KIA COLD HAWAII PWA WORLD CUP, DENMARK – EVENT SUMMARY

KIA COLD HAWAII PWA WORLD CUP, DENMARK – EVENT SUMMARY

Cold Hawaii supersedes all expectations allowing three times world champion, Kauli Seadi to claim the first ever Klitmoller crown after an amazing display of heavy hitting in the North Sea.

When every weather forecasting model North of the equator was calling for an all-time Klitmoller, the PWA’s most proficient wave heads could barely contain their excitement as the lows began tracking across the North Sea. By the end of the first day the reef showed signs of movement, and when the official contest took place - over the following three days - some mast high barrels jacked up, creating the best European wave contest seen in recent PWA history.

The conditions ranged from cross-off perfection to violent cross-on euro style storm riding, enabling only the most all-round wave warrior to be crowned after a full double elimination. With winds of 15-30 knots and plenty of stronger gusts in the squalls, the sailors had to have their full quivers rigged from 3.7s to 5.7s, and a caddy on hand to ensure they could make the most of the unpredictable conditions during their heats.

King Of Klitmoller

Three times former world champion, Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) stamped his authority on the fleet during the single elimination in Denmark with an impressive display of jumping and riding. However, with no easy runs it was hardly a stroll in the park for Seadi, who had to take the scalps off many a seasoned pro before he could stand tall on the podium.

After first seeing off German youngster, Leon Jamaer (Fanatic, HotSails), the Brazilian sensation met port tack legend Dario Ojeda (Tabou, Simmer, Dakine, MFC), who very nearly stopped him from advancing any further with an excellent taka in the jaws of a brutal North Sea monster. Unfortunately for Ojeda, the judges gave it to Seadi who went on to meet his team mate Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde). The British wave hero put up a fight, as did Seadi’s next victim, Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC), but the Brazilian was on flying form and wasn’t about to let his run of glory go to waste.

In the single elimination final he met another of his JP/Pryde team mates, triple loop daredevil Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) who’d also been having a superb run of fortune on the reef in Klitmoller. It was a closely fought battle with the former wave champion having the edge in the waves, but Campello was always a threat due to his perfect doubles. Luckily for Seadi the Venezuelan couldn’t find a ramp in time, leaving the Brazilian as the champion for the first time in over a year.

Suicide In The Single

The current tour leader and event favourite Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC) sailed for just twelve minutes in the single elimination against an on form Camille Juban (Gun, MFC) who was claiming radical rides in every heat. Fernandez had the skills to match the young Frenchman from Guadeloupe, but failed to find his form and went out immediately causing a shock to the system.

On The War Path

With such a poor performance in the single, Fernandez was keen to make amends in the double. The fired up three times Pozo champion fought his way through three heats on the first day of the double elimination before the conditions deteriorated, giving him plenty of time to rest and recuperate.

Fresh faced and hungry for more, Fernandez literally sailed from dusk ‘til dawn taking down everyone in his path – a feat that hadn’t been seen for many years in PWA competition. Fernandez even went on to beat the single elimination champion, Seadi ensuring a spectacular final showdown would have to take place!

King Waves Win

After watching Fernandez demolish the entire fleet, including himself, Seadi had to hit the water to fight it out for the final time. Seadi chose to play the heat to his strengths, catching plenty of waves, and tearing them to pieces. However, with three minutes remaining, Seadi still hadn’t attempted a single jump, and when he came in to swap his gear everyone thought he’d lost it. On his first run back out he failed to find a ramp, and when something similar happened on his second he was forced to rotate round a low scoring pushloop off a piece of chop. Luckily for the Brazilian his outstanding skills on the waves had won over the judges. And with it, the first ever Cold Hawaiian crown.

Results

1st Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)

2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)

3rd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)

4th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)

5th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)

6th Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)

Moves That Mattered

Anything short of a perfect double doesn’t really cut it anymore in PWA competition. They now have to be performed in a clinical manner with completely dry ankles, in total control, and on cue in front of the judges. This immediately gives guys such as Koster, Fernandez, and Campello a huge advantage. These three sailors seem to consistently pull them off to claim 9.5+ points, hammering anyone else that goes against them. A one handed, one footed, rocket air backloop may be impressive, but it’ll only ever score an 8.5…

The one and only move that seems to trump the perfect double is the pushloop forward. Pull one of those off in a heat, and you don’t have to leave the water on the way out ever again! None were seen during official competition, but towards the end of the first super session Canarian crazy man, Jonas Ceballos (Mistral, Simmer) spun round one to please the crowds and score bucket loads of points from the judges. With the bar raised, everyone wanted a piece of the action, and of course the points! After a morning of practicing, Britain’s Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde) lifted the bar further by casually hopping on his board and spinning round the biggest pushloop forward ever seen by his peers off the first wave he hit!

On the wave face there are whole host of lip smacking moves that gain bucket loads of kudos. And, the most impressive of these during the competition had to be a simple aerial from Dutch giant, Martin Ten Hoeve (Mistral). After hammering his way down a mast high face he whipped his board round to head straight for the thickest section. After hitting it as hard as he could, the lip threw him right out into the flats to gain massive respect from everyone on the beach.

