Cold Hawaii drives revolution with winds of Change

As if it knew it was time to stop, the wind dropped for the closing day of the 2012 Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in Klitmøller on Sunday, after a week of tough competition between the best 43 wave windsurfers in the world. After three successful years of competition, Klitmøller, for decades a place of pilgrimage for the windsurfers in the know, is now firmly on the professionals trail. “It’s an established part of the tour now,” Rich Page, the PWA tour manager, said. “Klitmøller was an event that that had been years in the development phases working with Rasmus Johnsen (head of new media and technology at the Active Institute at the University of Aarhus) and then later with Robert (Sand, the event manager). So that when it came to fruition it was very well organised.

The ‘T’s had been crossed and the ‘I’s dotted and that gave it a solid foundation. It was never going to be a flash in the pan. That hard work has paid off and we expect it to continue to grow.”

And grow it has, driving a digital revolution in the sport. In their inaugural year in 2010, the organisers of Cold Hawaii brought live streaming video technology to the windsurfing World Cup for the first time and this year the introduction of live scoring by the PWA has helped revolutionise the sport.

The effects of spectators knowing the judges scores during heats for the first time was already having a discernable effect on heats. Friends, family, girlfriends and fellow competitors, were standing on the beach and letting sailors know – albeit with mixed success - that they needed to land another jump in the heat.

“It is only fitting that Denmark was the first event where we have that system up and running being an event that has driven a new generation of live interaction and social media in windsurfing, Page said.”

The Cold Hawaii World Cup has sustainability in its DNA. From being a beacon of light in north-west Jutland, reversing the trend of population migration away from the area to recycling, Klitmøller is setting new standards that it hopes will be adopted by the whole region.

At the heart of it all is one power; the wind. “What we have in the area is sustainable energy and ability to work with nature and nearly 95% of our electricity is from windmills,” Otto Lægaard, the Thisted municipality manager of the Green Thread, said.

The old fishing villages, along the 65km of the north-west Jutland coastline that has become known as Cold Hawaii, were slowly contracting before some became a mecca for windsurfers and the nature lovers generally.

“Cold Hawaii is special because it has a lot of different surf spots that cater for any wind and wave direction,” Sand, the Cold Hawaii World Cup event manager, Danish wave champion 2003-05 and a Klitmøller windsurfer for 25 years, said.

“The open water from the North Sea and North Atlantic draws in the low pressure systems that gain momentum as they travel across the top of the British Isles and then hit our coast.”

“As a result of the powerful North Sea south-westerlies, gusting up to 50 knots, and colossal seas, the windsurfers call this Cold Hawaii.” And they will keep coming as long as the wind blows.

Thomas Traversa: The secret of how I won the 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup

Thomas Traversa has revealed that the secret of his victory in the 2012 Cold Hawaii World Cup was that his friend Alex Mussolini forced him to take a bigger board on the beach five minutes before the final against Philip Köster on Thursday. “Alex ran to get the board to me and I trusted him,” Traversa said. Mussolini, who finished sixth and is third overall in the World Cup standings, is old friends with Traversa and was acting as his caddy on the beach.

“He wanted to go out with his 68 (litre) board but I knew he needed more weight because he is light and the conditions were so light,” Mussolini said. “I made the mistake of going out with my 68 in my heat the day before and I could not get upwind.”

“He didn’t want to take it and then we went down to the beach and he said: ‘Oh now I’m not so sure.’ So, I didn’t wait for him to change his mind, I ran and got my 74 litre board. That was five minutes before the start. He then adjusted the straps and put his own sail on just in time.”

“You saw that Philip was way too much downwind. I said to Thomas it was better for him to get 10 to 15 waves (in the heat) and make two good ones, rather than only get four and then the pressure is really on.”

“You need someone like this with you on the beach, to help with your gear and mentally, so you can concentrate only what you need to do on the water.”

Cold Hawaii was Traversa’s first victory on the World Cup tour and he is still on the party wave after beating Köster, the world champion. His girlfriend is in Klitmøller with him and his friends from around the world have been posting greetings on his facebook. They have also been celebrating the emergence of a new star of the tour, at his home in La Ciotat, the town near Marseilles, where the first movie was made by the Lumière brothers.

“Lots of people have been sending me congratulations. That's almost the best part about winning, to see my friends being so happy,” Traversa said. “My board-shaper, Fabien Vollenweider, called me immediately after the final. He was so proud. He always made my boards and I've known him since I was 12,” a happy and tired Traversa said.

Many of his fellow competitors on the tour have noticed a new discipline and focus in the big competitions in Traversa, who has always had talent, over the last couple of years.

