PWA Freestyle World Cup
Freestyle competitions started01.08.2023 - As windy as the last competition day in the slalom ended, it continued one day later in the freestyle discipline. 35 knots of wind speed were measured, while the field of 32 men and 8 women competed in a knock-out system. A lot of wind means not only high jumps, but also tricks with many rotations.
Both the men's and women's races were contested up to and including the quarter final heats.
In the women's competition, Norway's Oda Johanne Brødholt (NOR-500), Lina Erpenstein (G-3), Maaike Huvermann (NED-108) from the Netherlands and reigning Freestyle World Champion Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU-91) from Auruba are still in the running to win the Single Elimination.
In the men's event, France's Adrien Bosson (F-296) and Antony Ruenes (F-85), as well as Belgium's Yentel Caers (B-16) and Bonaire's Amado Vrieswijk (NB-20) will battle for victory in the first round.
The semi-finals and finals will be played on Wednesday, after which the losers will be allowed to compete again in the second round to possibly fight their way up to a podium spot.
Up to and including Saturday, races are possible to conclude the competition and crown the winners in the freestyle discipline.
Sarah-Quita Offringa wins freestyle single elimination03.08.2023 - 13-time windsurfing world champion Sarah-Quita Offringa took a big step towards her next world title today at the Freestyle Grand Slam in Fuerteventura. The windsurfer from Aruba defeated her Norwegian competitor Oda Johanne Brødholt in the final round of the single elimination.
If there are no more races in the women's event, Sarah-Quita Offringa would also win the freestyle discipline on Fuerteventura after her success in the slalom. However, this double victory would only be decided on Saturday, because in freestyle there will still be a second round in which the other competitors can re-enter the competition and fight their way through to the final. This so-called double elimination could start as early as tomorrow, if the trade winds play along.
The men's freestyle decision is still pending, as the wind started unusually late and only the women's competition could be held in the tight time window between 5 and 7 pm.
Women's single elimination
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU-91)
3rd Oda Johanne Brødholt (NOR-500)
3rd Maaike Huvermann (NED-108)
4 Lina Erpenstein (G-3)
- Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU) is Freestyle World Champion ahead of Maaike Huvermann (NED) and Oda Johanne Stokstad Brødholt (NOR)
04.08.2023 - The PWA Windsurf World Cup on Fuerteventura has been decided already on the penultimate day of the event. Constant trade winds allowed all the remaining competitions to be held on Friday.
- Yentel Caers (BEL) wins the event classification ahead of Adrien Bosson (FRA) and Antony Ruenes (FRA)
In the women's competition, Sarah-Quita Offringa won the final against Maaike Huvermann from the Netherlands with 28 to 24.8 points. With this success, the 32-year-old won her 14th Freestyle World Championship title. If you add up all the titles of the exceptional athlete, it is already the 21st World Championship title for the woman from Aruba. Third place went to Oda Johanne Stokstad Brødholt from Norway.
In the men's event, a superfinal had to bring the decision. The Frenchman Adrien Bosson, who won the single elimination the day before, lost to the challenging Yentel Caers from Belgium in the double elimination. A jump-off had to bring the final decision. In this all-important heat, the former Freestyle World Champion Yentel Caers won with 38.2 points to 32.3 points against the reigning Freestyle World Champion Adrien Bosson. Caers thus claimed first place. Third place went to Antony Ruenes from France.
While the World Championship title in the women's category was already decided on Fuerteventura due to the withdrawal at short notice of the local organiser of the World Cup on Sylt from women's freestyle, the title in the men's category will be decided on the German island from 22.09.2023.
Women - Freestyle, Final Results
1. Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU) World Champion 2023
2. Maaike Huvermann (NED)
3. Oda Johanne Stokstad Brødholt (NOR)
Men - Freestyle, Final Results Fuerteventura
1. Yentel Caers (FRA)
2. Adrien Bosson (FRA)
3. Antony Ruenes (FRA)