Thomas Traversa gets a big hug from his friend and caddy for the final, Alex Mussolini, as he comes out of the water after 25 minutes battling with wave world champion, Philip Köster, in the Super Final. His girlfriend, Sophia Regerbis, runs towards him and congratulates him with a kiss. “I'm super happy,” Traversa says.
His French friends and fellow windsurfers, Jules Denel (with his dog, Jim) and Antoine Martin, join in the hugs and high fives.
“It's amazing for Thomas, for the whole French connection,” Martin says. “We will definitely party tonight.”
The audience at Cold Hawaii are applauding as Thomas Traversa, Philip Köster and third-placed Victor Fernandez Lopez climb the podium.
“In this light wind I guess it was an advantage to be a light windsurfer. Yes, it's crazy to beat Philip Köster – but he's going to win all the rest,” Traversa says from the podium.
The announcer mentions that Köster is about 30 kilograms heavier than Traversa.
“It was tough out there when the wind was so light,” Philip Köster said. “I'm like 92 kilograms - not a light windsurfer. That's the way it goes. I'll try my best in the next event. It's still pretty cool for me to be second at KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup 2012. Traversa is a good winner.”
Fernandez Lopez seems pleased with his competition. “It's nice to be here one more time on the podium,” he says. “This is a very special event for me. Thanks to everybody – and to Traversa and Köster for giving the best show as possible in these light conditions.”