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Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa have conquered the 2011 Bonaire PWA World Cup, at Lac Bay. With the Bonaire trades blowing around 25 knots, the men’s final boiled down to two mind blowing two heats between local favorite Thode and Belgium contender Steven Van Broeckhoven.

Having won the single elimination Van Broeckhoven held the advantage over Thode and had to be beaten twice to lose the second double. Thode was hungry for a final victory and sailed the first final like a true champion pulling a series of mind-boggling combination moves.

Van Broeckhoven replied with his trade mark style throwing huge culos and a flaka ponch, however a crash on the reef left him on the back foot, leaving Thode with the advantage to take the first blood. Motivated by his home fans and with event title already secured, Thode went on to earn his crown as King of the Lac Bay pulling a gravity defying Kabicutchi and an unbelievable Grubby Ponch.

Van Broeckhoven fought tooth and nail to hold his ground, but with his homes fans’ cheering his every move Thode was on an unstoppable roll and finished the event with an undisputed victory.

"I am ecstatic to have won on my home spot, it was an amazing event and the wind was perfect. A lot of the others competitors can do all the moves here, I was really pushing myself to show everyone what I can do and I am extremely happy with my sailing. I am really excited for the next event in Aruba", said Thode.

Bonaire witnessed one of the finest women’s finals of all time. Sarah-Quita Offringa and Treboux took to the water for the fourth time this week. With one more opportunity to break Offringa’s stronghold on Lac Bay and the top spot, Treboux pulled out all the stops. On recognizing Treboux’s effort Offringa decided it was time to reveal her big moves.

The end result was a spectacular show and a final to remember as both women pulled out all the stops for the cheering crowds. Despite Treboux’s fighting every inch of the way, Offringa squeezed past Treboux with her incredible moves and took her fourth final win at this event and the title of event winner.

"I was quite nervous for this event and on the first day I didn’t sail as well as I wanted but I still managed to win. Slowly it got better even though the wind was light. Today was the cherry on top of the cake because the wind was really strong. In the final I was powered up on my 5.2 sailing against Laure. Usually, we have a really good time when we are sailing. I think it was my best heat ever I landed a double spock, a kono, an air funnel and a funnel diablo", adds Offringa.

Results:

Men’s Fleet
1st Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)
2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra)
3rd Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic)
4th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North)
5th Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra)

Women’s Fleet
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra/ Mystic)
2nd Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North)
3rd Yolanda Freites De Brendt (Fanatic / North)
4th Arianna Aukes (RRD / Simmer / Dakine)
5th Xenia Kessler (JP / MauiSails)