Outside of the contest there was one memorable move that got the judges cheering. This was when Dany Bruch spun round the perfect wave 360 whilst warming up before his double elimination heat against Victor Fernandez. If Bruch had performed that exact same move during his heat, it would have made the difference between him advancing over his opposition.

Overall Rankings

Following a week of hardcore sailing in spectacular North Sea style, the current tour leader Victor Fernandez has strengthened his lead at the top of the fleet. Ricardo Campello’s consistent results see him move up into second. And, Philip Koster’s sixth sees him fall to third. Three times former world champion, Kauli Seadi made the biggest leap with his victory here which sees him move from ninth to fourth.

1st Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)

2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)

3rd Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)

4th Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)

5th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)

6th Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde)

Live Mash Up

All of the action was streamed live throughout the week, so you could watch it wherever you were in the world. If you missed it, you can check it all out by following this link HERE.

Keep in the groove

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Campello Over The Moon As Windsurfers Salute Denmark

“Some people don’t sail with their heads they sail with their balls,” Duncan Coombs, the head judge of the PWA tour, says and it was testosterone time in north west Denmark today as the best wave windsurfers bust out some big tricks in the super sessions at the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup. It was the perfect way to relax – if you can relax in 35 knots doing a double forward loop – and the riders reflected on what they believe has been one of the best World Cup events they have ever been to. The mixture of innovation and bullet-proof event management has shone a light on the future of the sport and will leave a legacy. A 'mashup' with live streaming combined with social media, provided by Active Institute, a creative Danish company, has been an instant online hit and brought one of the best windsurfing spots to life for fans around the world. All sailing events could learn a lot from what has been done here with a tenth of a competition's usual budget.

Kai Lenny, the 17-year-old Wave prodigy born and bred in Hawaii admitted to travelling to Cold Hawaii with some trepidation, but has been blown away. “It was the best wave riding I’ve had in Europe, bar none and the (live video) takes windsurfing to the next level, because the whole world can watch, this is the future,” Lenny said. “The conditions were a lot better than I’d expected. I’d never been to Klitmøller and I was really stoked when the winds turned side off and we were really wave riding. I would say this is one of the best organised events I’ve ever been to in windsurfing. I didn’t do as good as I would have liked to, but I’m excited to come back here next year and hopefully do a lot better. This has been my favourite place to go to in Europe.”

For Rich Page, the PWA tour manager, it has been a richly rewarding decision to bring the PWA to Denmark for the first time.

“Here we’ve had a convergence of the three key things for an event,” Page said. “Great organisation and onsite infrastructure - a lot of effort has gone into setting it up. Then we’ve had the innovative side, the introduction of the live streaming and interactive coverage. Thirdly, the one wildcard which can never be guaranteed, the weather and conditions, which have been amazing, it’s been a fantastic event.”

For Denmark, Sport Event Denmark and the Danish Sailing Association it is has been another important step in the bid to host the ISAF 2014 World Sailing Championships. “Sport Event Denmark acknowledges the importance of working innovatively, especially with sailing events,” Lars Lundov, Chief executive of  Sport Event Denmark, said. “This first PWA tour event went out on live feed on the internet and users from around the world could not only see jumps and wave riding but they could also get involved in commenting and asking questions to the sailors. This is a turning point for sports events made in Denmark. It can only boost the sport and the Danish bid to host the ISAF World Sailing Championships in 2014.”

For the windsurfers, one of the reasons the competition has gone well is that one of their own; Robert “The Sandman” Sand, a Klitmøller local and former PWA tour windsurfer, has been the project manager. “The reason why this event has been so good is that because it’s been run by a windsurfer”, Timo Mullen, the Irish rider said. “He’s an ex-pro, he’s done the tour for ten years and he knows everything the guys like and the guys hate, from the small things like the food's good to things like the rigging tent and the number of helpers who know what’s going on.”

If the sailors have rarely had it so good, fans around the world have never had it so good. Rasmus Johnsen, the online project manager and the head of new media and technology at Active Institute, is the man behind the ‘mashup’ the social media used to share the event. He was the one with the vision and know-how to bring live streaming to the PWA tour for the fist time.

“One of the things when you are watching a world cup in windsurfing is that it is quite difficult to follow,” Johnsen, who is also a windsurfer living in Klitmøller, said. “We wanted to make all the exciting stuff viewable but we wanted to make what was happening understandable and more shareable. They’ve  (the PWA) wanted to do it for years and it was my idea to show that there are tools out there to do it live and it doesn’t have to be so expensive. What we have produced here is a model that is scalable. An open source CMS (content management system) is behind the site, Wordpress and the same thing with the live streaming, it’s Bambuser, it’s a Swedish service and everyone can open an account and start live streaming.”

For Victor Fernandez Lopez, who followed a magnificent second place comeback in the World Cup with another second place in the Super Series – thanks to a double forward loop – the live streaming has been a huge addition. “It’s the first time they do live streaming and I love that, all my friends watch and send me emails and my girlfriend could watch me,” he said. “Even my friends who are not windsurfers can watch it and this is something great.”

