2015 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World
Victor 2nd - Alessio 2nd @ Super Session
Victor Fernandez is the 2015 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Vice Champion. Congratulations!
The sailors patience may have been tested in the opening four days, but their patience was more than rewarded today as Cold Hawaii maintained it’s 100% record in epic fashion. Not only was the single elimination completed, but also the double as Klitmøller reinstated its reputation as Cold Hawaii with wall-to-wall sunshine, frothy North Sea nuggets and howling winds.
By the end of an enthralling day it was Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who fought his way to the top of the podium as he remained unbeaten after defeating Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) in the single elimination — followed by Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) in the double, which takes the two-time world champion to the top of the overall rankings, with his second victory of the year. However, there was several fascinating battles throughout the day with big upsets and epic comebacks, which really made the today one to remember.
Victor Fernandez was on fire in the double elimination — just like he has been in each event this year. The Spaniard was the only other man aside form Köster to earn perfect 10s in the contest as he defeated Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne) and Marcilio Browne with a combination of stunning doubles and radical wave rides. Against Stone, Fernandez actually recorded the highest individual heat score of the entire competition to setup a mouth-watering final against Köster. However, Browne, will still be delighted with his performance today as he recorded his first podium finish of the year and also his best result by far as he returned to form.
The Battle of the World Title Contenders
Coming into the event Victor Fernandez led the world rankings, closely followed by Philip Köster, and fittingly the top two title contenders were the last men standing in the double elimination.
Köster may have made a quick start in the single elimination final, but in the double he came absolutely flying out the starting blocks — landing another trademark double forward straight off the bat — before further piling the pressure on Fernandez by wracking up the highest wave score of the heat — 9.5 points. Fernandez responded with a superb double forward of his own and soon brought the scores almost level with his best wave of the heat on his first attempt to earn 8.5 points, but unlike the prior two heats the 2010 world champion couldn’t find an amazing second wave to overhaul Köster — meaning Köster recaptured the title of being the Cold Hawaii King — a status he last held in 2011.
1st Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Victor Fernández (Fanatic / North / MFC)
3rd Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)
There was a more relaxed start to the penultimate day of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup — compared to yesterday’s hectic, but epic, schedule. Registration for the Super Session was held between 1pm and 1:30pm and 14 of the world’s finest wave sailors signed up to battle it out in front of a packed out crowd.
The super session consisted of 3 qualifying heats with the winner of each heat advancing into the final as well as one lucky loser — the highest second placed finisher. Each sailor was given 18 minutes to produce their best jump or wave move in order to advance and it was Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North), Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX), Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) and Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) — who was the lucky loser that secured their place in the showdown.
Super Session Final
The wind picked up for the final and it turned into a double forward off with everyone throwing themselves into doubles left, right and centre. For a long time it looked as though Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North) was heading for the top of the podium as the twenty year old landed an almost perfect double forward to earn 28.5 points out of a possible 30. However, there was one man who was intent on claiming first place — Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) — and the Brazilian launched himself into multiple efforts, which paid off in the dying minutes as he posted a score of 28.7 points to steal the victory. Robby Swift completed the podium ahead by Jules Denel.
With an epic double elimination and a super session in the bag, tomorrow will see a lay day with the sailors de-rigging and readying themselves for their next battle in Sylt, which kicks off on the 25th September.