Event Preview: The wave sailors return to Cold Hawaii for another legendary event

The PWA returns for the fourth installment of the now legendary Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, as the elite of the wave sailing world prepare to descend once again onto the shores of Klitmøller, Denmark, from the 16th until the 22nd September.

Klitmøller is located in Northern Jutland, just ten kilometers southwest of Hantsholm, what once was a quaint little fishing village is now being heralded as one of the wave sailing gems of Europe. Its reputation is such that, Klitmøller, is now more commonly known as Cold Hawaii, due to the fact that it bares the brunt of the biggest storms in Northern Europe. This may be less than ideal for the fisherman, but it does provide the perfect playground for the most radical sailors in the world to contort themselves into mind-blowing maneuvers, as they take full advantage of the world class waves and howling winds. 

What’s the deal?

Seven days of wave sailing heaven as the world’s most radical sailors prepare to deliver another amazing display in their third event of the year. The finest wave sailors in the world are preparing to battle it out, in the ferocious wind and waves of the North Sea, for those crucial world tour points as the season heads towards its pinnacle. 

Ones To Watch

As the reigning double world champion and current leader of the PWA Wave World Tour Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) will enter the competition as the favorite. The nineteen year old produced a brilliant display in Tenerife as he exploded through trademark double forwards and superb radical antics on the wave. Now Koster will be desperate to regain his Cold Hawaii crown, having relinquished it to the brilliance of Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) in 2012. The Frenchman will also be extremely determined to defend his maiden victory title and having just won the Red Bull Storm Chase in Tasmania, confidence will be extremely high. Expect to see TT charging harder than ever as he unleashes amazing turns, which will send the spray flying by the bucket load. 

Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) looked in magnificent form in Tenerife as he finished in second place, narrowly behind Philip Koster. The 2010 PWA Wave world champion unleashed a plethora of powerful, vertical turns as he impressed both the crowd and the judges time and time again. Fernandez holds an excellent record in Denmark with two thirds and a second place, which make the Spaniard a serious threat over the next week as he goes in search of his fourth successive Cold Hawaii podium.

Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) is another man who excels on the North Sea. The Brazilian won a single elimination here in 2011 and he’ll be looking to fight his way to the top of the pack again. Campello is renowned for being one of the most radical sailors in the world and he’ll be launching into crazy double forwards and pushloop forwards in an effort to claim his place on the prestigious podium.

Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) currently sits in third place overall. The Spaniard is one of the best wave riders in the world, with his fluid, dynamic style constantly impressing. Expect to see Mussolini throwing radical frontside 360s as he looks to maintain his place on the podium at a minimum. 

As the winner of the expression session last year - Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) - will be desperate to transfer that form into this years contest. Brawzinho looked in excellent form in Tenerife as he consistently landed superb double forwards and connected fluid wave rides with powerful front and backside wave 360s. Expect to see Browne charging for the top over the course of the week.

Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) will be hoping to improve upon his opening ninth place finish in El Medano. Bruch is considered to have one of the most fluid styles on the tour and he’ll be hoping to wow the judges with his wave riding and huge one-footed, one-handed backloops. Expect to see the thirty-two year old charging harder than ever as he looks to return to top five of the world.

Elsewhere Leon Jamaer (Fanatic / Hot Sails Maui) will have his sights set on another top ten finish. The German finished seventh in Cold Hawaii in 2012 and opened the season with another seventh place, which make him one of the sailors who need to be closely watched over the course of the week. Jamaer will be throwing massive super tweaked pushloops combined with aggressive wave rides to secure his place in the top ten. 

The British duo of John Skye (RRD / Mystic / MFC) and Adam Lewis (Patrik / Point-7) will also be hoping to maintain their places in the top ten, whilst Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) has recovered from the injury that ruled him out of the opening two events. If the Brit is back to full fitness then he will be a major threat. 

Of course Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) possesses the weapons necessary to break into the top ten and beyond. The Frenchman is one of the most aggressive wave riders on the tour, so you can expect to see big frontside hacks as he looks to knock out his opponents. Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) will be hoping to use his years of experience of Klitmøller to re-establish himself in the top ten at a minimum. 

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