Friends of Cold Hawaii, the team behind the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup have just announced Klitmoller will not host a PWA World Cup in 2014. They are still hoping and working to hold an event in 2015.
No Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in 2014!
In 2013 it was the 4th time that Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup was held in Thy. This time with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark as patron. It was a culmination of an amazing journey with an event, which we all can look back at with pride.
2014 will not be the 5th time. The board of Friends of Cold Hawaii has just decided this. This happens in the aftermath of Thisted City Council’s decision to grant 350,000, and not the 500,000 that the association had requested. President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal says:
“I would like to emphasize that we have been pleased to collaborate with the municipality of Thisted, which we consider as one of the customers who get a lot from our product. However, we must conclude that we can not deliver for the price they will pay. We have had to take the consequences of that. The 500,000 is necessary to create the stability, which is needed to reach the goal of the overall project. Without stability, we can not do it.”
Friends of Cold Hawaii is not closing down. Finn Jorsal continues:
“The association is still active, and we still have a burning desire for a Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in 2015. However, one should not be blind to the unique situation we have had in the period in which the event has been running. It is rare that the right resources are passionate about the same idea at the same time, and furthermore decides to make it happen. Whether we can mobilize it one more time is uncertain. As president of the association, that worries me”
Friends of Cold Hawaii has a board meeting again on 25th of February, where the plans for a year without a World Cup, among other things, is to be discussed.
A record number of events are planned for the 2014 season as they aim for new heights with 17 events!
Many of the popular destination are back, new events are scheduled for El Yaque, La Torche, New Caledonia, and Turkmenistan. As well as Chile back on the schedule this year, a return to Maui for the Aloha Classic. Alos exciting is Bonaire for some freestyle, and the return of an indoor event in Poland!
Levi Siver takes the prestigious Aloha Classic Crown, defeating Bernd Roediger.
Bernd had battled his way back from 3rd in the double elimination knocking out 3 time PWA World Champion Kauli Seadi to face the winner of the sinlge elimination Levi Siver. Winds had lightened after some squals rolled though but waves kept pumping. Levi and Bernd went head to head in epic wavesailing battle. Levi played the smart game knowing he had to be defeated twice, as Bernd layed it all on the line and didn’t hold anything back. Bernd radical attempts were fun to watch but he shot himself in the foot as he just nearly missed them. Levi Siver’s smart sailing gave him the title, as he impressed judges with smooth and powerful wave riding.
Congratulations JP Aloha Classic winner Levi Siver.
1st Levi Siver
2nd Bernd Roediger
3rd Kauli Seadi
4th Morgan Noireaux
Day 8: Mussolini and Browne still in the hunt for a World Title
A slower than expected start at Ho’okipa Beach Park on day eight of the JP Aloha Classic – presented by Nalu Kai – soon turned into a pulsating and extremely exciting day of sailing as the title race headed towards its climax. At the start of the day seven riders – Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra), Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC), Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra), Leon Jamaer (Fanatic / Hot Sails Maui) and Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) – were all still in contention for the world title, however, by the end of the day only two sailors were still standing – Browne and Mussolini. Tomorrow will now see a scintillating finale as Mussolini and Browne go head-to-head in the battle for the 2013 PWA Wave World Championship.
Today promises to be an extremely exciting day, with both the JP Aloha Classic Champion and PWA Wave World Champion set to be decided. The forecast for tomorrow promises excellent wind and yet more waves, which should result in an enthralling day of sailing with at least one sailor set to write their name in windsurfing history. Who is your money on for the title, and the prestigious win at the JP Aloha Classic?
Results – PWA Double Elimination
1st Levi Siver (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC)
2nd Kauli Seadi (JP / Hot Sails Maui / MFC)
3rd Bernd Roediger (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC)
4th Morgan Noireaux (JP / Hot Sails Maui / MFC)
5th Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)
5th Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra)
5th Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)
9th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Ezzy / MFC)
9th Graham Ezzy (Quatro / Ezzy)
Today the PWA confirmed that the season finale wave event in Chile has been cancelled, and the 2013 Wave World Champion will be crowned at the JP Aloha Classic currently taking place in Maui.
