2009 PWA Sylt

Storm force winds and relentless seas restrict competition on the final day of the 2009 World Tour giving Marcilio Browne the opportunity to wow the crowds and win some cash in an epic Sylt super session.
 
With the wave contest fully complete, it was only the freestyle and slalom guys that could have possibly competed on the final day of the Colgate World Cup Sylt. Every effort was made to ensure that the second round of freestyle or a few rounds of slalom could be completed in time for the closing ceremony. Unfortunately the competitors were greeted with extremely high winds and huge North Sea waves making any form of World Class competition not only impossible but also very dangerous.
 
The crowds still flocked to the beach however, so it was decided that a super expression session would be held for those crazy enough to go out. It didn’t take long for the sailors to rig the smallest sails they could find and head out into the extreme conditions when they heard there was some cash up for grabs!
 
Around twenty competitors hit the water early in the afternoon and tried their best to impress both the judges and the crowds. Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC) went big and rotated around some amazing back loops and a double forward, but the double was just out of time to count. Early in the session, Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra) landed a really clean back loop, and was winning for most of the time. Unfortunately for him, Marcilio Browne (Fanatic, North, MFC) was on a mission and rotating round as many loops as he could. Browne eventually claimed the cash with a super high stalled forward, landed back on the wave he took off on.

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2009 PWA Sylt

Alex Mussolini and Iballa Ruano Moreno tame mast high growlers to claim victory in the North Sea. Meanwhile, Josh Angulo and Daida Ruano Moreno claim the 2009 Overall Wave World Titles.
 
With a huge low heading straight for the North Sea, head judge Duncan Coombs, made the excellent call to start the wave heats early on the eighth day of competition at the Colgate World Cup Sylt.
 
The women hit the water first whilst the conditions looked a little less brutal, but it didn’t take long for the wind to increase and the shore break to build, creating an amazing scene for the thousands of spectators gathered on the beach. With a constant 25 knots and gusts of up to 40 knots, it really was an incredible sight, and the women put in a solid performance in the toughest of conditions.
 
Women
Iballa Ruano Moreno (North) was sitting pretty at the top of the single elimination, so by the time it came to her first heat she had barely sailed. Her sister Daida Ruano Moreno (North) on the other hand was already in tune with the conditions having sailed against Nayra Alonso (Fanatic, Severne) to defend her position. Daida upped the level and actually sailed a better heat than most of the men did in their early rounds, landing huge tweaked push loops to beat her sister. This meant a second final would have to take place to decide the event winner. Second time round, both of the Moreno twins were pushing hard and getting some excellent jumps and riding in. Iballa however pushed the sailing a notch higher and landed a huge push loop followed by a high scoring ride, which just edged her out in front, winning her the heat, and the event.
 
All of the women sailed extremely well in the tough conditions but some better than others. Evi Tsape (Fanatic, NeilPryde) stood out in the early rounds with some great forward loops and an excellent riding style, but she was halted in her tracks by an on form Alonso. Alonso was hitting heaps of sections with plenty of power, and going for some frighteningly high push loops. Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North) also looked more comfortable in the port tack conditions and was unlucky not to progress further.

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2009 PWA Sylt

Unpredictable winds and heavy rainstorms plagued Westerland’s iconic beach on the seventh day of competition, causing havoc for the start of the second freestyle single elimination.
 
After a dusk ‘til dawn of wave action the previous day, a promising forecast had the freestyle fleet all set to do battle, and eager to get back on the water to strut their stuff. Unfortunately the wind didn’t quite cooperate and much of the day was spent either basking in the sun or hiding from the squalls - Sylt managed to deliver all four seasons in one day.
 
Strong gusts of wind kept tempting the competitors out onto the water, and eventually some of the first round heats were completed in a more constant 12-18 knots. This was however short lived. The squalls soon returned, and so did the light periods that followed.
 
In the heats that did take place, the young Russian, Yegor Popretinskiy (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) managed to land an array of freestyle trickery including a smooth switch chachoo, a flaka diablo, and an excellent forward loop, to take down local lad, Fabian Webber (Fanatic, North, MFC). Popretinskiy sailed extremely well in the previous round so everyone will be expecting him to perform to the same high standard this time.
 
Frenchman Leo Ray (Naish, Naish, MFC) also nailed numerous complex moves during his heat, but it turned out he didn’t actually need to because his rival competitor, Johannes Witte (Naish, Naish, MFC), had already gone home. Ray showed excellent sportsmanship by completing the full heat and performing many crowd-pleasing moves for those gathered on the beach.
 
For the rest of the heats, the conditions were so light and variable that only the 2008 World Champion, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North), was able to express himself fully and move through to the next round. Estredo landed his full quota of moves including lollipops, flakas, and bob’s whilst others failed to land even one move.

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