Kiri Thode reigns supreme in Bonairean waters

June 25, 2014 | Windsurfing
Kiri Thode: breaking the law of gravity

Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa have been crowned King and Queen of the Caribbean, after winning the 2014 PWA Bonaire World Cup.

The final day of competition saw light winds hitting the acrobatics arena. In the Men's division, and after having defeated Steven Van Broeckhoven and Amado Vrieswijk, Jose "Gollito" Estredo was the only person standing in the way of Kiri Thode.

In the super final, the Venezuelan was couldn't stop Thode from claiming the double elimination, and the overall event rankings. The Bonairean claimed the first victory of the year.

Thode landed more trademark one-handed air bobs, crazy kabikuchis and an amazing one-handed air funnel into burner.

Even a broken mast couldn't stop Thode. Gollito pushed Thode all the way as he also stomped a perfect double culo of his own, stylish skopus and an unbelievable no-handed burner.

However, it wasn't enough for Estredo as Thode was awarded the victory by way of a 2:1 decision. Amado Vrieswijk claimed his first ever place on the prestigious podium having successfully defeated fellow Bonairean and friend Tonky Frans in the third place sail off.

Davy Scheffers was the main mover in the double elimination, as he recovered from an earlier than expected exit in the single. The Dutchman received a bye past the injured Tony Mottus, in the first round, before defeating Choko Frans, Quincy Offringa and Hugo de Sousa.

Bjorn Saragoza also enjoyed a fine day with his victory over Youp Schmit being the highlight, before Steven Van Broeckhoven proved too strong on this occasion.

In the Women's final, Sarah-Quita Offringa took on Maikke Huvermann for the second time this week. Huvermann had shown amazing consistency in her earlier heats and the sixteen year old produced an exceptional performance in the final as well.

The reigning PWA Youth Freestyle World Champion landed an incredible repertoire of moves such as flakas on both tacks, faultless punetas and a text-book funnel, she even came close to landing a switch chachoo.

However, Offringa was at her brilliant, unbeatable, best yet again as she landed virtually any move she wanted. On her way to a comprehensive event victory the Queen of Freestyle exploded through fantastic funnels, superb shakas and new school power moves such as regular konos and an outrageous culo.

2014 PWA Bonaire World Cup Freestyle Results:

1. Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)
2. Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)
3. Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)
4. Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)
5. Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)

1. Sarah-Quita Offringa
2. Maikke Huvermann
3. Arrianne Aukes
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