PWA Cold Hawaii: it's so cold some windsurfers need to stay out of the water

Three times world champion, Kauli Seadi capitalizes on his wealth of experience to conquer the tricky conditions in Klitmoller, whilst emotions run high with some major upsets throughout the rest of the fleet!

With strong south-westerly winds forecast for the entire day, many of the competitors were at the beach at dawn getting dialed into the conditions. However, the minute the competition was supposed to begin the wind began to backed off forcing head judge, Duncan Coombs to put the contest on hold. By 13:00 it had returned enough for the first heat to start, and with the waves often reaching 2.5m in the sets, Klitmoller was ready to rock the windsurfing world.

Rain squalls and strong gusts hammered their way through the contest area every half an hour causing havoc with the sailors who found it hard to choose the correct gear. 5.7s and 5.3s were the sails of choice for the bigger guys, whereas 5.3s and 4.7s were the weapons used by those a little lighter.

Board choice was extremely open and purely down to weight and personal preference with single fins, twin fins, trailer fins, thrusters, and quads all seen scattered on the stones throughout the day.

With a less than perfect score earlier in the year, it was only a matter of time before the three times former world champion, Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) fought his way back to the top of the fleet. With Klitmoller firing and Seadi hungry for the kill, anyone that stood in his way was soon seen on the beach with their head in their hands.

During the final it was a close fought battle, with both Seadi and his team mate Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) trying hard to please the judges in the toughest conditions of the day. Campello opened with an awesome wave, and then nailed some sky-high rotations putting Seadi on catch up right from the start.

Ten minutes later and Seadi was still to score a second decent wave, but in the final few seconds he picked up a set and tore it to pieces edging him ahead of his Venezuelan buddy.

"I’m super stoked to have won especially against Ricardo in the final. He had a really good double forward so I was a bit scared about the result, but I knew I’d scored two good waves. It feels amazing to be back on top after my poor result earlier this season in Gran Canaria, so I’m really happy right now", said Kauli Seadi.

Move Of The Day:

Despite going down to an on form Bruch, the 2009 Pozo champion, Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine) was without a doubt one of the standout performers of the day. His ankle dry double forwards are now his signature move which all too often help him to annihilate his opponents, and score him a healthy ten points almost every time.

1st Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)
4th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)

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