With the local boys from teh AWt thrown into the mix, Levi Siver sits in first after the single elimination, the men’s title race has intensified even more.
With the South American comp now off the schedule Daida Moreno becomes the ladies champion after just one contest in 2013.
As-it-stands, with a Double Elimination at Ho’okipa still to complete, the mens wave rankings look like this:
1. Alex Mussolini
2. Marcilio Browne
3. Victor Fernandez
4. Thomas Traversa
5. Jules Denel
(6. Philip Koester)
The double elimination at the JP Aloha classic is set to begin later today.
The day started early with the opening ceremony at 9am which streamed LIVE across windsurfing sites, and was provided by the PWA and AWT. The thought provoking Hawaiian blessing asked for wind and waves and almost immediately the breeze started to build ruffling the head high surf. It was amazing to have riders from all over the world come together during this spiritual moment at the home of windsurfing.
With the competition now officially open Head Judge Duncan Coombs decided to run straight into the AWT Pro fleet with the first 16 heats of Round #1 while keeping the option to run all fleets later. It was not long before it was clear that the combination of fun conditions and motivated riders was delivering excellent competition. It was decided that we would continue with Round 2 and heats 17 through 24 before moving into the Women’s heats.
Naish to challenge for the title one more time at the JP Aloha Classic
Press Release from the AWT
The stage is now set for what promises to be one of the biggest clashes of windsurfing talent in living memory. Robby Naish, probably the biggest name in the history of windsurfing, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming JP Aloha Classic that begins on Thursday 24th October, at Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.
For the first time since 2000, Naish will compete on the PWA World Tour. Taking the third “Champions” wildcard alongside Kevin Pritchard and Josh Angulo, directly into the main PWA event, Naish will complete a competition line-up that spans over three generations. Some of the newest and most innovative talent in the sport will go head to head with the very pioneers that paved the way for modern day windsurfing to become the explosive, dynamic and action packed sport that it has evolved into.
In the challenging, historic surf of Ho’okipa, the experience and mastery of the ocean, held firm by the old guard, will offer a perfect contrast to the unorthodox and radical departures of the goiter generation. A true test of “bread and butter” top to bottom wave riding versus aerial trickery will ensue, as all riders leave caution on the beach and go all in to try and claim their seat at the elusive Ho’okipa winners table.
Naish was keen to point out that his contention for the Aloha Classic title was not something to be taken too lightly. At 50 years of age, he is in some of the best shape of his life and his sheer presence will be enough to deter all but the steeliest opponents.
“Before anyone gets too excited, this is not the start of a comeback, it is simply an opportunity to challenge myself a little bit and have some fun in the competition arena again – and there is no finer arena than Ho’okipa for the Aloha. Its been 7 years since the last pro tour event at Ho’okipa and 7 years since the last Aloha Classic and there is no more prestigious event title in the sport. I am not setting out to prove anything, just simply to rise to the challenge before me and mainly have fun in my own backyard along with some of the finest windsurf talent out there”
The 2013 JP Aloha Classic will bring together the American Windsurfing Tour and the PWA World Tour to create one of the biggest wave sailing events of all time. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to Maui for the event itself, the pro divisions will be broadcast live via the internet and will be available to watch on demand afterwards so don’t miss out.
For further information and for all the action as it happens, tune into www.pwaworldtour.com and www.americanwindsurfingtour.com from the 24th October to see the likes of Koster, Fernandez, Browne, Stone, Angulo, Pritchard, Roediger, Juban, Siver, Mussolini and of course, Robby Naish together in full blown competition action for the first and possibly last time ever!
The AWT and PWA will soon be bringing us the JP Aloha Classic Presented by Kuau Store. Read the press release and details from the AWT below, 92 competitors are already registered.
The AWT is happy to welcome the PWA to Maui for the JP Aloha Classic at Ho’okipa October 24th-November 6th. AWT divisions will run as usual. Top 2 AWT ranked riders automatically advance to the PWA bracket as well as top 6 ranked riders from the AWT Pro division at Ho’okipa.
