08 Oct 210.000 visitors visited the world champion final in Westerland
The Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup find it’s and on Sunday with the big prize giving ceremony at the Brandenburger Strand. Athletes and visitors can look back to nine exciting and spectacular competition days at the biggest world cup of the PWA World Tour. Weather conditions like that, we didn’t have very often.
Up to nine wind forces and waves of four meters high were to perfect attendants for the wave rider and freestyle, which performed high jumps, fast rotations, crazy moves and awesome wave ridings. Exciting races, the visitors could see in the disciplines slalom and foil. That means all four disciplines were shown on Sylt.
An absolute highlight was the performance of Philip Köster. The 23 years old traveled to Sylt as three time world champion and left it his fourth trophy. During his crucial heat, the German showed performance from another star. With an impressive number of 30 points, he gave his opponent, Alex Mussolini, no chance. With that win, Köster made his comeback after a tense month injury perfect. “I am very happy to get my fourth title. In the most important heat against Alex everything works perfectly. After my bad injury it’s amazing.” he said.
Winner of the waveriding contest on Sylt is the old world champion Fernandez Lopez from Spain, he could made it on the top of the podium for the third time. Marcilio Brawzinho Browne became second. Leon Jamaer from Kiel and Alessio Stillrich from Gran Canarias shared the 9th place. Klaas Voget finished 13th.
At the ladies competition, Iballa Moreno could win all her competitions and became world champion for the fourth time in a row: “It was an unbelivial event here on Sylt. It’s always a pleasure to surf in front of a crowd this big. It a great end of the season for me”. Sarah-Quita Offringa finished second, Daida Moreno third. Lina Erpenstein from Aschaffenburg/Germany showed a great performance on Sylt and ended up on the fourth place in Westerland and the overall PWA ranking. “I am very happy with my result. In this year I showed, that I learned a lot in the last couple of month”, she said. Steffi Wahl finished on the sixth place.
Jose Gollito Estredo dominated his rivals in the discipline freestyle. With his great repertoire of radical moves and awesome jumps, he was a class of his own and won the final against Amado Vrieswijk from the Netherlands. The eight times world champion: It has been tough conditions for us freestylers. Because of the high waves you could see your rivals and you had not a lot of time to present your tricks. I think I will join the wave riding competitions in 2018.” Julian Wiemar, Marco Lufen and Adrian Beholz became 25th.
In slalom, Vincent Langer showed a great performance and surpassed himself at the end. From the first race he was very focused and shine with perfect starts and tactical sophistication. The reward was a sensational second place: “I was very focused to the start, because with these great rivals, you have to be on the top of the field from the beginning to have a chance. The second place is unbelievable.”, the 30 years old celebrated. Winner of the slalom competitions was Marco Lang from Austira, Ross Williams became third. Beside slalom, the athletes present with foil another discipline. Winner became Julien Quentel from France.
Despite to deep depression „Xavier“more than 200.000 people find their way to Sylt and enjoyed the great sportive action and a colorful framework program.
The new champions
Iballa Moreno (Spain)
Place 4: Lina Erpenstein
Jose „Gollito“ Estredo (Venezuela)
Place 21: Marco Lufen and Adrian Beholz
Winner of Sylt
Place 1: Victor Fernandez Lopez (Spain)
Place 3: Philip Köster
Place 1: Iballa Moreno (Spain)
Place 4: Lina Erpenstein
Place 1: Jose „Gollito“ Estredo (Venezuela)
Place 25: Marco Lufen, Julian Weimar, Adrian Beholz