Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup

Day 4: Liam Dunkerbeck and Ben Proffitt claim victories in the U21 Boy’s & Master’s Wave in pumping Pozo

The 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup continued to deliver conditions for the fourth straight day, which led to a full eight hours of fierce competition on the water. The U21 Boy’s were called into action first thing this morning and were lucky enough to compete in undoubtedly the best conditions of the event thus far with 40 knot plus winds and proper waves, which led to plenty of terrific action throughout the day as the Master’s and Men’s wave fleets also entered the water. 


U21 Boy’s

Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) earned a hard fought win in the U21 Boy’s Wave as he fended off a stern challenge from Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins), who had to settle for second place. Dunkerbeck and Neubauer both landed excellent double forward loops to make a strong start to the heat and there wasn’t much between them in the air until Dunkerbeck landed a radical one-footed forward loop. However, it was Dunkerbeck’s superior wave riding that really set him apart as he deservedly earned the victory to remain on course to defend his event crown from last year. Neubauer secured second place ahead of compatriot - Gregory Stathapoulos (Goya Windsurfing) - who claims the last place on the podium, while Italy’s Samuele Ferraro (Patrik / Patrik Sails) completes the top four. 


After the completion of the U21 Boy’s, the Master’s fleet hit the water and after the semifinals, Ben Proffitt (Simmer / Simmer Sails), Michael Friedl (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing), Valter Scotto and Sandro Dálessio lined up for the final. Proffitt had sailed proficiently to book his place in the final and the voice of the PWA continued that form to claim a decisive victory. The Brit landed a solid backloop and stalled forward, but inflicted a lot of damage in the wave riding department as he displayed frontside 3s and aggressive frontside snaps to claim the top spot on the podium. Meanwhile, Friedl secured second place after landing a one-foot backloop to see of the challenge of Tenerife’s Valter Scotto and Sandro Dálessio.

Men’s Double Elimination - *Only up to the top 9

After a shock exit in the second round of the Single Elimination, Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing), found himself in the unfamiliar position of starting in the first round of the Double Elimination. The best the Brazilian can hope for from Pozo this year - having won here in 2023 - is fighting back into an equal joint 9th place due to the new format. The 35-year-old made a pulsating start to his come back as he set the second highest scoring heat of the contest - 29.63 points - to cruise into the next round. Browne must be left slightly ruing that he couldn’t quite produce that performance in the Single, but he has at least started to claw back what could yet prove to be valuable points in the world title race. Also qualifying from Heat 28 is Stathapoulos. 

Elsewhere, Adam Warchol (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) landed a backloop off the lip to win Heat 29 ahead of Federico Morisio (Starboard / Severne Sails). Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing) and Mike Friedl (Goya Windsurfing) both made it through a tight Heat 30, while Carlos Kiefer Quintana (Duotone Windsurfing) produced a buzzer beater to sneak through Heat 31 as the heat winner alongside Tomer Shamgar (Future Fly / RRD Sails) as José Romero (Mistral / Challenger Sails) lost out in the dying seconds. 

Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) came into the event leading the World Tour rankings and just like Marcilio Browne, he will be doing his best to salvage as many points as possible after also being involved in the first round of the Double. Noireaux made no mistakes at the beginning of his come back as he won Heat 32 ahead of Josep Pons (Point-7 / Black Project Fins).

Meanwhile, Titouan Flechet (Tabou / Hot Sails) claimed a decent victory in Heat 33 ahead of Lennart Neubauer, while in Heat 31 Dany Bruch (Bruch Boards / Sailloft Hamburg) looked sharp to claim the the top spot ahead of Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails), who also sailed well. 

In the final heat of the day, Miguel Chapuis (Flikka / Point-7) set the second highest score of the first round - 24. 53 points - to safely progress into the next round, while Moritz Mauch secured the remaining spot in the second round.

The forecast for tomorrow still promises to be extremely windy with WindGuru currently calling for winds anywhere between 18-33 knots, so Wednesday should see plenty of action on the water. After the opening three days, which have been dominated by waves, Slalom X will be given the priority for tomorrow, so brace yourself for some carnage as the world’s best racers ready themselves for battle. The skippers’ meeting for both Wave and Slalom X has been called for 9:30am (GMT+1) with a first possible start for Slalom X at 11am and 10am for the remaining wave sailors. 

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Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup - Women’s Wave

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Lina Erpenstein (GER | Severne / Severne Sails)
3rd Alexia Kiefer Quintana (GER | Duotone Windsurfing)
4th Maria Morales (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Sol Degrieck (BEL | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Pauline Katz (SUI | Severne / Severne Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup - Men’s Wave 

1st Marino Gil (ESP | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Julian Salmonn (GER | Bruch Boards / GUNSAILS)
3rd Philip Köster (GER | Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
4th Dieter Van der Eyken (BEL | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
5th Robby Swift (UK | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN)
8th Alessio Stillrich (ESP | Simmer / Simmer Sails)
9th Takuma Sugi (JPN | Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project Fins)
9th Antoine Martin (FRA | Starboard / North Sails)
9th Leon Jamaer (GER | Flikka / GUNSAILS)
9th Arthur Arutkin (FRA | Duotone Windsurfing)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup - Boy’s U21 Wave

1st Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
2nd Lennart Neubauer (GRE | Starboard / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Gregory Stathopoulos (GRE | Goya Windsurfing)
4th Samuele Ferraro (ITA | Patrik / Patrik Sails)

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