Fernandez Lopez was just beaten by Ricardo Campello, the fearless Venezuelan and former freestyle world champion, who gains legendary height on his forward double. He had already had the winning jump – a 10-point forward double - from earlier in the twenty minute final involving the best six jumpers from earlier heats. But with ten seconds left and worried that Fernandez Lopez’s was better, Campello launched into space with a forward double which one of the judges gave him a 12 for. It was so high that on landing Campello riding a 4.5 (metre sail) and a 75 litre board with a 21cm single fin, broke his second board of the week on landing.

“It’s great, we needed this event,” Campello said. "It’s super important for the world tour to have an event like this.”

Editor’s Notes:

The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is just one of many major international sailing events in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has hosted several major sailing events such as the SAP 505 World Championship and the RS:X World Championships. Also, Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which is the World Championship for all Olympic boat classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 is handed in this autumn.

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Seadi Stars In Denmark’s Premiere

With 55 seconds left Victor Fernandez Lopez was riding the wave of the decade, but Kauli Seadi is not a three-time champion for nothing and from nowhere he landed his first and only jump to win the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in Klitmøller today. “I was totally freaked out,” Seadi admitted. “I thought I was going to have no jumps then I got that little ramp in the whitewater, so I did a little push loop just to have one jump landed.”

“My strategy for the whole heat was to stay on the outside and ride long waves all the way in and get the most vertical part of the wave. Then I saw it was the last five minutes and I still didn’t have a jump so I started to freak out and changed my gear (from a 4.8 to 4.5 metre sail – Fernandez Lopez did likewise) to have a smaller sail and more control. Then the waves were not coming. I already lost one heat (against Fernandez Lopez) and you know your opponent has come through so many heats and that he is going to do a double forward. But I love this event where you can have more wave riding. When we come to Europe most of the events are always too much jumping and not enough wave riding and in Denmark that’s why they call it Cold Hawaii, because you can actually get some wave riding.”

As Seadi looked over the judging sheets Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, told him: “I think you got rewarded for wave riding because a lot of the time people were sneaking through with landed doubles, but finally you proved you could win with good solid wave rides.”

It was the final the first PWA World Cup event in Denmark deserved, underlining Cold Hawaii’s reputation as the best Wave venue in Europe and Danish flair for seamless organisation. With the support of Sport Event Denmark and the Danish Sailing Association this was the first time ever a PWA event was streamed live on the internet and it was a stunning success, with over 15,000 thousand watching the final.

Seadi had been waiting since Tuesday after winning the single eliminator competition and could only watch as Fernandez Lopez, the coming force in this windsurfing class, swept towards him like a hurricane. The wind was 25 knots to start, increasingly onshore and the sea messy, but it sometimes seemed as if it was Fernandez Lopez who was dialing up the conditions and that the waves danced to his tune.

Fernandez Lopez, the second seed, won a narrow first final, landing another perfect double forward loop, but even then Seadi superiority in the wave section, worth twice the points of the jump, was clear. The five judges gave it to Fernandez Lopez four to one, but only by about a point each. Perhaps the deciding moment came on Seadi’s fourth wave. “He picked up one of the biggest set waves, he got one big frontside hit and then when straight into the next frontside hit and went down on it and got engulfed by quite a few tonnes of whitewater,” Coombs said. “If Kauli had nailed that he would have been looking at nine point wave, which is what he made in the second final.”

Seadi, the 27-year-old Brazilian who was the Wave champion in 2005, 2007, 2008 and second last year had been out of form and was only sixth seed here. He was a reluctant jumper and was horribly out of control on his kamikaze double forward loop in the first match against Fernandez Lopez, but is the classiest wave rider left on the tour after Josh Angulo retired after winning the title last year. Seadi did not panic and kept to his strategy of staying upwind and looking for the best waves.

All five judges gave him the grand final, but only after a simple push loop, worth little more than six points, in the last minute. Saedi had already put together two of the toughest wave combinations of the day in the eight or nine (out of ten) category and this time Fernandez Lopez had, for once, seriously wet landing on both his attempted forward doubles. Both were better than Saedi’s last gasp jump, but were not backed up by a second good wave ride by Fernandez Lopez.

Fernandez Lopez had made the tough task of working his way back through the field in the double eliminator look serene. He had left himself the hardest task in the sport after being knocked out in his first round in the single eliminator on Tuesday. It left him needing to win 12 rounds in total and nine today to take the title a feat only achieved once before, by Kevin Pritchard ten years before. Pritchard remembered the feeling well and got a taste of what his opponents had felt then, was his fifth victim today. Fernandez Lopez, the second seed, had already disposed of Klaas Voget, his best friend on the tour and number one seed and Philip Köster, the 16-year-old German prodigy and best jumper in the competition.

Fernandez Lopez, the 26-year-old Spaniard, made use of his second life like a cat, with the best combination of jumps and wave riding the competition had seen. Only the finals were difficult to call. He kept winning, stuffing bananas into his mouth and heading back to the beach for another 14 minute heat. The judge allowed 14 minutes between each heat and 28 before the grand final. It was exhausting work, but adrenalin took over.

