After 24 years the PWA Slalom World Cup tour returned to Japan, to Tsukuihama Beach. Unfortunately there was just enough wind to gain results in both the men’s and women’s fleets, which saw Sarah-Quita Offringa and Julien Quentel claim their places on the top of the podium after winning the sole elimination completed in each division.
Sarah-Quita Offringa on her perfect start to the year: “I’m feeling good. I’m happy to have won the second event. Even though we’ve only had two races overall because there’s really been no room for error as if you make a mistake it’s immediately over. So, in that regard, I’m very happy to have won the opening two events. After this, we only have two more events – Denmark and New Caledonia – which I’m looking forward to. I just really want to get on the water and race more because it’s really challenging now to be on the water with all the girls, which makes it so much fun to race. For now, though I’ll switch my focus to wave and freestyle.”
Last year’s world No.4 – Julien Quentel: “I’m very happy because in the past I’ve made okay starts to the season, but nothing exceptional, so to start the season with a win is brilliant. Now I hope that Costa Brava is windy and we can get more racing in. I’ve been training hard over the winter so it’s nice to see it pay off with the result here. I spent one month in South Africa training wave and slalom and then one month in Tenerife with Jordy training with the TWS – where I focused on starts. Before I wasn’t pushing 100% as hard as I can, but I’ve realised that if I want to win, then I need to treat it like a job and understand that on the water friendships are put aside for a moment while competing , but once back on the beach I’m friends with everyone.”
Sarah-Quita Offringa wins
Julien Quentel finds the gap and takes the lead in the winners final at jibe mark 1 (Pic: Carter/PWA)
Event Summary – PWA Slalom in Yokosuka, Japan 2017
PWA Videos Japan 2017 – Playlist
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