"Cold Hawaii is the greatest I've ever experienced"

Those were the words of the 17-year-old German, Philip Köster, after he was officially crowned as the winner of the Danish World Cup section of wave surfing performance. The competition was held in Cold Hawaii – more specifically, Klitmoller on the West Coast in Thy. Photos by: John Carter

There is more than one reason why this is big news. Philip Köster can call himself the youngest world champion ever. This was already a reality late in the afternoon on Wednesday September 12th after 45 of the world’s leading sailors in windsurfing of wave performance finished the double elimination in the 2011 KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup.

The World Championship title was awarded to Philip Köster after the finals, in which he had beaten the nearly 10 years older Venezuelan, Ricardo Campello with a total score of 38.5 – the by far highest score in the competition.

Before that, the young Köster had waved all competitors off the court in superior style. This occurred in circumstances described by all as the most extreme in the PWA World Cup for many years. Cold Hawaii showed its teeth with a wind, which at times was over 20 meters per second (40 knots ), and breaking waves of up to 6 meters. Nothing, however, could scare this kid, who was born in Hamburg but grew up on Gran Canaria.

"Cold Hawaii fits my style perfectly. I did what I felt like out there, and it was fun. It was tricky conditions, but the day of the finals we had such a good day. I found every wave out there, and could just jump when I wanted. Cold Hawaii is a really great place and I would also come here to train. It’s perfect here." said Philip Köster immediately after the victory ceremony. He is described by his competitors as the biggest windsurfing talent the world has ever seen. Most agree that with his incredible skills, he will set new standards in windsurfing wave performance in general.

The fact that Philip Köster can now call himself world champion is special. The last section of the Word Cup has not yet been settled. It takes place later this month on the island of Sylt in northern Germany. However, Philip Köster has won all competitions and now also the competition in Klitmoller, making him untouchable in 2011.

“The event in Cold Hawaii is one of the most intense and weather wise extreme in World Cup history," says Richard Page, tour manager for the PWA. "We've been through it all. We have crowned Philip Köster as world champion and even the youngest ever. We thought at one point that we had lost the Danish Lars Petersen, when he had lost his equipment and was finally found after 20 minutes of intense searching. At one point we actually considered canceling the day's races, because the conditions were so extreme. Generally it's just unbelievable that we here in Denmark, and now for the second year in a row, have had something close to the best of circumstances we can wish for. Congratulations to Klitmoller, Cold Hawaii and Denmark."

"It's great that Northern Europe can offer these kinds of conditions. Denmark has a gem with Cold Hawaii. It's already big, but it truly has the potential to become the absolute center of windsurfing in the entire Northern European region," says project manager Robert Sand. And with over 30 world cups on his resemae, the former World Cup windsurfer Robert Sand knows what he is talking about.

The West Coast in Thisted, better known as Cold Hawaii, has once again been host to a stop on the PWA (Professional Windsurfer Association) World Tour, where the "Reef" in Klitmoller is the only stop on the tour in Scandinavia.

The event, whose official title is the 2011 KIA @ Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, began on September 12th and thus just before the remnants of tropical storm "Katia" hit the West Coast of Denmark. The event is supported by Thisted, Sport Event Denmark, Region Nordjylland and Villages Action for Thy-Mors. It is part of a larger tourism venture, which is about making the West Coast in Thy into a center for surfing in Northern Europe.

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KIA @coldhawaii community SUP session

Day five: Kauli Seadi and Danny Bruch show they have got the skills in the KIA @coldhawaii community SUP session but it wasn’t enough to fend of local hot shot Casper. PLASMA Casper

The fierce winds of Klitmoller backed off for the fifth day; however the waves were still pumping, providing the perfect conditions for a SUP competition and a chance for the elite windsurfers to show off their skills in a different discipline.

