Marcilio Browne still in shock after beating Philip Köster as Klitmøller prepares for Cold Hawaii 5-0

The 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup windsurfing champion, Marcilio "Brawzinho" Browne, was still shock on Monday after his surprise victory over the double world champion, Philip Köster, on Sunday. Browne was the fourth different winner in the four years of competition in Klitmøller, underlining the status of Cold Hawaii as the most open and exciting stop on the world cup tour. The Final Video

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“For me it’s my childhood dream, I never thought this would happen,” Browne, the 24-year-old Brazilian, said. “Sometimes I thought I was wasting my time. It felt like in this last couple of years I had some close heats that I lost.

“I really thought I didn’t win, because I didn’t see him sailing and I was so happy for second,” “For me to win it is unbelievable, especially in conditions like this. I never got better than ninth here. At some points I was like; ‘man, maybe I should try to get a starboard tack jump’ because it so onshore but I couldn’t quite get the speed. I got really angry but I’m pleased I got one (big double forward jump, which sealed the victory). I couldn’t see Philip and then I thought it is hard out here so maybe he’s finding it hard too, so I just had to get some points on the board and hope.”

Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said that talent of Browne, who was making his first appearance in the final, had been evident for many years.

“We’ve known for a long time how good he is,” Coombs said. “He came onto the scene years ago and he’s the best free sailor there is but he’s never been able to put it all together in competition. You could see how emotional he was on the podium when he found out. I think a lot of people were.

“It’s not easy against Köster (the 19-year-old German prodigy), he is a machine. But I think he finds conditions difficult here. It’s not his home spot and he probably doesn’t train here. It’s probably the place he is most vulnerable but also perhaps Sylt. It’s difficult when the wind goes onshore like that, the waves jack up pretty much all over the place, you get multiple swells. I don’t think we’ve seen so many heats go down to the wire on the tour. Pretty anyone in the last 16 was dangerous.

“The thing is with Köster in the jumps he’s pretty much unbeatable but in the wave riding yesterday the difference in the final was that he was carrying only a 2.8 for his second wave. That’s why he lost.”

“But we have to remember Köster was second. He is the man to beat, he has a first and second in the PWA world tour so far this year and is way ahead in first place now. It’s just the expectation on him is so high.”

The wind continued to blow in Klitmøller yesterday, the North Sea waves rolled in and the current pulled across the musselreef and there was time for Robert Sand, the Cold Hawaii, event manager and a former PWA tour windsurfer who lives and learned to windsurf in Klimøller, to reflect on another emotional event in his hometown.

“I am really happy we got a result on Sunday, it’s been tantalising week here waiting. I’m very happy to see Brawzinho on top, it’s his first win on the tour and it’s great to see a new name.”

“We’ve had two first time winner here and four different winners in four years and it means all the guys are excited to come here because they know they have a chance.

“It’s also quite unusual to have four world cup events in a row with a result. With  wind involved it is a huge uncertainty when you run an event, but Col d Hawaii has proved four times in succession what a great spot it is for windsurfing and surfing.”

For Sport Event Denmark, who have helped back the world cup dream, it is  ”Klitmøller is Cold Hawaii, and this is due to the world cup,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “Cold Hawaii has also made windsurfing in Denmark fly.”

Sand is already thinking a year ahead. “We’re already working on Cold Hawaii and I’m sure there is going to be a fifth edition of the event.”

[Press release]: Brawzinho’s late Cold Hawaii roar shocks world champion Köster

In the biggest upset in windsurfing since Philip Köster was beaten in the Cold Hawaii final last year, Marcilio "Brawzinho" Browne, from Brazil, beat Köster in the final of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii world cup in Klitmøller on Sunday. 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup – day 7, final 

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Browne, in his first wave world cup final, defeated Köster, the 2011 and 2012 world champion, by less than a point, 26.38 points to 25.75. Browne won it with a late comeback and there was high drama at the finish with his spectacular double forward loop near the end of the 15-minute heat getting held up in the live scoring system. It looked like the 19-year-old prodigy Köster, who won here in 2011 and for whom this was only a second world cup defeat since 2010, had won again and Browne, 24, only found out he had won when it was announced on the podium.

“I can’t believe it, I really can’t understand it,” a visibly stunned Browne said. “Philip is a machine, I have so much respect for Philip. For me to win here I absolutely unbelievable, he’s been dominating the sport. Lucky me. I just tried to squeeze every point out. I was really struggling but I then I thought he might be too, because it was onshore and difficult, so I knew I just to get some jumps and points up.”

