Philip Köster: he is his own photographer

Philip Köster and Iballa Ruano Moreno have claimed the 2012 PWA Planet Win 365 Tenerife World Cup, in epic conditions.

Köster won the single elimination ahead of Victor Fernandez with an incredible display. Köster landed monster wave 360s, takas and one-handed goiters on the same wave as the wonderkid sailed in a league of his own.

When the time came for Köster to defend his single elimination victory in the double elimination he would be up against an on fire Alex Mussolini. The Spaniard’s wave sailing was without doubt the best of the entire competition as he surged past his opponents on the way to second place overall.

Unfortunately for Mussolini, defeating Köster proved to be a step too far on this occasion, despite winning the wave riding battle, which included an astonishing wave consisting of a massive wave 360, followed by a super vertical frontside smack and a sick taka.

Köster’s wave riding in the single elimination had been outstanding but in the double elimination winners’ final it was the eighteen year old’s jumping repertoire that really separated the two sailors.

In his opening two jumps Köster landed a flawless trademark double forward before unleashing a devastating pushloop forward, which left the judges and the crowds amazed by what they had witnessed.

Köster’s jumping performance saw him awarded twenty-three out of a possible twenty-four points and he went onto win the winners’ final, which means he has now won the last six PWA Wave events in a row as he continues his seemingly invincible form.

Iballa Ruano Moreno fought back from the death by defeating Daida Ruano Moreno in the double elimination, after Daida had won the single elimination. Just like in Pozo, Iballa left it until the final moments to strike and snatch the victory from under her sister’s nose.

In the winners’ final Iballa pulled a sensational goiter to turn the tie on it’s head. This forced a super final between the two Moreno twins, in the end the super final went the way of Iballa as she managed to defeat her sister for the second time in a row and in so doing she remains at the top of the rankings.

On her way to victory Iballa delivered an outstanding pushloop as well as some stand out wave riding, which included a fantastic frontside air. Meanwhile, Karin Jaggi, held off the challenge of Laure Treboux to claim her place on the podium once more.