We have a great crew lined up to run the event including PWA Head Judge Duncan Coombs. The judges panel will consist of many local knowledgeable and trained judges such as Pascal Hardy, Chris Freeman, Alex Bitoun, Michael Archer, Griffin Freysinger and Neil Turpin.
Kai Katchadourian will once again be entertaining the world commentating for the live cast. He joined by several guests throughout the contest.
Local comedian Chris Seeley will be joined by Pietro Porchella announcing on the beach for spectators at Ho’okipa. Porchella has been present at all wave contests on Maui since the Maui Grand Prix in 1981. He has worked all 21 previous editions of the Aloha Classic. We are looking forward to his knowledge on the beach.
Our fearless Beach Marshal Dane Dingerson will be at the beach the entire contest keeping all competitors in check for their heats.
Red Bull is the official sponsor of water safety and rescue which will be led by DK Walsh.
Maui Nerd Productions led by Kevin Pritchard will be producing quality short video clips of the action throughout the contest.
Professional Photographer Si Crowther is the official photographer for the entire event.
And for all of you who can not attend the event, Stephan Boeker from Live Maui Webcasts will be producing a live cast for the world to watch all AWT Pro, and PWA heats from home. Tune in on the action at AmericanWindsurfingTour.com and post your comments on twitter and facebook to stay in the loop.
Contest Window: October 24th-November 6th
8pm: Notice for next day’s possibility of running contest based on forecast
9am: Skippers meeting at lifeguard tower with a first possible start of 10am
11am: Final call if contest will run for the day
Kiri Thode and Antoine Albeau crowned the champions of the world
sThe 2013 GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup proved to be a huge success once more as Sylt delivered five days of wind, which saw the men’s freestyle double elimination – dedicated to André Paskowski – completed, whilst five eliminations in the men’s slalom were also finished. The past ten days will remain in the memory of Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) for the rest of his life, after the Bonairean finally realized his dream of becoming the PWA Freestyle World Champion, having come so close on many occasions before. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) produced another fantastic display to not only claim the event victory, but also the 2013 PWA Slalom World Championship – back-to-back world titles for the Frenchman.
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Day 5: The perfect day for Angulo as he storms to the top of the event rankings
The fifth day of the GP Joule PWA Sylt World Cup saw the wind return as a further two slalom eliminations were completed in chilly, but beautiful weather. The offshore winds made for tricky racing in 7-15 knots of breeze, but there were still some exhilarating battles over the course of the day. Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) continued his fantastic form this week as the secured another bullet and a second place to move to the top of the event rankings, whilst Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7) hit back in race four with his first race victory of the event.
Josh Angulo timed his start to perfection in the opening winners’ final of the day as he crossed the start line in first place. Angulo then built on his brilliant start as he held the lead ahead of Alberto Menegatti, Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) and Kasper Larsen (Starboard / Loft Sails), whilst Cedric Bordes (Tabou / Gaastra) and Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) collided with each other, but both sailors did well to stay upright. Over the remainder of the course Angulo showed blistering speed and perfect gybes – which he pumped out of – to storm to his second victory of the week. Behind him Quentel once again demonstrated that he is one of the quickest sailors on the tour as he fought his way into second place, with Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Dagan completing the top four, leaving Menegatti to settle for fifth place.
Elsewhere in race three there were several upsets in the opening round – the first of which came in heat three as Jordy Vonk (Patrik / Loft Sails) – who was ninth at the beginning of the day – narrowly missed out on a place in the quarterfinals after finishing in fifth place, whilst Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne) was also knocked out. Heat four was eventually completed at the fifth attempt – after a combination of a false start and the wind dropping on several occasions – but in the end Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) and Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails) both took earlier than planned exits, whilst Chris Pressler (Starboard / Severne) did well to clinch the final qualifying place. The drama wasn’t finished there either as Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) also failed to escape from heat five, before Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Chris Benz / Dunkerbeck Eyewear) was disqualified for sailing in the wrong heat – heat seven when he was supposed to be in heat eight.
Further drama ensued in the opening semifinal as Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) crashed into Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails) on the exit of the third gybe – at the time both sailors were qualifying for a place in the winners’ final, but neither qualified after the collision – instead Julien Quentel and Peter Volwater (Fanatic / Avanti) benefitted as they finished in third and fourth place respectively.
