[Press release]: Mighty Mauch makes waves in Cold Hawaii

2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup, day 2 After a barren first day, capricious winds in Klitmøller on day two of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup saw tears of joy on the beach, a Kiel spine surgeon enjoy a golden retirement, disconsolate trialists trudging back to Munich and an early big surprise as 17-year-old Moritz Mauch shocked the fleet. Danny Bruch, ranked fifth in the world for the last three years, lost in the first round to fellow Canaries-based German, Mauch.

Bruch, 32, who lives in Tenerife, was visibly furious and tight-lipped as he left the beach after losing to Mauch by the narrowest of margins, just a quarter of a point.

“It was a really tight heat,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “Danny felt like he sailed a good heat and had better wave selection, but the young guy Moritz sailed better than him, he was more flowing and his timing was better, it’s as simple as that.”

Mauch, competing in the North Sea for the first time, had come through a grueling trial heat to make the final 32. The new system this year means that 12 sailors must take the risk of travelling to fight for the last six places in the main competition.

Mauch had been on the water for almost an hour already in tough conditions where some sailors were getting out of the water and running up the beach, so hard was it to get upwind.

The 0630hrs skippers’ briefing proved a false dawn as the forecast offshore winds of the over 20 knots did not arrive. When the wind swings too far south in Klitmøller it gets blocked by the land. It meant that when an inconsistent wind swung around enough just before 1500hrs the trial heats were raced over 25 minutes with only two waves counting and no jumps.

“I had a cramps in my arm at the end of last trial and very strong ones in the first heat of the competition but I got two big waves and I’m very very happy,” Mauch, who was born in Gran Canaria to German parents and lives in Telde near Pozo, said. “The whole (trial) system was a little bit hectic for me. I had two heats cancelled but at the end it went really well so I’m super happy. From now on it will be even more difficult so if I can continue I will be even more happy if I don’t it’s still good. I came here from Gran Canaria and I hoped to make it through the trials, but I did not expect this at all.”

Despite the re-runs the first trial heat was also a golden one for the veteran 39-year-old spine surgeon from Kiel, Lars Gobisch. “It’s my last year of competition in my career because I’ve got four kids and it’s a bit exhausting – I’ll let the younger guys play now,” Gobisch, whose younger brother Stefan had to pull out of the second trial with a back injury, said. “I thought the waves were really good. The third heat was better for me, I got a good aerial. I shouldn’t swim so much though. My family and four kids are here and my 7-year-old boy was very proud, it matters more to him than to me I think.”

But for Fabian Weber, who lost out in the second trial heat, it was a less happy ending. “I’m not happy with my performance, I was not in the right mood, this happens,” Weber said. “I am disappointed about myself. I travelled 1300km from Munich. I’m going to get drunk with Mick Kleingarn because he also lost (in the third trial heat).”

In between Moritz’s re-runs of the first trial heat, Spain’s Albert Pijoan won the second trial heat and was so overcome with emotion that he put his hands to his head and fell back onto the sand with tears in his eyes.

“I flew here from Barcelona together with my friend (a Spanish photographer) Jose Piña,” the 29-year-old Pijoan said. “It was complicated conditions I got one proper wave, I couldn’t get upwind. But I’m so happy.

“It wouldn’t be fair to criticise the trial system because that’s the game but it’s so annoying to be on hold waiting for announcement every 15 minutes. It’s 4 o’clock and I didn’t even have lunch yet! I will try my best in the main competition and hopefully there will be more power in the wind.”

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Saturday Weather Forecast: Wind & Wave Watch

With the local forecast for 28-32 knots of unusual northerly wind, Saturday’s KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup super session could be epic, with Philip Koster and Ricardo Campello leading the list of jump specialist. “The forecast is uncertain and a strong north wind is pretty rare here I think, so we’re not sure what it will do,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “We will send them out in eight-man heats and it will be jumps only because the waves will just be small choppy stuff. One jump will count and the highest score wins.”