“I told you it was almost impossible last night,” Fernandez Lopez joked. “I still don’t believe it, when I get home tonight I will take a sauna and a jacuzzi and let it sink in. I didn’t feel tired, but I think I will feel it tomorrow. He (Seadi) was worried because he didn’t make a jump until the end, but I didn’t know because you can’t see what the other rider has done. I didn’t quite make the double, but I did my best I think I have to really happy, winning in Gran Canaria (in the first round of the World Cup) and coming second here after going out in the second round on Tuesday. I have never had these results before. This morning I put on my headphones and listened to my favourite music – David Guetta and Eminem - then I had a pretty good breakfast and I thought today I have a good chance. I had to go in the water and forget about who I compete against and do my thing.”

It was almost enough for a historic victory. “Maybe he ran out of luck,” Coombs said. “The conditions were hard it was the most onshore we’ve had for the competition. Kauli had him on the waves but Victor had him on the jumps and enough on the waves to win the first time. But he was doing it on quite a small wave and not risking so much whereas Kauli was risking a top turn in a big heavy cross section, so he’s risking everything so you have to reward that more.”

Editor’s Notes:

The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is just one of many major international sailing events in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has hosted several major sailing events such as the SAP 505 World Championship and the RS:X World Championships. Also, Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which is the World Championship for all Olympic boat classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 is handed in this autumn.

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http://www.worldcup.coldhawaii.com/blog/seadi-stars-in-denmarks-premiere

Klaas Makes Waves On Epic Day In Denmark

Near perfect conditions for Wave windsurfing saw spectacular moves and the top two seeds roar back from the reef in Klitmøller, Denmark, on day three of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup. “Epic conditions, the best conditions I can remember for a port tack wave event (waves breaking from the left) in the Northern Hemisphere,” Duncan Coombs, the head judge, said. “Because it was side offshore with really good waves, down the line wave jumping.”

“You saw wave sailing at its highest level. Out of a maximum of 30 points, (Klaas) Voget scored 24 points, with a wave and jump combination that’s pretty high.”

The only shame on a sublime day of three and a half metre swells and down the line wave sailing in North West Denmark, was that it finished early.  Following some serious rain, the wind dropped off in the afternoon from 25 knots plus south westerlies to less than 15 more onshore westerlies. They tried again at 6pm, but called it off almost immediately with at least eight rounds of the double eliminator still to go. More onshore wind is forecast tomorrow, which will make it choppy and favour the better jumpers.

Voget, the number one seed, beaten by Philip Köster in the last 16 of the single eliminator, yesterday, showed his class and the value of local knowledge. Having spent the last 15 years driving up to Klitmøller from Hamburg, Voget was at home with the strong current pulling downwind off the musselreef that unsettled many of his peers. A one handed backloop and a big frontside aerial in his one heat will live long in the memory, but it was the quality of his wave riding, on a 72 litre quad fin with 4.2 metre sail,  that impressed most. Voget read and rode Klitmøller’s shifting peak.

“I would have love to have sailed more in those conditions,” Voget said. “My heat it was mast high wind, aerials, down the line wave sailing. This is pretty much the best when the wind is west before and then swing south-west. Tomorrow is going to be pretty onshore, it’s going to be really difficult. It’s going to be more towards the jumping orientated guys.”

“I’ve sailed here a lot so I knew you have to stay a bit more upwind if you want to hit the section. If you’re coming in on section you’re too downwind and then you are going to make your bottom turn underneath but not into your section.”

It was conditions like this that persuaded Sport Event Denmark and the Danish Sailing Association to swing their financial muscle behind Klitmøller and allow it to become PWA venue. It may prove a watershed in the PWA tour as the Danes have made this the first PWA tour event to go out on live feed on the internet and more than 12,000 unique users signed in from around the world to see jumps they had only ever had described live before. Every rider has talked excitedly about the technology as they receive messages from friends and family watching at home and chat to fans online. It has opened up a sometimes enclosed sport and can only boost the sport and the Danish bid to host the ISAF World Sailing Championships in 2014.

Before Voget got out on the water the tallest and shortest men in the field posted some of the best rides. “Lampy and Mini George, (aka Martin Ten Hoeve and Jamie Hancock) were both impressive,” Coombs said. Ten Hoeve, standing 2.05 metre is not always such a flying Dutchman, but he shocked Marcos Perez in the morning before bowing out to Jonas Ceballos in the third round. Hancock, the diminutive Briton and one of the lowest ranked riders in the 48-strong field, having been given a PWA wildcard, lives to fight another day after some last gasp wins in his three rounds. Much more of this and people may even call him by his own name. “We call him Mini George because he’s so small and George is a nickname everyone got,” Coombs said. “If you didn’t know someone’s name you just called them George, when he was new on the scene no one knew his name so he was mini George.”

Victor Fernandez Lopez, the number two seed and current tour leader began the long way back to the leaders. He was dumped out after one heat on Tuesday, but produced three near faultless victories before the wind dropped today. Voget’s regular tour travel partner, Fernandez Lopez made his third visit to Klitmøller with the German, just before the start of this event. Fate sees both coming through the bottom half of this draw and due to collide in the next round. Both would need to win nine rounds to win the event.

“I think he (Fernandez Lopez) was on form, Coombs said. “He’s sailed this spot before with Voget, his timing was really good today. He didn’t really make any mistakes. It was a shame the conditions dropped, because I think he would have come through into the top five. I think he would have liked maybe two more heats, because he’s still got a long way to go.”

“Two years ago we had a really good day here, but not as offshore as today,” Fernandez Lopez said as he walked back in the gear tent with Voget. “It was much better today (than yesterday),” Fernandez Lopez said. “I have the chance to still make it better, but to win it is almost impossible.”

“Nothing is impossible,” Voget said to his friend with only half a smile as they headed home.

Editor’s Notes:

The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is just one of many major international sailing events in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has hosted several major sailing events such as the SAP 505 World Championship and the RS:X World Championships. Also, Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which is the World Championship for all Olympic boat classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 is handed in this autumn.

For more information and rights free photos for your use please visit the website:

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http://www.worldcup.coldhawaii.com/blog/klaas-makes-waves-on-epic-day-in-denmark

Seadi Sails Over The Rainbow As Cold Hawaii Goes On Air

A dramatic first day of action in the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in Klitmøller saw thrills, spills and a brilliant Brazilian final. As the rain squalls cleared and a perfect evening sun set over this beautiful corner of north-west Jutland, Kauli Seadi held off the strong challenge of his fellow Brazilian, Ricardo Campello, to win the final by the closest of margins. The Klitmøller title is not yet Saedi’s, as the Wave ‘double elimination’ format means the other sailors have a chance to knock him off the top of the podium tomorrow, but Seadi, a former three times Wave champion, is in the boss seat.

Philip ‘The Kid’ Köster, the 16-year-old German prodigy, is perhaps the biggest threat. He knocked out Klaas Voget, the number one seed, in the last 16 and one of his skyscraper double forward loops was the jump of the day. He completed one in every round except the one he lost to Danny Bruch in the quarter-finals, when he fell off after landing in the final seconds of the 12 minute heat. Bruch was beaten by Campello in the semi-final, but went onto beat Kevin Pritchard, the evergreen Mr Consistent, in the loser’s final.

There was plenty of controversy and disputed decisions in the early rounds, with capricious and shifting winds and the final was no exception. Campello charged off the beach and landed a one-handed forward loop straight off his first ramp. Campello, the fifth seed, in his first Wave final, must have been expecting a big comeback from Seadi. He got one.

Seadi, who started with a 4.7 metre sail, replied with a one-handed back loop then made the inspired decision to race into the beach for an equipment change. It had an immediate effect with a cutback in the best wave ride of the final. Campello replied immediately by launching into orbit with an almost perfect double forward loop, - some feat with a 5.4 metre sail. Seadi buried an attempted one-footed and possibly one-handed back loop, but Campello could not put anything strong enough together on the wave riding.

“He did a really good double so I was scared,” Seadi said, “but at the same time I had two good waves,” Seadi said. He won his third title in 2008 and finished second overall last year, but his form has tailed off so far that he was knocked out in his first round in Pozo, Gran Canaria and was only seeded sixth here. “The last few events I was losing badly so I was a bit nervous,” he admitted. “I started with a smaller sail and a straighter board (in the final) to focus on jumps. But it got light so I came in for a 5.4 (metre) sail and a curvier board to concentrate on wave riding.” It worked.

Campello was disappointed his double did not clinch it. “I’m confused because I landed a better front double with a 5.4 – that’s really hard – than in the semi-final and I got the same score,” Campello said, after examining the judges scoresheets.

“It was very close,” Duncan Coombs, the head judge, said. “All five judges gave it to Kauli, but there was just two and half points over the five judges. That’s nothing. Ricardo needed a better second wave, just half a point more on one wave could have been enough.”

The day provided a first test for the live streaming on the internet of the PWA racing and they pulled it off almost as well as Seadi. The event organisers, backed by the Danish Sailing Association and Sport Event Denmark, have been keen to bring events on the water closer to the spectator in the office or their home. It is the biggest problem for all sailing events and live streaming goes a long way towards transforming the sport.

“There’s a lot pressure from the Olympic committee to a lot of sporting bodies, I know this is true of the International Sailing Federation, to clean up their sports from a media point of view,” Rich Page, the PWA tour manager, said. “In some respects we’re ahead of the game.” The need for big winds is always likely to stop Wave windsurfing becoming an Olympic event, but the event is putting Denmark’s progressive bid to host the 2014 sailing world championships on the map.

“People can now watch in the quality of television on the internet, where ten years ago, when we last tried this the technology wasn’t there,” Page said. “This is the first one we’ve had it at and it’s been good. The feedback has been good, we’ve had a lot of people online. Our current No 1 (Victor Fernandez Lopez) was knocked out of a heat and their was a contentious jump as far as Victor was concerned, but I’ve just been talking to our current champion from last year (Josh Angulo), who was watching online from Cape Verde and concurred with the judges.

Page was being demur. The clouds around the judges hut were stormier than ever and both finalists had others to thank for opening their respective sides of the draws. Seadi watched the current tour leader and second seed here, Fernandez Lopez, go out to the unseeded 20-year-old from Guadeloupe, Camille Juban, in his first heat. The top 16 seeds received a bye to the second round and Juban had been pleased just to get through, but his wave riding was the equal of anyone in the competition.