Köster, the German rider who grew up in Gran Canaria, had dominated the final early, with a trademark towering double forward loop. But with the wind shifting from side-onshore to more onshore it became trickier in the final stages of the competition and Köster, who was beaten in the final by Thomas Traversa in similar conditions last year, was clearly under pressure. He looked a little stunned on the podium too.

“I’m happy to be in second place, but I wanted to win the heat, so I’m not the happiest person at the moment,” he said. “But it’s great to be on the podium and it great to be in Klitmøller.”

Köster, who won the second round of the world cup in Tenerife in August, after his home world cup in Pozo, Gran Canaria was cancelled due to a lack of wind, will have a quick chance for revenge in Sylt, from September 27 to October 6.

It was a day of upsets with Browne beating Víctor Fernández López, the Spanish world no.2, in the quarter-final, deposing Traversa, from France in the semi-final and shocking Köster, the crowd and himself in the final.

Spain’s Alex Mussolini beat Traversa in the ‘losers’ final’ to finish third.

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[Press release]: Soulsurfer Traversa defends title against Köster and Fernandez on Cold Hawaii super Sunday

Sunday’s final of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup will see classic Klitmøller conditions with winds gusting towards 40 knots and the riders jumping like popcorn on the North Sea. There will be the perfect conditions to showcase the keen rivalry of Philip Köster and Victor Fernandez Lopez. Victor Fernandez Lopez, the 29-year-old world number 2 will be first on the water in the first heat of the day against German qualifier, Lars Gobisch. Fernandez, the 2010 world champion, is hungry to get his title back from Philip Köster, the 19-year-old wunderkind, who has taken the windsurfing world by storm. Köster goes in the bottom of the draw of the 32 best wave windsurfers in the world. The soulsurfer Frenchman who beat him in the final here last year, Thomas Traversa, goes in the third heat of the day.

“I would say my hardest competitors are Fernandez, Mussolini and Traversa,” Koster, the 2011 and 2012 world champion, said.

“I like the forecast for tomorrow, it’s good when you see the forecast in red,” Fernandez said. “It’s strong and I like strong winds. I am in the first heat so I will be ready.”

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World cup weather watch: Duncan Coombs, PWA head judge: “Conditions improved enough for the guys to freesail but not for competition (on Saturday). The skippers’ briefing is at 0800hrs for a first possible start of 0830hrs. The forecast has remained constant throughout the day with a south-west wind veering northwest providing great side-onshore jumping conditions. We will have a winner.”

They said:

Victor Fernandez Lopez (Spain, world no.2 and 2010 world champion): “I like the forecast for tomorrow, it’s good when you see the forecast in red. It’s strong and I like strong winds. I am in the first heat so I will be ready. I’ll have everything ready from 4m up to 5.6m sails. I don’t think it’s going to be stronger than 4.0 (metre sail). The wind is going to be cross-onshore and with a lot of current it means I’ll have to be on a bigger sail than normal (to get back upwind). I think it’s pretty open conditions for everyone.”

Alex Mussolini (Spain, world no.3): “Tomorrow is going to be windy and everybody wants to sail after sitting around for one week. I brought seven sails with me from 3.7 to 5.0 and two boards, size 75 and 82 litres. I’m still happy with that choice. To prepare myself I visualise the wind inside my head and how I can preform in those conditions.”

Philip Köster (Germany, 2011 and 2012 world champion, 2011 Cold Hawaii champion): “In the last few years we have had great conditions here in Klitmøller. Twice I got my world title here. I think it’s a cool place.Everyone sails really good but I would say my hardest competitors are Fernandez, Mussolini and Traversa.

I know the conditions here from the last years world cups in Cold Hawaii so I feel prepared.”

Thomas Traversa (France, 2012 Cold Hawaii champion):

“I’m in the third heat and that might be a bit tricky in the beginning. In my first heat I think I just have to sail solid and not try too much. Before the heat I know pretty much which jumps and manoeuvres I can make. There are a lot of talented sailors here but my biggest competitors are for sure Fernandez and Köster. I still count on Mussolini’s help like last year (Mussolini acted as Traversa’s caddy in the final rounds) but hopefully we’ll both get through to the final heats and then off course we can’t help one another anymore. I’ve brought three sails with me 4.0, 4.2 and 4.5 and three boards; a 70 litres and two 65 litres in case something happens to one of them. It’s nice to be back to Cold Hawaii.”