2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Super Session

Weather forecast for Saturday September 22, 2012 Location: Klitmøller, North West Jutland, Denmark Time of Forecast: Friday September 21, 1800 CET (local time) Wind Direction: North to north-east Wind Speed: 28-32 knots, gusting 36 Wave size: 1.6-2.5 metres Water temperature: 14 degrees Weather: Cloudy with a chance of rain Temperature: 13 degrees


KIA @coldhawaii World Cup - event summary

Event summary: Klitmoller lives up to its name of Cold Hawaii and provides insane conditions for the third stop on the men’s wave tour, allowing Philip Koster to claim the world title with one event spare. All counting scores single elimination All counting scores double elimination All press images All video releases All images

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Winds reaching well over forty knots and waves breaking over mast high thrashed the Klitmoller coastline for three days of epic competition. The ferocious storm brought with is some of the fiercest conditions witnessed on the world tour in 2011. The combination of the amazing conditions and the world’s most radical wave riders led to an insane show and the third stop on the men’s wave tour to be completed in record time. The crowds were treated to monster jumps, huge forwards and super-aggressive slashes as the sailors battled their way through each heat.

As the most interactive event on the tour, the 2011 KIA @coldhawaii world cup - together with ACTIVE institute - has broken records in the way that windsurfing is shared online, with live scoring for each heat, a live chat roll and all the action streamed live for thousands of people to tune in a catch the amazing show.

Single elimination

After a gentle morning spent registering and rigging on the first day, Klitmoller came alive, the waves started to peel over the reef and the wind blew up to twenty knots allowing the first seven heats of the single elimination to be completed.

PWA legend Lars Petersen (JP / NeilPryde), made his return to the competition scene with his perfect wave selection allowing him to sail past his opponent, along with Phil Horrocks (JP / Gaastra), Mikkel Asmussen (RRD / Simmer / MFC), Andreas Olandersson (Simmer, MFC), Adam Lewis (Point-7), Kevin Mevissen (Mystic) and Germany’s Florian Jung (RRD / Gun / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins). The sailors looked super comfortable sailing on the North Sea and ready to face their higher seeded opponents.

The storm had really kicked in for the second day of competition, bringing with it really extreme conditions and forcing the sailors out on their smallest equipment.

With two wave rides and two jumps counting towards their scores, the sailors were fired up and quickly pulling their most impressive moves to fend off their opponents. The second round of competition saw many of the top seeded sailors quickly take their positions in the following heats and a few surprise exits from major players, Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauSails), Eleazar Alonso (Naish / Naish) and Camille Juban (Gun / MFC).

The third round of competition saw exceptional sailing from Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) to dispose of his team mate Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra). Traversa went on to face the Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde), and despite his enormous jumps, it wasn’t enough to stop a very on form Seadi.

Also reveling in the crazy conditions and working his way past his opponents on his home ground, local legend Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer) was flying high throughout the day, and ripping the waves to pieces to secure a well-earned fifth place. It took the might of Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) and his extreme double forward loops to put an end to Danielsen’s advances in the single elimination.

Brits John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC) and Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) were fighting hard in the tough conditions and both sailors made their way into the top eight, with Skye defeating fellow countryman Jamie Hancock (Tabou / Gaastra) with his precise jumps, and Williams slaying heavy hitting Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC), by picking up a gigantic wave and putting in one of the longest rides of the day.

It was no surprise, the top four spots were filled with the masters Seadi, the 2010 world champion Victor Fernandez Lopez (North / Fanatic / MFC), Campello and the current tour leader Philip Koster (Starboard /NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins). Having finished in ninth place in Tenerife, Fernandez Lopez was eager to rectify his position and quickly went about landing perfect double forwards and delivering some smooth wave rides to secure his place in the winner’s final, knocking Seadi in the losers final.

