Please select your home edition
Edition
Make Fast Mooring

PWA Fuerteventura World Cup Registration day - A race against time

by Vivienne Masters on 21 Jul 2013
Cappuzzo on Fire - PWA Fuerteventura World Cup - 2013 Registration Day Carter / Pwatour.com
PWA Fuerteventura World Cup registration day saw both the men’s and women’s freestyle fleets registering for the upcoming week of competition between 1pm and 2pm. Many of the sailors took the opportunity to fit in a final training session before the single eliminations begin tomorrow with ideal winds blowing throughout the day. Today also saw a trial heats take place at 3pm to decide the final two places in the men’s draw.

The trials heat saw Oliver Stauffacher (Patrik / Gaastra) take on Antoine Albert (Tabou / Gaastra) and Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / AL360) in a six-minute battle this afternoon. In the end it was the sixteen year old Italian - Cappuzzo - who stole the show as he demonstrated his repertoire of power moves, consisting of a brilliant planing culo, a clean ponch and a nicely rotated shaka, to win the heat, whilst Albert clinched the all important second place to secure the final qualifying position. The man from New Caledonia landed a culo, regular kono and a switch kono to advance to leave Stauffacher disappointed.

The reigning PWA Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North) - now faces a race against time to be fit for the next six days of competition. The five-time title winner suffered a knee injury yesterday evening, whilst training. After initially trying to sail off the injury it soon became evident that he needed to return to the beach for further medical attention.

Here’s what the man himself had to say: 'After arriving at the hotel yesterday I went to train for a few hours before we start competing on Sunday, unfortunately I whilst out training I suffered a knee injury. I must now wait until Sunday when I will see the physio again and he will tell me whether I will be able compete or not. Many thanks to Reiner and Tom de Brendt and Yoli [de Brendt] (Fanatic / North) for their help.'

Gollito isn’t the only sailor who is trying to overcome injuries as Canada’s Phil Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks) and Britain’s Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) are also battling to be fit. Soltysiak suffered a dislocated shoulder, whilst Sims has injured his foot - with suspected ligament damage - trying a switch ponch.

We also caught up with Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) who has finished the past two seasons as the vice-world champion. Will this year be the year that Kiri goes one better?

PWA: Where did you spend your winter training?

KT: 'I spent the whole winter at home in Bonaire, not just training freestyle but also slalom.'

PWA: Have you been landing any new moves / combos?

KT: ‘I’ve been landing a lot of combos, but I think my best and most difficult so far has been spock into Kabikuchi and also spock into air bob into culo! Hopefully I will be able to land some of them in my heats, depending on the conditions.'
PWA: Which equipment will you be using?

KT: 'My 2013 Flares combined with my 2014 Gaastra Pures.'

PWA: Thanks Kiri and good luck tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see the single eliminations begin and with a forecast that is similar to today’s we should be set for an incredible day of freestyle at its finest. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am.


For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, check out the PWA World Tour website.



Yamaha Motor NZMake Fast MooringsNorth Sails Fast

Related Articles

Sailing World Cup Melbourne – Aussies revel in seabreeze conditions
Another day of good sailing conditions in Melbourne made for a memorable day for Australia’s sailors competing in finals In the 470 Men’s event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had another strong day winning both of their two races. They currently lead overall, five points ahead of China’s team of Lan/Wang.
Posted on 7 Dec
Connecting Team Bridge at the Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne
Eldest son Ollie is hoping for a top two finish and his 17 year-old brother Guy will be pushing for top three. Consider the logistics of three teenage boys of varying ages all playing the same equipment heavy sport. Now imagine the coordination required for the Bridge family of kiters currently in Australia for an extended southern hemisphere tour that includes the IKA Formula Kite Open division
Posted on 6 Dec
Good start to Sailing World Cup Melbourne for Aussies
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won the first race in convincing style and finished the second race of the day in second place The Aussie duo of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won their first race in convincing style, and finished the second race of the day in second place. They are currently in first place overall, two points ahead of the Japanese pairing of Takayama and Imamura.
Posted on 6 Dec
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Final wrap up
This has been an incredible year! We started out with little more than a vision, but we started together. This has been an incredible year! We started out with little more than a vision, but we started together. And together we have achieve the impossible.
Posted on 5 Dec
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Rockingham plays part to shape future of sailing
Coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history. Rarely does a small city like Rockingham get an opportunity to shape the future of sailing. But the coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history at the cutting-edge of kitehydrofoil racing and sailing.
Posted on 1 Dec
Parlier unbeatable in World Hydrofoil Pro Tour Final Round
The regatta was sailed in good breezes throughout and Cruising Yacht Club which ran the event, did a sensational job The regatta was sailed in good breezes throughout and Rockingham’s Cruising Yacht Club which ran the event did a sensational job in managing it, with the support of Rockingham Apartments and the City of Rockingham.
Posted on 30 Nov
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Day 4 – Training partners clinch the first title
For his rivals it was an ominous warning. Parlier grabbed the inaugural crown winning every race of the final stop. For his rivals it was an ominous warning. France’s Nico Parlier grabbed the inaugural crown winning every race of the climactic final stop at Rockingham, Western Australia, despite conditions that ranged from light airs to ballistic breezes at the close.
Posted on 30 Nov
Parlier and Moroz on cruise control despite tricky conditions
It is a measure of the sheer pace and control of France’s Nico Parlier that one of the world’s fastest kitefoilers It is a measure of the sheer pace and control of France’s Nico Parlier that one of the world’s fastest kitefoilers, Britain’s Olly Bridge, finds himself overhauled on a reach to the line when he finally thought he had an elusive race win in his grasp.
Posted on 29 Nov
The Doctor brings good times for Hydrofoil World Pro Tour
Day three of the Hydrofoil World Pro Tour Final Round brought with it perfect conditions for fast kite racing. Day three of the Hydrofoil World Pro Tour Final Round brought with it perfect conditions for fast kite racing. The Fremantle Doctor, the local sea breeze that kicks in reliably during Perth summer months, arrived early and when the first of today’s six races began, was registering 16 to 18 knots with gusts just over 20 – similar conditions to day two, but with less venom in the gusts.
Posted on 28 Nov
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Day 2 – Best conditions deliver the best racing
Whatever the breeze may have lacked for the opening clashes of the finale, it more than made up for it on the second day Whatever the breeze may have lacked for the opening clashes of the finale, it more than made up for it on the second day, which delivered unbeatable conditions and intense battles among the world’s fastest kite racers.
Posted on 27 Nov