- 18 June 2012 | Windsurfing
Bjorn Dunkerbeck stormed the Spanish coastline to claim the 2012 PWA Catalunya Windsurfing World Cup. With the beautiful white sands of the Golf-de-Roses producing wind on every single day, Dunkerbeck took three victories out of the six eliminations completed.
"We’ve sailed everyday, which is not normal for Costa Brava. We’ve had fully powered up 7.8 weather that I really enjoyed, but it was really good to have a variety of conditions this week", says Bjorn Dunkerbeck.
"Having injured my foot in Korea this was the perfect comeback for me. I managed to win the first race of the week and obviously the two bullets on day four really helped to maintain my confidence. I feel really fast in all conditions and I’m super happy with my Starboard and Severne equipment. This week has been great."
Julien Quentel claimed his maiden victory in race five, to take second overall. The French look a dominant force in the slalom world at the moment and Antoine Albeau completes the top three.
The sixth race witnessed a total of eleven false starts, which resulted in heats two and eleven not needing to be sailed, due to the fact four sailors crossed the line early to create a free pass to the next round for the remaining sailors.
Elsewhere Brit James Dinsmore did well to qualify for his second quarter final of the event, having finished fourth in heat five. Despite everyone’s best efforts the losers’ final was unable to be completed as the wind began to deteriorate.
"I’m feeling super happy. I made a good start in the final and thankfully I managed to overtake Bjorn. Once I was in the lead I was feeling confidant rather nervous and as I crossed the line I just felt delighted", said Julien Quentel after winning his first ever elimination.
The next stop on the PWA Slalom World Tour will see the Slalom fleet heading to howling Fuerteventura from the 20th to the 30th of July.