Campello was the man on fire in the radical conditions, taking every opportunity to launch into his most impressive jumps. Campello wowed the crowds with a gargantuan double forward loop and a well-executed pushloop forward. Koster tried his hardest to make his jumps but he wasn’t looking his usual self against Campello. Campello was rewarded for his bravery and he cruised into the final, pushing Koster in the loser’s final for the first time this season.

A wild battle between Seadi and Koster saw both parties charging around for the largest ramps and finest waves to ride, Seadi had been selecting the best all day, but this time it wasn’t enough to stop Koster from taking the win. Koster nailed his jumps early on in the heat and then focused his attention on wave riding to take third place.

Winners Final

Campello’s winning streak continued into the winners final and he went onto defeat Fernandez Lopez with his astounding double forwards and an 11.5 point scoring pushloop forward. Fernandez Lopez tried to match Campello’s moves but he was unable to gain the same height in his double forward’s.

Double elimination

With the opportunity to improve their overall scores and a second chance in the competition, the sailors were eager to take advantage of the nuking conditions and continue straight into the double elimination.

Mevissen took the double elimination by storm and sailed each heat like it was his last, hitting each ramp with as much speed as he could to launch into amazing pushloops and super stalled forward loops. Mevissen took down some of the finest of the international competitors including, Mussolini, Kai Lenny (Naish / Naish), and Skye. However his rampage through the ranks was stopped by Danielsen with his enormous pushloops and backloops, leaving Mevissen in seventh.

Experienced competitor Volwater made up for his initial mistakes in the single elimination and conducted his heats with a well thought out strategy. Volwater ensured that he didn’t let the current wash him away and made sure he was always upwind to catch the biggest waves, the steepest ramps and most importantly he was in front of the judges. Volwater passed through three heats until Horrocks took him down with a well-executed double forward loop.

Ojeda and Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL 360) each delivered mind-blowing performances to make their way into ninth position and seventh position, with Ojeda throwing one of the only frontside aerials in the competition and Bruch squeezing past Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North / MFC) with a double forward in the closing seconds of the heat. Bruch went onto sneak past Williams with a perfect wave in the closing seconds of the heat, whilst Ojeda was taken out by Danielsen.

The sailor that caused the most carnage in the double elimination was Traversa. Traversa made his way into fourth position by ripping the waves to pieces taking down Horrocks, Danielsen, and Seadi. Seadi put up a big fight, by selecting the largest waves in the heat but Traversa was obviously in his element and enjoying the onshore port tack conditions.

Having sailed four astounding heats, Traversa was still firing with all guns blazing in his heat against Koster, throwing big backside aerials and super aggressive frontside hits, whilst Koster spent the first half of the heat looking slightly underpowered. However in one swift minute Koster stormed into the lead with a perfect bolt upright double forward loop and a humongous backloop, allowing him to advance onto face Fernandez Lopez.

Just one heat separated Koster from the world title, if he defeated Fernandez Lopez he would walk away as the 2011 world champion, and if he lost, Fernandez Lopez would be in with a chance of taking the title. Not one to let the pressure get the better of him Koster sailed the heat of his life, with a planning double forward loop, a backside 360 and reverse on one wave. Shortly after Koster was awarded the 2011 world champion title, having won the heat with a 5-0 decision from the judges.


However the battle wasn’t quite over and he still had to face Campello for first place. With the adrenaline pumping through his veins, Koster wowed the crowds with his scale-braking wave rides where he was awarded twelve points for one ride that included an insane one-handed goiter and a taka. Campello tried his hardest to slay the master with his double forward but there was no stopping the wonder kid. Aware of how the heat had gone, Campello made his way back to the beach to prepare for the super-final.


The hard work still wasn’t over for Koster, in order to win the event; he had to defeat Campello for a second time. Obviously enjoying his moment, Koster went on to up his game even higher as he launched into a wave 360 where he landed back in the wave, and then he boosted straight into a huge double forward on the way out. Campello replied with a monster double forward in front of the judges, but Koster was on fire.

