Die Vorhersage für den 3. Tag des Mondial du Vent PWA Worldcup sollte behalten und Bedingungen irgendwo zwischen 15 und 30 Knoten waren an der Tagesordnung. Auflandiger Wind kleine Wellen sind nicht gerade die besten Freestylebedingungen, aber es war einmal mehr erstaunlich zu sehen welche Manöver die Creme de la Creme auch in diesen Bedingungen aus dem Ärmel zieht. Große Überraschungen blieben in der ersten Single weitestgehend aus und so standen sich Amado Vrieswijk und Kiri Thode im kleinen ,- bzw. Gollito Estredo und Steven van Broeckhoven im Finale gegenüber. Steven, der gegen Amado im Halbfinale gewann behielt gegen Gollito Estredo dank Moves wie one-handed Air Funnel 360 und einem kraftvollen Air Bob die Oberhand. Die Bedingungen ließen dabei im Finale immer weiter nach und waren wirklich an der Grenze. Das kleine Finale gewann übrigens Kiri Thode.
Aus deutscher Sicht verlor Marco Lufen leider seinen ersten Heat gegen einen stark surfenden Adrien Bosson. Adrian Beholz hingegen kam eine Runde weiter bevor er gegen Antony Ruenes verlor. Doch noch ist nicht aller Tage Abend, denn die Double Elimination steht ins Haus und die Vorhersage für heute sieht nicht zu schlecht aus. Also ab in den Livestream und nichts verpassen. Noch mehr Infos zum gestrigen Tag findet ihr unten sowie auf www.pwa-worldtour.com
As forecast the wind arrived on day three of the Mondial du Vent PWA World Cup allowing the single elimination to be completed as the contortionists of the freestyle world laid down the gauntlet with some of their biggest moves. After four intense hours of competition – in winds ranging from anywhere between 15-30 knots – it was Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde), who managed to claim victory in the single elimination with a powerful display.
Single Elimination – Winners’ Final
Reigning world champion – Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC) – safely navigated his way into the opening winners’ final of the year, as he clinically dispatched of Giovanni Passani (Tabou / GA Sails), Phil Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks), Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic) and Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne), to setup up a mouthwatering duel with Steven Van Broeckhoven, who successfully defeated Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails) in the semifinals. The Belgian opened his account first with an explosive one-handed air funnel 360 before adding a high culo, whilst Gollito responded with text-book culos of his own on both tacks. Conditions proved to be tricky with the wind becoming more marginal – meaning both sailors were forced to pump and fight their way through their repertoire of moves. However, in the end it was Van Broeckhoven, who was just able to edge the battle on this occasion with a powerful air bob doing the damage to give the twenty-nine year old the perfect start to 2015. Van Broeckhoven will now be hoping he can defend his single elimination crown when the double elimination begins.
Steven Van Broeckhoven wins the single elimination:
“I’m really happy, I didn’t expect to win today, but it’s great to have a result already and hopefully we can get through the double tomorrow.”
click for fullsize – pics by Eric Bellande / PWA
Up and Coming
Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde) made an impressive start to his debut on the PWA World Tour as he knocked out Florian Wegerer in the opening round. However, it was his performance in heat 14b which really stood out as he pushed the current PWA Youth Freestyle World Champion – Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne) – all the way with clean burners, ponches and an amazing air skopu. Unfortunately for the young Frenchman he was counting two burners on one tack, which decreased his diversity and ultimately cost him a famous victory, but he certainly looks like one to watch.
In the end Vrieswijk survived his early scare and eventually finished the single elimination in fourth place as he wowed the crowds and the judges with a couple of outstanding air kabikuchis, but he couldn’t quite defeat fellow Bonairean Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails) in the battle for third and fourth.
We are more accustomed to seeing double forwards solely in wave contests, but today two sailors produced doubles almost out of nowhere. Both Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails) and Youp Schmit (99NoveNove / Avanti) threw caution to the wind in their quest for victory and by the end of day three Scheffers currently sits in joint fifth alongside Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne), Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Taty Frans, whilst Schmit occupies joint ninth.
Meanwhile, Romain Pinocheau (F2 / Avanti / Maui Ultra Fins), enjoyed a fine day as he finished the day in joint ninth having defeated Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg), before claiming the scalp of Bjorn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui) with a radical air skopu.
click for fullsize – all pics by Eric Bellande / PWA
The forecast for tomorrow looks promising with winds from the Northwest accompanied by sunny skies being predicted, which should hopefully result in the Tramontana whistling down the Pyrenees Mountains to provide another exhilarating day of freestyle. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 9:30am. Click here for the Windsurfnews Livestream and check out www.pwa-worldtour.com for more
Results After Single Elimination – Men’s Freestyle
1st Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)
4th Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)
5th Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails) | 5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) | 5th Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) | 5th Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic)