PWA Surf Worldcup Podersdorf – Preview

Flagge_deutsch Nach einem Jahr PWA Abstinenz wird es ab morgen wieder einen Freestyle Worldcup am Neusiedler See in Österreich geben. Bis zum 3. Mai kämpfen dann die Freestyler um wichtige Punkte und haben damit nur wenige Tage nach dem Event in Leucate bereits die zweite Competition der noch jungen Saison vor sich. Für 2 Dinge ist Podersdorf bekannt: Party und Windvorhersagen die man nur schwer abschätzen kann. Auch in diesem Jahr dreht sich die Forecast „im Kreis“ , doch zumindest einen Tag mit starken Bedingungen sollte es geben und Fahrer sowie Eventcrew sind relativ entspannt, gab es doch in der Vergangenheit schon viel schlechtere Vorhersagen.

Steven van Broeckhoven reist sicherlich mit voller Zuversicht nach Österreich, hat er doch in Frankreich keinen Heat verloren und mit einem Podersdorf Sieg in 2011, bzw. einem 4. und 2. Platz in 2012 und 2013 eine richtig gute Statistik vorzuweisen. Der teilweise fiese Chop und eventuell kalte Temperaturen machen dem Belgier des Weiteren nichts aus.

Gollito Estredo wird natürlich nichts unversucht lassen sich nach der knappen Double Elimination in Leucate (Steven gewann mit 3:2) in Podersdorf den Sieg zu sichern. Die letzten beiden Events in 2012 und 2013 konnte er gewinnen. Kiri Thode und Dieter van der Eyken (in Frankreich auf Platz 3 und 4) gehören natürlich ebenfalls zum Favoritenkreis auf den Sieg, genau wie einige andere Fahrer. Das Level ist super eng und besonders in Podersdorf spielen auch andere Faktoren wie böiger Wind und kältere Temperaturen eine Rolle.

Max Matissek hofft auf einen kleinen Heimvorteil, Fahrer wie Adam Sims aus England oder Phil Soltysiak können ebenfalls Podersdorf zu ihren Homespots zählen. Spannend wird es auf jedenfall und ein Ergebnis werden wir auf jedenfall sehen, denn wie bereits erwähnt ändert sich die Vorhersage zwar praktisch stündlich, sieht aber recht vielversprechend aus.

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After a one year absence the elite of the freestyle world will return to the shores of Neusiedler See, Austria, between the 29th April to the 3rd May. The freestylers are ready to provide another explosive display in their second event of the year after a great start to the season in Leucate, France, which saw Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde) take the opening victory of 2015 with a scintillating display.

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Podersdorf is one of the most unique locations on the tour with Neusiedler See being located inland, but there are many reasons that make Podersdorf a great addition to the tour. For example the unpredictable nature of the weather means that a whole variety of conditions are possible from glorious sunshine and light thermal breezes, to torrential rain and nuclear, freezing winds, which can make Austria one of the trickiest locations for the sailors to prepare for. It’s not just on the water that the action goes off either as Podersdorf is renowned for its festival like atmosphere with thousands of party goers celebrating long into the night.

Ones to Watch

As the current leader of the PWA World Tour – Steven Van Broeckhoven – will enter the event full of confidence having remained undefeated in France. The Belgian usually fares well in Austria having won here in 2011, whilst finishing fourth and second respectively in 2012 and 2013. Van Broeckhoven stated that victory in the opening event of 2015 has given him even more motivation, so he could prove extremely difficult to stop again.

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Steven / EFPT Podersdorf 2014 / pic by EFPT

Hoping to return to the top of the podium will be Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC). The Venezuelan couldn’t quite force a super final in the double elimination in France – narrowly missing out by way of a 3:2 decision in SVB’s favour – and so had to settle for second place. However, history would tip Gollito to perform brilliantly in Podersdorf having won the last two events here in 2012 and ’13. Expect to see the reigning world champion coming out with all guns blazing as he bids for a hat-trick of event titles in Austria.

Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails) completed the podium in France and will be hoping for a top three finish again at a minimum. The 2013 PWA Freestyle World Champion has never won here in Austria, so will be calling upon his whole bag of tricks to try and write the record straight.

Belgian Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) will enter Austria with confidence at an all time high having achieved his best result to date in the season opener – fourth. Van der Eyken showed great consistency and diversity in France, but just ran out of steam when sailing his fifth heat in a row against Thode, so making a strong start in the single elimination could prove key – not only for him, but everyone else too – if they want to break into the formidable top three.

Podersdorf Impressions 2013 – pics by John Carter / PWA – click for fullsize

The remainder of the Bonaire crew will also be a huge threat over the course of the next five days. Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) will be hoping to continue his charge through the freestyle fleet as he looks to build upon fifth place in the season opener, closely followed by Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic), who finished sixth in France and will have fond memories of Austria having claimed victory here in 2010.

There are many more riders who showed fine performanes in Austria in the past events. For example Davy Scheffers who finished 5th in the last two events in Podersdorf or guys like Nico Akgazciyan, Romain Pinocheau or Yentel Caers who impressed with good performances in France. Phil Soltysiak from Canada and Adam Sims from the UK are almost locals at the lake and may have a bit of an advantage.

The forecast for Neusiedler See keeps changing at the moment, but it looks as though there should be at least one day of strong northwesterly winds, but as previously mentioned the weather in Podersdorf can change almost in an instance so anything could happen. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the live ticker.