But seven months ago such a victory looked unlikely after Traversa broke his left foot. That has happened three times by now. “When you're injured you get really frustrated but it also gives you time to think,” Traversa said. “And when you go out on water again you have a different mind and you sail smarter.”

Traversa used to compete as a professional in freestyle windsurfing. It was after an injury in 2008 (again a broken left foot) that Traversa decided to change to wave windsurfing.

“I did freestyle windsurfing since I was 16 to 23-years-old and I came third on Fuerteventura in 2007, that was my best result so far – but now it's first place in Cold Hawaii. I'm super happy about that,” Traversa said.

Next up for 26-year-old Traversa is the PWA World Cup in Sylt and then Red Bull Storm Chase. “I hope the Storm Chase will take place in Ireland,” Traversa said. ”I've been there a few times but not a lot of people go there. I like it there, it's wild.”

Traversa is an explorer. “I love to travel and I'm so happy that windsurfing gives me a reason to do it,” Traversa said. “I've been traveling a lot with Alex Mussolini, his wife and kid and my girlfriend Sophia. I really enjoy that, going new places and windsurfing in different conditions.” This year Traversa also went to Iceland and Madagascar.

Cold Hawaii has been a challenge for all the windsurfers with constantly changing conditions and colder temperatures than many are used to. “I don't mind the cold, once I'm in the water I don't freeze anymore,” Traversa said.

And the final question as he prepares to leave Klimøller: how did he become the first man to beat Köster for two years?

“I was chasing the good waves to get a high score,” he said. “I let a few pass to get on a bigger wave, that was my strategy. Since I'm light I could move around a bit more than Philip. I wasn't stressed about falling, I made a few good waves and that was enough. Philip was unlucky.”

Brawzinho Roars as windsurfers try a different Tack

Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne showed what a force he would be on the tour if there were more starboard tack events, by winning the 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Super Session on Saturday. In a lighter than expected on shore northerly wind of 15 knots, Victor Fernandez Lopez demonstrated his class in the first 30 seconds with a table forward that brought him a series of 7 points from the judges. But with one jump counting to win the heat, Browne, born and raised on the starboard tack in Brazil, and now living on another one in Maui, took the lead with an air chacho. He then bettered it with a sweet one-foot back loop that scored 8s with the judges.

“It was a little bit tricky, I’m glad I got my jumps in at the beginning of the heat because then the wind dropped and I watched the guys planing back and forth,” Browne said. “I am not used to these cold conditions so my hands were numb.”

The rare conditions in Klitmøller meant it was first time in five years – since Guincho, Portugal in 2007 – that there has been a starboard tack jumping contest on a world tour dominated by port tack venues. Even had Philip Köster, the world champion, not been a no-show, he would have found it tough to beat Browne in these conditions.

Thomas Traversa, the Cold Hawaii World Cup champion, did enter and the starboard tack and the light airs favoured him, but his back loop was not good enough to get him out of the qualifying round led by Browne and Robby Swift.

Kauli Seadi, the triple world champion and one of the most ambidextrous on the tour, made it a Brazilian day, with an air chacho, but his wet landing meant 6.5s, which was enough for third place. As the wind slackened further in the second half of the heat, the scores dropped and there was little opportunity for the six riders in the final, including John Skye, Swift and Jamie Hancock, to better their scores.

Browne paid tribute to Seadi after. “When I was 15 my father trusted Seadi to take me with him travelling,” Browne said. “Without him I wouldn’t be standing here.”

Super Session


Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne – one foot back loop Victor Fernandez Lopez – table forward Kauli Seadi – air chacho (wet) John Skye Robby Swift Jamie Hancock

Qualifying round one:

Jamie Hancock - Q – one-handed back loop. John Skye - Q – back loop Ricardo Campello Kenneth Danielsen Mikey Clancy

Qualifying round two:

Marcillo ‘Brawzinho’ Browne - Q – high back loop Robby Swift – Q – air chacho Ross Williams Thomas Traversa Antoine Martin

Qualifying round three:

Victor Fernandez Lopez – Q – table forward Kauli Seadi – Q – air chacho Tuomo Naallsvaara Markus Rydberg

Traversa Has Reversa in Super Session on Starboard Tack

The 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Super Session on Saturday will be the first time in five years there has been a starboard tack jumping event on the world tour. It promises to level the playing field for Thomas Traversa, the Cold Hawaii World Cup winner, as Philip Köster, the 2012 world champion seeks to avenge his defeat by Traversa in the final on Thursday. With 18 knots of onshore northerly breeze building in the afternoon, the Super Session, a jump contest, is scheduled to start at 1310 local time. It is not the epic wind Klitmøller is famous for, but the rarity of the conditions - especially that they have arrived during this event - make it a collector’s item. And if Traversa won a jump event, they might have to call this unusual wind the ‘Raversa’.

