Sarah-Quita Offringa: leading the fleet at Jinha Beach | Photo: Carter

Despite the tricky wind conditions, the Aruban windsurfer was able to raise the women's trophy at the Ulsan PWA World Cup 2017, in Jinha Beach, South Korea.

The gods of the wind decided they wouldn't cooperate with the opening event of the PWA World Tour season. After five days of waiting, the men's event was canceled, and only the women were able to race for podium positions.

"I'm feeling more relieved that happy, actually. Jinha is a tough place because you never really know what you're going to get. Today, the wind unexpectedly picked up really strong and then kept going up and down," explained Offringa.

"So, choosing your gear was hard. The strongest heat was the qualifying heat. I was on my big gear, and I couldn't even sheet my sail in, so I was overpowered for the whole race, and then I switched to 7.0 for the final, and that's when the wind dropped a little bit. I'm happy I made the right choice."

All pro slalom windsurfers will now travel to Tsukuihama Beach, in Yokosuka, Japan, for the 2017 Fly! ANA Windsurfing World Cup. Hopefully, the wind will blow, and champions will be crowned.

Ulsan PWA World Cup 2017 | Top 5

Women
1. Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2. Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)
3. Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)
4. Esther de Geus (JP / Point-7)
5. Maëlle Guilbaud Windsurf (Patrik / LoftSails)