9 lunghe giornate sulla spiaggia di La Torche per il PWA Grand Slam e un solo giorno di gara con il Single Elimination Wave portato a termine, ma tanto è bastato per entrare negli annali come una delle gare più spettacolari degli ultimi anni!
Ora è il momento di pensare alla prossima Starboard Severne Aloha Classic in programma dal 29 ottobre al 11 novembre!
Official Results Men’s Wave 2014 La Torche Windsurf PWA Grand Slam:
1st Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC)
2nd Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails)
3rd Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC)
4th Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX)
5th Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC)
5th Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde)
5th Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails)
5th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)
9th Martin ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7)
9th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
9th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
9th Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde)
9th John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC)
9th Adam Lewis (Fanatic / North / SWOX)
9th Ben Proffitt (Simmer)
9th Dany Bruch (Starboard / Challenger Sails / AL360)
LA TORCHE PWA GRAND SLAM
Event Summary: Ricardo Campello captures maiden victory in La Torche as title race is thrown wide open
La Torche only produced one day of wind over the nine days, but the one day of competition was one to remember as La Torche produced some of the best conditions of the year, for the wave sailors, with 20-30 knot winds and powerful, peeling, clean waves, providing the perfect platform for the world’s most radical sailors to throw themselves skywards. At the end of an amazing single elimination, Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC), reigned supreme in the starboard tack conditions to claim his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour in front of thousands of adoring fans, which propels Campello into the title race with Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) and Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) the only other men who can still win the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour.
“This event has been absolutely amazing for me. This is the first time that I’ve won a PWA wave event, so it’s a special one. I’ve been fighting for it for many years and have been close on several occasions, so to finally win is great. The level on the tour at the moment is amazing, all the boys are sailing unbelievable.”
“I’d also like to thank everyone who has believed in me and of course my new sponsors – Patrik, Point-7, Powerex and MFC – who have offered me unbelievable support, I’m really, really happy. And lastly I’d like to dedicate this victory to two really good friends of mine who passed away. 4 or 5 years again one of my good friends past away and then last year the windsurfing world lost André Paskowski, who was also one of my best friends. So this is for them. Thanks again to everyone for being here.”
Completing the podium is Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) as the reigning world champion returns to the top three for the first time since Pozo, which sees Browne rise to fourth in the world. Unfortunately though, third place isn’t enough to keep the Brazilian in the title race, meaning a new world champion will definitely be crowned in Maui. Browne had looked like a top contender for the title here, rotating through a whole repertoire of brilliant jumps, including an absolutely massive stalled double, but couldn’t quite muster victory against Thomas Traversa in the semifinals and had to settle for third.
Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) enjoyed his finest result to date on the PWA Wave World Tour as he broke into the top five for the first time in his career. The twenty-one year old claimed his biggest scalp to date, on his way to fifth, as he dispatched of Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) with a sick goiter helping him along the way. Meanwhile, Alex Mussolini (Tabou / GA Sails), Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) and Victor Fernandez all share joint fifth, which sees Fernandez slip to second in the overall rankings.
Unfortunately the wind failed to return after one epic day of competition, so it was not possible to gain a result in the men’s and women’s slalom. The slalom title race will now be decided in the final event of the year as both fleets heat to New Caledonia, which runs between the 18th to the 23rd November.
Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?
In just a few days the final wave event of the year will begin at the globally renowned Ho’okipa Beach Park. Who out of Ricardo Campello, Thomas Traversa and Victor Fernandez will be able to hold their nerve and claim glory? And who will buckle under the pressure? In the women’s Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) heads into the event in control of the title race, but will she be able to keep her sister, Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), at bay? Do you think the legendary twins will be at the top of the podium again? Or will one of the super talented locals be able to rain on their parade. There’s only one way to find out… and that’s by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com. Here you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.