[Press release]: Fernandez vows he can catch Köster as Cold Hawaii hots up

With the forecast for cross-onshore on shore winds gusting up to 40-knots on Sunday and a possible start on Saturday meaning there will be a 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup champion – “Sunday is looking good, Cold Hawaii is going to light up,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge said - thoughts have turned to how to depose the king. Philip Köster, the 19-year-old wunderkind from Gran Canaria, is the manboy to beat in windsurfing, but the rider whose title he took, Victor Fernandez Lopez, is much more confident than most that he can take on Köster on in all the conditions that Cold Hawaii can bring. It promises to be spectacular finish.

“When the wind comes back, I’m ready to compete,” Fernandez, the 29-year-old world number two from Almerimar, said. After losing to Köster in a high-quality, close-fought final in the only other event this year in Tenerife in August, he is eager to win.

“I think it’s possible,” he said. “I’m trying hard. But it’s not just Köster I have to beat, the level is really high. We saw (Thomas) Traversa beating Köster here in Cold Hawaii final last year.”

That confidence is not shared by most of the rest of the fleet, to whom Köster has appeared like a colossus since becoming world champion in 2011 and retaining his title in 2012.

“I think it’s good if there are different events and conditions, but right now Philip is really strong, so it’s going to hard, it’s to be really hard,” Alex Mussolini, the 28-year-old world number three from Barcelona, said. “I always battle for the top ten and if I do better than that, fine, if I’m out of the top ten then I wouldn’t be happy.

“I’m very cautious because everyone is very good, so I never see myself as better, I just take it heat by heat, I never look at the future.”

That edge of fatalism in the face of Köster is common in the fleet outside of Fernandez. But if the world cup events in Maui and Chile are confirmed this year it will dramatically change the balance of tour dominated by onshore port tack sailing in the Tenerife and Gran Canaria events.

“Last year we had four contests in the PWA World Cup, this year we could have six,” Fernandez said. “Most of them have been port tack. This year we could be competing in Maui where wind comes from the opposite way (starboard tack). Köster will surely do really good there too but not as good as in the Canaries or here in Cold Hawaii. This will mean that there will be more guys who can be at the top of the podium, not just Köster. 
I was world wave champion in 2010. I beat Köster in the final in his home spot (Pozo).

"In the last few years I’ve been second and really close to him. In Tenerife we were against each other in the final again and I was really close to winning it. It’s just a few things that have to come right in the heat, in those 15 minutes, to beat Köster. For sure he is the guy to beat. And for me it would mean a lot to be world wave champion again.”

World cup weather forecast:  Duncan Coombs, PWA head judge: “Over the course of today the forecast for Sunday is now looking good with up to 40-knot gusts. Cold Hawaii is going to light up. We should see some high-quality jumping. What started on Tuesday as a down the line wave riding competition looks like it’s going to finish as side-onshore jumping competition and a strong one with a south-west wind veering north west and increasing. There is potential for competition late on Saturday but Sunday has much more solid conditions.”

A glorious, sunny, laid back Friday

The fifth day of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup proved to be a very relaxed affair as light winds and glorious sunshine graced Klitmoeller for the entire day. In the afternoon Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360), Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra), Flo Jung (RRD / Gun Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) and Adam Lewis (Patrik / Point-7) took the opportunity to take part in the fishing challenge, which Lewis won. With the sailors on hold for the day we caught up with John Skye (RRD / MFC) and Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC):

What fin setup do you prefer? Tri/Quad? Do you change depending on the conditions and if you do, what changes do you make?

JS: “I mostly use quad set up. I like the control they give in windy conditions and the drive and grip they have in down the line conditions. For really light junky conditions I normally set my boards up as twin, which makes them a bit more free and pivot better in small waves. Finally just to completely mix it up, RRD have just released a new board called the Firewave. It sits between a wave board and a freestyle wave and it's basically a really fast wave board. It is setup with thruster and if we get really onshore conditions I will use that board for sure to use the speed.”

As the sail designer of RRD which aspects of sail designing do you enjoy and what are the most difficult parts of it?

JS: “It's all fascinating to be honest. It's great to be able to change the sail and then get to test it in a World Cup environment. You really learn a lot when you sail in all sorts of conditions. I now have the sails working exactly how I want them and I take everything I learn and put it into the other lines of sails so it's really interesting. The other side of it all is controlling the actual production. Materials, schedules, graphics, details, there are so many parts to work on. We have a great design team at RRD, and it shows in the final sail.”

