Maui) is an up and coming racer who hails from the Netherlands. The 22-year-old made his debut on the PWA World Tour in 2022 and has since been training hard as he aspires to reach the very top of the sport. Some of that hard work is already starting to pay off with the young Flying Dutchman booking his place in his first semifinal during the 2023 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam. van de Burgt finished the season ranked 22nd overall after competing at four out of the five events last year.

Now you can learn more about the aspiring young talent in his latest video, which is an excellent portrait edit that allows you to get to know him a bit better @ https://youtu.be/4mH5WQUL0Y8?si=hPDD9uO7CZjH-MGr

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news-7438 Thu, 11 Jan 2024 14:37:45 +0100 Life of Adventure https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7438&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=7125c3799d360ce39a040d4d183885e9 The first episode of Sarah Hauser's new series which delves into her remarkable comeback during last year's Aloha Classic Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing): "This is episode 1 of Life of Adventure which shows the behind the scene of my 2023 Aloha Classic experience. So much went on before, during and right after this iconic competition. I'm inviting you to jump into my world and relive what was one of the most memorable athletic feats of my career as I had to climb my way back from dead last all the way up to the podium.

The 2023 International Windsurfing Tour & PWA WORLD Tour Aloha Classic contributed to a fundraising effort to support the people impacted by the Lahaina and Kula wildfires. You can still make a contribution at freshhelpmaui.com

Life of Adventure is brought to you by @Dermatone and @GoPro.  

Please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel to help the adventure continue!"

You can see episode 1 of Sarah Hauser's 'Life of Adventure' @ https://youtu.be/dKLi6QOnFNQ?si=fpFMuY8Cjf3feWI7

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news-7436 Wed, 10 Jan 2024 14:26:13 +0100 Windsurfing Skate Park https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7436&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5695086f89871505192d156e8c4eba99 Join Justyna Sniady for a super fun looking session at Coronation Beach, Western Australia When not competing on the Wave PWA World Tour, Justyna Sniady is based in Western Australia, where she is able to sail some of the best conditions in the world. To kick off the year the former vice-world champion has been up to Coronation Beach, which looks incredibly fun sailing, the results of which you can see @ https://youtu.be/o_QXlyA6aSs?si=lotahHLLHeE4NkOW

Justyna Sniady (North Sails / Maui Ultra Fins): "Thanks to Anton Pain for capturing my session with a drone. This clip gives you a good idea of what Coronation Beach in Western Australia looks like. 
I was on 4.2m NorthSails X-Over and waves were quite small that day. 

To book windsurfing coaching at Coronation Beach (Coros) visit my website: https://www.justynasniady.com/"

 

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news-7434 Mon, 08 Jan 2024 07:54:59 +0100 Falling Down The Rankings https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7434&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b8f5d455e35051fce640908ca2f997ec Dieter Van der Eyken gives a candid appraisal of his performance on the 2023 Freestyle PWA World Tour Results wise 2023 may not have gone quite as Dieter Van der Eyken may have wanted - however he still finished in the overall top 16 in the world - and the Belgian has recently released a new edit, which is slightly different to the usual action videos as the former world champion reviews his performance from last season. 

Dieter Van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails): "The 2023 season might not have gone as plan but out of all negatives there are always positives to take. You sometimes need to fall down to step back up and to know what you really want to reach still.

A contest & its results doesn't always tell the real story or show the progress. In this clip I take you through my lead up to the season, the Fuerteventura contest & how the result there motivated me to push more past my limits in the months to follow.

2023 is done & dusted, 2024 is here and the motivation after 13 years on tour is still there to move forward. Not only in competition but also in coaching, media and everything that has to do with windsurfing.

Thanks to all for filming:

- Drone footage : PWA  /Johannes Hertel
- 2024 sails footage: Rafa Soul Art / Severne
- 2022 footage : FPT / AALVA MEDIA
- Aroa Alvarez, Julian Salmonn & many more

Thanks to Severne for the continuing support for 2024 & all the support over the last 20 years!

Stay tuned to my channels in 2024 for more quality content.