“It only happens once or twice a year that you have suitable conditions, with strong winds from the north or north east, for a starboard tack jumping event in Klitmøller,” Robert Sand, the event manager and former Danish champion, who has sailed here for 20 years, said.

Traversa, from La Ciotat near Marseilles, was raised on the starboard tack, in the south of France. Marcillo ‘Brawzinho’ Browne, the Brazilian sailor, will also be contender in these conditions against the obvious favourites: Köster, Victor Fernandez Lopez and Ricardo Campello.

The tour has been dominated by port tack events over the last five years. There was an event in Cabo Verde in 2009, but that is predominantly a wave riding event. The last time the tour had a starboard jumping event was at Guincho, Portugal in 2007. Fernandez Lopez won that event, a single elimination competition, Kauli Seadi was second, Browne fourth and Traversa joint fifth.

Some port tack jumpers will probably fight shy of entering. As Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, explains, technically a double forward loop is just reversal of hand and foot positions, but psychologically and emotionally, some look like beginners when first attempting it.

“The difference is just that your right hand is forward on starboard tack and the wind’s coming from the righthand side,” Coombs said. “It might not sound like much but it’s all about the fact that the world tour has been on a port tack for five years, so you’re getting people not really needing to train on starboard tack. Boujmaa, (Guilloul, who was joint fifth in Guicho) from Morocco, where it’s always starboard tack, has struggled to get good results on tour and has dropped out. I would tip Brawzinho to be one of the favourites on the starboard tack.”

“I suppose it’s like comparing a backhand and a forehand in tennis. You see guys who can’t do anything on a starboard tack. It’s like watching a beginner.”

One rider said it was weird watching Köster first arrive in Maui and look like a fish out of water on the starboard tack after spending his life in Gran Canaria on port tack. But after three years he was up to speed, if not quite so natural.

“If you’re that good you pick it up on both tacks, it’s just the fact that you have to go and train on the other side to do it.” Coombs said.

“I can make time slow down”, Philip Köster Q&A interview

2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, Klitmöller, Denmark In his first major interview since retaining his world title in Cold Hawaii, Philip Köster, the Boris Becker of windsurfing, answered questions sent in from around the world by fans. The 18-year-old German windsurfing Wunderkind and 2011 and 2012 PWA wave world cup champion, revealed what makes him tick and how he makes time stand still.

Köster told a global audience, watching by livestreaming, how he felt the pressure this year, why he doesn’t have friends his own age and how he started doing his already legendary jumping after a stranger gave him their board on the beach. Köster, who thanked his parents for not making him do homework, admitted that the biggest sail he had managed a double forward loop with was a 7.2 metre slalom sail - but advised not to try this at home.

Host: Sebastian van den Berg

Sebastian van den Berg: After becoming champion in 2011 was there more pressure this year?

Philip Köster: I was under a bit more pressure than last year. Last year everything was new, I was out there not really thinking about it. I won every World Cup event. This year was also pretty amazing, I on in Pozo and Tenerife and now I’m second in Cold Hawaii. It was a bit tougher because defending your title is hard, you get a bit more stressed because everyone wants to beat you. But I managed to make it.

SB: In your final heat in Pozo it looked ridiculously windy what were you on?

PK: I think I was on a 3.7 metre board.

SB: A 3.7m? Take into account that this guy is 90 kilos. Are you have to go on a diet? Or you’ll be 110kg in two years?

PK: No, I don’t think so. I’ve been 90kg for over a year now.

SB: Do you think you’re still going to grow taller?

PK: I hope not.

SB: You were the youngest world ever champion ever in the history of mankind and windsurfing…

PK: I think that was Robby Naish.

SB: But that was before wave sailing existed. Now world champion at 18, what’s your next goal?

PK: Defending it again and trebling. I don’t know, developing equipment. I haven’t really, maybe do the last year of school. I love to travel, so maybe do a surf trip to Fiji.

SB: Besides windsurfing, do you have any other dreams?

PK: When I was smaller my dream to become a professional windsurfer.

I was at the beach in Vargas watching the world cups from my house. Three years there were world cup seeing all the pros. Then when I was 15 I won by first PWA event. Travelling.

SB: Have you seen the next great kid out there?

PK: There is one guy in Pozo, who is 11 or 12 and he is out there in every kind of condition even if I am on 3.7, he’s on a kid’s sail a 3 metre or 2.5m and he’s already doing forwards and having fun. I don’t know his name.

SB: A lot of top sailors live in Pozo, what is your connection to them?