Was sail designing something that you always wanted to do / how did you get into it?

JS: “I never really knew what I would end up doing. I studied boat and sail design at Uni, and I have always loved the design side of things, but honestly I never thought I would end up where I am. Roberto was really behind me since the beginning and has been great at giving me every opportunity. The more I get into it, the more I am enjoying it, so it's great.”

Port or starboard tack?

JS: “I would say I am equal on both tacks. I learnt everything on starboard tack in the beginning but then with the tour being so heavy in port tack I tried to sail more in those conditions. Now I live in Gran Canaria so actually sail port tack a lot more. However if we have to compete I would choose starboard tack. I think overall the level is higher on port tack, so for sure I have better chances on starboard. The ideal for me would be a really good mix of everything.”

Favorite move and what are you working on at the moment?

JS: “Last year it was pretty clear that doubles were vital, so I have been killing myself all year trying them. Also 360s seem to be coming more and more common and consistent so I have been trying them a lot. Favorite move is probably a Goita in down the line conditions.”

You and Nayra [Alonso] (Fanatic / Severne) had a baby this year. How has that effected your training?

JS: “To be honest between all the testing and design work and trying to balance family time too it has meant a lot less "training" time. Now when I get to just wave sail it is pretty special and it has really motivated me. I don't really train moves as much as I probably should. I just go sailing and try to enjoy it and push myself as much as possible.

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Which boards do you use?

VF: “It depends on the conditions, but for example here on the first day when it was side / side-off I was using my quad, but yesterday I was using my tri-fin. When it’s cross on they feel faster and they sit a little higher on the water than the quad, which I prefer in those conditions.”

Do you change your fin positions depending on the conditions?

VF: “Not so much, I find the best positions for every board and I tend to just leave it like that. I change somethings, for example here I use different fins in my quad than I would in Maui or Chile where the wave has more power and I need more grip.”

Where was your part in ‘Below the Surface’ shot?

VF: “I discussed my part with Andre Paskowski at the beginning of the year and we decided to shoot my part in Maui, Peru - which was the first time I had been there and I was really stoked to be able to go there. The main part was filmed at my home spot, Almerimar, which will see more cross-on sailing and also Gran Canaria”

How do you find the sailing in Cold Hawaii?

VF: “It’s pretty good I always love it here because the conditions are always changing. I think you need to be a really good all round sailor to do well here. There’s a lot of guys that can do well here, but we also always see big surprises in the early rounds over the last few years.”

Lastly, how are you feeling ahead of the weekend when the wind and waves are forecast to return?

VF: “I’m prepared - I have to be as I’m in the first heat to be sailed. I’m ready and I really want to compete!”

Thanks Victor and good luck for the rest of the event.

The forecast for tomorrow looks much more promising for the past few days, so hopefully we will see the single elimination resumed. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow morning with the first possible start at 10:30am.

[Press release]: Köster closes on windsurfing’s sound barrier

At a time when some of his peers are starting back at university, Philip Köster, the 19-year-old prodigy says he is 85% of the way to completing what has become windsurfing’s latest holy grail – the triple forward. For the uninitiated that’s a triple forward loop, rotating end-over-end three times in the air and landing so that you can sail away and live to tell the tale. “I’m 80-85% (of the way there),” Köster says matter-of-factly. “I think I’ve got the height and also the rotation, now I just need to do it. I’ve tried it. I just need the right conditions. It will happen in Gran Canaria (where his German parents raised him). Last year I was 50-60%. I’ve been doing a lot of doubles and some really high stalled ones and I think now I’m controlling them. I feel safe.”

Köster is redefining the art of the possible. The g-force he will be experiencing 30ft up in the air rotating at that speed is the same as a fighter pilot. If he makes the triple he will start ascending into the company of the greats: a Usain Bolt, a Nadia Comaneci, a Bob Beamon, a Greg Louganis, a Robby Naish.

What’s the difference between a double and a triple in feeling safe? “It’s trying it, it’s just a mind thing. Just doing one forward (loop) is really hard, with your mind, doing the rotation and then you know also that you can hurt yourself.”

Has he hurt himself trying to do it? “Not really, just my back hitting the water hard,” he says. “I think I hurt my back on once, my vertebrae, I was twisted and I couldn’t breathe properly. I waited two days, and I thought it would be alright, but it was hurting when surfing, I think I should have been waiting longer, like two weeks. That was the week before the world cup event in Tenerfie (in August), so I was still hurting (when he won).”