Having sailed four mind-blowing heats, Koster was awarded the world title and the event win to the cheers from the crowds on the beach.


With the competition completed in record time there was plenty of time left to run a super-session. With heats made up of ten men each, the sailors had twenty minutes to launch into the most radical, and daring jumps to advance into the final.

As one of the finest jumpers on tour Campello was the man in charge throughout the super-session, seeing him win the final with a particularly impressive and perfectly landed pushloop forward. The new world champion Koster flew into second place with a spectacular double forward loop and Fernandez Lopez stole third with a double forward of his own.

The Kia @coldhawaii community SUP session

The fifth day of competition witnessed Klitmoller deliver perfect SUP conditions, with light winds and waves peeling in around waist high. Seadi and Bruch we quick to prove they had the skills on the surf, transferring their unique styles from windsurfing on to the SUPs, but it wasn’t enough to fend of the SUP professional Casper Steinfath (Naish).

The 2011 PWA KIA @coldhawaii World Cup Results: 1st Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) 2nd Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) 3rd Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North) 4th Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) 5th Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) 6th Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer / Mystic) 7th Kevin Mevissen (Mystic) 7th Daniel Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL 360) 9th Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) 9th John Skye (RRD / MFC) 9th Phil Horrocks (JP / Gaastra) 9th Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC)

The 2011 men’s wave overall results (after 3 events): 1st Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) 2nd Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) 3rd Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) 4th Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North) 5th Daniel Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL 360) 6th Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC) 7th Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) 8th Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) 9th Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North / MFC) 10th Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra)


Data will make windsurfing competitions understandable

The KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup 2011 has put itself into world history in more than one scence. Not only was a new world champion announced, but together with ACTIVE Institute, the organizers also introduced the "Cold Hawaii Scoresheet” which will hopefully mark the first step in changing the way windsurfing wave performance is communicated to the rest of the world.

The "Cold Hawaii Scoresheet” has, for the last two days and for the first time ever, given an online audience the ability to actually see every counting score right after each heat, in both the single and double eliminations.

"It is important to understand that the product that we've created in Klitmoller isn't the solution. It should be seen as a crucial step to a very important path, that will make the competitive aspect of windsufing wave performace understandable to the world", says Rasmus Johnsen from ACTIVE institute.

PWA Head judge Duncan Coombs and tabulator, Matias Hejl.

The idea was simple. Instead of giving the scores on a single piece of paper, the judges were using scoresheets that produced a carbon copy. Immediately after each heat, the copy was handed to two tabulators, who, through a specially designed interface, were able to very quickly digitize not only all relevant heat information, but - most importantly - all counting scores, that the judges awarded each rider. This made it possible to then display results through a specially designed app on the event website.

“We need this dimension in the dissemination of the sport of windsurfing wave performance, simply because it makes it possible for spectators to see and understand why one rider beats another. But that’s not the only reason. We also need to store the data. Imagine what you could do with that data once the database gets more comprehensive. For starters, who wouldn't like a simple thing as being able to search and find the scores from the legendary heats of Robby Naish and Bjorn Dunckerbeck back in the days“ says Rasmus Johnsen from ACTIVE institute.

It’s not only the spectators and online viewers who can enjoy this new revolutionary idea. Future riders can go back and see the specific points from each event they participated in. For the riders, this means a lot, because they now have the opportunity to see what tricks they got good points in, and which tricks they need work on.

The “Cold Hawaii scoresheet” truly is a new initiative, that the KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup are proud to have introduced to the world. The far-from-unrealistic vision is to produce the ultimate system, which is, of course, a live scoreboard that will make it possible to follow scores live, as they are given by the judges.

All counting scores single


What to do, on a no wind day - King of KIA competition!

