De Davidoff Cool Water Sylt World Cup zit er op. De enige actie op de laaste dag van het evenement was wederom een SUP Race. Er was geen wedstrijd mogelijk op dag tien wegens te weinig wind. Om die reden werd Jose ‘Gollito” Estredo gekroond tot PWA Freestyle World Champion voor de zesde keer in zijn carrière.

Het kan niet altijd feest zijn als het gaat om de condities. Dit was ook het geval tijdens de afgelopen tien dagen. Het evenement begon voorspoedig, echter bleef de wind vrijwel uit na dag drie. Gelukkig heeft de organisatie altijd een plan B. Zo werden er verschillende SUP Races georganiseerd en een tow-in freestyle wedstrijd.

Lees hieronder het verslag van dag 10 inclusief alle resultaten!

Day 10: Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo crowned world champion for sixth time, whilst Arnon Dagan secures maiden event victory

The final day of the 2014 DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam saw the light winds return, meaning the final action of the event was another SUP Race. With no more competition being possible today – Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC) – was crowned the PWA Freestyle World Champion for the sixth time in his illustrious career, after his victory in the single elimination yesterday. Meanwhile, Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), celebrated his maiden victory on the PWA Slalom World Tour after a nail biting week of waiting.

At 3:30pm the official prize giving was held as the winners were crowned in front of a packed out beach to close the curtain on another great event in Sylt. After the prize giving we caught up with the winners:

PWA: Gollito, how does it feel to win your sixth world title?

Gollito: “It’s a dream to win my sixth world title. It feels amazing, I never expected it in my life. I’m really happy to have won again and be back at the top. I hope I can continue like this in the future and I will keep training as hard as I can over the winter to make sure I can keep up.”

PWA: You came into the final event of the year in third place, did you think you’d be able to come out as the world champion?

Gollito: “I never expected it to be honest. I just came to compete and try to get a good result in the final event of the year. To leave as the world champion is unbelievable. I feel lucky, but this is competition sailing. Last year I sailed really good, but I had a bad finish to the year, this year it worked out differently.”

PWA: Thanks Gollito and congratulations again.

Next up we spoke to Arnon Dagan, who claimed victory for the first time in his career:

PWA: What was going through your head yesterday when you went over the start line early during the semifinal?

AD: “The first thing that went through my head was that’s it! if I didn’t win this then I would never win one. The second thing was okay… I’m going to go to the beach now. The third thing was oh my god I still have to sail the losers’ final.”

PWA: How does it feel to earn your first event victory?

AD: “It feels amazing. It feels like all the hard work paid off. It doesn’t feel real yet because it was only one round. After this I feel like I have good momentum now after Turkey and here and hopefully I can continue like this. Anything can happen now.”

PWA: What are you doing before the next event? And in-between La Torche and New Caledonia?

“I’m pretty busy, first of all I’ll be going to RRD for a meeting and after that I’ll go a train in Croatia with Enrico Marotti. After La Torche I’ll be going to Maui for some sail testing with NeilPryde.”

PWA: Thanks Arnon and congratulations.

Finally, we spoke to freestyle queen – Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) – who was officially crowned PWA Freestyle World Champion for an incredible seventh time, she said: “Yeaaah! Lucky number seven. I am actually really happy about it, especially because this year I had time to train and I feel like a progressed, in competition as well. When the called out my name earlier on stage, I felt a bit emotional. When I think about it, seven world titles is actually a lot, so… I don’t know… I’m thankful, it’s really good. I’m also happy to see Oda (Johanne) and Maaike (Huvermann) pushing because that also keeps pushing me to improve. I can’t wait.”

After the prize giving the sailors prepared to depart Sylt for another year and the slalom fleets and men’s wave sailors will meet again from the 18th October as they head to La Torche, France.

Overall Results DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam – Men’s Freestyle

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)

2nd Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails)

3rd Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)

4th Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)

5th Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)

5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

5th Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)

5th Björn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)

Overall Results 2014 PWA Freestyle World Tour:

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)

2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)

3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)

4th Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne)

5th Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

6th Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails)

6th Björn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)

8th Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)

9th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC)

10th Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails)

Overall Results DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam – Men’s Slalom

1st Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

2nd Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)

3rd Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)

4th Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)

5th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC)

6th Andrea Rosati (RRD / NeilPryde)

7th Maciek Rutkowski (Patrik / Point-7)

8th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)

9th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

10th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails)