SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup
After a weekend forecast, where expectations were incredibly high failed to materialise, it looked as though we may not be able to finish the Double Elimination of the 2022 SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup. However, after an early morning check revealed that Ponta Preta was flat the decision was soon made to move the contest to Little Ho’okipa.
That decision paid off handsomely as the Double Elimination was completed with less than an hour of daylight to spare on the final day. Little Ho’okipa provided an extremely different test to Ponta Preta, but ultimately the same man came out on top as - Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project) - successfully defended his first place from the Single Elimination to claim his maiden victory on the World Tour.
Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) finally brought Camille Juban’s (AV Boards / S2Maui) epic comeback to an end to setup a final against - Bernd Roediger. If the Brazilian was going to come back and win the event then he would be required to beat Roediger twice with this being the Double Elimination. However, Roediger wasn’t in the mood for letting this opportunity slip through his hands and he soon put the contest to bed with an accomplished display. The victory here was made all the more impressive due to the final being sailed in completely different conditions to the Single Elimination as the 25-year-old showed he is an extremely well rounded sailor, who is capable of beating the best sailors in the world, whether it be in pumping down-the-line at Ponta Preta, or 3 foot choppy Little Ho’okipa.
Browne was one of the favourites for the event title and he proved why over the last 9 days. The Brazilian just misses out on making the perfect start to the season, but he can be delighted with his efforts here, which ensures he gets his latest world title challenge off to an excellent start and now has the perfect platform to build upon as the season progresses.
The comeback story of the Double Elimination belongs to - Camille Juban (AV Boards / S2Maui) - after the 31-year-old went on a tear to force his way on to the podium after a quite brilliant display of sailing, which saw him win 7 heats on the bounce.
Elsewhere, Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) and Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) both drop one place from the Single Elimination to 4th and 5th respectively.
Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) was another sailor to make a surging comeback through the Double Elimination and the 21-year-old will be absolutely delighted with his efforts today after advancing through 5 consecutive heats to earn his best result to date on the World Tour - 6th.
The event couldn’t have started much worse for - Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX) - after the Spaniard was knocked out in the opening round of the Single Elimination. However, in true champion fashion the 3-time world champion turned things around in the Double Elimination and eventually managed to recover into 7th place.
Like Takara Ishii, Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project), also walks away from Cabo Verde with his best result to date on the World Tour - 8th - and both of these young Japanese rippers look like the real deal with bright futures ahead of them.
The top 10 is completed by local legend - Josh Angulo (Angulo) and Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) - but we’ll take more of a look through the rankings in the Event Summary. Today though belongs to Bernd Roediger after claiming a quite magnificent victory. Congratulations once again.
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Result 2022 SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup - Men’s Wave
1st Bernd Roediger (USA | Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project)
2nd Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Camille Juban (GPE | AV Boards / S2Maui)
4th Thomas Traversa (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)
5th Antoine Martin (FRA | Starboard / North Sails)
6th Takara Ishii (JPN | RRD / RRD Sails)
7th Victor Fernandez (ESP | Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
8th Takuma Sugi (JPN | Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project)
9th Josh Angulo (CV | Angulo)
9th Ricardo Campello (VEN/BRA | Naish / Naish Sails)