With nineteen competitors signed up, a fleet made up of windsurfing professionals, local rippers and one SUP pro, ranked fourth in the world took to the waters for an epic show down. The riders were broken down into four man heats and were given fourteen minutes to impress the judges with two waves; the two riders with the highest scoring waves would advance through to the next round. A huge crowd lined the beach as the waves peeled into the event site and the tension mounted.

The SUP pro, Casper was quick to make an impression with the judges by catching an awesome wave, closely followed by wave sailing legend Danny Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) with his super-fast transitions from frontside to backside. In the second heat it was Lars Petersen (JP / NeilPryde) and local hot-shot Oliver that shone through, with both riders picking the finest waves. Next up Brazilian wave rider Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) destroyed every wave he could catch along with one of the local kids, Peter. Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) wowed the crowds with a head stand down the wave, but it wasn’t enough to see him advance. It then came down to Finn Mullen (Starboard / JP) and John Skye (RRD / MFC) to destroy their opponents with their super-fast paddling and control on the board.

Seeded the highest in the competition, Casper continued to wow the crowds in the second round and ensuring he was guaranteed a position in the final. Bruch, Seadi and Mullen weren’t far behind. With Seadi picking up one of the highest scoring waves in the competition, and Bruch riding one of the longest.

It was a fierce battle for first place in the final, with Seadi putting in an exceptional performance early on, putting him ahead of the rest for the majority of the heat. Bruch picked up some meaty waves and shredded them to pieces putting him in third, whilst Mullen looked to be struggling to find a decent wave. Casper came from behind in the final moments of the competition and he secured the highest scoring wave in the competition with a monster ride with four aggressive turns, putting him well into first place.

The KIA @coldhawaii community SUP session results: 1st Casper 2nd Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) 3rd Danny Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) 4th Finn Mullen (Starboard / Severne)

With two more days left here in Klitmoller, there will be loads more going on to keep you entertained. There is a KIA car pulling competition scheduled for tomorrow, with registration at 1pm, with a first possible start to competition at 2pm. The Sailors will be fighting to see who is the strongest to win an iPad 2.

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Super-session at KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup

Day four: Insane jumps, monster loops, and massive crashes from the world’s best jumpers in the SURF Magazin super-session. With the wind and waves still firing, the world champion crowned and the official competition completed, the crowds on the beach were still hungry for more entertainment and action from the world’s finest wave riders.

Cue the SURF Magazin super-session. The format was simple, the riders would be separated into two heats of ten men each and the sailors had twenty minutes to perform their most radical jumps. The five riders from each heat with the most extreme airs would advance into final, where they were fighting for one of three iPad 2’s. However there was a twist, if one of the sailors dare pull the first ever triple loop in competition, they would be awarded with all three Ipads.

Photo by: Markus Adrian

Heat 1 Local ripper Christopher Friis kicked off the proceedings with a super clean tweaked pushloop; however he was soon upstaged as the sailors hunted for ramps. The newly crowded world champion Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) was next to make a move, with his world famous bolt upright double forward loop, moving him straight into first place. Next up Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North) stepped up to the table with a double forward of his own, along with Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North / MFC). British wave maestro Adam Lewis (Point-7), diversified the jumps with an incredible shove-it cheese roll, scoring seven points from the judges. Towards the end of the heat it was a fight for fifth place with Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails), Andreas Olandersson (Simmer / MFC) and Friis all delivering a great show, Olandersson managed to step ahead with a super clean one handed backloop but he was soon over taken by Eleazar Alonso Sanchez (Naish / Naish) for his one handed backloop, keeping his back hand off all the way around.

The top five advancing sailors were Koster, Fernandez Lopez, Lewis, & Browne for their perfect double forwards, and Alonso for his one handed backloop.

Heat 2 Moving quickly in the second heat, Timo Mullen (Starboard / Severne) opened up with huge backloop out the back of the arena. The German jumper Leon Jamaer (Fanatic / Hot Sails), nailed a one handed backloop, but crashed hard with a pushloop-forward attempt. High flying Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) then spotted his ramp and launched into an enormous 8.5 point scoring double forward loop followed by Frances Jules Denel (Exocet), as he flew around his own double forward loop. Mixing things up a little, Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) pulled an incredible one footed backloop out the back. Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) was late to make his move but sealed the deal with a perfect double forward loop.

