Cold Hawaii Shows Sustainable Future

The 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in Klitmøller, has sustainability in its DNA. The event has set new standards that it hopes will be adopted by the whole region. Working in partnership with the north-west Jutland government and Thisted’s Green Thread project, the World Cup for the best wave windsurfers on the planet demonstrated Denmark’s status as one of the greenest places on the planet.

Everything at the event, which ran from September 17-23 - from the big to the small, the food plates to the carbon neutral website - has a green thread running through it. All the waste has been in separated in the organic and recyclable streams and even the publicity banners have been printed on cotton canvas rather than PVC. KIA have provided the energy efficient cars used to transport the competitors.

At the heart of it all; the event, the reason people come and the energy that powers the community, is wind. “What we have in the area is sustainable energy and ability to work with nature - nearly 95% of our electricity is from windmills,” Otto Lægaard, the Thisted municipality manager of the Green Thread, said. “We are preserving the area whilst using new technology to develop. This is a fantastic place for people to come and be in unspoiled nature.”

For Robert Sand, the event manager, who was a Danish champion and professional windsurfer, the World Cup has been about showing the world the beauty of the place where he grew up and learned to windsurf. “I have been windsurfing around here all my life and the sport can be good to this area,” Sand said. “It’s about thinking about sustainability from the beginning. We are showing that you can have a big World Cup event with all that brings to Klitmøller and Cold Hawaii economically and socially and still preserve the ecology of the area.

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Quotes of the day: Rolf Köster, father of double world champion Philip Köster

On his son becoming Wave world champion: “I'm proud of my son. I mean wave world champion is amazing but being it for the second time is even more difficult. He was nervous but he made it. I called my wife and we are both very happy.”

On his son losing to Traversa in the super final:

“Today it didn't matter if he won the super final or was second, he is still the wave world champion. That's excellent. I appreciate that he is behaving like a good sportsman, being happy for Traversa and congratulating him on the podium.”

On how they prepare for a heat:

“Before every heat I talk with Philip about which sails and boards to use. I had a surf school on Gran Canaria for more than twenty years. I trained him since he was a kid, and I've travelled with him on every PWA World Tour for nearly six years now. One-two minutes before the heat I leave him alone to focus on the windsurfing ahead."

"I also take the responsibility that he is not disturbed by reporters or photographers in those last minutes before the heat. I am lifting away burdens from him so that he can concentrate on his windsurfing."

"Philip can get nervous but I think he behaved very calm and relaxed at this Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2012.”

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Thomas Traversa wins the 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup

Thomas Traversa gets a big hug from his friend and caddy for the final, Alex Mussolini, as he comes out of the water after 25 minutes battling with wave world champion, Philip Köster, in the Super Final. His girlfriend, Sophia Regerbis, runs towards him and congratulates him with a kiss. “I'm super happy,” Traversa says.

His French friends and fellow windsurfers, Jules Denel (with his dog, Jim) and Antoine Martin, join in the hugs and high fives.

“It's amazing for Thomas, for the whole French connection,” Martin says. “We will definitely party tonight.”

The audience at Cold Hawaii are applauding as Thomas Traversa, Philip Köster and third-placed Victor Fernandez Lopez climb the podium.

“In this light wind I guess it was an advantage to be a light windsurfer. Yes, it's crazy to beat Philip Köster – but he's going to win all the rest,” Traversa says from the podium.

The announcer mentions that Köster is about 30 kilograms heavier than Traversa.

“It was tough out there when the wind was so light,” Philip Köster said. “I'm like 92 kilograms - not a light windsurfer. That's the way it goes. I'll try my best in the next event. It's still pretty cool for me to be second at KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2012. Traversa is a good winner.”

Fernandez Lopez seems pleased with his competition. “It's nice to be here one more time on the podium,” he says. “This is a very special event for me. Thanks to everybody – and to Traversa and Köster for giving the best show as possible in these light conditions.”

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[Update] Thursday Weather: Wind & Wave Watch

Philip Köster and Thomas Traversa have been put on standby to start the super final which will decide who is the 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup champion. Duncan Coombs, the head judge said the plan is for a long, 20-25 minute, heat in which only two waves and no jumps will count. “After studying the weather pattern for Saturday it looks like the low pressure system could be drifting a little east, it’s unpredictable,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “We are going to send them out to test and see if it’s possible to sail a long heat with two waves only being counted.”

Thursday Weather Forecast: Wind & Wave Watch

2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup

Weather forecast for Thursday September 20, 2012

Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark Time of Forecast: Wednesday September 20, 1045 CET (local time) Wind Direction: Westerly Wind Speed: 14-16 knots, gusting 17-19 Wave size: 1.6-2 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Sunshine with scattered clouds Temperature: 13 degrees

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Thursday Weather: Wind & Wave Watch

Weather forecast for Thursday September 20, 2012 Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark Time of Forecast: Wednesday September 19, 2200 CET (local time) Wind Direction: Westerly Wind Speed: 11-18 knots, gusting 20 Wave size: 1.5-2.4 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Overcast with a chance of rain Temperature: 13 degrees

The forecast suggests any wind that is good enough to complete the super final, between Thomas Traversa and Philip Köster, may have disappeared by early Thursday morning at around 0700 local time. It will decrease throughout the day and there is almost no wind forecast for Friday. But a solid northerly wind of 20-22 knots is forecast for Saturday afternoon, which should allow a Cold Hawaii champion to be crowned.

