SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup
The 2022 SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup saw the world’s finest male wave sailors compete at two locations in Sal in order to complete the Double Elimination on the final day of the event. The Single Elimination was completed at Ponta Preta in pumping (head-logo) down-the-line surf, but as a promising weekend forecast failed to materialise, the event went mobile as the contest relocated to Little Ho’okipa - where the contest was completed in very different conditions - 3 foot choppy surf.
Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project) was a worthy winner in the Single Elimination as the 25-year-old excelled at Ponta Preta - reading the wave beautifully and combining free-flowing turns with aerial manoeuvres to take a stranglehold of the event as he fended off Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing), Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) and Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) in the Final. However, it wasn’t just in the Single Elimination that Roediger excelled as he also showed off his ability to compete in totally different conditions and still be extremely dangerous - landing vert turns and goiters once again to see off Browne in the Double Elimination Final and rightfully walk away from Cabo Verde as the 2022 SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Champion - after a stern test and an event that he almost didn’t attend in the first place.
2019 vice-world champion - Marcilio Browne - makes the best start out of the normal title contenders - with reigning world champion - Philip Köster (Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project) - suffering a first round exit in the Double Elimination - 25th overall, whilst Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX), did well to recover into 7th place after a solid come back through the double. Between them, Köster & Fernandez have won each title between 2015-2019, so this opens up the title race slightly, even at this early stage. Browne claimed second place here with his usual variety of powerful turns and aerial prowess and looks set for another strong season.
The only other men to have won the world title since 2010 are Browne in 2013, and Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) in 2014, who also made an excellent start In Cabo Verde after finishing 4th overall and the Frenchman will fancy another shot at a world title run in after a bright start to the season. As will - Antoine Martin, who earned the highest scoring wave and heat total of the event during the quarterfinals of the Single Elimination - dropping an amazing 9.38 point wave for a huge aerial, whilst amassing a total of 17.76 points. The 2019 Aloha Classic Champion claims 5th place in Cabo Verde, which represents his best start to a season on the World Tour.
Camille Juban (AV Boards / S2Maui) produced a storming come back through the Double Elimination to earn the final place on the prestigious podium with a quite brilliant display of sailing, which saw the 31-year-old advance through 7 consecutive heats.
Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) had looked dangerous in his opening heat of the Single Elimination, but despite earning the highest single wave score in Heat 1 he couldn’t find a suitable backup score to progress. However, in the Double Elimination, the young ripper started to gather momentum and would only be stopped in the end, by the on fire Juban, after advancing through 5 consecutive heats. After some excellent sailing the 21-year-old earns his best result to date on the World Tour - 6th - whilst fellow countryman - 19-year-old Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project) - also claims his best result - 8th.
Elsewhere, Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails), who has been a in contention for the title in recent years had to settle for a joint 9th place alongside local legend - Josh Angulo (Angulo), who showed he can still mix it up with the best in the business at Ponta Preta. Angulo finished 5th in the Single, but couldn’t quite defend that place in the Double.
As well as Ishii and Sugi, several of the other next generation of sailors coming through the ranks also made notable performances. 19-year-old Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing) was able to claim his place in the top 16 - 15th, whilst Jake Schettewi (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project) and Baptiste Cloarec, both 21, finished in joint 17th. Meanwhile, 18-year-old - Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Black Project), son of the legendary Björn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne), was able to claim 21st in just his second event on the full World Tour.
The last 9 days have once again illustrated the potential of Cabo Verde, Sal, as a world class location for windsurfing with several spots to choose from depending both on the swell direction and wind direction, whilst also offering flat water spots, so there really is something for everyone here. It’s been a real honour for the PWA to return to the shores of Cabo Verde for the first time since 2010 and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Josh Angulo, and his team, for their instrumental role in making the event possible. We hope to see you again in 2023.
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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)