Campello, Denel, Seadi, Mussolini and Jamaer made their way into the final for their exceptional jumping.

Final All eyes were on Koster and Campello in the final, and hopes were high for the triple loop, however it looked particularly tough to find a perfect ramp in the onshore conditions, however that didn’t stop the pros putting on an outstanding performance. Lewis was first to move and he wowed the crowds with a forward loop, ejecting his equipment mid maneuver sending it flying.

Following that the sailors filled the air with a quick succession of jumps launching into anything from forward loops, to pushloop and backloops. Browne shone straight through into first place with a perfect double forward scoring 9.5 points, Koster then matched him with his own bone-dry performance. But really impressing the judges was Campello with an ankle dry, super-high and perfect pushloop forward. Campello was awarded twelve points for his efforts and he went straight into first place. Seeing Campello’s jump, the sailors tried to match him with non-stop double forward loops. Jamaer was the only other sailor to try the pushloop-forward but he was unable to hold the landing. In order to confirm his position in first place Campello then flew into the highest double forward loop of the competition to close the heat.

The SURF Magazin super-session results: 1st Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) 2nd Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) 3rd Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North)

There will be plenty more action coming your way over the remaining days out here in Klitmoller, the skippers meeting is scheduled for 1pm tomorrow, so make sure you stay up to date on the PWA website and the event website.

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Klitmoller is blessed with a third day of world class wave sailing conditions

Day three: Scale breaking wave rides and colossal jumps put Philip Koster in the top spot in Klitmoller, and with three event wins under his belt, he walks away as the 2011 men’s world wave champion.

Klitmoller is blessed with a third day of world class wave sailing conditions, allowing the PWA crew to pick up the action where they left off yesterday, and the remaining twelve sailors to fly, spin and slash their way through the double elimination.

With the winds still blowing strong and the waves slightly cleaner than yesterday, the judges opted to keep the format the same with two jumps and two rides counting towards the sailor’s scores.

Double elimination

First onto the water was Brit John Skye (RRD / MFC), against a very on form Kevin Mevissen (Mystic). Having battled his way from the bottom of the ranks, Mevissen was eager to continue with his winning streak. Both sailors launched into their finest jumps, matching each other on points and then spent their time working on the waves, in the end it came down to a 3-2 decision from the judges with Mevissen just taking the advantage for his super-clean pushloop.

On the other side of the elimination, Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) went head to head with Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra). Bruch opened the heat with a double forward and a backloop, whilst Williams opted to focus on waves. The pair continued with this strategy for the whole heat and their scores were fairly similar throughout, until Bruch managed to score an amazing wave in the closing seconds, knocking Williams out of the competition.

The tight heats continued with local boy Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer / Mystic), taking on Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC). The pair matched each other move for move, but eventually Danielsen’s local knowledge pulled through and he hit the steepest ramp sending him skywards. Danielson’s superb sailing saw him blitz past Mevissen in the following heat and on to face France’s Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra).

Having taken down Phil Horrocks (JP / Gaastra), Traversa was full of confidence when it came to facing deadly Bruch. The pair matched each other on the jumping front, but Traversa secured two amazing wave rides by flowing effortlessly from rail to rail, to secure his pass into the next round.

Tremendous Traversa continued with his warpath through the double elimination, bumping his score all the way up to fourth place. Danielson was next to fall victim to Traversa’s frontside aerials and super-tweaked forward loops. Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) 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 Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins), 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 the 2010 world champion Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North).

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.

Final

However the battle wasn’t quite over and he still had to face Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) 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.

Super-final

The hard work 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.

Words from the world champion

Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) “I feel amazing, I can’t believe it, it’s a dream come true. I am so happy I have won another event and now I am the world champion. I can’t imagine a better day, I am so stoked!”

