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.”
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.