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20 September 2010, 11:05 am
Fernandez Strenghtens PWA Wave Tour Lead
Victor Fernandez at PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup
Fernadez backloop at Kia PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup, Klitmoller

Klitmoller, Denmark

Following a week of spectacular sailing at Klitmoller, current tour leader Victor Fernandez strengthens his lead at the top of the PWA wave fleet.
Ricardo Campello's consistent results see him move up into second. Philip Koster's sixth sees him fall to third but the biggest gains and the Klitmoller crown go to former World Champion, Kauli Seadi. Seadi's amazing display in the North Sea sees him move from ninth to fourth in the tour standings.

Cold Hawaii superseded all expectations with a series of lows tracking across the North Sea creating the best European wave contest seen in recent PWA history.

Three times former world champion, Kauli Seadi stamped his authority on the fleet during the single elimination in Denmark with an impressive display of jumping and riding. However, with no easy runs it was hardly a stroll in the park for Seadi, who had to beat many a seasoned pro before reaching the podium.

After first seeing off German youngster, Leon Jamaer, the Brazilian sensation met port tack legend Dario Ojeda, who very nearly stopped him from advancing any further with an excellent taka in the jaws of a brutal North Sea wave. Unfortunately, for Ojeda, the judges gave it to Seadi who went on to meet his team mate Robby Swift. The British wave hero put up a fight, as did Seadi's next victim, Kevin Pritchard, but the Brazilian was on flying form and was not about to let his run of glory go to waste.

In the single elimination final he met another of his team mates, triple loop daredevil Ricardo Campello. It was a closely fought battle with the former wave champion having the edge in the waves, but Campello was always a threat due to his perfect doubles. Luckily for Seadi the Venezuelan could not find a ramp in time, leaving the Brazilian as the champion for the first time in over a year.

Current tour leader, Victor Fernandez, sailed for just twelve minutes in the single elimination against an on form Camille Juban. Fernandez had the skills to match the young Frenchman from Guadeloupe, but failed to find his form and went out immediately causing a shock to the system.

With such a poor performance in the single, a fired up Fernandez was keen to make amends in the double and fought his way through three heats on the first day of the double elimination before the conditions deteriorated.

Fresh faced and hungry for more, Fernandez literally sailed from dusk until dawn taking down everyone in his path, a feat not seen for many years in PWA competition. Fernandez even went on to beat the single elimination champion, Seadi ensuring a spectacular final showdown would have to take place.

After watching Fernandez demolish the entire fleet, including himself, Seadi had to hit the water to fight it out for the final time. Seadi chose to play the heat to his strengths, catching plenty of waves, and tearing them to pieces. However, with three minutes remaining, Seadi still had not attempted a single jump, and when he came in to swap his gear everyone thought he had lost it. On his first run back out he failed to find a ramp, and when something similar happened on his second he was forced to rotate round a low scoring pushloop off a piece of chop. Luckily for the Brazilian his outstanding skills on the waves had won over the judges and with it, the first ever Cold Hawaiian crown.

Overall Rankings
1st Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)
4th Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
5th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)
6th Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde)

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action,
PWA World Tour (as amended by ISAF)
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