Windsurfing’s oldest enemy – a lack of wind – kept the competitors in the clubhouse on day one of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup in Klitmøller on Monday. After standing to attention for the visit by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on Sunday, the unwelcome calm left the big names like Philip Köster, the world champion and Thomas Traversa, The Cold Hawaii 2012 champion mostly horizontal. But there may be gold at the end of the rainbow on Tuesday. “We’re aiming for an early start 7am start tomorrow (Tuesday) and I hope the wind will last for as long as possible,” Rich Page, the PWA tour manager said. “We’ve got 15 - 25 knots shifting between southwest and southeast forecast. The wind will be stronger in the morning and coming slightly offshore. There’s a low pressure in the North Sea that could travel towards the coast and create some good waves too.”
“Today we got settled in and everything is set up. But the wind was around 10 - 15 knots sideshore from southwest, a little bit too light and inconsistent for us to start the competition today.”
The new 32-man format, reduced from 48 in previous years, has left the competition leaner and meaner. The first three heats of the competition will see 11 ‘trialling’ riders competing for the last six spots in the 32, with the top two in each heat going through to the full competition.
“It’s not like the old days when you just registered for the event and were in, you used to be able to get your brother in,” Peter Volwater, the German rider, said. “Now, there are some really good sailors battling to get in. The level is a bit higher. I was ninth here last year but I didn’t have a good event in Tenerife this year so I’m a triallist here. I wasn’t really frustrated waiting around, it is all part of it, you just have to be ready.
“But the new system doesn’t allow for mistakes. There are good sides and bad sides to it (the reduced field). The positive is it makes the event more prestigious and competitive. But if you have a bad heat and you’re out it’s a long way to have come for it. But I’d say my chances are pretty good.”
The First guys on the water will be the 11 windsurfers elected for the trials. They will be competing in three heats and the top two sailors from each heat will pass through to the single elimination in the main competition.
The trial sailors are:
Heat 1: Mauch vs Lars Gobisch vs Naalisvaara vs Friis Heat 2: Pijoan vs Stefan Gobisch vs Rydberg vs Weber Heat 3: Volwater vs Kleingarn vs Baldyga