A stunned Fernandez Lopez was not the first or last to remonstrate in high emotion with Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, insisting he had landed a back loop for which he had received just 4.5 points from the judges.

“I landed the backloop perfectly, they need to video it and judge better, I’ve been sailing nine years and they’ve done it to me too many times before,” Fernandez Lopez, who won the first event of the tour in Pozo said. “I was sailing good, I like these conditions.”

Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne, the seventh-seeded Brazilian, was almost as unhappy to go out to Jose Estredo in the same round and less enamoured with the conditions. His second round heat was one of only three heats all day where competitors were judged on two rather than one jump. The wind dropped off halfway through his heat and Browne was left with just one jump. But the award for angriest man of the day went to Jonas Ceballos, the Spanish 14th seed, who, after being knocked out by the British third seed, in the last 16, used particularly colourful language as he stormed away from the phlegmatic Coombs.

He will need to take a leaf out of  the book of the more philosophical Browne and Fernandez Lopex. “I have to come back for the double elimination and put this out of my mind,” Fernandez Lopezs said. Or as Campello put it: “I’m looking forward to sailing him (Seadi) tomorrow.”

Editor’s Notes:

The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is just one of many major international sailing events in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has hosted several major sailing events such as the SAP 505 World Championship and the RS:X World Championships. Also, Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which is the World Championship for all Olympic boat classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 is handed in this autumn.

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Champions Feel The Winds Of Change In Klitmøller

Windsurfing’s oldest enemy, a lack of wind, kept the sails grounded in Klitmøller today at the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, but there were still a few surprises as the draw was announced. Sometimes when you win you lose and Klass Voget could be forgiven for feeling that the honour of being number one seed was something of a poison chalice. The top 16 seeds all get a bye to the second round, but lurking in the bottom half of the draw is many people’s favourite for the competition; the 16-year-old prodigy Philip Köster. The forecast is for good and possibly big and beautiful south westerlies, tomorrow. If all runs as planned the final might be on Thursday and Klaas knows he will have his work cut out if he is to be there.

“For me it is a little bit of a surprise that I was seeded first and a bit unlucky because if I pass my first heat I might meet the current second in the ranking Philip Köster,” Voget, from Hamburg and regular visitor to Klitmøller, said. “He (Philip) is in the first round because he had a bad result in Sylt last year and also not in the overall, that’s why he doesn’t have a good seeding. But he’s really good in this spot in this kind of conditions, everybody knows he is one the guys to beat here.”

“The seeding is based on last year’s overall result (Voget was fourth in 2009) and the last two events, I had a ninth and a second. I am almost the same points as Victor Fernandez (the second seed). Marcos (Perez, also unseeded and in the bottom half of the draw too), he’s in the first round because he wasn’t really competing last year. So, it’s going to be quite hard for me, but there’s a lot of people who can do well. I wouldn’t say my half is tougher. There’s not one really easy heat.”

“As long as you’re top 16 it’s O.K.” Robby Swift, Britain’s big hope in Klitmøller, said. “Klaas will be a bit broken about that, it’s the one guy you don’t want, but every dog has his day and it could be Klaas’s conditions, he loves it here and Philip’s never been.”

‘Hosting winners’ - the slogan of Sport Event Denmark, one of the prime movers, in bringing the PWA tour to Scandinavia for the first time – is on every wall along the beach, and it could not be more apt for a PWA tour that is getting stronger every year at the moment.

“Now, it’s hard to pick the top names, I had a hard time in the first event in Pozo, I was kicked out in the first heat so hopefully I can back here,” Kauli Seadi, the three-time world champion from Brazil, said. “Pozo (Gran Canaria, the first round of the PWA World Cup) is tricky and everybody is pushing really hard in the PWA, you’ve got kids like Koster they really jumping really well and practice things a lot and Victor was amazing. I think everyone has improved, every year the level is higher, plus the quantity of good guys is higher.”

“A lot of kids got into the sport and also the shape of the equipment, a lot of guys improved their wave riding with the quad fins and the twin fins.

But Voget picked Seadi, who was second overall last year, is one too watch because he knows Klitmøller.

“I’ve been like three times and every time it was good conditions with big waves and I think it could it be one of the best spots in Northern Europe and I’m really looking forward to competing in a PWA event in Europe with more waves,” Seadi said.

All the top riders will have their fingers crossed for big waves and south westerlies tomorrow morning. As Voget said cheerful again as he saw the latest forecast: “South West is the best.”

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Editor’s Notes:

The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is just one of many major international sailing events in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has hosted several major sailing events such as the SAP 505 World Championship and the RS:X World Championships. Also, Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which is the World Championship for all Olympic boat classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 is handed in this autumn.

