The opening day of the Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam is usually reserved as a registration day, but with a promising looking forecast the men and women wave fleet took center stage.

Men’s fleet
There were two big upsets on the first day. Philip Köster and Marcilio Browne suffered a first round exit to two sailors that came through the qualification round. 

Antony Ruenes produced one of the performances of the day to take down Marcilio Browne. Antony showed better timing and a more vertical approach to cause the first major upset of the day. And a couple of heats later reigning world champion – Philip Köster lost against Julien Quentel, who was on a single fin setup by the way and showed impressive wave riding. 

Köster and Browne are still in contention for the title, but things just became a whole lot harder as they would now have to mount a mammoth comeback through the double elimination.

Jaeger Stone and Ricardo Campello are Fernandez’s title rivals left in the single elimination but to take the title, they still would rely on their fellow pros.

Women’s fleet
Lina Erpenstein, Sarah-Quita Offringa, Iballa Moreno and Steffi Wahl are the top 4 women, who remain in the single elimination.

Sarah-Quita Offringa, the new PWA Wave vice-world champion 2018, produced the standout performance and set the highest scoring heat – 18.88 points – with her wave riding, in particular, impressing as she made the most of the marginal conditions on offer by linking powerful front and backside combinations. Sarah-Quita will now face Erpenstein in the semifinals.

The 2018 Women’s PWA Wave World Championballa Iballa Moreno, produced an assured display to end the hopes of Marine Hunter and she will now face Steffi Wahl in the next round.

Daida withdrew from the competition due to injury. This event will be her discard event and won’t change her positions in the overall ranking.

Check out some of the action from yesterday. Unfortuantely no girls action in this video.

PWA Windsurf World Cup Sylt 2018 – Video Day 1

Video by Tonix