PWA Cold Hawaii 2014 – Dag 2-3
Zoals beloofd, meer verslagen van de Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup. Het eerste puntje op de agenda van dag twee was het wegslepen van de vissersboot. De boot had een prominente positie tijdens de Super Sessions van dag één. Mede hierdoor bleven de zeilers op hold tot 18:00 uur. Door de afnemende swell werden de wedstrijden uitgesteld naar dag 3. Dit gaf echter wel de mogelijkheid om wat meer van de deelnemers te weten te komen, bijvoorbeeld hun favoriete move!
Dag 3 bracht betere condities met zich mee dan verwacht. Een ground swell met lange periodes arriveerde in de ochtend. Gedurende de ochtend was het grootste deel van de deelnemers al op het water. Om 11:30 uur was de swell goed genoeg om de eerste heat van start te laten gaan. Lees de complete verslagen inclusief beeldmateriaal van de PWA Cold Hawaii dag één en twee hieronder.
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Cold Hawaii – Day 2
The first item on the itinerary for the second day of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup was to remove the fishing boat, which was a prominent feature during yesterday’s Super Session, from the reef after running aground on the eve of the event. The sailors remained on hold until 6pm, but with a deteriorating swell no competition was able to be held today.
A stunning start to the day in Cold Hawaii
Whilst playing the waiting game we caught up with a few sailors to find out their favourite move and top tips:
First up, Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails):
“For sure wave 360s. I like because when I went to Maui, and lived there when I was 14, my idol was Jason Polakow and he was the best at this move, so I wanted to learn it like him. My tip is that it’s all about timing, which requires time on the water and practise.”
Martin Ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7):
“A proper, proper stalled forward. The ones where you go up almost like a backloop and then at the highest point you start pointing down wind and lowering the nose of the board.”
Moritz Mauch (Starboard / Severne / MFC):
“Air taka, it feels really good when you pull it off. I think for air takas it’s important to be able to land punetas first.”
Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North):
“Tweaked pushy. I love the feeling when you are in that tweaked position. To help trying to learn tweaked pushloops try and throw the mast to your back ankle.”
Adam Lewis (Fanatic / North):
“Double forward because it’s the last move that I really had to try hard to learn and it’s a really cool feeling once you properly start to get into the double whip/rotation. The best thing anyone ever told me was to just try and do a planing forward and then do another one in the air.”
Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde):
“Frontside wave 360. For me the most important thing is finding a good section to perform the move off. It all depends on the wave, you need a steep section and to be right in the pocket.”
John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC):
“Goiters in side shore conditions – they look great in photos. If you are trying goiters try throwing the rig earlier than you’d expect.”
The forecast looks similar tomorrow, but hopefully that will prove to be wrong. The best of the wind is again predicted to be in the morning, so skippers’ meeting will take place at 9am with the action commencing from 9:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.
Cold Hawaii – Day 3
Conditions were better than anticipated first thing this morning in Klitmoller on day three of the KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup, as an underlying long period groundswell started to show its face to tease most of the competitors out onto the water at some stage during the day.
Antoine Martin mixes things up
Reigning PWA Wave World Champion – Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – was the first man out on the water this morning and he was able to make the most of the small, clean waves on offer as he combined powerful turns with clean takas and goiter attempts.
Massive slash – Marcilio Browne
With conditions looking suitable, the first heat of the trials was due to start at 11:30am. However, the waves deteriorated before it was possible to begin the opening heat and unfortunately never properly returned, meaning the waiting game continued on day three.
Jules Denel off the lip
Markus Rydberg (Simmer), who is one of the men hoping to qualify for the main draw said: “It was quite fun sailing conditions for a time today. It would have been really difficult to try and run anything in it, but it was easy to have fun out there. I think the forecast looks pretty similar for tomorrow, so you never know we might get lucky.”
Current world tour leader Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) reflects on his Cold Hawaii experience:
VF: “I always love it here. The conditions are always changing, which makes it a really challenging place to sail. I think the range of conditions you get here means that you need to be a really good all round sailor to do well here, which always makes for an exciting competition, with upsets and great sailing.”
Having spent the entire day on hold the sailors were eventually released at 5pm with the conditions worsening as the wind swung slightly more onshore. The forecast looks quite similar for tomorrow, so we will just have to wait and see what happens. Skippers’ meeting will be held at 9am with the first possible start at 9:30am.
The sunsets on day three
Looking further ahead, Sunday now looks quite promising on the latest forecast model with 23-32 knot northwesterly winds and waves of up to 2.8m being predicted, which means we could see a grandstand finish on the final day just as we experienced in 2013. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.