What’s the plan?

With the official competition completed and four days still to go, there will be plenty of action to keep you entertained, starting with the SURF magazine super-session. The skippers’ meeting will kick off at 1pm with the first possible start at 2pm. The sailors will be throwing their biggest and most daring moves for a taste of the prize money.

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 (Patrik / 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 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)

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Howling winds and enormous waves

Image by: John Carter, official PWA photographer

Day two: Howling winds and enormous waves thrashed Klitmoller’s coastline for the second day of competition, ensuring insane action and allowing Ricardo Campello to fly through the single elimination.

Relentless winds and waves pounded the world’s wave specialists for eleven intense hours of competition. Some of the most extreme conditions seen on the 2011 tour fuelled the wave fleet through the single elimination and all but the final eight heats of the double elimination. Waves reaching well over mast high and winds blowing over forty knots, put the sailors on their smallest equipment and ensured the spectators were treated to an action packed display of insane jumps, monumental wave rides and a number of spectacular crashes.

Single Elimination

Picking up the action from where they left off yesterday, the PWA crew kicked the day off at round two of the single elimination, where the top seeded sailors entered the mix.

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 / Maui Sails), 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 onto face the Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde), and despite his enormous jumps, it wasn’t enough to stop a very on form Seadi who having won the event in 2010 was very dialed into the conditions Klitmoller was delivering.

Also reveling in the crazy conditions and working his way past his opponents on his home ground, local legend Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer / Mystic) 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 extreme 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.

Winners Quote

Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) “I am really, really happy, it has been a long time since I have won a single elimination, since my freestyle career. I am really pleased with my sailing in the last two heats; I really needed it, as Philip and Victor are so good. I landed a push-forward in both heats, which is so hard in the conditions today. It was super hard to stay upwind but I managed to work it out, there is a lot to go, but at least I am safe in the top two.”

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.

Kevin Mevissen (Mystic) took the double elimination by storm and sailed each heat like it was his last, hitting each ramp with as much speed as he good to launch into amazing pushloops and super stalled forward loops. Mevissen took down some of the finest of the international competitors including, Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) and Kai Lenny (Naish / Naish). Mevissen currently sits in ninth places and will move on to face Skye tomorrow.

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 Brit Phil Horrocks (JP / Gaastra) took him down with an amazing double forward loop.

Ojeda and Dany Bruch (Patrik / Severne / AL 360) each delivered two mind blowing performances to make their way into ninth 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. The pair will move on to face Danielsen and Williams respectively tomorrow.

Special mention also has to go to Christopher Friis, Stefan Gobisch (JP / Simmer), Ben Proffitt (Simmer) and Horrocks for working their way through the double elimination and raising their overall scores.

Wave of the Day

The highest scoring wave of the day came from Browne in his battle against Mads Bjornaa (Fanatic / Simmer). A fine choice saw Browne on one of the largest waves of the day, he opened up with two super smooth backside turns, an enormous backside 360 off the lip and an aggressive frontside hit to finish. Blown away by the insane ride, the judges awarded Browne straight ten’s for his remarkable sailing.

After an epic day on the water with eleven hours of competition completed in the insane conditions, the sailors were released for the day at 7pm. The final heats of the double elimination will continue Wednesday!

Results

1st Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) 2nd Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North) 3rd Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fin) 4th Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) 5th Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer) 5th John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC) 5th Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) 5th Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) 9th Daniel Bruch (Patrik / Severne / AL 360) 9th Phil Horrocks (JP / Gaastra) 9th Kevin Mevissen (Mystic) 9th Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC)

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Day 1 at KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup

Day one: Klitmoller bursts into life for the world’s most radical wave riders allowing a dramatic start to the opening round of competition as the sailors ripped, slashed and turned their way through each heat. An exquisite start to the 2011 PWA Kia @coldhawaii world cup, witnessed forty-four of the world’s finest wave riders register for the third stop on the men’s wave tour. Gentle winds and small waves caressed the Klitmoller shores whilst the sailors rigged their equipment and prepared for the week’s competition.

