Bright sunshine and clear skies greeted windsurfing's top names and more, all in Sylt to fight tooth and nail as the end of season title races intensify. A total of 130 competitors are on the list for the Slalom 42, Freestyle, and Wave competitions on the Island of Westerland, Germany.
There's a full 53-man fleet of Slalom 42 racers with leader Antoine ALBEAU (F-192 Starboard / NeilPryde) joined by front-runners Kevin PRITCHARD (USA-3 Starboard / MauiSails), and Finian MAYNARD (F2 / NeilPryde).
A 64-man wave ladder includes top dog Kevin PRITCHARD, Josh ANGULO (CV-1) and 2005 champion Kauli SEADI (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish). Last year's women's champion, Daida MORENO (E-64, Mistral/ North), joins the usual front-runners, Karin JAGGI (Z-14, F2/ North) and Iballa MORENO (E-63, Mistral/ North) in the women's event.
The 32-man freestyle fleet, new to this location, are eyeing up the forecast and the flat conditions for the possibility of action before the world champion is crowned at the closing ceremony on October 1st. As expected tour leader Jose ESTREDO (V-1, Fanatic/ North) is joined by Taty FRANS (NB-9, Starboard/ MauiSails) and danger man Antxon OTAEGUI (E-169, JP/ NeilPryde). You can check the full entry list at http://www.pwaworldtour.com
The amazing event site and its precision run German management looks better than ever, and the welcome as warm as any of the 23 years this event has opened its doors to the elite of world windsurfing, and the colossal crowds, eager to rub shoulders with the stars. A spectacular opening ceremony showed the truly international nature of PWA windsurfing to the crowds all here to watch the worlds best riders perform.
You can check the full entry list out at www.pwaworldtour.com and follow all the action with live web casts, results, daily summaries and more.
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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