PK: I live in Vargas and all the others live in Pozo, so it’s only 10-15km but I didn’t have a car and I had to ask my parents to drive me there. I didn’t want to ask them all the time so I stayed in Vargas. I didn’t have friends my age they were all 20-25, even 40. I was sailing with them and having a good time on the water and they’re pretty cool.

SB: I heard you train with John Skye (PWA world tour competitor), why him?

PK: His wife, Maria Alonza, is from Gran Canaria. She is pregnant, maybe she’s watching? She will have a baby in a couple of weeks. He’s a great guy, I ‘ve been training with him a couple of years and he was training me a little bit I think. I learned every kind of move with him, he showed me a lot. I was trying to beat him every time we were on the water. He’s a great guy. Now, he’s a little bit pissed (laughs) when I do everything good in front of him.”

SB: You dominate in side on shore port tack, what do you think is going to happen when the world tour get locations back like Cape Verde, Peru or Maui. Is is that going to effect the overall title or do you think you have enough ability on starboard tack or super clean side off over mast high waves?

PK: Well, I’ve been travelling to Maui once or twice a year for years. I love it. I love to wave ride and side off is my favourite conditions. Off Gran Canaria it’s all side on so if you get side off it’s like dream conditions. It’s a dream for every windsurfer to be in side off conditions. Cape Verde is a great place and I hope to get there again. I was at the last PWA event there, but I was there a month and there was no wind.

SB: Now, we’ve got some questions from facebook:

Marc Fokkinga: are you doing the slalom tour next year?

PK: Yes, I will try to do Fuerteventura. I did a couple of slalom tour in Canaries and came second place in one. I have to start somewhere.

SB: Will you be training with Björn Dunkerbeck, the man in the lead of the slalom tour? You live in the same place.

PK: We live in same place, but he’s travelling so much, I’m only there five times a year and you never see him there. You always see his caddy with his car driving around with his standup paddle searching for waves, but you never see Bjorn.

SB: He’s like a ghost.

PK: It’s hard to train alone. There maybe some guys who train in Gran Canaria, they’re not professional but they’re also really fast. Maybe I’ll have to travel to do a bit of slalom. You need some guys to travel and train with in slalom, it’s really hard to do it alone.

Honza Mastfoot Vízek: What type of wetsuit do you use in Cold Hawaii and what´s your biggest gear?

PK: My wetsuit is a 5.4mm wetsuit it’s pretty warm and I really needed it because I was on the beach all day and it gets really cold with the wind. My biggest gear was a 5.6 metre sail and 87 litre board, but I think it’s a bit more, like 90 or 92.

SB: You have nothing bigger than a 5.7? If you had use something bigger than that you wouldn’t go out?

PK: Normally then I go surfing.

SB: How many boards did you bring with you? Landing double forwards you must break something every now and then?

PK: I brought 12 boards last year and this year nine boards. You never know how the conditions will be.

Morten Juul Madsen: What did you do, to come so far in such a young age?

SB: If you’d done your research you’d know his he started windsurfing when he was eight, his mum and dad used to run a windsurfing school. They were basically surfing before you were in born. You were basically windsurfing before you were inside your father’s body, right? Lots of people grow up in Gran Canaria windsurfing, but you become the very best, what’s the difference?

PK: My parents didn’t pressure me. I was doing what I wanted to do and with school they never saw it like I had to do school good to go windsurfing, so I went out when I wanted and I didn’t have to do homework every time and that was a good thing.

My parents helped me and my sister too. I was out on the water four or five hours a day when I was 12 years old and my parents didn’t try and bring me in to do my homework. I was totally free. My parents knew how it was they were windsurfers and they know the sport is great and you can’t really leave it.

Stefano Pavcovich: what size of board (length/width/volume etc.)and fins you used with such hard light wind on shore conditions?

I don’t know the length, I think 2.28m or 2.26m.

SB: Did you develop this board with Scott Mckercher?

PK: He and Tiesta You, the shaper, give me some prototypes and if I like it we do a production but if not I say what I want to change, I send my feedback and they change the board and send it again. They are the main guys.

SB: On what kind of equipment did you learn how to windsurf?

PK: I learned on an oldn, on a Mistral Energy, it was super slippery, but a great board for learning on. It was big. I was eight. A 2.0m kid’s sail. Then I sailed two years without a harness after that. One guy at the beach gave his board as a present, that’s when I started to jump, that really helped me and I think that’s why I’m here, because he gave me his board.

SB: Before you became a windsurfer, you were a swimmer?

PK: I had the Canarian 50m record for 10 years old. I’m super fast to get my equipment back after a wave.

SB: I got a question from one of the pros on the tour, what do you think of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria?

