Surf World Cup Podersdorf
Following a year’s break from freestyle, the town of Podersdorf played host to the PWA’s finest style masters for their first event of 2010. The sun didn’t stop shining throughout the opening weekend, which gave a group of elite show offs the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of crazy Austrian party goers. Unfortunately, the wind wouldn’t play ball, but this didn’t stop six of the PWA’s stars from busting out their best moves to plenty of beachside beats for the crowds.
After five windless days at the Neusiedlee see, on the sixth, the wind gods awoke, and with an early rise for all, a full single elimination of flipping, sliding, and styling took place. The action packed morning allowed those that had trained hard all winter to prove their worth against the freshest fleet of freestylers on the planet.
The super slick and super stylish, Taty Frans (Starboard, MauiSails), stormed his way to victory on the final day of the Surf World Cup, Podersdorf, to make it two in a row, following his previous event win in Sylt.
Taty started off his mass cull by out tricking Italian PWA veteran, Raimondo Gasperini (Starboard, Severne). At 43, the living legend was the oldest competitor in Podersdorf, but his years of experience were no match for the boy from Bonaire.
Next up, Taty took down newcomer to the tour, Dieter Ven der Eyken (Starboard, Severne). Despite Ven der Eyken’s exciting foray of freestyle trickery, Taty’s display of exuberant style scored more highly with the international judging panel, allowing him a golden ticket to the next round.
The quarterfinal was without a doubt, the heat of the day. Taty was pitched in a play off against his brother, Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra) for a place in the semi finals. But, also on the water, in a separate heat, was their best buddy from Bonaire, Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra), who was up against, an on form, Maarten Van Ochten (JP, NeilPryde). It was like any other day down at Lac Bay, Bonaire for the boys, with moves aplenty and whoops and cheers for the best tricks laid down. The atmosphere throughout the entire heat was electric, and surely provided enough footage for a full feature length movie.
Taty managed to nudge ahead of his brother, which meant he had to beat Thode to claim his place in the winner’s final. After another display of kono’s, culo’s, and other body contorting moves, Taty forced his way through.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the draw, having already taken down the 2009 world champion, many thought that the king of pop, Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2, Gaastra) was simply unstoppable. Taty had other thoughts though and pulled out plenty of power moves to nudge ahead and take the title in Podersdorf.
1st Taty Frans (Starboard, MauiSails)
2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2, Gaastra)
3rd Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)
4th Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)
5= Maarten Van Ochten (JP, NeilPryde)
5= Andre Paskowski (Fanatic, North)
5= Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra)
5= Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard, Gun)
Tom Hartman ensured that thousands of Podersdorf’s partygoers went away with windsurfing at the forefront of their minds. With little wind, and the world’s best, he had a master plan that would prove extremely entertaining.
On Saturday he anchored his huge jump ramp yards from the beach and gathered a crew of riders that would be crazy enough to hit it following a tow-in from a jet ski. The daredevils included the infamous Frans brothers, Van Broeckhoven, local hero Max Matissek (Fanatic, North), and flying Frenchman Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard, Gun). The riders put on a crowd pleasing performance rotating round some fantastic air flakas and perfect forwards.
On Sunday the same crazy crew took tow-in to the next level with a freestyle competition on the mirror calm waters of the Neusiedlee see in ankle deep water. The guys performed a dynamic display of trickery in an attempt to claim their share of the extra €1000 prize pot put forward by the organisers. Van Broeckhoven claimed the largest chunk of cash, with Taty a close second, and Akgazciyan third.
We move forward to Ulsan, Korea where the 2010 slalom world tour kicks off on the 15th May. Be sure to check out www.pwaworldtour.com where you’ll be able to keep up with all of the action via the live ticker and the live elimination ladders, you’ll also be able to view awesome daily picture galleries, and read daily news summaries direct from the beach. For more information contact the PWA office via firstname.lastname@example.org.