He is intent on retaining his world championship title. “I don’t want to give it away,” he says, “I want to win it again and it gets tougher to win each time. I love this competition in Klitmøller, I love being her and I always want to win. You can get perfect waves sometimes, it’s pretty nice. We’ve had a lot of luck with the conditions before so I hope Saturday is still a possibility (to finish the competition).”

But the quest for the triple is what is keeping him motivated as he trains at home in Gran Canaria. Does he worry anyone will beat him there, Ricardo Campello, the flying Brazilian perhaps?

“I think Ricardo is crazy enough,” he says laughing. “He’s definitely one that could do it.” But when does this end, is there a 12-year-old whose going to do a qraduple in ten years?

“Well, you never know. Not so many years ago a forward was like the craziest thing. Things improve, so maybe in five years.”

Has he been doing physical training for it?

“No, no special preparation. Normally I eat a pizza before I try.”

Köster is one of those naturals often misunderstood by the rest of the world. Journalists and windsurfers looking for advice cannot fathom him - they are looking in the wrong depths. “People come and ask about the moves, but I normally don’t know how to explain them, because I don’t think about it, I don’t think about how I do it,” he says. “People don’t really believe that it’s true that I don’t think about it.”

Köster is not arrogant, he is more a shy teenager still and would prefer to be out on the water than on the Cold Hawaii sofa - though he is not ungracious. Last year after becoming world champion in Klitmøller he said: “I can make time slow down,” by way of explanation. It was not said at a boast, it was a fact.

[Press release]: Mauch relives greatest day in the Cold Hawaii sun

2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup, day 3 With a lack of wind leaving the windsurfers in a state of suspended animation on Wednesday, Moritz Mauch, the 17-year-old star of Tuesday and latest off the Pozo production line was basking in sun and reflecting on how he managed to beat the world number 5, Danny Bruch. Having come through a grueling pre-qualification minutes before to make the main world cup field of 32, Mauch revealed why he gave up and came in before his heat with Bruch, the 32-year-old Tenerife-based German, had finished.  “I went out and tried to do a good heat, but sadly I had really strong cramps and I had to get out of the water five minutes before it had finished,” Mauch said. “Somebody said to me: ‘what are you doing? you’re winning the heat, you’ve got to get out there.’ But I couldn’t move. I sat on the beach and then somebody told me that I’d won and I jumped up and couldn’t believe it.” The judges scored Mauch’s best two waves combined as 9.5 to Bruch’s 8.75.

But it was not a shock to many of his fellow riders. Alex Mussolini, the world no.3, who also lives in Tenerife, knew Mauch would be dangerous in the wave-riding conditions.  “I didn’t think it was an upset, if you’re inside the windsurfing world we all know him and we all know how much potential he has,” Mussolini said. “He had a great heat. Danny is really good, but Moritz is really good and in these kind of conditions, with no jumps and waves here and there. He’s a good rider and we know when you’re 17 you have a lot of fire in your blood and a lot to show, a lot to win and nothing to lose.”

John Skye, the British rider based in Gran Canaria has seen Mauch emerge in Pozo. “When everyone else is out there jumping he’s riding, riding all day long,” Skye said. “I’ve got to be honest, Moritz grew up always together with Alessio (Stillrich), whose here and Pablito, whose not – they were known as the three amigos - and if I’d put money on anyone doing something like that at a world cup it would have been Alessio. But with the weather conditions at the moment and not having jumps it couldn’t have been more Moritz’s day. But at the same time Danny is a great wave rider, if there had been one person I wouldn’t have wanted to face yesterday it was Danny.”

Mauch has German parents but was born and raised in Telde near Pozo, Gran Canaria.  “I was born in Gran Canaria but my parents are German, I’m not Spanish, I’m not German, I would say I’m Canarian.” His father, Claus, owns a windsurf school in Bahia Feliz and Mauch, who is also German SUP champion,  started windsurfing at the age of six.

He has also broken the Pozo mould, which normally produces jumpers, like Philip Köster, the 19-year-old double world champion, another Gran Canarian with German parents.

“In Pozo it’s perfect conditions for jumping, but I don’t like to jump, I like to surf, now it paid off,” Mauch, who counts wave guru Kauli Seadi as one of his heroes, said. “Four years ago I broke my ankle and a bone in my foot. I was four months out of windsurf. It happened on a jump, so maybe that is why I’m not jumping. I am going to start jumping now though, if not, it’s going to be really difficult to live as a pro.”