PK: It’s a great place. The best place for surfing is in the North, San Felipe, there are tonnes of waves you get lefts and rights. It’s 45 minutes from my house and I go every morning now I’ve got my driving license.

Gi Ibsganich: what's the largest sail size that you've ever tried a double front loop with?

PK: That was a 7.2m. I shouldn’t be saying that. It was slalom kit. Don’t try it out.

Renè Brinkmann: what would be the ultimate gear setup and spot to surf?

PK: That’s hard. I haven’t been to so many spots. Last year I was in Australia and I sailed Nalu, it’s a sick wave, it’s so long and you get so many sections to do airs and goiters. There my favourite gear was 4.5m and an 80 litre board and it was down the line. That was a perfect day.

Gi Ibsganich: I hear that you aim to do at least 15 double front loops in a good training session. Is this true?

PK: I think it’s more, but I don’t count them. Sometimes when it’s good and I don’t know what to do, I do three doubles in one run.

SB: I read you that you did a double front loop off the lip in Ho’okipa (Maui) and your explanation was that you didn’t about doing it before, it just presented itself.

PK: I think time is slowing down when you see the lip. I was thinking about doing a forward and I thought why not do a double.

SB: Did I just hear you say: “time is slowing down?” So the moment it appears in front of you it becomes slow motion.

PK: Yes, I think so.

SB: That’s what Michael Jordan said. It’s called the zone, it’s like in the Matrix movie.

PK: Yes. When you do jumping moves too. When you do a push loop table, with the mast coming down that’s also a moment when you stop thinking about it. It’s a great moment, I have it there too as well.

SB: On which side - on the starboardside or portside - do you learn difficult moves first? What's the difference for you? Both sides equal? Or 60%-40%? Are there some moves that only work on one side but not the other?

PK: I think it’s about 60-40. Port tack I do it every day at home, starboard, I still have to learn some double moves. In Maui you never really think about jumping you only see the waves and do every wave move. But starboard is also important and I’ve put my time in.

Ane Cæcilie: how large an influence do you think your equipment has on you becoming the world champion again?

PK: A big influence. If the stuff that doesn’t work right you can’t win. If I feel confident on the gear I know I’m the problem if I don’t do it. If I lose an event I never really blame the gear, I think about me, what did I do wrong’?

Anja Hudoklin: if I and mine friends come to Pozo, can we stay in your house?

PK: Not really, it’s a big house in Vargas, but I have so much stuff in there, half the house is full of windsurfing gear. My parents say: ‘you have to clean up your house.’ For this, I’d have to clean up.”

French David beats German Goliath in the battle of Cold Hawaii

Thomas Traversa sent shockwaves through the world windsurfing tour by beating the double world champion, Philip Köster, in the super final of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup on Thursday afternoon. In a re-run of David beating Goliath, Traversa, from La Ciotat, the small French town near Marseilles where the cinema was invented, rode the wave to stardom this week, causing the biggest upset in two years on the tour with his electric wave riding.

The light 15-knot westerly breeze favoured the 60kg Traversa. Köster is over 90kg. An extended heat of 25 minutes with only two waves being counted and no jumps also favoured the Frenchman, but Köster is such a competitor that it was not over until after the last wave, which he rode all the way to shore. Traversa held on to win by just 0.87 points, scoring 13.13 to Köster’s 12.26.

Köster, the German-rider born and bred in Gran Canaria, is best known for the spectacular jumping, which has brought him two consecutive world championships at the age of 18. He was unbeaten in two years and had won the last five world cups, including Cold Hawaii, in Klitmöller, Denmark, last year. But he showed on Wednesday, in clinching the second title, that he is formidable on the waves too and had the highest wave score in the super final.

Traversa, who had beaten Köster on Wednesday morning before losing to him that night in earlier heats, set the early pace. He had a big lead after ten minutes with two accomplished wave rides, but Köster is the king of the special moves, even on the waves, and at halfway in the heat a backside aerial 360, during a nice ride, brought him 7.88.

But Traversa improved his second score to 6.38 with a backside aerial and good run and Köster was becalmed as the clock ticked down. He gybed in no wind and seemed to be sinking not surfing but with his last wave, as the clock ran out, Köster found some pressure and ran a wave all the way to the beach. The 4.3 was not enough and Traversa took the title away from him.

Lightning must strike twice for Frenchman to beat German force of nature

It is David against Goliath, the young king against the new star, The German heavyweight against the French flyweight. Thomas Traversa, who upset the formbook on Wednesday morning, could be forgiven for being intimidated when he meets the German giant of windsurfing, Philip ‘the kid’ Köster, in the super final of the 2012 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup.