What to do on a no wind day? That’s a question windsurfers all over the world faces regularly. And for the organizers to an event, this is one of the biggest challenges as well. Everyone knows what to do when the wind is blowing hard, and the equipment is moving on the beach, begging to get out on the sea. And though most of us wish it would be windy every day, reality is different. But at KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup no wind doesn’t mean no activity. Actually the opposite is the case, and today was yet another day with action on the beach with riders, spectators and judges entering the ‘King of KIA-competition’.

Photos by: John Carter

Two of the four sponsored KIA-cars were lined up next to the small fishermen’s huts downtown Klitmoller, both with a big rope attached. Now it was up to the participators to drag the cars the fastest from one point to another. The judges had lined up their best man for the competition, Dutchman Thijs van der Meer. Some of the sailors were keen as well, herein; Dario Ojeda, Ricardo Campello, Alex Sanhelly and Daniel Bruch. Also PWA main commentator Roberto Hoffmann had a go, and the main organizers Robert Sand and Rasmus Johnsen, were ready to fight hard to win the iPad 2, which were at stake.

Since the KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup is characterized as the most live and interactive event on the circuit, there were, off course, also something for the spectators and online followers, who could not be there to cheer and pull. Yet another sweepstake with an iPad 2 were at stake on the Facebook-site to involve the many fans out there, who instead could follow and be cheering along on the LIVE TV.

The guys were working hard pulling the 1830 kg. heavy KIA-car about 20 meters down the road, and soon the guys got their different techniques to pull the car faster and faster. In the end two guys were left in a face to face final: organizer Rasmus Johnsen against PWA-judge Thijs van der Meer. Everybody was cheering and in the finals Thijs managed to drag the car in the time 20,24 seconds.


Meet the men in the middle

At 5pm today you can meet some of the guys behind the scenes – PWA’s own photographer, John Carter and Florian Gebbert from BSP Media, who daily is providing all the online viewers with pictures and movies. John Carter is gonna take us through some of his greatest shots from KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup, and reveal some of the many thoughts and ideas behind his world famous photos. Florian, who has been coming to Klitmoller for many years, and has a great feeling for the place, will take us through his podcast from yesterday. Get some of the most important and skilled intermediaries’ perspectives on their work. What motivates and inspires them, and why did they end up working in the windsurfing industry?

Also meet André Paskowski, windsurfer and creator of the new movie “Minds Wide Open”. André will present the trailer and tell us about the project.

Minds Wide Open Trailer from Andre Paskowski on Vimeo.

Tune in, and meet them on the LIVE stream at 5pm!


Will he do the FX3?

At 2pm the Surf Magazin Super Session at KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup started. The sailors who pulls off the best air move wins an iPad 2, but if a sailor manages to be the first in the world to land a triple loop, he will walk away with all three iPad2's!

There will be two heats in the Surf Magazin super session with nine and ten riders in each heat, so there will definitely be some action for the spectators on the beach and for the viewers online. Each heat is 20 min. long. Will we see the first triple forward ever landed here in Klitmoller? Go watch it LIVE

G44 - Philip Köster
E42 - Victor Fernandez
D38 - Kenneth Danielsen
Bra105 - Marcilio Browne
H24 - Peter Volwater
D36 - Christopher Friis
K516 - Adam Lewis
E41 - Alonso
D43 - Jens Munk
S66 - Andreas Olandersson
V111 - Ricardo Campello
Bra253 - Kauli Seadi
K303 - Phil Horrocks
F41 - Jules Denel
K218 - Jamie Hancock
G208 - Jamaer
E30 - Alex Mussolini
E80 - Casas Garcia
IR69 - Timo Mullen

Philip Köster becomes World Champion in Klitmøller!

The young German Philip Köster, 17, are now announced world champion in waveperformance 2011! This happens after he just won his heat against threathning Victor Fernandez at Klitmøller at the worldcup! Philip where throwing a massive backloop one footed, and a perfect double forward! A solid victory for Philip Köster that also claims him the title World Champion 2011. Big congrats to Philip here from coldhawaii! [UPDATED 2,  photos - kudos Markus Adrian]: