Köster and Moreno crowned 2015 PWA Wave World Tour champions

November 10, 2015 | Windsurfing
Philip Köster: high and dry | Photo: Carter/PWA

It's all over. Philip Köster and Iballa Moreno are the 2015 PWA Wave World Tour champions.

The German and Spanish windsurfers confirmed their global supremacy at the NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic, held in the swell-filled waters of Hawaii. It's Köster's third world title and Iballa's seventh trophy.

In the last day of competition, Victor Fernandez was the only rider who could steal the title from Philip. But the Spanish had to win eight heats in a row to open the champagne bottle.

Fernandez seemed ready for the quest. He stormed three heats, and survived a fourth clash against Siver, Campello and Lenny, by landing an incredible frontside 360. However, in heat 44, Levi prevailed, and Köster rejoiced.

"I was watching, and I was starting to get a bit nervous. He was sailing super good; he had some great waves including his 360 which I think he received a 9.4 for. But in the end Levi was sailing incredibly, and there's no one who knows this place better than him," said Philip Köster.

"It feels great to win another world title. To be honest, I still can't quite believe it at the moment. After a long year of competing it feels really good, we were unlucky with the last couple of European events, and there was a lot of waiting, which isn't the easiest when all you want to do is compete. I'm super stoked, and it feels special to win the title here in Hawaii."

On the women's side, 18-year-old Fiona Wylde and Spanish superstar Iballa Moreno repeated the 2014 final. The American had won seven heats in a row and, with two minutes to go, she was leading the decider. But a powerful eight-point ride by Iballa sealed the deal.

"In the water, you don't really know have any idea about the points, but apparently it was really close until the last wave I caught, which gave me 8 points, which made the difference in the end," said Iballa Moreno.

"I'm pretty happy that everything went well, and I won the event. I mean it's another dream come true. Yesterday was a really emotional day with a lot of things going on in my mind, but today I realised my main goal of coming to Hawaii, which was to win the Aloha Classic and I'm delighted about this more than anything else."

2015 PWA Wave World Tour | Top 5

1. Philip Köster (GER)
2. Victor Fernandez Lopez (SPA)
3. Jaeger Stone (AUS)
4. Thomas Traversa (FRA)
5. Ricardo Campello (VEN)

1. Iballa Ruano Moreno (SPA)
2. Daida Ruano Moreno (SPA)
3. Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU)
4. Amanda Beenen (NED)
5. Ingrid Larouche (CAN)

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