Sarah-Quita Offringa and Steven van Broeckhoven win the PWA Freestyle World Cup event in Fuerteventura, Sarah-Quita takes the Freestyle World title back to Aruba for the 12th time in a row and Yentel Caers is in the lead of the men’s freestyle ranking.
On the final day in Fuerteventura Sotavento delivered again. The final heats of the double elimination got started around 1.30pm.
Winning Heats & Interview – PWA Fuerteventura World Cup 2019
Oda Johanne defeated Arrianne Aukes, who sailed a very strong heat and who was in the lead at the beginning, but the Norwegian landed move after move (103 vs. 79.2). In the next woman heat Dutch Maaike Huvermann stopped Oda with a good score of 106.6 points. Oda couldn’t show the same strong heat as she did against Aukes and scored 77.7 points in total although she won on port tack. Maaike is a very complete freestyler and can land big moves very close to the beach.
In the final we saw a big battle of the world’s best two freestyle windsurfing ladies. It was a firework of moves: Skopus, Culos, Funnels, Loops, Shakas, Burners, Shoveit Spocks. In the end it was Sarah-Quita Offringa, who won with the highest score in the women fleet of the event against Maaike Huvermann, who fought till the end. 136.6 vs 123 points. Sarah-Quita dominated on port tack. The intense Pozo training in the past two months helped for sure as the Arubian got a lot of confidence in extremely strong wind conditions. Congrats to both sailors. It was exciting to watch and the final was on a high level indeed!!
Maaike definitely improved her level and will fight for the event victory and freestyle title after finishing in 2nd place for the last 4 years in a row from 2016 to 2019. Sarah-Quita celebrates not only the event victory but also her 12th freestyle World title. But she only can celebrate for a few hours as the next event, the wave World Cup Tenerife will start with the opening ceremony tomorrow evening.
Sarah-Quita Offringa: “I am just extremely delighted. I am happier than I thought I would be after winning the event and my 12th freestyle title.”
In the men’s finals it was Yentel Caers again, who was on fire. He defeated Youp Schmit, who is his hardest opponent in the freestyle World title race, what is probably the next big goal of the Belgian, who won the EFPT title in Lanzarote a few weeks ago. After this heat Yentel defeated Italian Jacopo Testa, who didn’t find a similar rhythm in his heat he had in the single elimination. But he is for sure very happy finishing on the PWA freestyle podium for the second time in his career (the Italian already was third in Sylt 2017). Yentel always reached more than 160 points in his heats today.
In the final against his fellow countryman and freestyle World champion from 2011 he again landed powerful double moves, but Steven seemed to be extremely focused in his final. He had a very high score on port tack with 70.3 points. A dream came true for the 33 year-old Belgian, who has been influencing modern freestyle windsurfing over the past decade. A few injuries stopped him in the last years to train and compete at 100%. This year, in 2019, he feels really fit and he can go big in all his heats. He already performed well in the EFPT events in the previous months, won the super-x show event in Lanzarote and now dominated the PWA freestyle event in Fuerteventura. At the end of his final he landed a fully planing Shifty!
Steven van Broeckhoven: “I was really focused. I was using my brain as much as I could. It was about being in the right place at the right time. I was on 4.8m fulyl powered and the board was flying over the water. My tactics were just to stay calm and use the conditions as they were. I managed to do a Shifty and I shoot out planing of it.”
Yentel won 6 heats in the double elimination, what’s incredible, but he couldn’t force Steven into a Super Final. Steven was performing with so much drive and the wish to win. Back on the beach Steven couldn’t believe what happened today. His last PWA podium was in 2015, when he won the PWA event in Leucate. He went through hard months and years, changed sponsors and impressed everyone with the victory in Fuerteventura. Steven already won the event in Fuerteventura once. This was in 2011, when he won in Austria and Aruba. That was the year of his world title victory. Steven had his PWA debut in 2008 and is the 11th year on tour. In the meanwhile he won 5 EFPT titles.
Ladies Fuerteventura Freestyle World Cup 2019
3.Oda Johanne Brodholt
7.Lina Erzen, Jazzy Zwerus
Men Fuerteventura Freestyle World Cup 2019
1.Steven van Broeckhoven
5.Dieter van der Eyken
7.Antony Ruenes, Sam Esteve
Ladies overall Freestyle ranking 2019
1.Sarah-Quita Offringa (PWA World Champion)
3.Oda Johanne Brodholt
7.Eva Wyss, Julia Pakosz
Men Freestyle ranking 2019 after two events
1.Yentel Caers, Youp Schmit
3.Amado Vrieswijk, StevenvanBroeckhoven
7.Adrien Bosson, Sam Esteve
9.Dieter van der Eyken
Youth results Freestyle Fuerteventura 2019
1.Lina Eržen (Female Youth PWA Freestyle Champion)
4.Ancor Sosa Kather
U20 Super Session
winner: Nil Bacon