Josh Angulo made another blistering start to the second winners’ final of the day as he once again crossed the line in first place, however this time around he couldn’t quite hold his lead into the first mark as Alberto Menegatti came flying down the opening reach to take the lead ahead of Angulo, Steven Allen and Antoine Albeau. With clean wind and acres of clear water ahead of him, Menegatti extended his lead over the chasing pack to claim his first victory of the week, which moves him up to fourth place overall for the event. In the meantime Angulo cemented his place at the top of the rankings after finishing in second place with Albeau and Julien Quentel finishing third and fourth respectively.
Just as in race three there were further upsets in the first round of elimination four – firstly Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) failed to qualify from heat one. The Frenchman entered the first gybe in the lead, but after struggling to get back onto the place he ended up finishing in seventh place. Jordy Vonk, meanwhile, suffered his second first round exit of the day in heat two, whilst Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) was also knocked out in heat three after catapulting and finishing in fifth place. Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North) was the final upset in the opening round as he finished heat eight in sixth place.
The forecast for tomorrow is predicting strong winds, with gusts of up to 29 knots being predicted. With this in mind it looks as though the freestyle sailors will take center stage for the first time this week, depending how the conditions materialize, whilst there is still the potential for some high wind slalom as well. The skippers’ meeting for the freestyle and slalom fleets will be held at 10am with the action commencing at 10:30am, whilst the wave sailors will meet at 1pm. Don’t miss any of the explosive and radical action by tuning into the PWA livestream at www.pwaworldtour.com.
Results After Four Eliminations – Men’s Slalom
1st Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)
2nd Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
3rd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
4th Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7)
5th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
6th Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)
7th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
8th Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails)
9th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic)
10th Matteo Iachino (F2 / Challenger / AL360)
Press Release from the American windsurfing Tour
The right stuff for radical action at Hookipa!
The AWT is proud to announce the confirmation of the PWAs involvement in the 2013 JP Aloha Classic. For the first time in 7 years, the PWA World Tour will be back on Maui to put the world best windsurfers against some of the world’s best conditions. Taking off where it left off in 2006, the Aloha Classic will once again be supported by JP Australia, highlighting the unbreakable bond between the JP name and the world famous surf of Ho’okipa Beach Park.
Martin Brandner – Brand Manager, JP Australia
Our Slogan The Right Stuff for Radical Action matches perfectly with the image of Ho’okipa as one of the most radical wave spots on this planet. We did not have a PWA event on Maui since we sponsored the last Aloha Classic in 2006. So we at JP finally decided that it is time again that we step up and become the title sponsor and bring the best wave sailors back to Maui for a PWA competition. We are very proud that we can help to make this finally happening and we look forward to see the best and most radical wave riders perform in the prestigious Aloha Classic. Jason Polakow who was the first non-Hawaiian ever win in Ho’okipa will unfortunately not be able to compete as he has other commitments in an event on Mauritius but he will be attending the opening ceremony of the event and he will keep his fingers crossed for his JP team mates.
Building on the success of the AWT Makani Classic during 2011 and 2012, the JP Aloha Classic will bring together the burgeoning American Windsurfing Tour and the PWA World Tour for the first time. The PWA and AWT have been working tirelessly throughout the last 12 months to make this event a reality and the stage is now set for what promises to be a showdown on a titanic scale.
Sam Bittner – AWT Tour Director
Since we began the Makani Classic at Hookipa 2 years ago, our goal has been to build a bigger and better event which will bring more top level athletes to the event. The addition of the PWA to the line-up will add another level to an already great competition and we are happy to see the contest continue to develop.
Richard Page – PWA Tour Manager
Its great news for the tour and for the sport that we will finally be going back to Ho’okipa after 7 years and its fitting that we will be doing it with JP who have once again stepped up to cement their relationship with wave sailing at the highest level. We are grateful to Sam Bittner at the AWT for her support and efforts in building the foundations of the event through the Makani Classic and we are confident that this will be the start of strong future for PWA events on Maui.
