Julien Quentel prevails in the winds of Japan

May 17, 2017 | Windsurfing
Julien Quentel: he's pushing himself to the limits | Photo: Carter/PWA

Julien Quentel and Sarah-Quita Offringa have taken out the Fly! ANA PWA World Cup, in Japan.

The world's best slalom windsurfers returned to the Land of the Rising Sun for the first time in 24 years, and the fans were there to cheer them up.

This time, the hydrofoils were the weapon of choice in light wind conditions. Quentel, 30, pushed harder in the starts was aggressive around the marks - the strategy paid off.

"I've realized that if I want to win, then I need to treat it like a job and understand that on the water friendships are put aside for a moment while competing," explained Julien Quentel.

I've been training hard over the winter, so it's nice to see it pay off with the result here. I spent one month in South Africa training wave and slalom and then one month in Tenerife with Jordy [Vonk] training with the TWS - where I focused on starts."

On the women's side, the Aruban proved once again that she will be the athlete to beat this season. Offringa continues pushing her own limits, and her opponents struggle to catch up with her.

"I'm feeling good. I'm happy to have won the second event. Even though we've only had two races overall because there's really been no room for error as if you make a mistake it's immediately over," added Sarah-Quita Offringa.

"I just really want to get on the water and race more because it's really challenging now to be on the water with all the girls, which makes it so much fun to race. For now, though I'll switch my focus to wave and freestyle."

The next stop on the PWA Slalom World Tour is the Costa Brava World Cup, run from May 23-28, in Catalunya, Spain.

2017 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup | Top 5

1. Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)
2. Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails)
3. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
4. Finian Maynard (99NoveNove / Gun Sails)
5. Andrea Rosati (RRD / LoftSails)

1. Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2. Delphine Cousin (Starboard / S2Maui)
3. Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)
4. Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / LoftSails)
5. Esther de Geus (JP / Point-7)

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