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Joule PWA Sylt World Cup - A huge success

by Vivienne Masters on 7 Oct 2013
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The PWA Sylt World Cup 2013 was held from Sep 27 - Oct 06 2013 in Westerland, Sylt, Germany. The 2013 GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup proved to be a huge success once more as Sylt delivered five days of wind, which saw the men’s freestyle double elimination - dedicated to André Paskowski - completed, whilst five eliminations in the men’s slalom were also finished. The past ten days will remain in the memory of Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) for the rest of his life, after the Bonairean finally realized his dream of becoming the PWA Freestyle World Champion, having come so close on many occasions before. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) produced another fantastic display to not only claim the event victory, but also the 2013 PWA Slalom World Championship - back-to-back world titles for the Frenchman.

Men’s Freestyle - Dedicated to André Paskowski
Kiri Thode produced a stunning comeback in the double elimination, as he fought back from fourth place in the single to claim the event title. On his way to victory Thode defeated Dieter van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) in the battle for fourth and fifth, before ending the world title hopes of Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North). Thode then took down fellow Bonairean Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra) to set up a mouthwatering tie against the single elimination champion Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different). The winners’ final was held in light winds with both sailors on their largest sails - 5.2m and 5.4m respectively - and it was Thode who really excelled to force a super final. Into the super final Thode showcased his amazing light wind skills once more as he rotated through a barely planing culo and a trademark air bob to secure the event victory, and more importantly claim his maiden PWA Freestyle World title. On the beach Thode was overcome by emotion as he realized his childhood dream.

Kiri Thode reflects after winning his maiden PWA Freestyle World Championship:
'It’s been a dream since I was six years old to be the freestyle world champion, and to be this close to it is amazing, I’m so close to realizing my dream. I’m so motivated right now and let’s just see what happens.'

Steven van Broeckhoven finished the event in second place, which means the Belgium finishes the year in third overall. The King of pop produced a near perfect performance in the semifinals of the single elimination as he landed a stunning double culo in the choppy conditions, before stomping an amazing pasko and an outrageous pushloop off almost no ramp. The diversity, technical skill and style of his heat saw him awarded an incredible 56.5 points out of a possible 60 as he accumulated the highest score of the week, with a magnificent performance.

The five-time PWA Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo - entered the event as the tour leader, but unfortunately for him, he fell short of being able to claim an incredible sixth world crown. Tonky Frans finished the event in third place, which sees him claim fourth overall for 2013. The Bonairean impressed the judges throughout the week with trademark bongkas combined with his usual unique style.

Dieter van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) came within half a point of breaking in to the top four - which would’ve seen Gollito reclaim his title - but Kiri Thode did just enough to advance. The young Belgium has enjoyed a terrific season, which has earned him his highest overall finish to date on the PWA World Tour - fifth - after showing the kind of consistency and explosive moves which are required to challenge for top honors.

Completing the top ten is the current European Freestyle Champion Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra), followed by Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), Youp Schmit (JP / NeilPryde) and Philip Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks).

Men’s Slalom
Antoine Albeau came into the event as the world tour leader, knowing that finishing seventh or better would ensure the defense of his title, and that’s exactly what the big Frenchman managed to do as he regained his PWA Slalom World title in the best style possible by winning the final event of the year ahead. Albeau showed tremendous speed and super consistent gybes over the course of the ten days to build an unassailable lead, including an elimination victory in race five.

Antoine Albeau speaks after defending his PWA Slalom World title:
'I’m super happy to have won again here in Sylt and of course to claim the world title. I had a big battle with Julien [Quentel] (RRD / NeilPryde) and Alberto [Menegatti] (Starboard / Point-7). I had a lot of opportunities to win the world title this year, but it is always stressful. I’d also like to take the chance to thank my sponsors and the organizer of this fantastic event, so thank you Matthias. I’ll look forward to returning next year, just have my bottle of champagne waiting for me.'



Alberto Menegatti was the only man who could’ve prevented Albeau from claiming the 2013 PWA Slalom World Championship, but the Italian couldn’t quite pull it off on this occasion. In the end Menegatti finished just behind Albeau in both the event and overall standings, but this year represents the twenty-eight year olds best finish to date on the PWA World Tour as he clinched his place on the prestigious podium for the first time, second place.

Another man securing his place on the overall podium for the first time is Julien Quentel, who showed incredible top speed to consistently blow his other competitors out of the water. Meanwhile, Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne), just missed out on a place on the overall podium as he finished in fourth place both in the event and overall. The Fiery Frenchman showed much better consistency than last year to gain five places in the standings.

Flying Dutchman Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different) eventually finished the season in fifth place, whilst Gonzalo Costa Hoevel’s (Starboard / Loft Sails) equipment change ahead of the new season paid dividends as he returned to the top ten of the world - sixth.

Completing the top ten for 2013 is Frenchman Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails), American Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails), Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) and Italy’s Matteo Iachino (F2 / Challenger / AL360).

This week also saw Bernd Flessner (JP / NeilPryde) make his final appearance on the PWA World Tour as the forty-four year olds hangs up his boom at the end of a glittering career. Fittingly in the final elimination of the week the German claimed sixth place, to show that he is still one of the best sailors in the world.

Where’s next on the PWA World Tour?
The best male wave sailors in the world will be heading to the windsurfing Mecca of Maui for the first time in seven years between the 24th October and the 6th November. You’ll be able to follow all of the incredible action as it happens by tuning into here.

Overall Rankings GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup - Men’s Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
3rd Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
5th Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)

Overall Rankings GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup - Men’s Freestyle
1st Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)
2nd Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different)
3rd Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)
4th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North)
5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

The Official 2013 PWA World Rankings - Men's Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7)
3rd Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
5th Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different)
6th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
7th Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
8th Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails)
9th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)
10th Matteo Iachino (F2 / Challenger / AL360)

The Official 2013 PWA World Rankings - Men's Freestyle
1st Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)
2nd Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North)
3rd Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different)
4th Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)
5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)
6th Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra)
7th Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / Gaastra)
8th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Youp Schmit (JP / NeilPryde)
10th Philip Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks)

PWA Youth World Champions:
1st Tristan Algret (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) - Slalom
1st Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne) - Freestyle
1st Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

Constructors Championship - Board Brands
1st Starboard
2nd JP Australia
3rd Fanatic

Constructors’ Championship - Sail Brands
1st NeilPryde
2nd Gaastra
3rd North Sails
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