Fuerteventura PWA World Cup

Day 10: 12 Freestyle World Titles & Counting For the Queen Sarah-Quita Offringa, While Steven Van Broeckhoven Earns First Victory on the World Tour Since 2015

Finals day at the 2019 Fuerteventura PWA World Cup saw an explosive end to proceedings as the top 4 men and women left standing in the Freestyle Double Eliminations went all out in the pursuit of victory. In the women’s fleet, it was the usual suspects who prevailed, but in the Men’s fleet, it was another event filled with upsets, close calls, and colossal battles, with the finest of margins separating the elite of the Freestyle World. Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) reinforced her title as the Queen of Freestyle by claiming an incredible 12th Freestyle World crown, while Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / Gun Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) became the first man to win a PWA Freestyle World Cup other than either Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) or 9-time Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) since 2016.

Freestyle - Double Eliminations


Sarah-Quita Offringa started the day knowing that she was potentially just 9 minutes away from an unprecedented 12th PWA Freestyle World Championship. The Aruban faced Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)in the double elimination final and the 28-year-old made no mistakes as she exuded her usual power, flow and style to earn an incredible 12th Freestyle world title and her 16th overall.

Huvermann continues to provide Offringa with a stern test each time they meet, but the 21-year-old hasn’t yet cracked the code to prise Offringa’s cherished world title away from her. The vice-world champion wasn’t a million miles away again after landing a sick skopu on the way out, but couldn’t quite land the burner she so badly needed on port tack and was therefore left counting a shuvit, which didn’t inflict enough damage against the Queen of Freestyle. Huvermann finishes 2019 as the vice-world champion for the 4th consecutive year.

Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne) successfully defended her third place from the single elimination by defeating Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) in Heat 34 with the Norwegian producing an accomplished display. However, Brødholt was then clearly aware that she would need bigger moves in Heat 35 to defeat Huvermann and in her attempt to land a skopu she ended the heat with just two moves on starboard tack. The 30-year-old once again completes the women’s event and overall podium.

Meanwhile, Arrianne Aukes finishes 2019 ranked 4th overall, while Jazzy Zwerus (JP / NeilPryde) completes the overall top 5.


Over the last 5 days, Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / Gun Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) has been in spectacular form with the Belgian showing off the kind of form that saw him crowned world champion in 2011. The 33-year-old set the highest score of the contest in the semifinal of the single elimination - 179.3 points - and in today’s final against Yentel Caers (I-99 / Point-7) SVB recorded the second highest score of the competition - 177.4 points - to earn a thoroughly deserved victory that no one can have any complaints about. Victory today marks Van Broeckhoven’s first win on the world tour since 2015 in Leucate, France, and sees him rise from 9th to joint 3rd in the world rankings with Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne).

Yentel Caers won 4 heats on the bounce yesterday and the Belgian continued his hot form today to move into the podium positions after defeating Youp Schmit (I-99 / Avanti) and Jacopo Testa (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360). Caers couldn’t stop the on fire Van Broeckhoven, but his second place here means that he is now tied on points with Schmit in the battle for the 2019 world title with both men recording the same results in the opening two events - a second and a fourth respectively.

Schmit will be delighted with his work this week with the Bonairean walking away from Fuerteventura with his best result here in his career - 4th - which keeps him firmly in title race contention.

Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) will rise one place in the overalls to 5th after finishing joint 7th here with Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde), while Giovanni Passani (Tabou / GA Sails / AL360) remains on course for his best overall finish to date - currently 6th.

The top 10 at this stage of the season is completed by Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins), Sam Esteve, Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) and Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone), while Testa rises to 11th after completing the podium here.


Girl’s U20 

14-year-old Lina Eržen (Flikka / Duotone) claimed a clear cut victory over Alexa Escherich (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) with the young Slovenian winning all 3 U20 finals with powerful and styling flakas and spocks.

Boy’s U15

Takumi Moriya (Severne) completed the week unbeaten with the 12-year-old showing off an excellent variety of moves to see off Val Eržen (Flikka / Duotone), Janus Wikle (Flikka) and Ancor Sosa Kather (Tabou / Point-7), who finish 2nd-4th respectively.

U20s Super Session

With the U20s being completed earlier in the week today saw a 15 minute Super Session held with U15s winner Takumi Moriya also joining the last Youth’s heat of the day. The Super Session was eventually won by Nil Bacon (Fanatic / Loftsails) after the young Frenchman landed a sick skopu 360.

Corto Dumond (Starboard / Severne) walks away as the U20 champion having defeated Taku Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) in the final on the opening day, while Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) completes the podium.

You can also see a full recap of the Slalom event in Day 5s news here

For a full recap of everything that happened from Fuerteventura — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?

In just a couple of days time, we will be coming to you live from Tenerife to conclude the Canaries leg of the tour with the Tenerife PWA World Cup, which runs between 5th-11th August. Over the next 7 days, the best male and female wave sailors will be battling it out in el Cabezo! Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com - here you’ll be able to watch all of the epic action as it happens via the PWA live stream.

Result 2019 Fuerteventura PWA World Cup - Women’s Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Maaike Huvermann (NED - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Oda Brødholt (NOR - Starboard / Severne)
4th Arrianne Aukes (NED - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Olya Raskina (RUS - JP / NeilPryde)

Overall Result 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Maaike Huvermann (NED - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Oda Brødholt (NOR - Starboard / Severne)
4th Arrianne Aukes (NED - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Jazzy Zwerus (NED - JP / NeilPryde)

Result 2019 Fuerteventura PWA World Cup - Men’s Freestyle

1st Steven Van Broeckhoven (BEL - Starboard / Gun Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Yentel Caers (BEL - I-99 / Point-7)
3rd Jacopo Testa (ITA - RRD / RRD Sails / AL360)
4th Youp Schmit (NB - I-99 / Avanti)
5th Dieter van der Eyken (BEL - Severne / Severne Sails)
6th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN - Fanatic / Duotone)
7th Sam Esteve (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
7th Antony Ruenes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
9th Giovanni Passani (ITA - Tabou / GA Sails / AL360)
9th Adrien Bosson (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Balz Müller (SUI - MB-Boards / Severne)
9th Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne)

Girl’s U20s 

1st Lina Eržen (Flikka / Duotone)
2nd Alexa Escherich (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

Boy’s U20s

1st Corto Dumond (Starboard / Severne)
2nd Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails)
3rd Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
4th Nil Bacon (Fanatic / Loftsails)

Boy’s U15s

1st Takumi Moriya (Severne)
2nd Val Eržen (Flikka / Duotone)
3rd Janus Wikle (Flikka)
4th Ancor Sosa Kather (Tabou / Point-7)

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