For more information and rights free photos for your use please visit the website:

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Hot Windsurfing Comes To Cold Hawaii

The best 48 professional windsurfers in the world will arrive in Klitmøller in Denmark this weekend for the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in what promises to be a competition of strong sideshore winds and stronger competition. The second round of the Professional Windsurfers Association World Cup, which will run between Monday September 13 and Sunday September 19, is a first for Denmark, which has never hosted a PWA event. Klitmøller is recognised by the riders as the perfect venue for the Wave class of windsurfing and is the unofficial capital of this area of North Jutland justly dubbed ‘Cold Hawaii’. The tiny fishing village has become a favourite training and holiday destination for European windsurfers and will have seen some of the carves, backloops and 360s like the ones coming. Victor Fernandez Lopez, the Spaniard, who tops the leader board after winning the first round of the World Cup in Pozo, Gran Canaria in July, has just made his third visit and is on the crest of the wave. He has also beaten many of his top 10 rivals in two Spanish championships in Gran Canaria and Tenerife this summer.

“I feel very confident after winning in Pozo,” Fernandez Lopez said. “I’m first in the ranking this year and it’s the first time for me and I’ve been training really hard all the summer. After Pozo I competed in the Spanish championships and I won both of them. We had six really good riders, so it was almost like a World Cup. I did many heats and I got more experience in competition. I had the last two weeks in Klitmøller, I arrived on August 30, it is one of the best spots in Europe. But I know it’s going to be really tough because all the riders are really strong on the PWA tour.”

With conditions likely to be similar to Pozo, the 26-year-old Spaniard, Fernandez Lopez may be duelling it out with the 16-year-old German prodigy, Philip Köster, who was second in Pozo after beating Fernandez Lopez in 2009. The only major absentee will be Josh Angulo, the 35-year-old American, who retired after becoming the Wave world champion last year. But there are at least ten riders capable of winning the event, so close is the competition. The 48 competitors will go head-to-head in a knockout system, with judges marking their skills in tricks and wave riding, culminating in a final.

“The best guys are probably coming from Gran Canaria because the conditions are quite similar; winds southwest, the waves from left most of the time and good jumping,” Fernandez Lopez said. “Obviously, Phillip (Köster), Dario (Ojeda), Jonas Ceballos, Ricardo Campello and Marcos Pérez, these guys are really good jumpers. Also Klaas (Voget) can do pretty well and the local guys because they are used to the cold conditions and I think the cold can be a problem for some of the guys from Gran Canaria and Brazil because they are not used to it. We only had one competition so far, so it’s not so many points from the tenth to the first place at the moment.”

Klaas, the experienced 31-year-old German rider, is practically a local, zooming up from his home in Hamburg if the weather looks good, as it usually does. Fernandez Lopez has been travelling with Klass to Klitmøller in the last fortnight underlining the camaraderie that exists on the PWA tour.

“I’ve been going to Klitmøller since I think ’95 and I was always waiting for something like this to happen, finally somebody took it in his hands and organised a world cup there so I’m pretty stoked” Klaas, who was fourth overall in the World Cup last year, said. “For Germany this is our little Hawaii we drive up there when we get a good forecast. For Europe and especially north of Europe it’s probably one of the best windsurfing destinations. It deserves the name Cold Hawaii.”

“I think it is a little bit of an advantage for sure when you know the place, but Klitmøller is not super difficult to sail, it’s not like Sylt (the World Cup venue in Germany), Sylt is really difficult, special, but difficult. Klitmøller, when the wind is south-west, that is the forecast right now, then it’s not so difficult, it gets more difficult when it’s more onshore but a lot of the guys who are competing against me or with me have been in Klitmøller one, two or three times so there’s a few guys who can do really well.”

“I think jumping wise there’s some guys a little bit ahead of me for sure and surfing, there are some guys who are really, really good in those wave tricks. I’m just trying to push a really good overall performance.”

The early forecasts are that Klitmøller will blow as normal. “Klitmøller is quite exposed to westerly wind which is what we need. According to the most recent weather forecasts look like westerlies and there will be enough wind - about 15 to 20 knots,” Robert Sand, the event project manager, said. Sand should know, he was brought up and still lives in Klitmøller and is a former Danish Wave champion.

Klass concurs from Hamburg, where he and Fernandez Lopez will be checking the weather five times a day, at least. “The weather for Tuesday is looking like southwest for two days which is perfect wind for the point at Klitmøller, its not going to be too onshore its going to sideshore,” Klass said.  “The waves are going to be two and a half, three metres, so it’s pretty much the best forecast you can get for this contest.”

With live video and scoring the event promises to be the most technologically advanced ever and fans will be able to follow the competition across multiple web and social media platforms.  “There is a dynamic scoreboard, the heats usually last eight minutes, two minute break and then the next one starts. As soon as the heat is over, the scores are going to be tabulated so you can see what the deciding moves have been. That is something that has never been used in windsurfing at all,” Sand said. For more details please visit http://vps.incendium.dk/~coldhawa

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Editor's notes The KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is one of many major international sailing events to be held in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has already hosted the SAP 505 World Championship and the 2010 RS:X World Championships. Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which will be the World Championship for all Olympic classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janiero. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 will be made this autumn.

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Groundbreaking new communication platform for the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup

The team behind KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is pleased to announce a groundbreaking new communication platform. Check our media-guide: http://vps.incendium.dk/~coldhawa/media-guide/

Subscribe to a daily schedule for the live coverage: http://vps.incendium.dk/~coldhawa

Follow us on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/coldhawaii

Nb.: No matter if it’s windy or not, expect a week of total action in Klitmøller. In case the competition is on standby, there will be lots of other cool coverage from KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup.