After the way Köster avenged his defeat by Traversa on Wednesday morning, by sweeping him aside in the evening double elimination final in the evening, the only thing that looks like getting in his way is a fickle wind. With the forecast uncertain about there being enough wind to compete on Thursday morning, Saturday could be the most likely finish.

Köster, the Boris Becker of windsurfing, won his second consecutive wave world cup title at 18, after beating Victor Fernandez Lopez, the 2010 world champion and his closest rival, in the semi-final. He could celebrate by winning his second consecutive Cold Hawaii title.

Köster became the youngest ever PWA Wave world champion last year at the age of 17, and already had one hand on the world title after winning the first two of the four event world cup, in Pozo, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. He has won the last five world cup events, but was in the unusual position of fourth, standing up looking at the others on the podium, after losing twice in a day in the single elimination competition on Wednesday morning.

“That was the toughest conditions I have sailed in,” Köster, the German rider raised in the Canary Islands, said of the unfamiliar onshore conditions, made even trickier by the Klitmøller current. “It was so difficult, I couldn’t see where to be on the waves.”

Showing his remarkable maturity and skill for this tender years, he learned quickly. With two waves and one jump being counted by the judges, Köster, the best jumper on the tour, concentrated on finding waves to great effect before logging his jump.

Köster ended the charge of wave riding specialist Kauli Seadi, the 2010 Cold Hawaii champion, beat a fired up Ricardo Campello, who kept forward doubling but lost on waves and then Fernandez Lopez in a nail-biting semi-final.

Traversa was confident after his best ever result on the tour in the morning. The small French town where the cinema was invented had a new star as, in the biggest upset in wave sailing in the last two years, Traversa, the 26-year-old from La Ciotat, near Marseilles dominated Köster with his wave riding in the morning.

Traversa felt it was not a disadvantage to be sat waiting and watching, but Köster built up such a head of steam that he was unstoppable when they met again. Traversa disputed the judges score on a double he felt he had landed, but even had they given him that, he was so outclassed by Köster on the wave section that he was ten points behind overall. Had dusk and a lack of light not intervened Koster would surely have won the super final.

How did he change his strategy? “I don’t have a strategy, I’m not really thinking about it, I don’t know,” a modest and sometimes shy Köster, said. He is a teenager enjoying himself, that is the secret of his thinking, he is not thinking. He is natural, something obvious since he arrived on the tour beating men twice his age.

Traversa has been left with a mountain to climb and a giant force of nature to face. But he has done it once and must believe he can do it again. Lightning can strike in Cold Hawaii.

Editor's notes: The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, which runs from Monday September 17 to Sunday September 23, is the third time the world cup event has been staged in Klitmøller.

The single elimination competition is a straight knockout tournament between the 43 riders, who are seeded. Time and wind allowing the world cup has a double elimination format which allows all the riders who were knocked out a second chance to compete in another knockout tournament. They start at the stage they were knocked out in the single elimination round and work their through to face the winner of the single elimination. If there is no time for the double elimination or it is not completed, the winner of the single elimination is the event champion.

Philip 'the kid' Köster Wins Second World Title In Cold Hawaii Classic

Philip ‘the kid’ Köster, the Boris Becker of windsurfing, won his second consecutive world title by winning the semi-final of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup as the sun set on Klitmöller on Wednesday evening. He then avenged his earlier defeat by Thomas Traversa, the French rider, who had ambushed earlier in the day in the single elimination, by beating him easily in the second elimination. With darkness curtailing the competition it set up the super final with Traversa as they wait for the weather forecast to give them a window. That will decide who will become the Cold Hawaii champion.

In the semi-final, Victor Fernandez Lopez, the 2010 world cup champion, could not stop the charge of Köster, who beat him 24.76 to 23. Fernandez Lopez was well behind until he produced a beautiful wave ride that brought him 8.25, the highest wave ride of the heat, but he could find another high-scoring wave.

Köster, who became the youngest ever PWA Wave world champion last year at the age of 17, already has one hand on the world title after winning the first two of the four event world cup, in Pozo, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, found himself in the unusual situation of lying fourth after losing twice in earlier in the day in the single elimination.

Showing his remarkable maturity and skill, the 18-year-old raised in Gran Canaria, showed who had learned from his earlier defeats in tough onshore conditions, which Köster called “the toughest conditions he had ever sailed in.”

Earlier Köster halted the charge of Kauli Seadi, the Brazilian 2010 champion and then avenged his defeat by Ricardo Campello in the loser’s final of the single elimination earlier in the morning.

With two waves and one jump being counted by the judges, Köster, the best jumper on the tour, concentrated on finding waves to great effect before logging his jump.