In his first world competition out of the Canaries, Tuesday’s was the biggest of Mauch ‘s life and with 20-knot plus onshore conditions forecast for Saturday – the same wave-riding conditions which saw Thomas Traversa beat Köster last year, Mauch could go much further.

Bruch has not given up though and he enjoyed some small revenge as the impromptu SUP contest yesterday saw them both reach the final, which Bruch won. “It was good to win, I probably had an extra bit of energy after feeling a bit down after what happened yesterday,” Bruch said. “I didn’t really agree with the judges scoring but it’s tough and lot of times you think you’ve done well but you don’t really see what the other person has done. We’re good friends and we’ve done a lot of surfing, sailing and SUPing together. So it’s all good. If we get the weather I can make it back for sure.”

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[Press release]: Mighty Mauch makes waves in Cold Hawaii

2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup, day 2 After a barren first day, capricious winds in Klitmøller on day two of the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii PWA world cup saw tears of joy on the beach, a Kiel spine surgeon enjoy a golden retirement, disconsolate trialists trudging back to Munich and an early big surprise as 17-year-old Moritz Mauch shocked the fleet. Danny Bruch, ranked fifth in the world for the last three years, lost in the first round to fellow Canaries-based German, Mauch.

Bruch, 32, who lives in Tenerife, was visibly furious and tight-lipped as he left the beach after losing to Mauch by the narrowest of margins, just a quarter of a point.

“It was a really tight heat,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “Danny felt like he sailed a good heat and had better wave selection, but the young guy Moritz sailed better than him, he was more flowing and his timing was better, it’s as simple as that.”

Mauch, competing in the North Sea for the first time, had come through a grueling trial heat to make the final 32. The new system this year means that 12 sailors must take the risk of travelling to fight for the last six places in the main competition.

Mauch had been on the water for almost an hour already in tough conditions where some sailors were getting out of the water and running up the beach, so hard was it to get upwind.

The 0630hrs skippers’ briefing proved a false dawn as the forecast offshore winds of the over 20 knots did not arrive. When the wind swings too far south in Klitmøller it gets blocked by the land. It meant that when an inconsistent wind swung around enough just before 1500hrs the trial heats were raced over 25 minutes with only two waves counting and no jumps.

“I had a cramps in my arm at the end of last trial and very strong ones in the first heat of the competition but I got two big waves and I’m very very happy,” Mauch, who was born in Gran Canaria to German parents and lives in Telde near Pozo, said. “The whole (trial) system was a little bit hectic for me. I had two heats cancelled but at the end it went really well so I’m super happy. From now on it will be even more difficult so if I can continue I will be even more happy if I don’t it’s still good. I came here from Gran Canaria and I hoped to make it through the trials, but I did not expect this at all.”

Despite the re-runs the first trial heat was also a golden one for the veteran 39-year-old spine surgeon from Kiel, Lars Gobisch. “It’s my last year of competition in my career because I’ve got four kids and it’s a bit exhausting – I’ll let the younger guys play now,” Gobisch, whose younger brother Stefan had to pull out of the second trial with a back injury, said. “I thought the waves were really good. The third heat was better for me, I got a good aerial. I shouldn’t swim so much though. My family and four kids are here and my 7-year-old boy was very proud, it matters more to him than to me I think.”

But for Fabian Weber, who lost out in the second trial heat, it was a less happy ending. “I’m not happy with my performance, I was not in the right mood, this happens,” Weber said. “I am disappointed about myself. I travelled 1300km from Munich. I’m going to get drunk with Mick Kleingarn because he also lost (in the third trial heat).”

In between Moritz’s re-runs of the first trial heat, Spain’s Albert Pijoan won the second trial heat and was so overcome with emotion that he put his hands to his head and fell back onto the sand with tears in his eyes.

“I flew here from Barcelona together with my friend (a Spanish photographer) Jose Piña,” the 29-year-old Pijoan said. “It was complicated conditions I got one proper wave, I couldn’t get upwind. But I’m so happy.

“It wouldn’t be fair to criticise the trial system because that’s the game but it’s so annoying to be on hold waiting for announcement every 15 minutes. It’s 4 o’clock and I didn’t even have lunch yet! I will try my best in the main competition and hopefully there will be more power in the wind.”

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[Press release]: Windsurfers wait for golden wind in Cold Hawaii

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.”

Tomorrow’s trials

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