Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA World Cup

Day 7: Kiri Thode wins opening tow-in qualification to Saturday's final

The freestyle fleet once again provided the entertainment in Sylt with more explosive tow-in as high pressure continued to dominate proceedings — meaning the main competition remained on hold. With a light onshore breeze the conditions were challenging with choppy water making starting a challenge, however, as always the world’s best still produced several moments of magic. 

The tow-in began at 3pm with 15 sailors battling it out for the 6 qualifying places into the final, which will be held on Saturday afternoon. Each sailor was given three attempts to produce their best manoeuvre and Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails) won the opening tow-in qualification heat with a radical one-handed double air funnel, which he planed out of to earn 27 points out of a possible 30. 

The remaining five places were claimed by Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde), Julien Mas (JP / Avanti), Yentel Caers (JP / NeilPryde), Marco Lufen (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne)..

Tomorrow’s forecast looks similar to today so the skippers’ meeting shall once again be held at 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am — if conditions allow. If the wind remains too light again there will be a SUP race in the afternoon — followed by the Philips Tow-in Final night session, which will begin at 8pm and feature the top 12 sailors from day 5. As always you’ll be able to stay up to date with everything as it happens by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.

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