Editor's notes: The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup, which runs from Monday September 17 to Sunday September 23, is the third time the world cup event has been staged in Klitmøller.

The single elimination competition is a straight knockout tournament between the 43 riders, who are seeded. Time and wind allowing the world cup has a double elimination format which allows all the riders who were knocked out a second chance to compete in another knockout tournament. They start at the stage they were knocked out in the single elimination round and work their through to face the winner of the single elimination. If there is no time for the double elimination or it is not completed, the winner of the single elimination is the event champion.

Quotes of the Day

KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in Klitmøller, Wednesday September 19, 2012 Philip Köster, double elimination winner after confirming his second consecutive PWA world title in the semi-final:

On winning his world title:

“I’m so stoked, I feel so good, I had a great year first Pozo, then Tenerife and now Cold Hawaii.”

"It's amazing. Can't be better. I haven't got words for it."

"I had two first places (in Pozo and Tenerife). Here it's cross onshore. It's like a lottery, you never know what to expect. Against Campello, Traversa, Fernandez it's pretty hard, they were sailing good."

On strategy:

"On the water you have to stay calm and just do what the conditions offer you. If you see the other guy jump or wave ride a lot, you have to think about it. But I don’t have a strategy, I’m not really thinking about it. I don’t know.”

"Normally I try to get a good jump in the beginning of the heat but here in Klitmøller you never know. You just have to go with what the conditions offer you."

On gear:

"I started off with a 5.0 sail and a 87 litre board with three finns. In the heat against Traversa I broke my board when I was landing a double loop forward. I went to the beach and got a 82 litre board from my dad. Well, broken boards, that happens."

On adrenalin keeping him going on the charge in the double elimination:

"I didn't feel tired, I just had so much adrenalin."

On his competitors:

"They all did good. It was close."

On how he found out he was the World Champion:

"When I came in from the heat, (Robby) Swift told me while he was filming: 'You're World Champion." He shouted it to me. I'll celebrate with my family, that's what I do."

On waiting during the day:

"I woke up at 6am and got to the beach at 7am so it was a long wait, but then I got to watch the conditions - and I also got a bit nervous."

On the judge's decision not to run the last heat against Traversa tonight:

"I think it was the right decision since it was hard to see out there by the end."

On whether he will motivated for the super final with Traversa despite already having his second consecutive world title.

"I still wan't to win it. I'll give it 100%."

Thomas Traversa, winner of the single elimination final and super finalist:

On the judge’s decision on his double forward:

“I thought I landed the jump so I was not looking for another one. (He was only scored 3.19 for his double forward)."

On waiting for the double elimination final:

"I think it was an advantage for me to wait during day and than to climb the ranking. I prefer to wait rather than fight. I am still really happy with the day and looking forward to the final."

Victor Fernandez Lopez, third place

On his third place:

"I'm really happy for my third place here again (he was third in 2011). Conditions were really though. After finishing this morning I went home and watched the last heats on the livestream."

On gear and strategy:

"I started on a 5 metre sail and a 85 litre board with three fins - because it's fast and good for jumping. After getting my double forward I changed to a 4.7m sail and 96l board and dedicated the end of the heat to wave riding."

On the conditions:

"Tough. It was a bit better in the evening. less cross onshore. It was close, I had a chance to win and that gives me motivation."

Ricardo Campello, fourth place, after losing to Köster:

On being up against Köster:

"Why does he always have to do the 360 against me?"

On watching the live streaming of Fernandez vs. Köster in the clubhouse:

"I wish I had a joystick."

On cheering out loud for Fernandez:

"I would like Victor to win the event because he sails really good and if he wins it will be more interesting in Sylt."

on gear:

"Against Köster today I had a 5.0 sail and a 93 liter board with four finns." Reaction to Thomas Traversa’s victory in the single elimination round.

Thomas Traversa, single elimination winner.

On dealing with the tough onshore conditions:

“This is the best result of my career, last year I finished fourth. I beat Philip (Köster), I beat Victor (Fernandez Lopez).”

“The conditions were fine for me, there was wind, there were waves that’s OK and last year was kind of similar and I had my best result ever.”

On his wave strategy:

“I was careful to let two or three big waves go through to it was nice and clean for me to see where to be.”

On how he beat Köster:

“I just tried to stick with my strategy and tried to choose the good waves and not get panicked.”

On his late jump against Fernandez Lopez:

“I stayed relaxed, I knew the wave riding was the most important so I concentrated on that. With the jump it only makes a two or three point difference. I was glad it was only one jump (counted by the judges) for the final, jumping is my weak point. Then I got the backloop, I was so happy.”

On his gear selection:

“I used 4m sail in the final and a 65 litre board.”