Instagram: DieterB35
Facebook : DieterB35"

You can see Dieter Van der Eyken's latest edit @ https://youtu.be/jkTvCJSCgj8?si=EYdsgLHWbC9Obrb9

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news-7432 Fri, 05 Jan 2024 12:25:39 +0100 Constructors' Championship https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7432&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=3bdc8f9adebdc5230d97cbd51d0a469f Starboard & NeilPryde earn respective overall Constructors’ Championship titles for 2023 The battle for the Constructors’ Championship is always fierce with each brand desperate to get their hands on the overall top spot across all divisions. Now the numbers have been tallied up for 2023, so it’s time to announce the respective winners.

Starboard deservedly walk away with the 2023 Boards Constructors Championship after dominating across all three disciplines - Wave, Slalom & Freestyle - in fact they claimed the top place in three disciplines to claim a clear cut victory ahead of Duotone and JP, who complete the podium.

Meanwhile, in the sail division, NeilPryde claim the top honours ahead of Severne Sails after a closely fought battle with just 1 point separating them at the end of the season. Duotone complete the Sail Constructors Championship podium for 2023. 

Below you can find a full breakdown of the results across each discipline: 

Overall Board Constructors Ranking

1st Starboard
2nd Duotone
3rd JP

Overall Sail Constructors Ranking

1st NeilPryde
2nd Severne Sails
3rd Duotone

Overall Constructors Ranking | Wave Board Brands

1st Starboard
2nd Duotone
3rd Goya Windsurfing

Overall Constructors Ranking | Wave Sail Brands

1st Goya Windsurfing
2nd NeilPryde
3rd Severne Sails

Overall Constructors Ranking | Slalom Board Brands

1st Starboard 
2nd FMX Racing
3rd Duotone

Overall Constructors Ranking | Slalom Sail Brands

1st Severne Sails
2nd NeilPryde
3rd Duotone

Overall Constructors Ranking | Freestyle Board Brands

1st Starboard
2nd JP
3rd Severne 

Overall Constructors Ranking | Freestyle Sail Brands

1st NeilPryde
2nd Severne Sails
3rd Duotone

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news-7430 Thu, 04 Jan 2024 15:49:22 +0100 Cold Water Windsurfing https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7430&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5397ef2f58e77b9238c927e3512149fd The cold certainly doesn't phase Leon Jamaer with the German battling against a proper winter storm just before Christmas with just 4 degrees air temps Cold water windsurfing certainly isn't for everyone, however, for those that are willing to brave the cold they are often rewarded with not only excellent conditions, but also much quieter sessions as the cold definitely thins out the crowds.

Just before Christmas a big storm hit the Baltic Sea and despite the icy 4 degree air conditions - Leon Jamaer (Flikka / GUNSAILS) - hit the water to score an early christmas present. The results of which you can see @ https://youtu.be/JVuA1WBvVGU?si=S2JZZiFpeEp2cJYY

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news-7428 Wed, 03 Jan 2024 09:26:35 +0100 YLEM Episode 3 https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7428&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b0eb3ea7f02d5aed484a8caa3d746a92 The latest episode of Antoine Martin's YLEM sees the Frenchman exploring Hawaii as well as securing a second victory at the prestigious Aloha Classic Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) has spent plenty of time in Maui, Hawaii, and episode 3 of his series YLEM sees the Frenchman exploring Hawaii, while also holding several interviews - including one with Robby Naish (Naish / Naish Sails). 

After spending so many hours on the water at Ho'okipa, that ultimated culminated in the 30-year-old securing his second victory at the prestigious Aloha Classic, while also claiming the last place of the overall podium for the first time in his career. 

Episode 3 of YLEM is now available to view @ https://youtu.be/BUlyy3FnwDY?si=aBLswYOSBI4MyNbY

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news-7426 Tue, 02 Jan 2024 14:45:02 +0100 Jaws Black Friday https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7426&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d183c22f4f404a07dcaebeab9d3e9c9c The Ishii brothers take on Jaws for the first time Winter in the Pacific Ocean normally means waves, waves, and more waves and sure enough there have already been a few Jaws swells in Maui, Hawaii. While the usual suspects have been getting stuck in like normal there have also been a few new faces starting to hit the lineup - including the Ishii brothers - Takara (RRD / RRD Sails) and Hayata (RRD / RRD Sails).