Once the formalities of the morning were completed, head judge Duncan Coombs placed the sailors on standby, well aware of the impending storm on the horizon. The winds and waves built throughout the afternoon until they were thrashing the coastline, and were big enough to tempt the elite riders away from the comforts of the beach. Once the conditions were at a suitable competition standard the PWA crew wasted no time in kicking off the proceedings and swiftly worked through the action-packed opening round of competition.

PWA legend Lars Petersen (JP / NeilPryde), made his return to the competition scene with his exceptional wave selection allowing him to sail past his opponent Thomas Wessel Svensson (Gaastra) with ease, whilst Phil Horrocks (JP / Gaastra) went about landing a clean set of aerials, earning him enough point to defeat his contender.

Mikkel Asmussen (RRD / Simmer / MFC) was next up to impress the judges with his wave rides and a tweaked pushloop, obviously comfortable sailing on the North Sea. As was Andreas Olandersson (Simmer / MFC) in his heat against, Stefan Gobisch (JP / Simmer). Olandersson pulled a super-high pushloop and a backloop when the wind was at its most deadly.

The slickest wave rides of the day came from Brit, Adam Lewis (Point-7). Lewis ripped each wave to pieces with his super-aggressive top turns, both impressing the judges and guaranteeing his pass into the second round.

Despite missing the initial three minutes of his heat, Kevin Mevissen (Mystic) came back with a vengeance and made a superb recovery. Mevissen picked up a head high wave and worked it for all it was worth pulling a backside hit, two frontside smacks and a taka on the end for good measure.

Closing the day’s competition, Germany’s Florian Jung (RRD / Gun / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) whipped up a frenzy on the waves, and pulled a series of smooth turns on a record number of waves to secure his victory against Casper Lykke Pedersen (Fanatic / NeilPryde).

Eager to take advantage of the down time earlier in the day the PWA caught up with the pair currently in joint second place, Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) and Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) about their plans in Klitmoller.

PWA: How are you feeling about the year so far?

Campello: “It could be better, I haven’t had the best results but it could be worse as well. I always like to be on the podium, but the level is super high so anything can happen. I hope we get great wind tomorrow.”

Seadi: “I think the year is going great, the standard is really high and the boys are all over-prepared. Each year the standard gets higher and higher, a lot of the guys have been training the jumping and I think that really helps on the tour. I am happy to be in second.”

PWA: Have you done any special training for Klitmoller?

Seadi: “I have been at home, its port tack there now. We had some really strong days and I have been on 3.6 and 4.2, so that’s good practice for here.”

Campello: “I hope that the forecast comes tomorrow, and then it will be the conditions I really like. Port tack, big waves and strong wind, I am going to concentrate and try my best to get through each heat.”

PWA: Any special plans to take on Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins)?

Seadi: “I think Philip is really solid, but anything can happen now. I think anyone in the top nine can make it onto the podium. I will just try my best to get through the heats.”

PWA: Have you been training any special moves for this event?

Campello: “I have been training all the moves and depending on who I come up against I will try the pushloop forwards and the big double forwards, I think they are the moves that score the most.”

With an epic forecast on the cards and rumors of the fifty year storm on the way, the second day of competition promises ferocious waves, howling winds and insane action as the higher seeded sailors enter the competition. The skippers meeting will kick off at 7:30am with the first possible start to competition at 8am.

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Seven days of extreme KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup competition will take place

Event Preview: Prepare to be amazed as the world’s most radical wave riders head to Klitmoller for the third battle on the PWA 2011 wave tour. We are proud to announce the 2011 KIA @coldhawaii Klitmoller world cup will be streamed LIVE. Following on from the success of 2010’s nail biting competition, the PWA are returning to the ferocious shores of Klitmoller in Denmark for the men’s wave fleets third contest. Savage winds and fierce waves are brewing for the next stop on the 2011 men’s wave tour and forty-four of the world’s most talented wave riders are ready to fight it out on the tempestuous waters.