Sophia Regerbis, Traversa’s girlfriend

On her boyfriend’s victory:

“I'm super happy for him. We can stop the competition now.”

Victor Fernandez Lopez, single elimination final runner-up

On Traversa:

“I’ve known him since I was 16. He is a year or two younger than me and came to where I live in Almeria and he was good then.”

“He’s always been good in the free sailing but in the last couple of years he’s been concentrating more in the competitions.”

On his sailing today:

“The final was close, but Thomas did great. It was hard out there, but I have been training here for the last two weeks, so I was ready. I was really happy I was able to make some doubles earlier.

On keeping in the competition area (Kauli Seadi and Klaas Voget were not scored for wave riders judged to be outside).

“That happened to me two years ago in the final against Kauli so I already knew about it here.”

On his gear selection:

“I had a 4.5metre sail with a freewave 85 litre board.”

Ricardo Campello, winner of the single elimination loser’s final

On facing Philip Köster in the loser’s final:

“Damn, I’m in the loser’s final and I’m facing Philip Köster.”

On the onshore conditions:

“Those are the toughest conditions I’ve ever faced.”

On beating Köster:

“He’s down there (below him on the podium) for once. I beat him in the single elimination before and then he beat me twice in the double elimination so we’ll see.”

Philip Köster, loser of the single elimination loser’s final

On Traversa:

“That was the toughest conditions I have sailed in. I’m surprised by Thomas because I’ve never seen him in these conditions. It was so difficult, I couldn’t see where to be on the waves.”

Kauli Seadi, 2010 Cold Hawaii champion and single elimination quarter-finalist

On Traversa:

“Thomas is an overall good sailor. He understands how to read the waves. He's a solid wave rider and confident especially in his frontside turns.”

On his quarter-final defeat:

“I was struggling to get the ramps the judges didn’t score my last wave, I feel that was unfair.”

Klaas Voget, single elimination quarter-finalist

On his quarter-final:

“I had two good waves in my heat and if they had scored those properly I would have won. They didn’t score them both because they said I was out of the competition area. I had one big backside air and a couple of frontside turns on one wave that would have scored around a seven and a couple of frontsides that would have been 5.5.”

“After that I focused on finding a jump, but they scored my other waves of 2.5 and 3. It’s pretty frustrating because I think I would have had a good chance against Philip.”

On Traversa:

“I’m surprised he beat Philip but I’m not surprised by his performance. He’s good in all conditions and he’s fearless on the wave, he always goes for the lip.”

View from the beach

KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2012, day three, single elimination The wind picked up and on day three the final of the single elimination was completed. Our reporter, Karina Kold, was on Klitmøller beach as Victor Fernandez Lopez and Thomas Traversa went out to work it hard at Cold Hawaii.

Thomas Traversa is smiling excitedly before going into the water, not caring that he was shaking from the cold and feeling a cramp in his right calf. The slim Frenchman from Marseilles just wants to get out in waves of the North Sea and do his very best.

“He's a good all round windsurfer, and he really deserves to be in the final,” Jamie Hancock says at the beach of Klitmøller just before kick off of the final of the single elimination.

Twenty metres to the left Fernandez Lopez, the Spanish sailor, is getting ready with help from his dad and German windsurfer Klaas Voget. “These are the hardest conditions you can get here,” Fernandez Lopez says just before he heads out in to the broken waves.

Fernandez and Voget arrived in Klitmøller at the beginning of September and have been training together. “Victor did the best so far in the whole competition,” Voget says. “He knows this place and he has the right equipment, a freewave board which helps for planing in these onshore conditions.”

Traversa makes two excellent front side turns. “He scores a lot of points in his waves,” Voget says. Then Fernandez Lopez makes a double front loop. “Perfecto! Sí!” his dad says and he and Voget, who the switch into Spanish, such is this multi-lingual tour.

After 15 minutes the heat was over and the judges gave Traversa the best scores: 20.12 points for the heat. Victor Fernandez Lopez gets 18.5 points.

Kauli Seadi, the Brazilian rider, comes down to the beach. He lost to Traversa in the quarter-finals.

“Thomas is an overall good sailor,” Seadi says. “He understands how to read the waves. He's a solid wave rider and confident especially in his frontside turns.”

Traversa's German girlfriend, Sophia Regerbis, is in Klitmøller too, filming and supporting her boyfriend.

“I'm super happy for him,” she says. “We can stop the competition now.” She laughs and has a big smile after getting a winner’s kiss from a stoked Traversa. As winner of the single elimination final at KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2012, he must now wait to see who he will face in the double elimination final.

The double elimination finals have already begun. Stay tuned at our LIVE streaming