PWA Worldcup Slalom, Hvide Sande in Denmark Sept 9-14, 2017 (Waterz)

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Up North !!

It took me 1 night driving from The Netherlands to Denmark. On the road again with good music and avoiding heavy traffic. ( especially near Hamburg ) . I arrived 2 days before the start of the event to get into the slalom-rhythm again and catching up with the colleagues.

In between the slalom-training I of rigged my freestyle gear as well and had some nice sessions with Sarah Quita, Brunotti-teammate and Freestyle-queen from Aruba, Aron Etmon from Bonaire and Milan Gielingh from Curacao.

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I brought all my slalom-gear as Denmark can be pretty unpredictable and so it was !! Below my event-summary and again happy with the result !!

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The skippers meeting was held on September 9th and the first elimination was ON right away…. but the wind left us waiting on the shore the whole day.

Day-2 was excellent. We sailed from 11.00 am until 17.30 and could run 2.5 elimination.ย I was in good form and could reach the semi-finals in both the first and the second elimination that first day of the competition. Twice a 15th place , a good start ! Used Severne Reflex8 8.6 and JP-Slalom 85.

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Day-3 Brought good wind but unfortunately also lots of weed on the course area. Some riders went out for some freesailing and some rocket airโ€™s on the slalom-gear. I was in and had a real good time with the guys.

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I took the opportunity as well to go out on my freestyle-equipment again. When there is wind, weed or no weed, canโ€™t stay on the shore ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Day-4 meant business again. First the remainder of Elimination 3 had to be raced and for me it ended in the quarterfinal on a 6th place due to a crash at the 3rd mark. In elimination 4 I could reach the quarterfinal again but came a few meters short at the finish line and ended in a 5th place.

Overall after 4 eliminations on a 19th place. Not fantastic, but also not bad.

Elimination 5 was a bummer. Early exit in heat 7, dropped my gibe and missed out the chance to advance.

Waking up on Day-5 for the early skippers meeting at 9 am I already new this would be THE day. Wind was cranking outside my van. Good breakfast and out into the storm. With 25+ knots on the course, the remainder of elimination 5 was held and right away the start of number 6. Ready with my smallย Slalom 60ย and 6.2 sail I went out. Heat 1, first place – Heat 5, 2nd place – Heat 9 in the quarter out on a 7th .

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Before the storm would pass the organization started the Elimination 7 right away. Lucky 7 ?? Made it into the semifinal, but right after the wind dropped completely as the weather front had passed and took all the wind away. BUMMER and we went “home” for a hot shower and all hopes up ย this elimination could be finished on the last day as this would mean a small, but step up for my event-result.

The last day started with no wind and the water was a mirror. A lot of fingers were crossed for the wind to kick in as the forecast had promised. And the wind came, slowly but at around 3pm it was enough to ย finalize elimination 7 and the event.

My semifinal went awesome until the last mark, crashing my gibe and losing my qualifying spot for the last final of the event. A 7th place in the semi-final and a 7th place in the runners-up final .

Event result : 22nd place

Overall 2017 after 4 slalom events and 2 more to come : 24th place (1st in Youth)

 

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Getting there in slalom, but have to improve my gibes as the speed is there for sure.

A huge congrats to Antoin Albeau and Sarah Quita for winning the event here in Hvide Sande !!

A huge thanks to the Waterz/ Hvide Sande and PWA crew for the great event. My sponsors for believing and investing in me. Masha danki to my family for the support 24 hours a day !! Pictures made by John Carter and Ilostawavein79 .

Related webpages :

PWA Website

Event results

Overall slalom ranking 2017 after 4 out of 6 events

For me it’s back to The Netherlands again with a possible event in Makkum this weekend and at the Brouwersdam next weekend before driving back up to Sylt for the PWA Super Grandslam from September 29 until October 8 ( the 2nd but also last Freestyle event of 2017, the penultimate Slalom- and foil competition.)21640255_1598234280233051_1107957905_o

 

 

Cheers Amado

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