Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo: freestyler as full-time occupation

Three times world champion, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo shows Sylt’s spectators why he’s already the world’s number one freestyler this year as the PWA’s finest continue to ‘get tricky’ off Brandenburger Strand!

When the sailors and the judges arrived at the beach this morning, neither expected to get a full single elimination finished in freestyle. The wind was cross-offshore and very gusty which would have suited the discipline of racing. However, moving in a brave new direction head judge, Duncan Coombs decided to run the heats with an otherwise unheard of twelve-minute duration.

With such a long time to perform six moves on each tack, of which only three would count, the world’s best had plenty of time to wobble around between the gusts, and then explode into action when the wind increased.

A few sailors opposed this new format, but it’s actually very similar to how we run riding only wave contests where the sailors can be off the plane for very long periods of time between catching waves.


1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)
2nd Taty Frans (Starboard, MauiSails, Mystic)
3rd Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2, Gaastra)
4th Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)

With more moderate cross-offshore winds forecast over the following few days, it looks like the racers will get their turn to impress the crowds on Sylt’s iconic golden sands.

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