“It’s like a wind machine here,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “We just don’t know. There’s potential tomorrow but I think we’ll just have to wake up and see.”

Editor’s notes:

Robert Sand, event manager, Danish wave champion 2003-05 and Klitmøller windsurfer for 25 years on what makes Cold Hawaii:

Cold Hawaii is special because it has a lot of different surf spots that cater for any wind and wave direction.

The open water from the North Sea and North Atlantic draws in the low pressure systems that gain momentum as they travel across the top of the British Isles and then hit our coast. Once the winds start pushing in from the west they build up in the deep waters of the North Sea, and join forces with the North Atlantic swell that hits our steep coastline, so the waves jack up.

On a typical day there is a strong south-westerly wind with waves breaking on the crescent-shaped reef just off the beach. The reef creates a breakwater so windsurfers can get in out easily from the shore. Then beyond the reef the wind increases in the more open water, with the large breaking swells acting as massive water ramps to jump high, forward loop and ride the giant waves. On an average day the wave's summit can be as high as 2-3 metres, but at it's best we have seen mountainous waves as big as 6m. As a result of the powerful brisk North Sea south-westerlies gusting up to 50 knots and colossal seas the windsurfers call this Cold Hawaii.

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Wednesday Weather Forecast: Wind & Wave Watch

2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Weather forecast for Wednesday September 19, 2012

Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark Time of Forecast: Wednesday September 19, 0800 CET (local time) Wind Direction: West-north-west Wind Speed: 21-26 knots, gusting 24-31. Wave size: 1.9-2.5 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Mostly cloudy with rain squalls Temperature: 11-12 degrees

The forecast on shore winds arrived in Klitmøller in time for a 07:20 start. The winner of the single elimination should be known by 0930. The double elimination will be started but is unlikely to finish, with the latest forecasts suggesting Thursday may have enough breeze, albeit similarly on shore, to complete it.

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Wednesday Weather: Wind & Wave Watch

2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Weather forecast for Wednesday September 19, 2012

Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark Time of Forecast: Tuesday September 18, 1800 CET (local time) Wind Direction: West-north-west Wind Speed: 22-23 knots, gusting 25-28 Wave size: 2 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Mostly cloudy with rain squalls Temperature: 12-13 degrees

The competitors are still waiting to see if there will be enough consistent wind for a late call on Tuesday night, with an hour of wind hoped for this evening. But solid on shore wind is forecast tomorrow. That should ensure that the single elimination is completed.

“It’s on shore tomorrow and I don’t think anyone’s going to like it,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “It’s unfavourable conditions for everyone and not something that people train for.”

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Tuesday Morning: Wind & Wave Watch

2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Day 2

Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark. Wind Direction: South-west Wind Speed: 16-18 knots, gusting 20 Wave size: 2 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Mostly cloudy with rain squalls Temperature: 12 degrees Schedule Start: 9am (local time)

The wave sailing action was due to start at 9am in Klitmøller on Tuesday, after an 8pm finish on Monday. The light but prevailing south-westerly, cross shore, wind of 16-18 knots, should be enough for 17-minute heats with the sailors best two wave rides being scored.

With a window of good enough breeze in the morning there is expected to be a winner of the single eliminator contest by 12pm.

“We’re hopeful of there being wind in the squally conditions between bands of rain,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “We can do it because the wind is south, south-westerly and side shore. It’s the down the line conditions. If it was on shore it would not be an option.”

“The side shore wind allows you to accelerate down the face of the wave when it’s on shore the wind drops in front of the wave.”

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Monday morning: Wind & Wave Watch

Day 1 Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark. Wind Direction: South-west Wind Speed: 16-18 knots, gusting 20-22. Wave size: 2 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Sunshine, partly cloudy Temperature: 16 degrees

The wave sailing action got off to a flying start at 1.20pm in Klitmøller today.

Cold Hawaii delivered better than predicted conditions of two metre waves, with a prevailing south-westerly wind, of 16-18 knots.

Robert Sand, event manager, Danish wave champion 2003-05 and Klitmøller windsurfer for 25 years on what makes Cold Hawaii:

'Cold Hawaii is special because it has a lot of different surf spots that cater for any wind and wave direction.

The open water from the North Sea and North Atlantic draws in the low pressure systems that gain momentum as they travel across the top of the British Isles and then hit our coast. Once the winds start pushing in from the west they build up in the deep waters of the North Sea, and join forces with the North Atlantic swell that hits our steep coastline, so the waves jack up.

On a typical day there is a strong south-westerly wind with waves breaking on the crescent-shaped reef just off the beach. The reef creates a breakwater so windsurfers can get in out easily from the shore. Then beyond the reef the wind increases in the more open water, with the large breaking swells acting as massive water ramps to jump high, forward loop and ride the giant waves. On an average day the wave's summit can be as high as 2-3 metres, but at it's best we have seen mountainous waves as big as 6m. As a result of the powerful brisk North Sea south-westerlies gusting up to 50 knots and colossal seas the windsurfers call this Cold Hawaii.'

http://www.worldcup.coldhawaii.com/blog/wind-wave-watch-2012-kia-cold-hawaii-pwa-world-cup