The world’s best windsurfers will be competing for world cup points in the waves of Cold Hawaii in less than a week. The stars of windsurfing are making their appearance in the small fishing village, which will explode with action from September 13 till 19th.

Much work and creativity has gone into the process of creating a new way of making windsurfing more attractive to the public. The result is the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA Mashup.

A part of this innovative world cup coverage it is possibe to watch the competition LIVE. Added to this is the completely new score board system, showing you the results online right after each heat.

You can chat and tweet and be a part of the event online, podcast daily highlights and follow our tweetamigos. The latter are mobile journalists who are equipped with smart phones following behind-the-scene action of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup.

4 days to show time - and the clock is ticking.....

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Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is now title sponsored by KIA Motors

When the ultimate competition within the sport of windsurfing, the PWA World Cup, comes to Denmark this autumn, the event is now title sponsored by KIA Motors.  The car label is commonly known for high environmental standards,  and the director of KIA Import Denmark finds this profile fitting for the expression of windsurfing: ”The dynamics, the courage, the intensity and the youthful atmosphere that surrounds the sport of windsurfing, reflects many of the same values very strong felt by the people at KIA”. The PWA World Tour is a series of competitions happening in several different places around the world, but now the 48 top seeded sailors will visit Klitmøller also known as Cold Hawaii. The KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is the biggest sport event ever in the North-Western part of Denmark and it is also the first  time the PWA World Tour comes to Scandinavia.

The KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is proud to announce no less than 4 Danish sailors in the competition of whom two are local profiles Lars Petersen and Kenneth Danielsen.  They’ll do their utmost to gain more points in the run for the title as world champion in the discipline of wave performance.  To watch the windsurfing top athletes hanging upside down in a front loop is definately one reason to be a spectator when the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is on show from September 13th to September 19th.

Project Manager Robert Sand comments on the collaboration with KIA Motors: "We are extremely proud to have KIA as the official title sponsor for the event. The KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is marking a new era for windsurfing in Scandinavia, and to have a company like KIA support the event and make it all happen is just fantastic. As well as supporting the event, KIA will also be presenting their fleet of vehicles during the event, so everybody who comes to the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in 2010 can testdrive a new KIA themselves". According to Robert the week of the event will also be pumping with lots of other activities, in the water as well as out of the water.

As an extra feature it will be possible to follow the action LIVE on the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup web site: www.coldhawaii.eu/worldcup/. Also stay tuned on facebook and twitter.

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Cold Hawaii is in Denmark!

September 2010, the waves and wind of the northern part of Denmark are welcoming the best international windsurfers at the first Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup. A unique event, which is part of the most prestigious windsurfing world cup series worldwide. The Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is staged in the northern part of Jutland 13 to 19 September 2010 and it is all about the windsurfing discipline “waveperformance”.

The Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup embraces the 48 absolutely best windsurfers in the world, who will no doubt do their utmost to achieve the important world cup points and qualify for the prize of 50,000 Euro.

The Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is meant to be an annual event in the village of Klitmøller,- the capitol of Cold Hawaii.

Project manager for the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is Robert Sand, who grew up in Klitmøller and is still living there. Robert Sand is one of Denmark’s most experienced windsurfers and has competed on the world tour for many years.

The majority of the financial foundation for the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup comes from the municipality of Thisted and Sport Event Denmark as well as development assistance by LAG THY-Mors. To this comes funding through sponsor agreements.

Head of business and tourism affairs in the municipality of Thisted Jan Krogh says: “We are extremely pleased to stage the world cup. It will no doubt be a unique event, expecially thanks to the fantastic volunteers in the local surfklub, NASA. It is our vision in North West Jutland to stage two large international events annually and this is a good beginning”.

Chief Executive Lars Lundov, Sport Event Denmark adds: “We welcome as many international sports events as possible in all parts of Denmark and this Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, indeed, puts Thisted on the event map. The event is part of the world cup series and the target group is among others young surf enthusiasts. Therefore we will do our utmost to tell about the event up to and during the staging in social media.”

Laurids Mortensen from LAG Thy-Mors continues: ”LAG Thy-Mors supports the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup because the event puts the region on the world map. We are convinced that the event reflects the positive image of our region. But also, the world cup is expected to attract lots of spectators and later on numerous tourists, who want to experience the wonderful surfing facilities themselves”.

PWA tour manager Rich Page finishes: The PWA is delighted to finally be making the Journey to Klitmoller for the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup. As a well known and long established wave sailing location, Klitmoller is well overdue its place on the PWA Tour, having been visited by PWA riders on many occasions.

Finally, thanks to the hard work of the local organisation team and the generous support of all those contributing to the event, Denmark will have an opportunity to prove to the world just what it has to offer in terms of top rate windsurfing conditions, as the greatest windsurfing show on Earth comes to town!”

Furher information: project manager Robert Sand email Robert@coldhawaii.eu tel.no. +45 20782372.

As well as the official Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup website www.coldhawaii.eu/worldcup

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