PWA Gran Canaria 2024 Windsurf World Cup

di - 08/07/2024

Day 9: Sarah-Quita Offringa completes remarkable Wave & Slalom X double, while Pierre Mortefon storms to victory in men’s Slalom X 

At the start of the last day of the 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup it was confirmed that there would only be one further elimination in the men’s and women’s Slalom X, which effectively meant that neither Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) or Pierre Mortefon (FMX Racing / Phantom Sails) needed to sail as both of them had already secured the first ever Slalom X event titles with a race to spare. However, both sailors opted to sail with more hardcore racing conditions on offer, which once again saw the world’s best racers reaching for their smallest equipment. 

Slalom X


Although Sarah-Quita Offringa may not have needed to sail, the Aruban gem still managed to sign off the event in the perfect fashion as she led the final elimination from start to finish to secure another bullet. From the 11 eliminations completed, Offringa managed to win seven of those to claim a clearcut victory, which sees Offringa finish the event with counting results of 7 firsts and two second places, while she only finished outside of the top two on one occasion such was her level of domination. Winning the Slalom X sees the 22-time world champion complete a remarkable double event victory after also winning the Wave event here earlier in the week. 

Jenna Gibson (Duotone Windsurfing) started the day with the aim of securing her first ever podium on the World Tour and that’s exactly what the Briton managed to do as she chased home Offringa in Elimination 11 to clinch second place in the race and, more importantly, also in the overall event rankings. On her way to her maiden podium, Gibson was able to win one race, while finishing second on five other occasions.

The top five places in the women’s fleet actually remained unchanged from the start of the day, which means Marion Mortefon (Patrik / Patrik Sails) completes the prestigious event podium as Justine Lemeteyer (FMX Racing / S2Maui) just misses out in fourth. Meanwhile the top five is completed by Femke van der Veen (Starboard / Severne Sails), but in the end only 2.3 points separated herself and Norwegian Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne Sails).


Pierre Mortefon produced a racing masterclass over the last nine days, which saw the Frenchman not finish outside the top three once in the 10 eliminations complete,, which is an exceptional achievement given just how hardcore the conditions were. Just to try and give that achievement a little more context, Mortefon was the only sailor in the entire fleet to qualify for every winners’ final. The 2019 world champion completely dominated proceedings and claims an emphatic victory – finishing the event 15.9 points clear of his next closest rival – Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails).

Maciek Rutkowski (NeilPryde) started the day in second place, but an over early in the last winners’ final of the event opened the door for Iachino to steal second place as long as the Italian managed to finish inside the top 9, which he easily achieved as he claimed fourth place to gain one place from the overnight rankings. 

Rutkowski may have been slightly disappointed to lose one place in the event rankings after being disqualified from Elimination 10, but third place still represents an excellent result, and ultimately keeps him firmly in contention for the Slalom X world title, which will be decided in Fuerteventura in just over a couple of weeks time. 

Jordy Vonk (Duotone Windsurfing) did brilliantly to recover from a serious bout of flu, which was still troubling him on the opening days of racing as he struggled for energy, to still claim fourth place. However as the event progressed, so did the flying Dutchman’s physical condition, which saw Vonk win two of the last four eliminations – including claiming the final bullet of the week today. The 31-year-old will no doubt be left thinking about what could’ve been if he was fully fit, but he at least finished the event on a high. 
Both Benoit Merceur (Starboard / Severne Sails) and Ingmar Daldorf (Tabou / GA Sails) walk away from the 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup with their best results to date – fifth and sixth respectively. Merceur only failed to qualify for the opening winners’ final of the event before putting together an extremely consistent set of results. Daldorf started the event superbly, but saw his podium challenge fade, but should still be delighted with his overall performance.

The top ten is completed by Nico Prien (JP / NeilPryde) – 7th – who looked set to win the last elimination of the event only to be pipped by Vonk at the final gybe, Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7) – 8th – Malte Reuscher (Tabou / GA Sails) – 9th – and Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails) – 10th – who pips Cedric Bordes (Severne Sails) to the last place in the top 10 by just a single point.



In the Women’s Double Elimination Oda Brødholt managed to fight back to claim her place in the event top 10 – 9th – as she won Heat 20 ahead of Line Bang Wittrup (Goya Windsurfing), Annagiulia Piccaglia (Goya Windsurfing), Maria Behrens (Duotone Windsurfing). 


With Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Duotone Windsurfing) and Maria Morales (Goya Windsurfing) being tied on one victory a piece, the last heat of the entire event featured a sail off for the U21 Girl’s event title. On this occasion Kiefer Quintana, who claimed third place in the main event, dominated the decider, winning both in the air and on the waves.

Men’s – Double Elimination

After the completion of the Slalom X, the decision was made to roll straight back into the Men’s Double Elimination, but we’ll analyse the full implications of that in the event summary. However, to put it as succinctly as possible, reigning world champion – Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) fought back to as high as he could from last place  into 9th followed by Victor Fernandez – 10th – Moritz Mauch –  11th – and Miguel Chapuis (Flikka / North Sails), who finishes twelfth. 

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Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Women’s Slalom X

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Jenna Gibson (GBR | Duotone Windsurfing) 
3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Patrik / Patrik Sails)
4th Justine Lemeteyer (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
5th Femke van der Veen (NED | Starboard / Severne Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Men’s Slalom X

1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA | FMX Racing / Phantom Sails)
2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails)
3rd Maciek Rutkowski (POL | NeilPryde)
4th Jordy Vonk (NED | Duotone Windsurfing)
5th Benoit Merceur (FRA | Starboard / Severne Sails)
6th Ingmar Daldorf (NED | Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Nico Prien (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
8th Taty Frans (NB | Future Fly / Point-7)
9th Malte Reuscher (GER | Tabou / GA Sails)
10th Amado Vrieswijk (NB | Future Fly / Severne Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Women’s Wave

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Lina Erpenstein (GER | Severne / Severne Sails)
3rd Alexia Kiefer Quintana (GER | Duotone Windsurfing)
4th Maria Morales (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
5th Sol Degrieck (BEL | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Pauline Katz (SUI | Severne / Severne Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Men’s Wave 

1st Marino Gil (ESP | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Julian Salmonn (GER | Bruch Boards / GUNSAILS)
3rd Philip Köster (GER | Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
4th Dieter Van der Eyken (BEL | Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
5th Robby Swift (UK | JP / NeilPryde)
7th Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN)
8th Alessio Stillrich (ESP | Simmer / Simmer Sails)
9th Marcilio Browne (BRA | Goya Windsurfing)
10th Victor Fernandez (ESP | Duotone Windsurfing)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Girls’s U21 Wave

1st Alexia Kiefer Quintana (ESP | Duotone Windsurfing)
2nd Maria Morales (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Lisa Wermeister (GER | Duotone Windsurfing / Maui Ultra Fins)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Boy’s U21 Wave

1st Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins)
2nd Lennart Neubauer (GRE | Starboard / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Gregory Stathopoulos (GRE | Goya Windsurfing)
4th Samuele Ferraro (ITA | Patrik / Patrik Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Girls’s U18 Wave

1st Sol Degrieck (BEL | Severne / Severne Sails)
2nd Annagiulia Piccaglia (ESP | Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Trine Gobisch (GER | Duotone Windsurfing)
4th Lizzlotte Schilling Andrew (ESP | Goya Windsurfing / Severne Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Boy’s U18 Wave

1st Carlos Kiefer Quintana (ESP | Duotone Windsurfing)
2nd Leon Maethner (GER | Duotone Windsurfing)
3rd Ryu Noguchi (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Arthur Van den Brande (BEL | RRD / RRD Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Boy’s U15 Wave

1st Ryoma Sugi (JPN | Tabou / North Sails)
2nd Bjørn Olesen (Severne / Severne Sails)
3rd Yannik Gonzalez (F2 / Simmer Sails)

Result 2024 Gran Canaria Gloria Windsurf World Cup – Boy’s U13 Wave

1st Elías Antolín (ESP | Duotone Windsurfing / Goya Windsurfing)
2nd Anton Gobisch (GER | Duotone Windsurfing)
3rd Raphaël Dumesnil (FRA | Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)
4th Dennis Gonzalez (ESP | Goya Windsurfing / Simmer Sails)
5th Eric Gonzalez (ESP | F2 / Simmer Sails)

Ciao a tutti, sono Fabio Calò (ITA-720), ho iniziato a fare windsurf all’età di 13 anni e da quel momento è diventata la mia più grande passione, poi la mia vita e il mio lavoro. Campione Italiano Wave nel 2013 e 2015. Vivo a Torbole sul Garda e respiro l’aria del windsurf 365 giorni all’anno.