- 14 May 2012 | Windsurfing
Micah Buzianis and Valerie Arrighetti were crowned winners of the 2012 PWA Ulsan World Cup, in South Korea. Despite tricky water conditions, windsurfers completed the challenge in great style, at Jinha Beach.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck suffered a deep cut to his foot after crashing into his fin due to a plastic bag getting caught around it. After returning from hospital, he explained what happened.
"On the landing from one of the jumps, the nose of the board ploughed into the wave in front and my front foot went underneath the board and slammed into the fin. The next thing I knew, I was lying in the water with a deep cut in my foot", says Dunkerbeck.
"I knew there was no way I could continue. Luckily when I arrived at the hospital I was told there is no tendon damage. After 20 stitches, I should be back on the water in two weeks and fighting fight to resume in Costa Brava".
Ine the winner's final, Taty Frans false started. When the final was restarted it was Buzianis who crossed the line in first place, but Jossin was soon at the front of the pack. The Spaniard looked a little shaky as he turned past the last mark, but he held his nerve and stepped back on the power to claim victory.
Buzianis was chasing him all the way, but with him only needing to finish in the top two, to the win the overall event, he was never going to push too hard and risk catapulting on a piece of debris. Buzianis took second place and with it he was crowned the King of Korea.
The American fully deserved his victory after a mightily impressive performance for the duration of the week. Ross Williams deserves a mention as he put in a remarkable display to come from seventh place to finish third. The Brit demonstrated outstanding straight-line speed and super smooth gybes in the choppy waters to eat his way through the pack. This topped off a great week for Williams as he cemented his place on the podium.
In the Women's division, Karin Jaggi failed to punish her rival, Arrighetti’s, and finished in third place. This wasn’t good enough to knock Arrighetti off her throne and the French woman was let off the hook. Credit shouldn’t be taken away from either Delphine Cousin or Fujiko Onishi though, as Cousin led from the beginning to the end as she won the fifth elimination, whilst Onishi finished second.
The 2012 PWA Ulsan World Cup Overall Standings : Men’s Slalom
1st Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails)
2nd Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
3rd Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra)
4th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
5th Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft Sails / Mystic)
The 2012 PWA Ulsan World Cup Overall Standings : Women’s Slalom
1st Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
2nd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
3rd Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
4th Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)
5th Fujiko Onishi