Takara and Hayata are both two exciting young prospects on the PWA Wave World Tour and you can see their Jaws adventure @ https://youtu.be/frSc-1lNIgw?si=tNuF8194YbXqQTvn

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news-7424 Fri, 29 Dec 2023 05:43:23 +0100 Fully Charged https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7424&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0d1ab82d7def5e4d862b2cd28887ccf9 The Search - Episode 1 of Maciek Rutkowski's new video series, which sees the Pole head to Norway Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails): "Been a while since I released a video but this is a good one :). We jumped into electric Porsche Taycans and went on a roadtrip around Scandinavia. Got really lucky with the weather, scored really fun conditions and discovered how easy electric transport is around these parts. This first episode is from Norway, where the landscapes were just totally overwhelming and we got a really good session in Pisserenna/Lista - I suck in starboard tack, but it was still really fun… except the rocks, those were crazy slippery! Theres’s also a bit of of a deeper angle, slight introspection... Anyway really happy with the end result and incredibly grateful to Porsche for this opportunity. A brand like this getting involved shows the marketability of windsurfing and I think this is the way we should try to sell our sport more and more. It’s only the best sport in the world after all! :)."

You can see the opening episode of Maciek Rutkowski's new video series @ https://youtu.be/IKAM_6c2ZmA?si=8dwWVtp1Np0tCPN_

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news-7422 Wed, 20 Dec 2023 15:43:15 +0100 Youth Wave World Champion https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7422&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=50d1e2308bdbb5e106ec9dbb4326d160 Carlos Kiefer Quintana became U17 Wave World Champion in October see the young German's VLOG from Cold Hawaii now Carlos Kiefer Quintana (Duotone / Duotone Sails) instantly caught the eye when making his debut on the Youth PWA Wave World Tour and since then he has continued to go from strength to strength, which has culminated in the young German becoming the 2023 U17 Youth Wave World Champion after another powerful display in Cold Hawaii, Denmark, in October.

Since then Carlos has put together a VLOG to give you a bit more of an insight into that event, which you can see @ https://youtu.be/0G-BjgORSyk?si=6rh6fnc529yoTp6G

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news-7420 Fri, 15 Dec 2023 16:18:02 +0100 That's It For 2023 https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7420&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=66e64bb6a391b4599247db37850ca690 Jordy Vonk reviews his year both on the Slalom PWA World Tour and outside of events Jordy Vonk (Duotone / Duotone Sails): Tenerife, Austria, Lake Garda, Holland, France, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Sylt, Japan, and Cape Town: I collected enough miles to keep my gold status for flying and drove enough kilometers for my van to hit 350,000 km by now; it's been a long season!

As it's December now, and I'll be taking a little time off the water to recharge, it's time to look back on 2023.

PWA World Tour

In 2023, the PWA tour expanded to include 5 slalom events scattered throughout the year, featuring locations with both light and strong winds. This diversity contributed to the emergence of a deserving overall winner, and our competition spanned from May to November.

Lake Garda proved to be the most unfortunate event of the year, despite favorable conditions before and after. Thankfully, a fantastic last day showcased the venue's potential as an excellent racing location.

Pozo, an event I eagerly anticipated, didn't unfold as expected with the winds we hoped for (40/45 knots). Despite this, choosing between my 6.8 fin and 5.4 foil sail, I found joy in racing at this historic slalom windsurfing spot.

Fuerteventura consistently delivered excellent conditions, and Sylt, surprisingly warmer than usual, added a positive twist to that event.

The season concluded in Japan, featuring two incredibly intense high-wind days. Shifting this event from spring to autumn marked a significant improvement in the conditions we encountered compared to the last two times.
 
PWA Lake Garda / 10-14 May / 4 eliminations / light wind / 17th place

PWA Pozo / 1-9 July / 10 eliminations / strong wind / 6th place

PWA Fuerte / 27-31 July / 11 eliminations / medium to strong wind /  14th place 

PWA Sylt / 22 Sept - 1 Oct / 7 eliminations / light wind / 22nd place 

PWA Japan / 10 - 14 November / 6 eliminations / strong wind / 12th place
11th place was my final ranking.

Am I happy?

No.

Why?

It's been a mentally challenging season, where it felt like I was battling more against myself and the equipment than my fellow competitors. Consequently, my confidence was quite low, leading to disappointing results. In this highly competitive field, there are many skilled individuals ready to take your place when you're not at your best.

The highlight?

Winning an elimination in Pozo. It's one of the two eliminations this year that were won on a fin, and I'm happy and proud to have achieved this.

How can I turn this form around?

