- 08 October 2008 | Windsurfing
It is time to crown the windsurfing champions. The 2008 PWA World Tour is over and positions are finally definitive.
Antoine Albeau (Slalom), Jose 'Golito' Estredo (Freestyle) and Kauli Seadi (Wave) are the Men's World Champions.
For Seadi, his second place in Sylt was enough for him to be awarded his third Wave World Title, a hugely impressive feat.
For Estredo, his second place finish was enough to bag him his second successive Freestyle World Title.
On the finish line of Race 4, Albeau celebrated his second race win, earning him the runner up position for the event and the 2008 World title.
Here's the board of results:
The 2008 PWA World Tour Overall Results – Men’s Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (Starboard, NeilPryde)
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, North)
3rd Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)
4th Ross Williams (Tabou, Gaastra)
5th Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North)
The 2008 PWA World Tour Overall Results – Men’s Wave
1st Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC)
2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC)
3rd Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC)
4th Josh Angulo (MauiSails, Dakine)
5th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)
The 2008 PWA World Tour Overall Results – Men’s Freestyle
1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North, MFC)
2nd Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Mistral, Gaastra)
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)
4th Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra)
5th Antxon Otaegui (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
- 07 October 2008 | Windsurfing
Only a few weeks to go before the 2008 TWC kicks off. The Taranaki Wave Classic is New Zealand's premiere windsurfing event.
This is a multi-day Expression Session event held over NZ's Labour weekend.
The event will sample some of New Zealand's best wind and wave conditions, and will be held at 4 possible locations around the legendary Taranaki peninsula coastline.
All skill levels are welcome or just come along chill out and watch the action. Beer, bands and barbies will be organised for after session entertainment.
Following a long history of events held in Taranaki, the Taranaki Wave Classic will continue to put the emphasis on fun.
The event will be an Expression Session format, where competitors will free-sail in whatever conditions occur at the chosen location for that day. There will be no heats, no man on man elimination and no stress.
- 06 October 2008 | Windsurfing
Taking advantage of hammering winds that had been blowing throughout the night, the wave fleet met for their skippers meeting in darkness, howling wind, and rain, at 07.00am on competition’s final day.
Allowing just enough time for the sun to rise behind the thick banks of dark cloud, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC) and Klaas Voget (Fanatic, NeilPryde, MFC) were summoned to the churning North Sea to sail their semi final heat.
In far and away the toughest wave conditions of the entire 2008 season, the pair commenced their duel in driving rain and bitterly cold winds gusting 40 knots, armed with 3.3m sails. Voget started well, nailing a super technical 360 on the wave face, and a selection of towering jumps. His downfall would come when he hit a big section a split second too late, and got washed over the falls of a dumping monster. Voget emerged unscathed, but his gear didn’t survive the impact.
This left Fernandez free to execute his usual mix of perfect one handed back loops and super stalled forward loops. A late flourish from Voget on a new set of gear proved to be too little too late, as Fernandez had amassed an unreachable tally on his score sheet.
Advancing into the losers final, Voget took on Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC) to decide who’d claim third place in the event. The ensuing heat was mind blowing by anyone’s standards. Ceballos dominated the first couple of minutes with a huge pushloop and a one handed backloop, but Voget sat poised and ready to strike. When his moment came, Voget pulled into a solid, peeling wave, which he demolished with little remorse. Combining the ride with some high caliber jumping proved to be too much for Ceballos to reply to, and on the final horn, Voget had earned himself third position in waves for the event.
The heavy weight final pitched wavesailing’s hardest hitters’ head to head; Victor Fernandez versus Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC). The clash was quite simply, spectacular.