Jose ESTREDO (V-1, Fanatic/ North) took the honors in a frenzy of top-flight trickery. A bonus fun race further stoked the crowds as Gonzalo COSTA HOEVEL (ARG-3, F2 / NeilPryde) earned rapturous applause for his victory, despite the Slalom 42 fleet having to wait another day to confirm its end of season podium places.
The freestyle fleet finally took the spotlight in front of the Sylt crowds today after an impressive warm up session urged Head Judge Duncan COOMBS to kick off the first official heats at 10:00 (local time).
Heat one involved Kauli SEADI (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) who faced Florian JUNG (G-213), while Marcilio BROWNE (BRA-105, Naish/ Naish) took on Mattia PEDRANI (I-00 Mistral / North). The heat was started and cancelled twice before the irregular wind strength forced the head judge to switch to un-official competition format instead, and a no-holds-barred expression session.
Three riders were picked out by the judges after a 15-minute heat, right under the noses of the dedicated fans at the waters edge. Tour leader Jose 'Gollito' ESTREDO was the clear winner with the most technical move of the heat - a perfect switch chacho brava! Close behind in second was Thomas TRAVERSA (F-3, Tabou / Gaastra) with his textbook switch chacho. Teenage trick innovator Kiri THODE (NB-61 Gaastra / Starboard) came third, proving exactly why he's ranked fourth in the world at just 15 yrs old.
Tomorrow's closing ceremony will see two world champions crowned in the Slalom 42 and Freestyle disciplines. If the titles are not ultimately settled on the water, then fingernails will be short tomorrow as the seconds tick away to closing time here in Germany.
Fine weather and the highest standard of windsurfing ever, has attracted over 180,000 visitors to pass through the giant welcome arches of event title sponsor Colgate. More die-hard windsurf fans are guaranteed tomorrow to view the final moments, and to applaud this seasons most worthy winners.
The event also has its own German language website www.worldcupsylt.de. A positive long range forecast could see competition starting immediately after the show opens.
Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Events are designated as ISAF Special Events. There are five main disciplines that are held on the PWA World Tour: Wave, Freestyle, Race (Slalom 42), Super X and Indoor. Competitors at each World Tour event score points towards the PWA Annual Ranking list. At the end of the season, the sailor with the highest total score in each discipline is the PWA World Champion for that year. For more information on the PWA, the events and the sailors visit the PWA website - www.pwaworldtour.com.
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