re-sized PWA World Tour - Philip Koster

Exciting times as the PWA Worldcup closes its first event of the year

Yesterday at the double elimination final against Victor Fernandez at the PWA Worldcup Pozo 2011, Philip Köster tried a Triple Forward loop – but had to let the gear go before the third rotation… you can see it on the video below at 8:48. There is a very successful Double Loop Forward at 2:51.

Despite the bail out, Köster took first prize in this event, with Victor Fernandez second and Dario Ojeda third. A few words from the delighted winner:

Not much of a break before the competition starts up again at nearby El Médano, Tenerife. The Trade Winds have arrived, the conditions look perfect for another fiercely fought competition. Victor Fernandez is going to want to knock Köster off the podium, as is Ojeda.

18-year old Philip Köster is of German descent but now lives 100m from the beach at Gran Canaria. He was Rookie of the Year in 2008, won first place at Pozo in 2009 “that was the best day in my life!” he said afterwards, and in 2010 he was ranked 3rd overall on the PWA Wave Tour. His meteoric rise has brought him quality sponsors, including Red Bull…

On the 23rd November, 2010 Victor Fernandez, Spain, was crowned PWA World Wave Champion having led the ranking during the whole season. He was nominated for the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards (the sports’ world’s equivalent to an Oscar) amongst other sport greats such as Rafael Nadal, Sebastian Vettel, Kobe Bryant, Kelly Slater, Lionel Messi and others. A tribute indeed to his brilliance on a windsurfer. “I’m really happy to go in this big event representing Windsurfing and it’s an honour and the best present for me after winning a World Title,” he said.

Born in 1980, 31-year Dario Ojeda, Sailor of the Week, is from Gran Canaria and began windsurfing at the age of 11. Having one of the best beaches for windsurfing in the world, Pozo Izquierdo, 10 minutes away from his home helped refine his clean and radical style. His most recent success was on 24th June when he pulled off an impressive 36.28ft jump to claim highest air of the day at the Red Bull Rockets in Las Salinas de Pozo on Gran Canaria. 16 of the world’s best windsurfers were there to compete for the Highest jump, Best trick and Best wipe-out in 15-25mph winds. Ricardo Campello received the award for the Best wipe-out, and Philip took home The Best Trick.

All eyes are going to be on the up-coming World Cup event in Tenerife from the 14th – 20th July.


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