PWA Fly ANA Windsurf Worldcup, Yokosuka Japan May 10-15

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Fly! ANA PWA Windsurf Worldcup Slalom 2018, Yokosuka, Japan

With a successful photoshoot for the 2019 JP-Australia boards on Maui in April and a week of rest and gym in Zandvoort/ The Netherlands it was time to pack up the slalom- and foil-gear for my first PWA-event of 2018.  Fly ANA Worldcup Slalom in Yokosuka, Japan.

Together with Theislandboy Taty Frans , NB-9 we left from Schiphol Amsterdam for Tokio on May 7th.

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We checked in at the Moholova Minds Hotel and prepared our gear on the beach.

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Temperatures were around 13 degrees, we had rain, sunshine, thunder,… and wind.

On May 10th, the registration took place and after a rainy opening-ceremony, the wind dropped and all sailors were released for the day. On the second day , the forecast looked promising and a first foil race was held. 

46 participants on the foil. With “safety first “ we all had to wear helmet and impact-vest.

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Could finish in a 14th place.

In the slalom discipline with 64 partiipants, my first heat was number 6 and won with a good lead, check out the recording of the great lifestream and commentary by Ben Proffitt.

I was using the JP-AUSTRALIA Slalom 85 and SeverneSails Mach 1 8.6

Day-3 another foil elimination was held. I’m improving in foil-racing, it’s really fun and finished in 1st place in the semifinal  and was in the lead for a moment in the final until my board touched a wave and I crashed. Again a 14th place. Also the remainder of the slalom-elimination 1 was raced. Unfortunately finished my quarterfinal in 6th place.   Result :  21st place .

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Also the remainder of elimination 1 was raced. Unfortunately finished my quarterfinal in 6th place.   Result :  21st place . 

Day-4 started with good wind conditions and we could start Elimination 2 .  Rain made the wind drop right after heat 7. Luckily I was in heat 6 and finished in a 2nd place.

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Really happy with my equipment and therefore sailing. On to the quarterfinal, so we had our fingers crossed for some more wind during the last 2 days of the event.

Day-5 was a layday. Sunshine and some fun activities on the beach.

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The whole event is perfectly organized and people are so very friendly here. Lot’s of windsurf fans and spectators on the beach everyday. 

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On the last day of the event de conditions were perfect for some more foil-eliminations. 

A solid 2nd place in the 3rd elimination. See recording of the lifestream :

A 1st in the semi-final of the 4th foil-elimination, but unfortunately weed on my foil in the final. 

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Video interview : Using the JP-Hydrofoil 150 , SeverneSails Hyperglide 9.0 and Starboard Foil

Overall results Fly ANA Worldcup

Slalom after 1 elimination  : 21st place

Foil after 4 eliminations  : 11th place

Satisfied with my sailing and my results this first event 2018

All the equipment will be shipped to South Korea from here and  next up from May 19-13, PWA Ulsan in Korea.

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to the Fly Ana organizers, PWA-crew and ofcourse my sponsors.

 

Cheers

Amado-NB-20

 

Sources : PWA : http://www.pwaworldtour.com

All pictures by PWA John Carter

 

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