Located in Northern Jutland, the tiny fishing village of Klitmoller is famed for the harsh conditions the North Sea conjures up and has earned itself the name of Cold Hawaii. Howling winds and firing waves make it the perfect stop for the international fleet to throw their largest aerials and slash the waves in a bid to win precious mid-season world ranking points and a cut of the prize money.

What’s the deal?

Seven days of extreme competition will take place between the 12th-18th September. The men’s wave fleet will be unleashing their most daring moves in order to outdo their opponents for a taste of the €30,000 prize purse and those critical world ranking points.

Who to watch out for?

Having lead the charge on the men’s fleet in the first two event in 2011, the double forward loop master Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins) will be pulling out all the stops to maintain his position at the top of the table.

In second place sits the Brazilian, Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde). Seadi’s unique style has allowed him to work his way past his adversaries in Pozo and Tenerife. Seadi is sure to be launching into super tweaked pushloops and ripping the waves to pieces with his super-style.

One of the most daring riders on tour Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC), holds the title of the highest double forward loops so far this season. Expect to see Campello armored up and boosting into gravity defying aerials to work his way onto the podium.

After a spectacular performance in Pozo, Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC) has his hands on fourth place. Ojeda has been risking it all to impress the judges to far this season, pulling super late wave 360’s and amazing double forwards.

The 2010 wave champion Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North / MFC), will be firing with all guns blazing in Klitmoller in order to break his way back onto the podium. Fernandez Lopez is famous for his super aggressive wave rides and faultless loops, expect to see a Fernandez Lopez tearing up every wave the North Sea has to offer.

Having finish in second place on his home spot in Tenerife, Daniel Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) will be on the hunt for another high ranking finish. Fresh from injury Bruch is looking stronger than ever and if he has ironed out the creases in his double forward loops, he is sure to give the top five a run for their money.

Further down the ranks sits a very on form Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra), the Australian wave wizard Jaeger Stone (Severne) and the high flying Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North / MFC), along with a whole host of hot contenders.

Also in the mix are the Klitmoller locals ready to test their skills against the world best. Tour regular Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer / Mystic / MFC) currently sits in 14th place and he will be looking to take advantage of his home knowledge to work his way through the ranks. As will PWA veteran Lars Peterson (JP / NeilPryde).

With an epic forecast on the cards, the tension is mounting Klitmoller and it looks like it’s going to be an insane competition. Registration will kick off at 10-12pm, on the 12th September with the skippers’ meeting at 1pm and the first possible start to competition at 1:30pm.

Scope the action

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We're back and want you to be a part of the action

Once again the Cold Hawaii waves and wind are welcoming the best international windsurfers. The second version of the KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup will be held from September 12th-18th in Klitmøller (the Reef) - the capital of Cold Hawaii. Where the 48 best male windsurfers in the world will be competing for important points for the wave Worldchampion title.

The KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup is expecting 4 Danish sailors to take place in the competition, including Klitmøller local Kenneth Danielsen, currently ranked 14th in the world. He will definitely do his best to climb up the ladder and finish on the podium this year.

To find out more - please - follow Cold Hawaii Penguin on twitter and ‘Like’ our Facebook page. You’ll be able to catch up and receive exclusive news and offers. We promise you: It’ll be worth it!

The KIA@coldhawaii PWA World Cup has three characteristics: friendly atmosphere, stormy weather and heavy use of social media. You may think the “@” is a type error, but it actually refers to the twitter handle for the event. In other words the KIA @coldhawaii PWA World Cup is the most live and interactive event on the circuit!

In 2010 more than 100.000 viewers followed the event online and 10.000 people visited Klitmøller during the 7 day period the event lasted. This year we want to make it bigger and even more fun and entertaining.

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