First and foremost, next year the fin and foil will be separate, a positive change that benefits both disciplines. I plan to compete in both, especially focusing on the foil where I feel I have unfinished business. Spending the winter in Tenerife, my main focus will be addressing the issues from this year, working hard and smart to come back stronger.

Clinics & Promotions

Out of competitions there was also plenty of stuff to do. Like usual the last couple years I started with a organised slalom week in Tenerife. Where last year we struggled to get good conditions, this time it was windy every single day. Definitely a great succes. 

In May together with Surfcenter we organised the Defi Wind Experience for the second time, we managed to double the group size and get all participants to finish at least one race: win! 

In the Dutch autumn we saw the return of the Real Trip, it was one of the first competitions I ever did in 2007 and it's awesome to see it back on the calendar. Although wind wasn't really on our side, it was good to see a lot of people and especially kids coming to this event. 

In October the Dam-X took place again where I took a more prominant role this year of being the moderator of the event. It was the first time I did such a thing and I have to admit, I had a prettty good time! 

Together with plenty of other things; like the Duotone launch parties and Surfcenter Oktoberfest, I would definitely say it was a great time being with the people. 

Social Media 

The last 'main task' of the year I'd say were the social media activities. It's pretty time consuming, but it's statisfying when things go well. I've had over 1.2 million views on my reels, gained a solid amount of followers and on both Facebook and Instagram my reach was over one million (till 31 November). 

I've learned and tried some things and of course hope to improve the numbers by a lot again in 2024, the sky is the limit on social media! 

Thank you

Another year done and I'm still feeling very lucky to be a professional windsurfer. I want to give a big shout-out to everybody that helped me through the season; my wife/son, family, friends, supporters and sponsors. Without you guys this journey would not go on. 

2024 is a new year with new chances: let's go!!

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news-7418 Thu, 14 Dec 2023 14:15:55 +0100 Maui Dream https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7418&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6ef846a9166fbd979e26bc7090758f6b Nick Spangenberg relives making his dream a reality after finally managing to visit Maui, Hawaii A trip to Maui, Hawaii, is probably close to the top of the bucket list for every windsurfer out there. As the spiritual home of windsurfing and its beautiful tropical scenery and climate it truly is a dream destination. One man who just managed to turn his dream into reality is Nick Spangenberg (JP / GUNSAILS / Maui Ultra Fins) with the young German heading there this year for the Aloha Classic, which took place in October. 

Nick Spangerberg: "Since I started windsurfing, I've been dreaming of windsurfing in Maui and competing at the Aloha Classic. This year, I got the opportunity to come to Maui and compete here. Despite not having the best conditions, I enjoyed every second on the island and love the vibe there. Looking back at all the trips I've made this year, it still feels unreal to finally live my "dream life," which wouldn't be possible without my sponsors, family, and friends."

You can see Nick Spangenberg making his dreams reality @ https://youtu.be/pmAwTdlMqzY?si=aLNMMDO0LQXyw19G

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news-7416 Tue, 12 Dec 2023 06:46:24 +0100 Mauritius https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=7416&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=469a1b167f42b71d0ab7d4c22be0dfc6 Join the Duotone Team on a trip of a lifetime to Mauritius in search of wind and waves Mauritius is world renowed in the world of watersports and particularly wind sports, so it made sense that Duotone chose this paradise for their 2024 photoshoot... you can see the highlights of what looks like an unbelievable trip @ https://youtu.be/XYtThbHw5n4?si=RRtFDgqqeo1q-DMI

Duotone: "Scouting locations for the SS24 photoshoot was a unique challenge. Top of the list was scoring epic conditions, but of equal importance was a location that offered a level of privacy as to not reveal our big secret too early. 

Enter Mauritius - an African island in the Indian Ocean, most famous for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. Somewhere that wouldn't be too much in the public eye, yet the chance to score epic conditions. Chance being the key word. To meet deadlines we had to shoot in early May, which is the very start of the season in Mauritius and the conditions were by no means guaranteed. But this offered a unique opportunity to take the Wave x Freestyle team on an extended trip with everyone staying together in one house for two weeks. 

The result was the best photoshoot we have ever had. The best team, the best photos, the best videos and the best vibe. Join us as we look deeper into the team unlike anything we have done before and tap into the emotions of this trip, whilst scoring epic conditions at One Eye, Le Morne and more... 

This is TRUE WINDSURFING. This is DUOTONE. 

Filmed and produced by Big Sexy Pictures"

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