The windsurfing world will finally get the match up they have been looking for as the Hookipa specialists and AWT regulars take on the best of the rest of the world. Legends in the sport such as Levi Siver and Josh Stone will throw down with tour regulars like Victor Fernandez, Ricardo Campello and, of course, current PWA Wave World Champion, the goliath that is Philip Koster, to finally decide who is the master on Maui.
The action will take place between the 24th October and 6th November. More information will be released over the next few days.
Big waves and down the line riding as the contest begins
Day two of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup started in the pitch black as the competitors and race crew congregated at the Cold Hawaii club house at 6am. The early start, however, didn’t pay off as the forecast that promised wind from first light failed to materialize due to the offshore direction. After seven and a half painstaking hours the wind finally followed forecast as it swung cross-off shore allowing the competition to begin shortly afterwards, in perfect, peeling down the line waves – half mast to logo high – and light to medium winds, which saw two waves to count over the duration of eighteen minute heats.
Moritz Mauch, Lars Gobisch, Albert Pijoan, Markus Rydberg, Peter Volwater and Robert Baldyga all advanced through the three trials heats for main competition.
In the first heat of the contest Brazilian Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne looked in superb form today after he confidently dispatched of Mads Bjornaa. On the B-side of the panel Moritz Mauch achieved the biggest win of his career so far as he managed to defeat Dany Bruch.
Heat Two Began but had to be abandoned due to deteriorating conditions.
An unforgettable day for Delphine Cousin as she claims her first World Title, and Antoine Albeau claim victory in Alacati
The final day of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup saw two more eliminations completed for both the men and women as the Meltemi wind continued to blow for much of the day. At the end of the day Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) battled his way back to the top of the rankings to secure the event victory, with one bullet and a second place today. Meanwhile, in the women’s fleet Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins) continued to dominate with back-to-back elimination victories on the final day to emphatically claim the event win, but the biggest news of the day involves Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde) who will remember this day forever, after clinching her maiden world title as she was crowned the 2013 PWA Women’s Slalom World Champion.
Final Rankings at the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup – Men’s Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7)
3rd Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
4th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Costa Hoevel)
5th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
6th Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
7th Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
8th Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails)
9th Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different)
10th Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra)
Final Rankings at the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup – Women’s Slalom
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails)
4th Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
5th Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
6th Dilara Uralp (JP / NeilPryde)
7th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360)
8th Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
Women’s 2013 PWA Slalom Overall Standings: (Final 2013)
1st Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
3rd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
4th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails)
5th Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
6th Dilara Uralp (JP / NeiPryde)
7th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360)
8th Marion Mortefon (Starboard / Severne)
The waiting game continues as light winds halt the proceedings
The fourth day of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup proved to be a largely frustrating affair as teasing winds kept the competitors on standby for much of the day. After a very quiet start to the day at 12pm the wind swung 180 degrees and began to rapidly pickup causing a flurry of action on the beach. However the wind remained gusty for much of the afternoon meaning that only a further two heats were completed – one men’s and one women’s semifinal.
In the men’s semifinal – Heat 13 – Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) showed good speed again to win the heat, whilst Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different), Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) and Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7) all qualified for their first winners’ final of the week.
In the women’s semifinal – Heat 5 – Marion Mortefon (Starboard / Severne) made the best start to the heat and safely qualified for the final with a proficient display, whilst Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360) claimed second place. The remaining qualifying places were clinched by Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) meaning that local hero Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails) misses out on a place in the winners’ final.
A frustrating day for competitors as winds fail to cooperate.
Day three of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup saw just three heats completed in the women’s second elimination dues to light and flukey winds. Conditions looked to be improving quickly by 2pm, but it didn’t last long as 5 knot holes were to be found on the race course. The day continued to frustrate with many heats started and then abandoned, first men’s semi final.
However three women’s heats were completed. In heat two, the first heat of the day, local hero Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails) was victorious, while Marion Mortefon (Starboard / Severne), Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360) and Gelly Skarlatou also qualified for the next round. In heat three Burce Vardarli, Melek Toraman (Starboard / Loft Sails), Ceren Yaman (JP / NeilPryde) and Deniz Sekercioglu qualified. Heat four saw Marianne Kaplas (Starboard / Severne) who finished first in her heat. Also qualifying from heat four were Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde), Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins) respectively.
Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 11am, if conditions allow.