Tenerife PWA World Cup
El Médano, Tenerife, continues to prove itself as one of the best and most consistent wave sailing spots in Europe as results were gained in all categories for the 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup - sponsored by Bruch Boards - which means Tenerife maintains its 100% record since 2011. Over the course of the week El Cabezo showed numerous sides to itself to give the best wave sailors in the world the biggest challenge it could and at the end of an intense week it is Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses) that walk away with those all important victories and both now head up the overall rankings in the Women’s and Men’s, respectively.
Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) continued her fine record in Tenerife as the reigning world champion claimed victory in the single elimination to complete a superb hat-trick of event victories here. Iballa impressed by landing big backloops, while her wave riding was back on point and she now has destiny in her own hands as she aims for her 5th consecutive world crown.
Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) has proven that she has taken her wave sailing to a new level this year by recording her 3rd straight second place of the season, which keeps Offringa on course to break into the overall top 2 for the first time in her wave career. Offringa consistently landed tweaked pushloops, while impressing with her powerful approach to wave riding.
Despite Offringa being ultra consistent this year a maiden wave world title is out of the Aruban’s reach for 2018 with Iballa’s two victories making her uncatchable. The only person who can now stop Iballa is her sister Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and in order for Daida to deny Iballa she would need to win the final event of the year in Sylt, while also requiring Iballa to finish 3rd or worse. Third place here for Daida definitely wouldn’t have been what the multiple-time world champion was looking for, but she is still in the hunt for her first title since 2013.
Elsewhere, Justyna Sniady (Simmer / Simmer Sails / AL360) successfully defender her 4th place from the Single Elimination to record her best result of the season after she reversed the tables from Pozo against Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails). Sniady landed some of her biggest backloops in a competition to date, while looking consistent on the wave and she will now be looking forward to Sylt as she aims to better or equal last year’s overall performance - 5th.
Lina Erpenstein finishes outside the top 4 for the first time this season - 5th - which keeps the German 4th in the overall rankings with one event to go. The 21-year-old couldn’t always find the jumps she needed this time around, but she really caught the eye with her wave riding as she continues to progress.
Steffi Wahl may be a little disappointed to have finished 6th in the end. The German was just seconds away from defeating Erpenstein in the battle for 5th and 6th, but her good friend produced a buzzer beater to end her chances for another year. However, as usual, Wahl impressed with her wave riding as she consistently produced several vert, late hits.
Meanwhile, Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) remains 5th in the overall rankings after finishing join 7th here Tenerife alongside Ulrike Hölzl (Goya Windsurfing. Aukes produced some of her best heats to date but will have a tough battle on her hands to keep 5th place with Justyna Sniady being her biggest threat.
Elsewhere, Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) showed again that with a little bit more training she could soon become a real threat on the PWA Wave World Tour. The Women’s Freestyle Vice-World Champion is already landing stalled forwards and clean backloops while showing she has bags of potential when it comes to wave riding.
At the start of the week if you’d have told Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses) that he would lead the title race heading into Sylt, then the Spaniard probably wouldn’t have believed you having finished 4th Pozo Izquierdo.
However, with all 3 of the then top 3 coming into Tenerife - Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - 5th - Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) - 6th - and Ricardo Campello (Brunotti Boards / Point-7) - 4th - all faltering slightly, Fernandez seizes initiative of the title race after bouncing back in the best way possible by claiming his first victory of the season - which is also the two-time world champions 3rd victory here in the last 4 years.
In terms of the title race, it now looks like a two-horse race between Victor Fernandez and reigning world champion Philip Köster - with whoever beating who in Sylt likely to walk away from 2018 as the world champion. However, Ricardo Campello does still have an outside chance of winning a first wave world title, but in order to do so, Campello would need to win the event while both Fernandez and Köster would have to finish 3rd or worse.
Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses) fought his way back in the Double Elimination to claim his first podium finish since Sylt in 2016. On his way to 2nd place Stone first brought Philip Köster’s come back to an end before also seeing off Ricardo Campello and Adam Lewis (Fanatic /Duotone / SWOX) with one-hand, one-foot backloops and Stone’s explosive style inflicting the damage. Stone’s 2nd place here sees the Australian rise to joint 4th in the overall standings alongside Marcilio Browne - who finished 6th here.
Meanwhile, Adam Lewis walks away from his first podium on the PWA Wave World Tour after producing a brilliant performance with his wave riding, in particular, setting him apart. In the Single Elimination semifinal against Ricardo Campello, Lewis earned the only 10 of the contest, while almost earning a perfect wave score heat after landing sick frontside 3s and demonstrating some of the biggest turns of the competition. 3rd place in Tenerife sees Lewis sitting in 6th place in the overall rankings.
Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) will be very happy with his week's work after recording his first top 10 finish since 2016 - joint 7th. The Frenchman’s most impressive victory came against local legend Alex Mussolini (RRD / RRD Sails) - who surprisingly only managed a 13th place here, which is the first time Mussolini has finished outside the top 10 here.
Sharing 7th place is Omar Sanchez (Carbon Art / KA Sail) after the Spaniard produced the comeback of the Double Elimination, which saw Sanchez win 5 heats on the spin against Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing), Dario Ojeda (Flikka / Challenger Sails), Josep Pons (Simmer / Simmer Sails) - who retired from the contest through injury, before completing two impressive victories against Alex Mussolini and Marc Paré (Simmer / Simmer Sails) to earn his best result to date on the world tour.
Elsewhere, both Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) and Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) were able to win 4 consecutive heats in the Double Elimination as they fought back into joint 9th for the second contest in a row, which sees them ranked in joint 8th overall alongside Marc Paré. Meanwhile, Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) secured the final place in the top 10 - also in joint 9th.
Also a mention for 15-year-old Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing), who after the first two events is ranked 20th overall having claimed an excellent joint 17th in both Pozo and Tenerife.
On Day 2 and 3, the Youth’s also took to the water again and you can find full reports of the action here and here. Congratulations to Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Fanatic / Duotone) - U13 Girl’s Champion - Julia Pasquale (Fanatic / Duotone) - U13 & U20s Champion - Tobias Bjørnaa (Fanatic / Duotone) - U13 Boy’s Champion - Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) - U17 Boy’s Champion and Noah Vocker (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins), who won the U20 Boy’s Division.
That concludes the Canaries leg of the tour, so the PWA would like to once again thank Dany Bruch (Bruch Boards / Flight Sails / AL360) and his team for all their hard work - we hope to be back again in 2019.
Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?
After a busy month in the Canaries, the PWA World Tour now takes a short break until the end of September when we’ll be coming to you live from Sylt, Germany (28th September - 8th October) for the final event of the season and there’s plenty at stake. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam will see the Men’s and Women’s Wave World titles decided as well as the Men’s Freestyle and Slalom World Championships too.
You can revisit everything that happened in Tenerife — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Result 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup - Women’s Wave
1st Iballa Moreno (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Daida Moreno (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
4th Justyna Sniady (POL - Simmer / Simmer Sails / AL360)
5th Lina Erpenstein (GER - Severne / Severne Sails)
6th Steffi Wahl (GER - Sailloft Hamburg)
7th Ulrike Hölzl (AUT - Goya Windsurfing)
7th Arrianne Aukes (NED - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
Result 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup - Men’s Wave
1st Victor Fernandez (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Jaeger Stone (AUS - Starboard / Severne Sails / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)
3rd Adam Lewis (GBR - Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
4th Ricardo Campello (VEN - Brunotti Boards / Point-7)
5th Philip Köster (GER - Starboard / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
6th Marcilio Browne (BRA - Goya Windsurfing)
7th Jules Denel (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
7th Omar Sanchez (Carbon Art / KA Sail)
9th Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / SWOX)
9th Dieter van der Eyken (BEL - Severne / Severne Sails)
9th Marc Paré (ESP - Simmer / Simmer Sails)
9th Leon Jamaer (GER - JP / NeilPryde)
Result Girl’s U13+15 - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Alexia Kiefer Quintana (GER - Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Maria Morales (ESP - Goya Windsurfing)
Result Girl’s U17 - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Julia Pasquale (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Alexia Kiefer Quintana (GER - Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Mar de Arce (ESP - Loftsails)
Result Girl’s U20 - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Julia Pasquale (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Tessa van der Meer (NED)
3rd Coraline Foveau (FRA)
4th Nikki van der Meer (NED)
Result Boy's U13 - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Tobias Bjørnaa (DEN - Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Carlos Kiefer Quintana (GER - Fanatic / Duotone)
Result Boy’s U17 - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Takuma Sugi (JPN - Tabou / GA Sails)
2nd Marino Gil (ESP - Goya Windsurfing)
3rd José Casanova (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone)
4th Adrian Artiles (ESP - Goya Windsurfing / Simmer Sails)
Result Boy’s U20 - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Noah Vocker (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Valentino Pasquale (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Baptiste Cloarec (FRA - Severne / Severne Sails)
4th Adam Warchol (POL - Quatro / Goya Windsurfing)